Earth Day has been designated to occur every year on April 22 in the United States. It is the day that we set aside to promote awareness of our environment and how we can better protect our planet.
These Phoenix area Earth Day events and activities appear in no particular order. Check back often, as I add events to this listing throughout the month of April.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.
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Celebrate Mesa is a community party with rides, games, music, a petting zoo, and more. In recognition of Earth Day, the Living Green Village will offer Earth Day activities: a tree planting, learn about solar cooking, solar energy, gardening, composting, tree care, energy and water conservation, recycling, and Monarch butterflies. Attendees will help create a recycled art caterpillar, and can take a restful moment to listen to special Earth Day stories told by Mother Nature. There will be photo opportunities at the Tree Hugging Booth. Celebrate Mesa will be a “Near Zero Waste” event with compost stations in the two main food areas, numerous blue recycling barrels and additional recycling containers. Free admission.
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Hohokam Stadium, Mesa
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Tempe’s Annual Zero Waste Day is where Tempe and Guadalupe residents may recycle e-waste, hazardous house items and documents, and donate items to charity. Free, secure document shredding. The City will also be giving away free recycled paint.. Drop off the following items and they will be reused, repurposed or recycled whenever possible: Household hazardous waste (cleaners, batteries, light bulbs); Electronics; Appliances (dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves); Scrap metal; Building materials; Automobile tires; Books; Furniture; Clothing, linens, towels, stuffed toys; Plastic bags and wrap. Donate nonperishable food items for the Tempe Community Action Agency. Food items that are greatly needed include peanut butter, canned meats and soups, dried and canned beans, 100% fruit juices, boxed meals, canned vegetables and fruit, whole wheat pasta, multigrain cereals, oatmeal, and macaroni and cheese. Tempe and Guadalupe residents only! You must show proof of Tempe or Guadalupe residency through a driver's license or utility bill.
When: Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Tempe Fire Training Facility, 1340 E. University Drive
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This year, PLANeT Celebration is taking flight and celebrating pollinators. Explore the five unique trails, meet pollinator and conservation specialists, and engage with Desert Botanical Garden plant experts and docents. Activities included with museum admission. More about Desert Botanical Garden.
When: Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
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This free event is open to the public and will have family activities such as face painting, recycling-themed arts and crafts, activities, games, Earth Day giveaways, and a tree planting ceremony.
When: Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: McQueen Park Activity Center, 510 N. Horne Street, GilbertContinue to 5 of 14 below.
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New River and Trail Clean Up
The community is invited to assist in the removal of trash and debris along New River and its trail system for one of the activities from 7 to 10 a.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017 at New River just West of Dream City Church, 21000 N. 75th Ave. This clean up is one of the City of Peoria’s Party for the Planet activities in April celebrating Earth Day. Groups, individuals, youth and adults are invited to participate to help clean our natural environment and keep our community looking great. The event, which began in 2010, is held in partnership with the City of Glendale for five years and Arizona Clean and Beautiful for seven years.
Those interested in volunteering can preregister online. Volunteers must wear tennis shoes or closed-toed shoes. Dress in layers, bring gloves, and wear sunscreen. Water and garbage bags will be provided. Volunteers will meet at the trail entrance at Rose Garden Lane. Volunteer check in is from 6:30 to 7 a.m. Parking is available in the Dream City Church parking lot.
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Hosted by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community's Community Development Department and its Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Division. Fun activities for the whole family, regardless of age. Free lunch to all participants. Environmental Fair filled with learning activities, games, animals, service projects, and family focused activities for all ages. A Household Hazardous Waste Collection will occur from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 480-362-7500.
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Two Waters Tribal Government Complex, 10005 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale
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Planetpalooza in Peoria
The City of Peoria will host its Earth Day festival, the purpose of which is to cultivate environmental stewardship by engaging the community in educational events and workshops, celebration, and awareness-building activities. Planetpalooza will celebrate Earth Day as well demonstrate Peoria's commitment to building a sustainable future. This festival is a free, family-friendly event. There will be food vendors, local musicians and entertainment. Learn to be more sustainable in daily life.
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Westwing Park, Peoria
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A free, family-friendly event including live animal presentations, craft activities, food and beverage vendors, and educational demonstrations highlighting sustainability, water harvesting, composting and entomology. At 9:30 a.m., Mayor Jay Tibshraeny will preside over the official ribbon cutting and grand opening of a new Community Sensory Garden where visitors are invited to make take-home planters, participate in garden crafts and more.
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, ChandlerContinue to 9 of 14 below.
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Get hands on with fun, earth-friendly activities that will help save our environment and all of its creatures from extinction. Make an impact by learning to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Charity Recycling Solutions is paying the Phoenix Zoo for each pound of recycled material received. To help, simply bring your used clothing, bedding, shoes, books, etc. Money raised will go towards the Zoo’s effort to protect endangered species. Earth Day Stations, walking tour, drum circle, crafts, animal shows. Included with regular zoo admission.
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Zoo
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Celebrate Earth Day and the return of the Myotis velifer bat colony to Kartchner Caverns State Park. The event will include presentations by State Park Rangers, kids craft activities, a ranger led hike, and live reptiles from Huachuca Area Herpetological Association.
During the summer, the cave's Big Room serves as a nursery for around 1,000 female cave myotis bats (scientific name Myotis velifer). Pregnant females return to Kartchner Caverns around the end of April, where they give birth to a single pup in late June. Arizona State Parks conducted several studies before development to see how the bats could be best protected. The results of the studies led Arizona State Parks to close the Big Room for tours while the bats are using it. The bat populations are monitored each summer to see that they remain stable. The admission cost is the $7 park entrance fee. Guided cave tours will also be available but should be reserved in advance for an additional cost.
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Kartchner Caverns, Benson (about 2-1/2 hours from downtown Phoenix) - map of Arizona State Parks
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Crafts and games that will focus on the importance of pollinators and the properties of water. Discover the animals that depend on this habitat and how you can help protect this beautiful waterway. There will be hikes and walks available throughout the day. Special guests will include Sedona Philosophy Experience (SPEX) and the Oak Creek Watershed Council (OCWC).
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Red Rock State Park, Sedona (about 2 hours from downtown Phoenix) - map of Arizona State Parks
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Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary, located in Cave Creek, will be celebrating the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Help-A-Horse Day. Free admission, all ages. Nominal charge for some activities. Tierra Madre is home to 32 horses of various breeds. There are former race horses, show horses and mustangs. Earth Day will be celebrated as seen through the eyes of a horse. Activities include horse experiences, tours, horse painting, vendors.
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 27115 N. 45th St., Cave CreekContinue to 13 of 14 below.
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All volunteer groups are invited to help keep Scottsdale roadways “Clean & Scenic” during the upcoming Keep Scottsdale Beautiful citywide clean-up. Please register by Friday, April 14th. Individual and group volunteers are always welcome to participate.
When: April 22, 2017 at noon
Where: Call (480) 312-3111 to be assigned a roadway to clean on a one-time basis.
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Arbor Day 5K activities start at 4:30 p.m. with on-site registration and an event expo, which will include a tree planting. The ARIZONA 811 mile Fun Run will begin at 6 p.m., and the Arbor Day 5K Run/Walk starts at 6:15 p.m. The pre-registration fee is $20 through April 27 and $25 the day of the event. There is no fee for ARIZONA 811 Fun Run, but on-site registration is required. This is a benefit for the Trees for Tempe program.
When: Friday, April 28, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Kiwanis Park