Earth Day Events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Celebrate Mother Earth on April 22, 2022, 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 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 2022?

From volunteer clean-ups to craft days and festivals, metro Detroit and Ann Arbor are 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! Also, make sure to check out their protocols.


Earth Day Story Time

April 16, 2022

Children will join the library for a story time specifically for Earth Day. After the story, they will be able to test the water quality of the Clinton River and learn more about caring for the world’s natural resources.

Earth Day Celebration at Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center

April 23, 2022

Meet live animal ambassadors and learn how you can be kind to wildlife. There will also be eco-friendly crafts, scheduled guided hikes and educational stations at this event.

Earth Day Clean-Up at Lake St. Clair Metropark

April 23, 2022

Meet at the Activity Center at Lake St. Clair Metropark to pick up your tools, safety equipment and area assignments. Help clean the park up in celebration of Earth Day. Snacks and waters will be provided. Pre-registration required by 4 p.m. April 22.

Earth Day Clean-Up at Stony Creek Metropark

April 23, 2022

Celebrate Earth Day with this park clean-up. Check in at the Park Office at Stony Creek Metropark to pick up your trash bags, gloves and directions/map to your assigned cleanup area. Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. April 20.


Earth Day Celebration at the Recreation Activities Center

April 19, 2022

Explore the Outdoor Natural Play Area and celebrate Mother Earth with a recycled craft, live animal interactions and guided hikes. Can register with or without the hike. Pre-registration required.

Earth Day Celebration at Heritage Park

April 22, 2022

Enjoy some family fun activities, face painting, earth-friendly crafts, live music, informational booths, giveaways, local food trucks and more at this event that celebrates the planet. Low-cost hayrides will also be offered.

Earth Day Recycled Musical Instruments

April 22, 2022

Kids ages 5-10 will enjoy creating their own musical instruments out of recycled materials in honor of Earth Day. Registration required.

Earth Day Celebration at the Stage Nature Center

April 23, 2022 

Reconnect with nature and celebrate Earth Day at this family event. Participants will learn about recycling, plants and pollution with a series of activities and games. Dress for the weather. Ages 5-plus.

Earth Day Event at Walking Lightly, Local Refillery & Zero Waste Store

April 23, 2022

Activities at this Earth Day celebration include a recycled cotton tote for the first 25 shoppers, DIY seed bombs and more. Marilyn’s Superfruit & Smoothie Truck will also be there 2-4 p.m.

Earth Day Huron Clean-Up Event at Indian Village Park

April 23, 2022

The all-ages event will take place at Indian Village Park. Participants will help by raking leaves, picking up trash, cleaning up graffiti, more. Snacks will be provided. Make sure to bring gloves, flat head shovels and rakes.

The Oakland County Earth Day March, Rally and Fair

April 23, 2022

Oakland County communities will take administrative action to fight against the climate crisis while creating justice, protecting future generations and creating sustainable jobs at this march. The Earth Fair will feature live music, art, a march and speeches from political leaders.

Earth Day Shakers Workshop at The Hawk

April 24, 2022

The Hawk Ceramics Studio Lab puts on a monthly themed youth workshop for kids ages 6-8 and 9-12. April’s workshop is Earth Day Shakers. All supplies are included in the registration fee.

Virtual Earth Day Storytime

April 24, 2022 

Join the library over Zoom to celebrate all Earth has to offer with stories, songs and fingerplays. This event is recommended for ages 3-5 years. This program is open to anyone with a valid library card in their system. Registration is required.


Electronics Recycling at Ypsilanti District Library

April 23, 2022

Celebrate Earth Day by recycling your unwanted computers, printers and other household electronics. Check website for the list of acceptable and non-acceptable items. When you arrive, stay in your vehicle with the items in your trunk. Limited to residents and businesses of Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township, and Superior Township.

Earth Day Festival 2022 

April 24, 2022

This annual celebration will feature hands on activities, live entertainment, displays and more. This family-friendly fest will be a zero-waste event so make sure to bring your reusable water bottle.


Little Scientists – Earth Day

April 16, 2022

Kids ages 2-7 will learn all about taking care of the Earth through science experiments and crafts. Registration required.

Sustainable Style: CPL Fashion Swap 

April 20, 2022 

In honor of Earth Month, CPL will offer its very first fashion swap. The swap will allow women 18 and up to “shop” and swap their clothing and accessories. Create a tote bag to carry your items in at the craft table. Registration required.

Connected to All: Environment + People + Community and Beacon Park Garden Tour

April 20-24, 2022 

This Earth Day event will educate visitors about plants and trees and will be led by the park’s landscaper, Ed Ashcraft. At the end of the tour, visitors are invited to plant a bulb at the park. It will also feature a juried outdoor art exhibition with paintings, photography, prints and other unique art forms for sale and for viewing.

2022 Earth Day Celebration

April 22, 2022

Hear presentations and information on their continued effort in Westland to make it an ideal place to live, work and play. Hear about their latest program, “Feet on the Street,” which will educate residents on the curb-side recycling program.

Earth Day Celebration at Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

April 22, 2022

Join Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for children’s activities, garden tours and educational opportunities at this Earth Day event.

Dequindre Cut Spring Cleanup

April 23, 2022

This cleanup event will focus on removing litter from the Dequindre Cut Greenway and surrounding streets. Volunteer for a few focused hours or casually collect litter as you walk. Trash bags, gloves and a limited number of trash pickers and rakes will be provided. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Detroit River Coalition Earth Day Clean Up

April 23, 2022

Sign up to volunteer for a time slot to clean up the state park in honor of Earth Day. Dress for the weather. Trash bags and latex gloves will be provided. For all ages.

Downtown Wayne Clean Up Day 2022

April 23, 2022

A city-wide cleanup for Earth Day. Register before April 11 in order to receive a t-shirt. A morning snack bar and pizza will be provided. Please bring your own brooms, shovels and other cleaning equipment. Trash bags will be provided. Registration required.

Earth Day 2022 at Bailey Park NDC Hub

April 23, 2022

Celebrate the planet by taking part in family-friendly activities and information such as composing, stormwater migration, bioaccumulation, soil contamination, invasive species and more.

Earth Day Clean-Up at Lake Erie Metropark

April 23, 2022

Volunteers for this event will help clean-up along the picnic areas and shoreline of the park. All ages welcome (children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult). Supplies will be provided. Pre-registration required by April 22 at 4 p.m.

Gwen Frostic Day at Greenmead Historical Park

April 23, 2022

Greenmead Historical Park brings you an event to celebrate the return of spring, and the life of Michigan nature artist, Gwen Frostic. Take a walk and meet some critters along the way. You will collect objects for an arts and crafts activity. For ages 4-10. Advanced registration is required. 

Teen Earth Day Clean Up

April 23, 2022

Teens in grades 7-12 can join William P. Faust Public Library to help clean local parks and neighborhoods. Trash bags, gloves and other supplies will be provided. A signed waiver will be required to participate, which will be emailed to you once you register. Registration required.

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

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