Earth Day Events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Celebrate Mother Earth on April 22, 2019, at one of these eco-friendly Earth Day events in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Planet earth on a teal background

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 2019?

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!

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Earth Day Cleanup at Lake Erie Metropark

April 13, 2019

  • 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-registration required.

Earth Day at Nankin Mills Park in Westland

April 13, 2019 

  • Address: Hines Drive, Westland
  • Phone: 734-261-9498
  • Time: 1-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Find live animals, educational programming on bees, recycled crafts and more.

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

April 18, 2019

  • Address: 4640 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-451-1900
  • Time: 4-7 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Participants get to make a recycled craft, take a nature hike and interact with live animals.

Earth Day Cleanup at Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center 

April 20, 2019

  • 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 Cleanup at Oakwoods Metropark

April 20, 2019

  • 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. Registration required.

Green Day at the Belle Isle Nature Center in Detroit 

April 20, 2019 

  • Address: 176 Lakeside Drive, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-852-4056
  • Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free/admission, $11/recreation passport

Find eco-friendly crafts, games for kids, stories, zoo keeper talks, educational exhibits and more.

Earth Day Extravaganza at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit

April 20, 2019 

  • Address: 1801 Atwater St., Detroit
  • Phone: 844-622-6367
  • Time: 2-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free with admission: $3/kids, $5/adults

Learn why it’s important to take care of Earth and some of the changes that you can make to do so. Crafts and other activities too.

MI Earth Day Fest in Downtown Rochester

April 26-28, 2019

  • 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 14th annual offers tons of green presentations, wellness programs, including free yoga and health screenings, dance, live entertainment, shopping, kids’ activities and more.

Arbor Day at Rotary Park in Novi

April 27, 2019

  • 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.

29th Annual Earth Day Clean-up at Lake St. Clair Metropark

April 27, 2019

  • 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. Pre-registration required.

Greenfest at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak

April 27, 2019

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

There are eco-friendly crafts, science demonstrations, zookeeper talks, games and much more.

Earth Day 5K & Kids Run in Downtown Rochester 

April 28, 2019

  • Address: Downtown Rochester area
  • Phone: 248-656-8308
  • Time: 8-9 a.m./packet pick-up, 9 a.m./half-mile, 9:15 a.m./mile, 9:30 a.m./5K
  • Cost: $15/kids under 12, $30/adults

Find half- and full-mile races for kids and a 5K for adults. Registration required.

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

April 28, 2019

  • 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.

Looking for more Earth day events, or other family fun things to do this weekend? See the Metro Parent calendar

This post is updated regularly. 

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