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. ScottsdaleLibrary.org/gardenexpo.
Adopt-A-Highway Earth Day Cleanup
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. ValleyLeadership.org.
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
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. nau.edu/Green-NAU/Earth-Week/.
Eagle Quetzal Condor Confederations Unite
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. EagleQuetzalCondor.com.
2015 Earth Day
April 18, 11:30am-4pm
Heritage Square, Flagstaff
Community clean-up, electronics recycling, entertainment and more. Flagstaff.az.gov/index.aspx?nid=1439.
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. mesaaz.gov.
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. PhoenixZoo.org/event-items/earth-day/.
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. dbg.org/events-exhibitions/planet-celebration-earth-day-2015
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. srpmic-nsn.gov.
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
All National Parks
Explore amazing places, discover open spaces, enjoy affordable vacations and more. Free admission to all parks April 18-19. nps.gov/npweek.
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. peoriaaz.gov/NewSecondary.aspx?id=54405.
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. vpaaz.org.
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. TucsonEarthDay.org.
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. nau.edu/Green-NAU/Earth-Week/.
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]. GatewayCC.edu.
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. gccaz.edu/calendars.
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. SedonaAz.gov.
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. gccaz.edu/calendars.
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. EstrellaMountain.edu/sustainability/earthweek.
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. PhoenixCollege.edu.
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. Tempe.gov/green.
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. evit.com.
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. Sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/joanna-nadeau.
How to Build an EcoVillage
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. AvalonGardens.org.
Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival
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. BirdyVerde.org.
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. ArborDay5k.com.
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. EarthDayPhoenix.org.
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. Chandleraz.gov/eec.
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. Tempe.gov/libraryevents.
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. OnlineAtAnthem.com/go-green.
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. SchoolOfSustainability.asu.edu/events/.
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. RecycleCleanPhoenix.org.