On April 22nd, 1970, Americans celebrated the first “Earth Day.” Originally proposed by Gaylord Nelson, a US Senator from Wisconsin, the annual event is now a global holiday dedicated to sustainability education and environmental remediation. As both Wisconsinites and global citizens, each of us has the potential to continue Nelson’s legacy by getting involved in Earth Day clean-up and education events in our communities. Lucky for us, amazing local environmental organizations and small businesses throughout the state are hosting some cool events this year to help you go green! Keep reading to find an awesome Earth Day event near you.
Work*Play*Earth Day 2019 – Various State Parks (Various Dates)
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is hosting a series of Earth Day events around the state to help Wisconsinites clean up their favorite state parks as a part of their “Get Outdoors!” nature program. Their Work*Play*Earth Day events includes trash collection, invasive species removal, and more.
Locations and dates for their Work*Play*Earth Day events can be found here.
Klode Park Beach Cleanup – Whitefish Bay (April 28th)
Surfrider Foundation Milwaukee and Lake Effect Co. are teaming up to host this event for Greater Milwaukee Area residents on April 28th! The beach cleanup takes place from 10 AM to noon with cleanup supplies provided. Surfrider is a global foundation devoted to protecting our water, and their Milwaukee chapter works to keep Lake Michigan clean and safe. Lake Effect Co., a Wisconsin-based apparel brand and blog inspired by northern lake culture, is donating 5% of their sales to the Surfrider Foundation Milwaukee. If you can’t attend the event, consider making a purchase from their store to fund local sustainability efforts!
Check out their Facebook event here!
2019 Earth Day Conference – Madison (April 22nd)
The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is hosting their thirteenth annual Earth Day Conference this year! Their 2019 theme is “Imagine and Adapt: Possibilities in a Changing World.” The event will feature notable keynote speakers like climate-fiction author, Kim Stanley Robinson, and climate change adaption leader, Yolanda Joab. Discussions will focus on some of the biggest challenges that climate change presents and offer meaningful discussion on potential solutions to overcome them. Tickets to the event start at $15.
You can learn more about and register for the conference here.
Ghidorzi Green & Clean – Wausau (April 27th)
Residents of the Greater Wausau Area come together each year to beautify their community at the Ghidorzi Green & Clean annual cleanup event. This year’s event starts at 8 AM. Participants will meet at Corporate Cove Tower and then travel to various towns in the area, including Wausau, Rib Mountain, Schofield, Rothschild, and Weston, to collect trash. The event concludes at 11 AM. Trash bags, gloves, and safety green t-shirts are provided. You can register as an individual or as a group, but be sure to do so in advance!
Get more details on the Ghidorzi Green & Clean event and register for free here.
Give A Daam After Earth Day Event – Green Bay (May 5th)
Created by Marissa, a student from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, Give A Daam Ventures, LLC seeks to provide UWGB students with affordable and energy-efficient housing options near campus. As a part of her company’s mission to prioritize sustainability, Give A Daam Ventures hosted its first annual cleanup in 2018. This year’s second annual event takes place from 1 – 3 PM at Joannes Park.
Learn more about the Give A Daam After Earth Day Event, as well as their aluminum can-paign and shirts for solar, here.
What will you be doing to celebrate Earth Day? Additional event suggestions are welcome in the comments below!