In its 43rd year this year, Earth Day is celebrated in almost 200 countries. Celebrated on April 22nd every year, Earth Day was created as a global day of observation towards supporting and preserving the environment. On this day, we are reminded of the damage being done to our planet, and what we can do to prevent and counteract that damage. Throughout the state of Michigan, Earth Day is celebrated at various points throughout the second half of April with different clean-ups, educational sessions, festivals, hikes and more.
The following events celebrate Earth Day (and Arbor Day) in Michigan. For a full list of Earth Day celebrations in your area, visit the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality website.
–2nd Annual Dirt Fest: The Dirt Fest occurs on April 20th from 2pm to 9pm on Northwestern Michigan’s main campus. The free, family-friendly Fest incorporates music (like Grand Rapids’ own The Crane Wives), art, and environmental education workshops like composting and community gardening. Dirt Fest aims to promote both local and global environmental preservation.
–Arbor Day Hike: The Arbor Day Hike is on April 27th from 5 pm to 7pm at Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Paradise, Michigan. The hike is guided throughout the Upper Falls and focuses on locating large trees in the area.
–Detroit Zoo Green Fest: The Detroit Zoo holds an Earth Day celebration on April 20th and 21st from 9am to 3pm. Green Fest is free with general zoo admission and hosts earth-friendly crafts, an endangered species scavenger hunt, animal enrichment activities, zookeeper talks, and exhibits by local preservation groups. Additional festival activities include a rock-climbing wall, family yoga, composting demonstrations, live entertainment, and more.
–Constitution Hall Earth Day Celebration: Every year, Constitution Hall celebrates our youth and Earth Day with a daylong environmental learning fair. Open only to K-5 students on April 18th, the fair has musicians, artists, nonprofits, and community organizations focusing on educating Michigan’s youth on environmental preservation.
–Annual Lakeshore Earth Day Celebration: In Grand Haven on April 20th from 12pm to 1pm, there will be a community Green Earth March. The walk goes through the community and promotes green transportation by requiring that all participants march in anything that doesn’t use fossil fuels—like feet or bicycles.
–West Michigan Needs Water Earth Day Celebration: WMEAC and Founders Brewing Co. team up to host this night of entertainment and environmental benefit on April 16th from 7pm to 9pm. The event benefits and protects freshwater resources in West Michigan.
How are you celebrating Earth Day this year?
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