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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

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.

 

Earth Day 2014 Celebration at SOCRRA

April 21-26, 2014

  • Address: 995 Coolidge Highway, Troy
  • Phone: 248-288-5150
  • Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-noon Saturday
  • Cost: Free

Take a tour of the recycling center, check out eco-friendly art projects and more. Plus, grab a hot dog and chips.

Earth Day Celebration at the Farmington Hills Nature Center

April 22, 2014

  • Address: 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-477-1135
  • Time: 5-7 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Enjoy guided excursions (geocaching), learning about animals in Heritage Park, a face painter and a Native American story teller by campfire. Peace, Love & Planet leads a few activities, as well, plus catch exhibits by local orgs, including a composting demonstration. For a fee, grab a grilled cheese sandwich and different snacks and fruits. Kids also make their own newspaper pots. After, there's an adult-geared Earth Day party at the Longacre House focusing on local environmental policymakers.

Earth Day Celebration at the Creature Conservancy

April 22, 2014

  • Address: 4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-929-9324
  • Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $10/person, plus a food donation for the animals

Meet some new animals on Earth Day – such as the two-toed tree sloth, a Parma wallaby, colorful macaws, a giant tortoise and more. This program is not recommended for kids under 10. Be sure to register for this event.

Michigan Earth Day Fest in Downtown Rochester

April 25-27, 2014

  • Address: Downtown area, Rochester
  • Phone: 810-908-9976
  • Time: 4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

This ninth annual event features more than 150 exhibitors, concessions, kids activities and much more.

Arbor Day at Lakeshore Park in Novi

April 26, 2014

  • Address: 601 S. Lake Drive, Novi
  • Phone: 248-347-0400
  • Time: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: Free

Volunteer – and give back to the community – by planting and mulching trees.

Super Seedlings at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens

April 26, 2014

  • Address: 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-647-7600
  • Time: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: $8/child

Seeds come in all different sizes. How does a tiny seed grow into a great big plant, like a sunflower? Find out, and learn how to give your seeds the best start, by planting some to take home. Kids learn a lot in this Little Green Thumbs program at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

Minnows: Earth Day at Lake Erie Metropark

April 26, 2014

  • Address: 32481 W. Jefferson Ave., Brownstown
  • Phone: 734-379-5020
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Cost: $3/person, $7/vehicle entry

Learn about going green during this fun family program!

Earth Day Clean Up at Indian Springs Metropark

April 26, 2014

  • Address: 5200 Indian Trail, White Lake
  • Phone: 248-625-7280
  • Time: 1 p.m.
  • Cost: free; $7/vehicle entry

People of all ages can do their part to help with this cleanup – to keep the park clean for everyone to enjoy. Pre-register for this event. Also, there will be a plant exchange from 1 to 3 p.m.

Greenfest at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak

April 26-27, 2014

  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-541-5717
  • Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free with admission: $14/ages 15-plus, $10/ages 2-14

Earth-friendly crafts, a scavenger hunt, enrichment activities and more are in store for families. Plus, there will be zookeeper talks and exhibits by local conservation groups.

Earth Day Festival at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

April 27, 2014

  • Address: 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-997-1553
  • Time: Noon-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Meet with 40 local environmental groups, enjoy live entertainment, crafts and much more during this annual event. Gemini performs children's songs and story telling, kids get an introduction to bats – Michigan's only flying mammal – there will be hikes through Black Pond Woods and much more.

Celebrate Earth Day with The Lorax at Lake St. Clair Metropark

April 27, 2014

  • Address: 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Phone: 586-463-4332
  • Time: 1 p.m.
  • Cost: $4/person, $7/vehicle entry

Watch a 30-minute flick – Dr. Seuss' The Lorax – then make your own recycled paper. Plus, you'll get a tree to take home and plant. Pre-registration is required.

Earth Week Cleanup at Lake St. Clair Metropark

May 3, 2014

  • Address: 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Phone: 586-463-4332
  • Time: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: Free, $7/vehicle entry

Call to pre-register for this event, which includes free breakfast and lunch. Do your part to keep the park clean and safe for all the roaming wildlife!

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