10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Metro Detroit

A list of green, earth-loving activities to enjoy throughout April


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Photograph courtesy of Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Earth Day is right around the corner (April 22), and metro Detroit is celebrating all month long. From shoreline cleanups and engaging workshops to eco-friendly festivals, here’s a few ways to volunteer and some spots to visit in honor of the holiday.


Detroit Zoo GreenFest: In celebration of Earth Day, the Detroit Zoo will host a one-day event to educate visitors about environmental conservation and sustainability. GreenFest will feature chemistry demonstrations, zookeeper talks, information on farm-to-table food options, and more. In addition, a 6-foot solar system called the Smartflower will bloom, and is expected to generate more than 4,000 kilowatts of electricity year round, powering various areas of the zoo. April 14. Free with admission. 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-541-5717; detroitzoo.org          

All About Monarchs Garden Workshop: Monarch butterfly numbers have declined 90 percent over the past decade. At this event, guests will learn about these regal creatures and how they can save them. Master gardener and composter Jean Persely will share information about Monarch butterfly annual migration patterns, their life cycle, and how to raise them. There will also be helpful supplies, including mesh butterfly habitats and books, available for purchase. April 19. $12. 1100 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores; 313-884-4222; fordhouse.org

Body, Mind, Green Community Expo: This 6th annual community expo, hosted by the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce, will feature local businesses dedicated to health, wellness, and the environment. Vendors will get the chance to showcase options related to fitness, environmental sustainability, nutrition, and much more. April 19. Free. 6093 Flemings Lake Rd., Village of Clarkston; 248-625-8055; clarkston.org

MI Earth Day Fest: The 13th annual celebration, called one the planet’s largest and liveliest Earth Day celebrations, is returning to Rochester Municipal Park/City Center area on the banks of Paint Creek. The event will highlight more than 100 exhibitors offering eco-friendly products, services, and free samples, along with hands-on workshops, health checks, food trucks, award-winning local talent, and more. April 20-22. Free general admission. 600 Pine St., Rochester; migreenteam.com

Metroparks Earth Day Cleanup: Celebrate Earth Day with preservation events at various Metropark locations, including a shoreline cleanup at Lake St. Clair and farm upkeep at Walcott Mills. Volunteers will get a chance to maintain the recreation and education areas and are welcome to a free lunch. Girl Scouts will have the chance to earn a Fun Patch. Volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring a pair of work gloves. Register at metroparks.com/earth. April 21-22. Free across various locations. 810-227-2757; metroparks.com

Belle Isle Spring Cleanup: Participate in an island-wide cleanup effort at Belle Isle, while also getting a chance to visit the Athletic Complex, which is not typically open to the public. Featuring a hotdog lunch and a community celebration along with cleanup, this event will help preserve, celebrate, and support the iconic island. Participants are encouraged to bring their own rake, work gloves, and any other tools. Onsite supplies will be available while they last. April 21. Free. Recreation Field Dr., Detroit; 313-331-7760; belleisleconservancy.org

D.I.Y Recycling Workshop: Celebrate Earth Day by making unique and fun crafts using recycled materials. Participants will get a chance to create special keepsakes while also discovering ways to help the Earth. Those who are interested are encouraged to pre-register by phone. April 21. $4. 32911 Willow Rd., New Boston, MI 48164, 734-782-3956, metroparks.com

Earth Day Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup: Volunteer with the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) as they lead a cleanup event along the Detroit River in Milliken State Park. Participants will prevent trash from entering the Great Lakes and will assist with a citizen science data collection effort to categorize the type of litter collected in the area. April 22. Included with OAC admission. 1801 Atwater St., Detroit; 844-622-6367; michigan.gov

Royal Oak Farmers’ Market Earth Day Celebration: Celebrate Earth Day by taking a stroll through the Royal Oak Farmers’ Market, where visitors can purchase rain barrels, receive expert advice from a Master Gardener, learn more about solar panels for their homes, and much more. April 22nd. Free. 316 E 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-246-3000; romi.gov

Arbor Day Commemorative Tree Planting: On the last Friday of April, the Forestry Division in Rochester Hills will conduct its annual tree planting ceremony with the Mayor and local youth groups. Various locations including Borden, Spencer, and Avondale Parks, and City Hall grounds have been chosen in the past for tree planting, and this year another area will see more green on its grounds. April 27. Free. 350 Estate Dr., Rochester; 248.656.4673; rochesterhills.org

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