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2021 Earth Day Events

It’s the 51st anniversary of Earth Day! Celebrate with us by helping out at a local cleanup event or joining a virtual webinar!

Merriman Hollow Workday

Sat, April 17, 2021
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Merriman Hollow Pollinator Garden, Hines Dr, Westland, MI 48185Register Here
Help care for a native demonstration garden at the Merriman Hollow Recreation Area in Hines Park. Workdays are help through October, learn more at therouge.org/merriman-hollow-work-days. Volunteer space is limited to register now!

Friends of the Rouge Spring Bug Hunt

Sat, April 17, 2021
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT. We invite you to come along and hunt bugs with us! No prior experience is necessary but PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. We need your eyes, hands, and boots on the ground! Learn more and check out our Fall Bug Hunt today at therouge.org/bug-hunt-events-and-trainings.

Detroit River Coalition Earth Week & Cleanup Celebration

Sat, April 17 – Sat, April 24

The Detroit River Coalition is holding in-person group cleanups on Saturday April 24 as well as encouraging people to get out from April 17-24 on their own along the Iron Belle Trail with marked dumpsters to drop of your trash. There is also virtual events throughout the week including Bingo, art and photo contests with prizes!
March 22 through April 22 Photo AND Art Contests for Adults AND Youth
April 15 @ 10am – Virtual Kick-Off Event via Facebook Live (View on FOTR, DRC page!)
April 19 @ 6:30pm Virtual Detroit River BINGO
April 20 @ 1-2pmHabitat Restoration US & Canada Presentation

Sat, April 24, 2021
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fort St. Bridge Park, 130 S. Fort St, Detroit, MI 48217
Register here
Friends of the Rouge will be holding a cleanup site at Fort St. Bridge Park and a few other sites along the Rouge River. Volunteers will check-in at Fort Street Bridge Park. Learn more at therouge.org/detroit-river-coalition.

Friends of the Rouge Earth Day: Rain Gardens 101

Thurs, April 22, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Register here
Protect your home against flooding AND help birds, bees, and butterflies with a RAIN GARDEN! Get oriented and get going through the FREE livestream lunch & learn on Earth Day.

Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy- Climate Change in Your Backyard

Thurs, April 22, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Zoom Meeting ID: 844 0054 2725, Passcode: 068271
This presentation highlights climate change impacts in the Great Lakes. Contact us at GINLC.education@gmail.com.

Friends of Rouge Park Earth Day Cleanup

Sat, April 24, 2021
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Meet at the Stone Bridge Trailhead
 (map) – Register here
Limited to the first 25 registrants. All volunteers must pre-register and abide by Covid protocols. We will provide garbage bags, please bring your own work gloves and wear long pants, long sleeves and sturdy shoes.

Wayne Community & Rouge River Clean Up Day 2021

Sat, April 24, 2021
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Goudy Park, 3498 2nd St, Wayne, MI 48184
Register here
The Rotary Club of Wayne is partnering with Wayne Main Street and the Friends of the Rouge to conduct a city-wide cleanup of the roads and paths abutting the Rouge River. Do as much or as little as you like! You can pick up trash along the roads or trails, or do more. This project is an effort to make the city more walkable and beautiful.

Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy Island Clean Up

Sat, April 24, 2021
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Centennial Farm 25797 Third St. Grosse Ile, MI 48138

Volunteer with GINLC in this Kiwanis Annual Event as we clean up our protected lands. To register as a volunteer, or for more information, contact info@ginlc.org.