Celebrate Earth Month with USGBC Minnesota
USGBC Minnesota offers lots of opportunities to get involved in April.
At USGBC Minnesota, we like to think that every day is Earth Day, but we have some extra special opportunities planned in April to allow all of our volunteers to celebrate with us. Whether you prefer volunteering to clean and care for Minnesota’s parks and riverfront, learning about key issues or prepping USGBC Minnesota’s Green Apple Day of Service project, we have multiple options for you. We are also partnering with other Minnesota organizations on these events.
Come show your appreciation for the environment and dedication to sustainability, and celebrate Earth Day throughout the month of April:
Friday, April 7, 2:30–4:30 p.m.: Mississippi River Walk
Nature, art and history come together at Sheridan Memorial Park, and we look forward to exploring the wild banks of the beloved Mississippi River together, followed by a happy hour.
Friday, April 21, 1–4 p.m.: Mississippi River Care and Prairie Planting
Care for our Mississippi River together, and get to know people who work or live downtown. You can help plant native prairie plants, pull up invasive vetch and clean up our riverfront parks, all while learning about the area from National Park Service rangers and the Mississippi River community leaders.
Saturday, April 22, 8:30–11 a.m.: Earth Day Volunteer Event at the Washburn Elementary Outdoor Classroom
USGBC Minnesota has been working with Washburn Elementary, as well as many volunteers and partners, to create a comprehensive outdoor classroom. This is a focal project for Green Apple Day of Service, and we will be hosting a celebration in the classroom during Minnesota’s Schoolyard Garden Planting Week in May. On Earth Day, volunteers will help us put the finishing touches on the project.
Saturday, April 22, 9:30–11:30 a.m., Duluth Earth Day Lake Superior Shore Cleanup Event
This event will be "spring cleaning" from Brighton Beach to the Park Point Beach House. Ten teams of 10–15 volunteers are needed for select sections of the beach and Lakewalk.
Friday, April 28, 12 p.m.: Caring for the Lexington-Hamline Area
Care for our community together, and get to know people who work, learn or live south of University Avenue (between Hamline and Lexington Avenues). We’re teaming up with Gordon Parks High School, Community Action Partners, the City of St. Paul and the Trust for Public Land to support this volunteer experience for people nearby. Help clean up the places we share, and learn about the new park being created on Griggs Street, near Gordon Parks High School and Skyline Towers.