Best Earth Day Events in Southeast Michigan

It's Wednesday, April 22, 2015, but your family can celebrate all month with local eco-friendly events in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Best Earth Day Events in Southeast Michigan

Show the world just how much you care on Tuesday, April 22, 2015. It’s Earth Day and why not show your kids what it truly means to “go green?” From volunteering to clean the community, to fun, artsy environmental crafts, families can develop a newfound appreciation for the Earth. Metro Parent has rounded up some local eco-centric 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!

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Solar System at the Michigan Science Center

April 6-10, 2015

  • Address: 5020 John R St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-577-8400
  • Time: 1 p.m.
  • Cost: $13/adult, $10/ages 2-12

The solar system, asteroids, the Earth, comets and more – science exploration is in store for five days at this Detroit spot.

Earth Day 2015 at Schoolcraft College

April 13, 2015

  • Address: DiPoinio Room, VisTaTech Center, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-462-4610
  • Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Noted wildlife expert Joe Rogers presents this program, which features games and activities related to Earth Day and resource conservation. You’ll learn about global and environmental issues while understanding the impact of “invasive species” in the Great Lakes region.

Minnows at Lake Erie Metropark

April 18, 2015

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

Kids ages 2-5 can create crafts, play games and even do a bit of show and tell. Make sure to register for this event.

23rd Annual Earth Week Cleanup Day at Lake St. Clair Metropark

April 18, 2015

  • Address: 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Phone: 586-463-4332
  • Time: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: Free, $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 Clean-Up at Wolcott Mill Metropark

April 18, 2015

  • Address: 657775 Wolcott Road, Ray
  • Phone: 586-749-5997
  • Time: 10 a.m.-Noon
  • Cost: Free, $7/vehicle entry

Make sure to pre-register for this event. Lend a helping hand and volunteer to help clean the park. As a thank you, lunch isprovided afterwards.

Earth Day Clean-Up at Oakwoods Metropark

April 18, 2015

  • 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 are provided. Larger groups should register in advance.

Greenfest at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak

April 18-19, 2015

  • 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 zookeeper talks and exhibits by local conservation groups.

Ann Arbor Area 44th Annual Earth Day Festival at the Leslie Science & Nature Center

April 19, 2015

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

Sponsored by many nonprofit organizations, this event features live animal demonstrations, hands-on activities, live entertainment and more. Make sure to bring your reusable water bottle to recycle; this is a zero-waste event!

Earth Day 2015 Celebration at SOCRRA

April 19, 2015

  • Address: 995 Coolidge Highway, Troy
  • Phone: 248-288-5150
  • Time: Noon-3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Take a tour of the recycling center, make the solar system using art scraps, play games using recycled materials and much more. Plus grab something to eat once you’re done!

Earth Day Celebration at Heritage Park

April 22, 2015

  • Address: 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-473-1800
  • Time: 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Enjoy guided excursions (geocaching), learning about animals in Heritage Park, a face painter and a Native American storyteller by campfire. Peace, Love & Planet leads a few activities; plus catch exhibits by local orgs, including a composting demo. 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.

MI Earth Day Fest in Downtown Rochester

April 24-26, 2015

  • 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.

The Very Last Green Thing at the Detroit Opera House

April 25, 2015

  • Address: 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-237-7464
  • Times: 1:30 p.m./family Earth Day event, 2:30 p.m./show
  • Cost: $30-$50/general, $15/ages 5-17

The Michigan Opera Theatre’s Children’s Chorus presents this show set in 2192, when students head out on a rare field trip and find a withering plant in a time capsule.

Arbor Day at Lakeshore Park in Novi

April 25, 2015

  • Address: 601 S. Lake Drive, Novi
  • Phone: 248-347-0400
  • Time: 9-11 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

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

Super Seedlings at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens

April 25, 2015

  • 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.

Earth Day Family Fun Festival at Carl’s Family YMCA

April 26, 2015

  • Address: 300 Family Drive, Milford
  • Phone: 248-685-3020
  • Time: Noon-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Lots of kid activities and crafts, an environmental dance, green fashion show, education stations and more. Every visitor gets a seedling to take home to plant.

Nature Tales: A Lowly Tale at the Leslie Science & Nature Center

April 25, 2015

  • Address: 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-997-1553
  • Time: 10-11 a.m.
  • Cost: $4/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 what lives low and below the ground. Register for this event or pay at the door.

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

April 26, 2015

  • 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.

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  • Growing Together: An Earth Day Conversation About Detroit’s Future
    Address: WCCCD – Downtown Campus, 1001 W Fort Street, Detroit
    Phone: (313) 965-0055
    Time: 5:30 Reception | 6 to 8pm Presentations & Discussion
    Cost: Free

    Summary: We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for! Celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day by connecting with your neighbors, organizations, and public officials in a thoughtful dialogue about transforming our city into a community that benefits us all. This is an evening for us to slow down, examine ourselves and city processes, and find resources for our neighborhoods to grow in a healthy way.


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