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Best Earth Day Events in Southeast Michigan

It's Tuesday, April 22, 2014, but your family can celebrate before and after with local eco-friendly events in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties

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Show your support for the environment and all things eco-friendly on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. It's Earth Day and the perfect chance to introduce your kids to a green lifestyle through a variety of activities – from crafting fun to nature clean ups to demos. Metro Parent has rounded up some local Earth-friendly fun for you and your family this year – before and after the big day.

Note: Some events require pre-registration. Things change, too, so be sure to call ahead to confirm any of the details you see here!

Earth Day Shakers Craft at Pewabic Pottery

April 5, 2014

  • Address: 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-626-2000
  • Time: 10 a.m.-noon and noon-2 p.m.
  • Cost: $30/person, $45/one child and adult (making one project)

These fun-with-clay workshops happen monthly at this local art spot. This month, kids ages 4-16 will create Earth Day shakers. Register in advance to secure a spot for this workshop.

Nature Tales Butterfly Tales at the Leslie Science & Nature Center

April 5, 2014

  • Address: 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-997-1553
  • Time: 10-11 a.m.
  • Cost: $3/child

Kids ages 1 to 5, along with mom and dad, are welcome to attend this story session, which concludes with a hike to look for butterfly host plants Register for this event or pay at the door.

Space Week at the Michigan Science Center

April 6-12, 2014

  • Address: 5020 John R St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-577-8400
  • Time: noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $13/adult, $10/ages 2-12

The solar system, rockets, the Earth, robots and more – science exploration is in store for seven days at this Detroit spot.

Birds of Prey Show at Schoolcraft College

April 10, 2014

  • Address: Lower Waterman, VisTaTech Center, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-462-4610
  • Time: 1 and 6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

The director of the Wildlife Recovery Association presents this program, which features live birds of prey. You'll see 10 live raptors – including bald eagles, great-horned and short-eared owls, red-tail hawks and northern harriers – up close.

Be the Solution Environmental Films at Genitti's Hole-in-the-Wall

April 19, 2014

  • Address: 108 E. Main St., Northville
  • Phone: 248-840-0248
  • Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $50/person

Peace, Love & Planets launches an environmental film series, which was shot locally using teens from the area. The series focuses on raising awareness about Michigan's environmental issues. This party includes a viewing of the films, live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres and much more. Register in advance; space is limited to 200.

Annual Earth Week Cleanup Day at Oakwoods Metropark

April 19, 2014

  • Address: 32911 Willow Road, New Boston
  • Phone: 734-782-3956
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Cost: Free/volunteers; $7/vehicle entry

Volunteer groups clean sections of the park. All ages are welcome to volunteer for this event. Hot dogs, chips and water will be provided. Larger groups should register in advance.

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