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Celebrate Earth Day 2015: Find an Earth Day event happening in your neighborhood with our extensive listing of Valley-area events

Mar 31, 2015 08:24PM

Get outdoors and celebrate Earth Day 2015 at these special events happening across the Phoenix-metro area and Arizona!


Solutions Summit 2015

April 4, Noon-4pm

Memorial Union, 2nd Floor, 301 E. Orange Mall, Tempe

A gathering of Arizona State University's most passionate social innovators and changemakers. Learn about current global challenges we face in the areas of sustainability, education, poverty and human rights from some of the top experts – and discuss what can be done to solve them. 


Annual Garden Expo 2015

April 10-11, various times

Mustang Library, Scottsdale

Learn about xeriscaping, edible gardening, irrigation, butterflies, plant selection, composting and more.


Adopt-A-Highway Earth Day Cleanup

April 15-29

Take pride in one’s area and go the extra distance to achieve clean public lands by cleaning designated roadways. Sponsored by the Maricopa County Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway Program. 602-506-4068. [email protected]


Building a Sustainable Arizona: Exploring the Future of Air Quality

April 15, 7:30-9am

CopperPoint Mutual Insurance, 3030 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix

Community Dialogue Series, presented by CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Co.


Arizona Army National Guard Earth Day

April 16, 9am-1pm

Papago Park Military Reservation, 5636 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix

Join approximately 300 children, as well as military and civilian personnel and their families. Activities include arts and crafts, animal displays and vendor tables consisting of green companies, nonprofits and local municipalities. 602-629-4261.


Earth Day Fun and Crafts

April 16, 20-22, various times

Scottsdale Public Library locations

Separate programs for young kids and teens to learn environmental awareness of planet Earth and create art with reusable materials.


Sustainability Awards Ceremony 2015

April 16, 5:30-6:30pm

Native American Cultural Center, Flagstaff

Recognizes and celebrates the efforts of students, faculty, staff and community members that have enhanced the culture of sustainability at Northern Arizona University.


Eagle Quetzal Condor Confederations Unite

April 17-19

Various locations in Sedona

A global convergence of wisdom keepers and planetary advocates. Receive guidance and wellness tools that assist us in becoming balanced with the natural world and humankind. $323.


2015 Earth Day

April 18, 11:30am-4pm

Heritage Square, Flagstaff

Community clean-up, electronics recycling, entertainment and more.


Celebrate Mesa 2015

April 18, Noon-4pm

Pioneer Park, 526 E. Main Street, Mesa

A free family event that brings the community together to enjoy games, carnival rides, entertainment, Earth day displays and activities, petting zoo, and more.


Earth Day at the Zoo

April 18, 9am-4pm

Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

The Phoenix Zoo joins more than 100 top zoos and aquariums across the country to create the largest combined Earth Day celebration, featuring activities, crafts, music and more among intriguing and inspiring wildlife. 602-286-3800.


Earth Day Celebration

April 18, 10am-2pm

Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

Explore the five distinct trails, participate in unique tours and behind-the-scenes glimpses and meet the experts who make the garden a special place. The festival is included with paid admission.


Earth Day Celebration

April 18, 8am-2pm

Two Waters Tribal Government Complex, 10005 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale

Activities, games, service projects and more. 480-362-7740.


Earth Day Prescott

April 18, 10am-4pm

Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza, Prescott

Celebrate our environment with informational on-site discussions about solar energy, water conservation, organic gardening, native plants and trees, fire safety, preventive erosion measures and hiking/biking trails. Family fun with face-painting, great food and live entertainment with all natural jewelry-making. 928-515-4630.


National Park Week

April 18-26

All National Parks

Explore amazing places, discover open spaces, enjoy affordable vacations and more. Free admission to all parks April 18-19.


Peoria’s Party for the Planet

April 18, 7-10am

New River and Skunk Creek trail systems

In partnership with the city of Glendale and Arizona Clean and Beautiful, the city of Peoria is having a Party for the Planet. Volunteers are needed to help with this effort of picking up trash and debris along the New River and Skunk Creek trail systems. 623-773-7137.


SRP Shade Tree Workshop

April 18, various times

Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert

Shade tree program gives away free trees to build a better community. For SRP customers. 602-325-1254.


Tucson Earth Day Festival

April 18, 9am-2pm

Reid Park, South Country Club Road, Tucson

The largest Earth Day event in Tucson celebrates Southern Arizona’s unique environment. Enjoy hands-on activities and learn how to be kind to the earth by leaving your car behind. Parade and exhibitors.


Green is the New Black Eco Fashion Show

April 20, 7pm

DuBois Ballroom, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff

Come see students’ fashionable creations of upcycled materials. Hosted by Environmental Caucus.


Earth Day Farmers Market

April 21, 9am-2pm

Arizona State University, Cady Mall, Tempe

Ongoing farmers’ market offers Earth Day theme and special activities.


Earth Day Festival

April 21, 11:30am-2:30pm

ASU Polytechnic, Backus Mall, 7001 E. Williams Field Road, Mesa

Tabling and giveaways for students being “caught green handed.” Special art contest for those who build a masterpiece using recyclable and reusable materials, from noon to 1 p.m.


GateWay Community College Earth Day Event

April 21, 11:30am-1pm

GateWay Community College Amphitheater, 108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix

Educational event for the campus and surrounding community with entertainment, refreshments, giveaways, vendors and activities while learning about sustainability. Clothing swap, a recycled banner sale, recycling drive, and a produce sale. [email protected].


Glendale Community College Earth Day Celebration

April 21, 8am-1pm

6000 W. Olive Avenue, Glendale

Free gathering inside and outside of the student union features environmental groups such as Nature Conservancy, Liberty Wildlife and more, educating students and staff. Students will be doing a poster presentation on their sustainability projects.


Earth Day at the Memorial Union

April 22, 11am-1pm

Arizona State University, 301 E. Orange Mall, Tempe

Earth-themed demonstrations, activities, and promotions.


Earth Day at the Wetlands

April 22, 8:30-10:30am

Sedona Wetlands Preserves, 7500 W. State Route 89A, Sedona

Activities include two guided hikes led by Jay’s Bird Barn, solar telescope viewing provided by Astronomers of the Verde Valle, guest speakers from the US Forest Service, as well as treats from Whole Foods.


Glendale Community College Earth Day Lecture

April 22, Noon-1:30pm

Student Union, Room 104, 6000 W. Olive Avenue, Glendale

Megan Southern of the Northern Jaguar Project will speak on how large landscape-scale conservation aimed at preserving top predators can be accomplished through land purchase, local outreach and public education.



April 22, 9am-Noon

Estrella Mountain Community College, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale

Part of a weeklong celebration to teach students and the general public the resources and best practices that makes integrating sustainability into your daily life simple.


Phoenix College Earth Day

April 22, 11am-2pm

1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix

Providing a venue and information where students, staff, faculty and community members can learn about sustainable options to benefit all facets of life. 602-285-7104.


Tempe Earth Day Expo

April 22, 11am-1pm

31 E. Fifth Street, Tempe

The City of Tempe and local businesses will showcase their sustainability programs. Guests will enjoy interactive displays, goodies and free food.


The Great Globe Earth Day Celebration

April 22, 8-8:45am

East Valley Institute of Technology, 1601 W. Main Street, Mesa

Over 6,000 tiles made by school children will be brought together to form the surface of Arizona on a globe. 480-461-4000.


Bringing Sustainability to Communities

April 23, Noon-1:15pm

Arizona State University, Wrigley Hall, Room 481, Tempe

Joanna Nadeau, of Audubon International, along with Sal Celona, of Living Green in the Verdes, present Rio Verde, Arizona, as an example approach to working with private-sector communities on incorporating sustainability into all aspects of life.


How to Build an EcoVillage

April 23-26

Avalon Gardens & EcoVillage, Tumacacori

This Earth Harmony Sustainability Seminar is for those who want to start their own ecovillage and explains what that will take. Information on sustainability and more in an academic setting.


Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival

April 23-26

Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Cottonwood

Celebrate nature with workshops and field trips for all levels of birding experience, where expert guides take visitors to the area’s many excellent birding hot spots. A family nature fair takes place on Saturday featuring games, activities, and free walks and presentations.


Arbor Day 5K

April 24, 4:30pm

Kiwanis Park, Tempe

Participate in this community fun run/walk that benefits the Trees for Tempe program. Event expo and one-mile Kid’s Dash. $25.


Earth Day Phoenix

April 25, 11am-4pm

PHX Renews, 4221 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix

Main stage with music, composting classes, educational exhibitor booths, local businesses and beer garden.


Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration

April 25, 9am-Noon

Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler

Experience hands-on activities, live animal presentations, and discover ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle from on-site vendors and exhibitors. 480-782-2890.


Earth Day at the Library  

April 25, 10:30am

Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe

Enjoy an all-age appropriate story, singing and dancing, and free craft project that celebrates the planet.


Go Green Anthem

April 25, 8am-Noon

ACC Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem

Recycle electronics, personal documents, clothing, prescription and non-prescription drugs and latex paint. 623-879-3011.


Open House and Student Project Showcase

April 30, 10am-4:30pm

ASU School of Sustainability, Wrigley Hall, 800 Cady Mall #108, Tempe

Learn how to get involved and connect with community partners through engagement with School of Sustainability students and faculty as they share their experiences. Events include a poster session, video presentations and more.


I Recycle Phoenix

May 2, 8am-Noon

University of Phoenix, 4025 S. Riverpoint Parkway, Phoenix

A one-stop free recycling festival to clean out your closets. Open to all residents. 602-262-4820.




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