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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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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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