Best Earth Day Events in Southeast Michigan

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2017 at one of these eco-friendly 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.

Looking for ways to get your kids tuned into learning about our environment and appreciating nature in 2017? 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 Celebration at The Nature Room, West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation

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April 21, 2017

  • 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 Hospital Greenhouse meet-and-greet with a farmer – and more. 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 21-23, 2017

  • 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 12th annual offers tons of green presentations, wellness programs, including free yoga and health screenings, dance, live entertainment, shopping, kids’ activities and more.

Earth Day at the Michigan Science Center

April 22, 2017

  • Address: 5020 John R St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-577-8400
  • Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free with admission: $14/adults, $11/ages 2-12, free/under age 2

Celebrate Earth Day at the Michigan Science Center by making clouds, exploring icy worlds and so much more through hands-on fun.

27th Annual Earth Week Cleanup Day at Lake St. Clair Metropark

April 22, 2017

  • 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. For ages 9-plus. Preregistration required.

Shoreline Cleanup at Lake Erie Metropark

April 22, 2017

  • 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 22, 2017

  • 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.

Greenfest at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak

April 22, 2017

  • 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 at the Green Games Gallery. Bring an old cell phone and admission will be discounted to $9.

Farmington Hills Earth Day Event at Heritage Park Nature Center

April 22, 2017

  • 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, 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 Cleanup and Craft at Drayton Plains Nature Center

April 22, 2017

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

Earth Day in Royal Oak at the Royal Oak Farmers Market

April 22, 2017

  • Address: 316 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-246-3300
  • Time: 7 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.

Earth Day Cleanup at Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center

April 22, 2017

  • 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 MSU Tollgate Center and Farm

April 22, 2017

  • 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.

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

April 23, 2017

  • 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.

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

April 27 and 29, 2017

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

Kids ages 1 to 5 and their caretakers are invited to the Leslie Science & Nature Center on Thursday and Saturday evenings to enjoy hands-on outdoor nature activities like animal encounters, guided hikes, games, and story time. The program will take place rain or shine, dress accordingly and registration is required.

Arbor Day at Rotary Park in Novi

April 29, 2017

  • Address: 43396 Ashbury Drive, Novi
  • Phone: 248-735-5628
  • Time: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: Free

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