These Phoenix area Earth Day events and activities appear in date order. Check back often, as I add events to this listing throughout the month of April.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice. Photo of Earth Courtesy NASA.
Solar chefs from Tempe and around the Valley will bring solar ovens with all food cooked by the sun or grown in the Arizona sunshine. Ovens start cooking at 8 a.m. and the formal event starts at 10 a.m. Learn about solar cooking, hear a steel drum band and listen to story telling about the earth. A family-friendly event. Free admission.
When: Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Daley Park, 1625 South College Avenue, Tempe
The City of Mesa Solid Waste Management Department will present a special Earth Day themed storybook reading featuring the book, Recycle Every Day! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. The book will be read by City of Mesa staff members in honor of Earth Day at 10:30 a.m. Charlie the Recycling Chimp mascot will make a special guest appearance at all three sessions and young guests will have the chance to receive an Earth Day souvenir.
• Tuesday, April 16, 2013: Main Library, 64 E. First St.
• Wednesday, April 17, 2013: Dobson Ranch Branch, 2425 S. Dobson Rd.
• Thursday, April 18, 2013: Red Mountain Branch, 635 N. Power Rd.
Freecycle to create cool wristbands, bracelets or lanyards. Supplies provided. Register online.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm / Civic Center Branch
Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 3 pm / Palomino Branch
Tuesday, April 22, 2013 at 3 pm / Arabian Branch
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 4 pm / Appaloosa Branch
Have fun with the family while learning more about nature, the environment, and the outdoors. Live animals, information booths and vendors. Thanks to a donation from the Weeders Garden Club, there will be a special activity to commemorate Arbor Day. The Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park is a green facility that promotes eco-friendly lifestyles through modeling and through programs, classes and workshops for children and adults. Free admission, free parking.
When: Friday, April 19, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
Reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle – almost anything: textiles, electronics, scrap metal, household hazardous waste, tires, building supplies, brush and green waste, appliances (dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves and other appliances), tennis shoes (NO cleats, spikes, sandals, hiking boots or dress shoes), paper and cardboard, documents (secure shredding), books, golf balls, household textiles (clothing, linens and towels), plastic shopping bags, school supplies.
Free compost will be given away. Please bring one canned food item for Tempe Community Action Agency’s food pantry and get a free reusable shopping bag.
Tempe residents only. Must show proof of Tempe driver’s license or utility bill.
When: Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Tempe Fire Training Facility, 1340 E. University Drive
The Phoenix Zoo will recognize Earth Day with a celebration including the popular ladybug release. Find out what The Phoenix Zoo is doing to help this critically endangered species in the wild, as well as how you can help. Learn what people mean by the word 'sustainability' at Harmony Farm, and find out how you can reduce, reuse, and recycle. Bring used clothing and household textiles for donation to ClothingCycle.
When: Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Zoo
City of Peoria is partnering with Arizona Clean and Beautiful for the event. Volunteers will clean 95 acres of river and trails along the New River Trail around Union Hills and 25 trees will be planted. Register online to volunteer. Peoria also hosts a Green Screen Film Festival, the first of which is Earth on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Plaza, 8401 W. Mountain View Road. Free admission, free popcorn, while supplies last).
When: Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
When: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Maricopa County Department of Transportation’s Adopt a Highway Program will have its inaugural Earth Day event this year. All the Adopt a Highway Volunteer Groups are asked to go out the weekend of Earth Day to clean their designated roadway. There will be a bag and tonnage count for all the trash collected that weekend and posted on the website to show how much the County Volunteers care. Don’t forget to request any needed supplies. For more information on the program contact the Adopt A Highway Coordinator at 602-506-4068.
When: Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, 2013