Litter clean up, fun run highlight Minneapolis Earth Day events

April 22 marks the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day. How will you celebrate? Minneapolis offers you opportunities to show the love by volunteering in a cleanup effort and running in a 5K fun run.

Earth Day Cleanup April 17

The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board sponsor an Earth Day litter cleanup every year. Since 2000, almost 15,000 volunteers have cleaned up more than 109,820 pounds of trash. Cleaning up litter keeps it out of our sparkling Minneapolis waters.

Select from almost 40 sites, arrive between 9:30 a.m. and noon, and check in at the registration table. A site coordinator will give you gloves, bags and instructions. No pre-registration is required unless you have a group of 20 or more volunteers, then please contact Arik at (612) 230-6484.

There will also be interactive, educational programs. Onsite programs offer volunteers the opportunity to learn about various issues affecting our environment and community today. Environmental education is a key part of the cleanup, and the programs are geared for all ages.

For the list of locations and more information, visit www.minneapolisearthday.com.

Run April 18

The Minneapolis Recycle Run is a 5K fun run and kids run, serving as a fundraiser for future Earth Day cleanup efforts. This year’s run is Sunday, April 18, at Lake Harriet.

More

For more events and ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day this year, visit www.rethinkrecycling.com.

Published Apr. 9, 2010