The Oklahoma City metro area has a number of events and activities in celebration of Earth Day 2017, a chance to recognize the positive impact we can make on our planet by pitching in. If you have an Oklahoma City Earth Day event to add to the list, let me know about it.
- Open Streets Day
From noon to 4 p.m. on April 2, NW 23rd between Western and Robinson will be completely vehicle-free, creating a safe place for families to ride bikes, run and more. See openstreetsokc.com for more information.
- Special Hazardous Waste Collection
The city will hold a special hazardous waste collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 29 at State Fair Park. Open to OKC residents only, the collection gives an opportunity to dispose of items such as ammunition, tires, pharmaceuticals and computer equipment. Make sure to bring a current water bill stub to prove residency, and be aware that they won't accept televisions, wheels, rims and off-road tires.
- Community Tree Planting at Will Rogers Gardens
Head out at 11 a.m. on April 7 and learn how to plant and prune.
- Free Bus Rides
Oklahoma City's Embark transit system typically offers free bus rides throughout Earth Day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2017 information TBA.
- Earth Day Adventure Walk at Myriad Botanical Gardens
From 10:30-11:30 a.m. on April 22, kids gather seeds and learn about nature. Get reservation information.
- Free Shred Day
Bring financial and personal documents for free shredding and recycling at 5519 NW 4th for Waste Management Recycle America and the Utilities Department’s free shred day. 2017 date TBA.
- Party for the Planet at the OKC Zoo
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 22, the zoo will feature live music, giveaways, family activities and much more in observance of Earth Day. Events are included with regular zoo admission.
- Earth Fest at Martin Park Nature Center
From 1-3 p.m. on April 29, the Martin Park Nature Center in NW Oklahoma City will celebrate with Earth Fest, a series of Earth-friendly educational seminars on alternative fuel cars and more. The event includes family-oriented games, crafts and other nature-based activities.
- Creek Cleanup at Edgemere Park
From 1-5 p.m. on April 22, Fertile Ground, in conjunction with Oklahoma City Department of Parks and Recreation and Storm Water Quality Division, hosts a cleanup of the Deep Fork Creek tributary. Volunteers are invited. For more information, call (801) 891- 3959.