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5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2024

April 3, 2024 /   spring cleanup mke

earth day mkeEarth Day is a time when we gather to celebrate the planet that we all call home, while working to protect and conserve our environment. If you are looking for ways to make our city greener and cleaner, check out these Earth Day happening across Milwaukee.

1. Milwaukee Riverkeeper Spring Cleanup
Find and pick up trash that finds its way into our riverways during the one-day river cleanup event across the Milwaukee area. More than 90 river areas will take part in the April 20th event. Trash bags, gloves, and free T-shirts provided to all volunteers. Sign up for the cleanup event here.

2. Rock the Green’s 13th Annual Earth Day Celebration
Head to the Harley-Davidson Museum on Saturday, April 20 for the 13th annual Earth Day Celebration with Rock the Green from noon to 3pm. The event features live performances by Urban Empress & The Urbanites, Sarah Fierek & The Wildflowers and Jonah Danae on a pedal-powered stage, plus drinks and food from the MOTOR Restaurant at the museum. Baby goat yoga, a pop-up drum circle and eco-education booths will also round out the event. Rock the Green is free and open to the public, plus offers a free water-filling station, so bring your water bottle! Learn more about the annual event here.

3. Celebrate Earth Week with the Urban Ecology Center
From April 20-27, the Urban Ecology Center will be hosting events around the city to celebrate this planet we call home. From food workshops, bird walks and bike rides to clothing swaps, kayaking and river cleanups, the center is hosting a wide variety of activities for people of all ages. A full calendar of events and details can be found here.

4. Jones Island Water Reclamation Tour
Billions of gallons of wastewater are treated every year at two reclamation facilities that serve 1.1 million people in 28 communities. Join Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and Veolia Water Milwaukee in a free tour on Saturday, April 20 from 10am to 1pm to learn how we treat wastewater before returning it to Lake Michigan. Please be advised that children under 10 are NOT permitted and all attendees must wear full length pants and closed-toe shoes. More details can be found here.

5. The BIG Clean MKE: Citywide Clean-up
Volunteers, residents and local neighborhood organizations are teaming together citywide for the BIG CLEAN MKE in memory of Greg "Ziggy" Zyszkiewicz on Monday, April 22 from 11:30am to 3pm. All clean-up tools and supplies will be provided. More details can be found here.

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