Be Green! Celebrate Earth Day in the D

By: Amber Ogden | April 22, 2015

Today is Earth Day, which means that those of you who always recycle your scrap paper, don’t use plastic water bottles and do your best to limit your carbon footprint, carry on as usual. For everyone else, today is a great learning opportunity!

Metro Detroit is full of Earth Day activities, most of which are happening over the weekend, so there’s no need to use the ol’ “I have to work today” excuse. Here are a few Earth Day festivities you can consider:

The City of Farmington Hills is hosting an Earth Day celebration tonight at Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Rd. The free event runs from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will feature activities for the whole family, including crafts and face painting, informational exhibits and food courtesy of The Rolling Stoves, Twisted Mitten and Petey’s Donuts.

Joe Reilly and the Community Gardeners will perform environmental-friendly songs that teach children the importance of the environment.

This Saturday, April 25, the Farmington Hills Beautification Commission will hold a Litter Clean-Up, and interested participants can register here. Nearly 20 subdivisions are expected to participate, and a prize will be awarded to the area with the biggest clean up.

The 10th Annual MI Earth Day Fest takes place at Rochester’s Municipal Park/City Center this weekend. One of the planet’s largest Earth Day celebrations, the festival is free to the public and includes presentations by experts and community leaders, a Whole Kids Korner, organic products and food service, free giveaways, dance, music and entertainment.

You’ll find the full list of exhibitors here, including organizations from health and beauty to arts and crafts to lawn and garden. There will be plenty of presentations throughout the weekend, including “Holistic Healing: How to Heal Yourself, Your Family and the World” by Dr. Bob Pizzimenti on Saturday.

The festival runs Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Student Conservation Association of Detroit will partner with the Belle Isle Conservancy for an Earth Day of Service at the Belle Isle Flynn Pavilion on Saturday, April 25. From 9 a.m. to noon, the volunteer group will work to clean up the pavilion, and participants will receive coffee, bagels and special Earth Day T-shirts.

Interested participants can register by contacting SCA Detroit Program Manager Alycia Chuney at achuney@thesca.org or by calling 313-461-0328.

The Canton Public Library, 1200 S. Canton Center Rd., has been celebrating Earth Day all month long with special events that highlight recycling, upcycling and nature. There are still a few programs left to take advantage of, including Hunters of the Night: Birds of Prey this weekend on Saturday, April 25.

Head to the library’s Community Room from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. to enjoy a presentation from the Leslie Science and Nature Center, which includes a hands-on demonstration with an owl, falcon and eagle. The last Earth Day event of the month is Birding 101 on Tuesday, April 28. At 7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Ornithologist Dea Armstrong will discuss birding as a hobby.

The City of Novi recognizes that Mother Nature should be recognized (and celebrated) more often than just on one specific day. Novi’s “Go Green” initiative not only represents the correct college team from this great state, but also supports environmentally friendly tactics all throughout the year.

Earlier this month, the city organized a Cemetery Clean Up, and next month it will hold an Earth Day event in partnership with the MSU Extension Tollgate. On Saturday, May 9, those interested in lending a helping hand can head to the MSU Tollgate Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd., from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to weed, plant trees and prepare the garden for spring.

Later in the month, be sure to join in on River Day on Saturday, May 30 as well. Volunteers will help clean Rotary Park, 22220 Roethel Dr., from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., including planting, weeding and clearing of trails. The Novi Rotary Club will provide a picnic lunch to all those who participate afterward.

However you decide to celebrate Earth Day in Metro Detroit, please remember the three cardinal rules we were taught back in kindergarten: reduce, reuse and recycle! Try to keep that in mind every day of the year, Metro Detroiters, not just on Earth Day. Be green!