Best Earth Day Events in Southeast Michigan

Celebrate Earth Day 2016 at one of these eco-friendly events in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties

Best Earth Day Events in Southeast Michigan

We only get one planet, and on Friday, April 22, 2016, you get to prove how much you care about it. It’s Earth Day, which means that it’s the perfect time to teach your kids about being “green,” and how they can take care of Mother Earth. From volunteer clean-up efforts to fun environmentally-friendly crafts and educational programs, metro Detroit is packed full of Earth Day activities for you and your family to enjoy. Round up the kids and head outdoors for some eco-centric fun in celebration of Earth Day at one of these local events.

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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 2016 at Schoolcraft College

March 30, 2016

  • Address: DiPonio Room, VisTaTech Center, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-462-4422
  • Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Phi Theta Kappa hosts this presentation on renewable energy in celebration of Earth Day.

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

April 13 and 16, 2016

  • Address: 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-997-1553
  • Time: 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m.-noon Saturday
  • Cost: $4/nonmembers, $3/members

Kids ages 1 to 5 and their caretakers are invited to enjoy a reading of the book Flower Garden by Eve Bunting, then head out to the garden to see if the plants are sprouting. There are hands-on activities, too. Note: Registration required.

26th Annual Earth Week Cleanup Day at Lake St. Clair Metropark

April 16, 2016

  • Address: 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Phone: 586-463-4332
  • Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free, $10/vehicle entry

Come to the park and clean up the litter that puts the park’s wildlife in danger. Lunch included. For ages 9-plus. Preregistration required.

Shoreline Cleanup at Lake Erie Metropark

April 16, 2016

  • Address: 32481 W. Jefferson Ave., Brownstown
  • Phone: 734-379-5020
  • Time: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: Free, $10/vehicle entry

Enjoy a day on the shores of the Detroit River and Lake Erie, cleaning up the litter and other rubbish that collected there over the winter. Pre-register for this event.

Earth Day Cleanup at Oakwoods Metropark

April 16, 2016

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

Volunteer to help clean up the park after a long winter. A free lunch for volunteers will be provided. Register in advance.

Greenfest at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak

April 16-17, 2016

  • 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

There are eco-friendly crafts, chemistry demonstrations, zookeeper talks, games and more. Bring an old cellphone and admission will be discounted to $9.

Ann Arbor Area 45th Annual Earth Day Festival at the Leslie Science & Nature Center

April 17, 2016

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

This annual celebration is put on by 15 local environmental nonprofits and agencies and features displays by 40 environmental groups, live animal demos, hands-on activities, live entertainment, and tons of information on clean energy, sustainable agriculture and other green topics.

Earth Day 2016 Celebration at SOCRRA

April 17, 2016

  • Address: 995 Coolidge Highway, Troy
  • Phone: 248-288-5150 (ask for Karen)
  • Time: noon-3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Take a tour of the recycling facility, see fashion made of recycled materials, make an earth-friendly craft from recycled items, check out a recycling truck, and check out a rain barrel or composting demonstration.

Earth Day Celebration at Heritage Park

April 22, 2016

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

This fourth annual event offers tons of earth-friendly fun like live music, face painting, a free hayride (for the first 100 people), archery, food trucks and more. Plus, find exhibits, STEM experiments, displays and a seedling giveaway – all aimed at teaching families how to save money and energy, and how to reduce their environmental footprints.

Earth Day Celebration at The Nature Room, inside of the Recreation Activities Center

April 22, 2016

  • Address: 4640 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-451-1900
  • Time: 3-6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Participants get to make their own trail mix, do a recycled craft, create a sleeping mat for the homeless, and enjoy the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Greenhouse and MSU Extension 4-H activity centers. A free seedling goes to the first 50 kids that walk through the door, so get there early.

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Caring for the Planet Earth! at Red Oaks Nature Center

April 22, 2016

  • Address: 30300 Hales Road, Madison Heights
  • Phone: 248-585-0100
  • Time: 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Stop by for a compost demo, watch a nature movie, take a short hike and more at this event in Oakland County.

Earth Day Cleanup and Craft at Drayton Plains Nature Center

April 22, 2016

  • Address: 2125 Denby Drive, Waterford
  • Phone: 248-674-5441
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free, bring clean glass jars, rags or craft supplies for admission

Take a walk around the grounds to pick up the litter that accumulated over the long winter, make a recycled craft and plant a seedling. Kids 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Register by phone with Parks and Recreation.

MI Earth Day Fest in Downtown Rochester

April 22-24, 2016

  • Address: Municipal Park, 608 Seventh St., 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 11th annual offers tons of green presentations, wellness programs, including free yoga and health screenings, dance, live entertainment, shopping, kids’ activities and more.

Wayne County Parks Earth Day Extravaganza at the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center

April 23, 2016

  • Address: Nankin Mills Interpretive Center, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

This celebration of our beautiful Earth includes lots of entertainment for kids. Listen to live earth-friendly music with Joe Reilly, make a craft with Arts and Scraps, check out the birds of prey from Leslie Science and Nature Center, explore the Huron-Clinton Metroparks’ Mobile Learning Center and more.

Earth Day Cleanup at Wolcott Mill Metropark

April 23, 2016

  • Address: 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray
  • Phone: 586-752-5932
  • Time: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: Free, $10/vehicle entry

Clean up the rubbish and debris that has collected over the cold winter months. Lunch provided afterward. Pre-registration recommended.

Earth Day at MSU Tollgate Center and Farm

April 23, 2016

  • Address: 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi
  • Phone: 248-735-5628
  • Time: 9-11 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

This annual event puts you in the mood to help the planet through volunteer work in the Harvest Garden.

Earth Day Family Fun Festival at Carl’s Family YMCA

April 24, 2016

  • Address: 300 Family Drive, Milford
  • Phone: 248-685-3020 or 248-889-2734
  • Time: noon-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

This 10th annual event aims to educate the community on how to take care of the Earth, with some educational stations that teach about renewable energy, kids’ activities and crafts, a green fashion show, recycling opportunities and more. This year’s theme is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Arbor Day at Lakeshore Park in Novi

April 30, 2016

  • Address: 601 S. Lake Drive, Novi
  • Phone: 248-735-5628
  • Time: 9-11 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

Give back to the community by planting and mulching trees, weeding and more.

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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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