Earth Day Events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Celebrate Mother Earth on April 22, 2018, at one of these eco-friendly Earth Day events in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Planet Earth gives us food, water, shelter and all of the things necessary to keep us going. Every year on Earth Day, April 22, we get to celebrate our beautiful blue orb by showing how much we care about it by cleaning her up and enjoying other Earth Day events.

Looking for ways to get your kids tuned into learning about our environment and appreciating nature in 2018? From volunteer clean-ups to craft days and festivals, metro Detroit is chock-full of fun Earth Day activities for all ages to enjoy. Gear up, go green and head outside to give back to Mother Earth.

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 Painting Party at The Friendship Factory in Royal Oak 

April 13, 2018 

  • Address: 210 W University Dr, Suite 1, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-890-7277
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: $25
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Paint an Earth-inspired piece of artwork to take home. Registration required.

Greenfest at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak

April 14, 2018

  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-541-5717
  • Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free with admission: $15/ages 19-plus, $11/ages 2-18, $8/parking

There are eco-friendly crafts, chemistry demonstrations, zookeeper talks, games and a 16-foot ground-mounted solar system.

Earth Day Celebration at The Nature Room, West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation

April 20, 2018

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

Participants get to make a recycled craft, explore the indoor and outdoor play areas and meet with Rocky from Paw Patrol A free seedling goes to the first 50 kids that walk through the door, so get there early.

MI Earth Day Fest in Downtown Rochester

April 20-22, 2018

  • Address: Third and Waters streets, Rochester
  • Phone: 810-908-9976
  • Time: 4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: Free

This 13th annual offers tons of green presentations, wellness programs, including free yoga and health screenings, dance, live entertainment, shopping, kids’ activities and more.

Earth Day Celebration at the Royal Oak Farmers Market

April 21, 2018

  • Address: 316 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-246-3300
  • Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

The Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board presents this community event. Purchase a rain barrel for $60, get recycling information, chat with local experts about landscaping, rooftop solar panels and more. There’s fun for the kids, too.

28th Annual Earth Day Clean-up at Lake St. Clair Metropark

April 21, 2018

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

Meet at the Lake St. Clair Nature Center to clean up the litter that puts the park’s wildlife in danger. Lunch included. Preregistration required.

Earth Day Cleanup at Lake Erie Metropark

April 21, 2018

  • Address: 32481 W. Jefferson Ave., Brownstown
  • Phone: 734-379-5020
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • 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 21, 2018

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

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

Earth Day Toss or Turn? at the Roseville Public Library 

April 21, 2018 

  • Address: 29777 Gratiot Ave., Roseville
  • Phone: 586-445-5407
  • Time: 2-3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Learn about the three “Rs” of taking care of the environment and make a recycled craft to take home, too. Registration required.

Earth Day Cleanup at Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center 

April 22, 2018

  • 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 and a free wagon ride will be provided afterward. Pre-registration recommended. Note: There is another cleanup 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Historic Center, located at 64162 Kunstman Road.

Earth Day at the Farmington Hills Nature Center 

April 22, 2018

  • Address: 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-477-1135
  • Time: noon-2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

This annual event offers tons of earth-friendly fun like live music, face painting, recycled crafts, food trucks and more. Plus, find exhibits, STEM experiments, displays and more – all aimed at teaching families how to save money and energy, and how to reduce their environmental footprints.

Earth Day Celebration at Drayton Plains Nature Center

April 22, 2018

  • Address: 2125 Denby Drive, Waterford
  • Phone: 248-674-5441
  • Time: noon-2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

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.

Ann Arbor’s Annual Earth Day Festival at the Leslie Science & Nature Center

April 22, 2018

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

This free annual celebration is put on by 40 local environmental nonprofits, agencies and governmental organizations, live animal demos, hands-on activities, live entertainment, and tons of information on clean energy, sustainable agriculture and other green topics. In true Earth Day spirit, it will be a Zero Waste event made possible by Recycle Ann Arbor and their grant from the Ann Arbor Area Community foundation. Visitors can bring their reusable water bottles and recycle them at the event.

Earth Day Outdoor Adventure at the Stage Nature Center in Troy 

April 22, 2018 

  • Address: 6685 Coolidge Hwy., Troy,
  • Phone: 248-688-9703
  • Time: 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Cost: $15-$18

Kids ages 5-plus can really connect with nature at this event. They’ll even get a potted plant to take home.

Arbor Day at Rotary Park in Novi

April 28, 2018

  • Address: 43396 Ashbury 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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