Celebrate Earth Day with these 15 events around Madison


The seeds that sprouted on Earth Day were first planted by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson more than 50 years ago, and the tradition is still going strong around the world today. There are plenty of events in Madison to celebrate our planet – especially relevant after the United Nations released a early April report which warns that Earth is “firmly on track towards an unlivable world”.

Help clean up Madison’s parks, recycle your old electronics or plant trees to help create a better world for everyone.

Earth Month Cleanup
Join a physically distanced urban cleanup to keep trash out of waterways, organized by Sustain Dane Community and Ian’s Pizza. Each participant will receive a free slice of pizza at the end of the event. April 16, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Garver Feed Mill

UW Earth Week
UW–Madison is partnering with 20 student organizations, departments, and campus offices to host its fifth annual Earth Week. Adopt a plant, attend sustainability seminars, and enjoy free food all week. April 18-24, UW-Madison Campus

UW Earth Day: Water on the Rise
This one-day event will focus entirely on water – how to improve quality and accessibility, reduce our use and more. Events include virtual and in-person options. April 21, UW-Madison Campus

MESBA Earth Day Cleanup
The Monona East Side Business Alliance is hosting a cleanup around Beltline and Monona Drive for Earth Day this year. Sign up as an individual or with your colleagues to make Monona a little greener. April 21, 1:30 p.m., Mr. Brew’s Taphouse

earth day gift
Dane County Parks offers either an Allegheny Serviceberry bush, a planter with seeds of your choice, or a birdhouse at their celebration. Bring your kids and participate in the Earth Day Scavenger Hunt for additional prizes. April 22, 3-6 p.m., Badger Prairie County Park and William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park

Earth Day: Joyful Rebellion
Be part of a joyous demonstration in downtown Madison in favor of the Earth. Everyone is invited to participate. The event will include a parade up the Library Mall to the Capitol. April 22, 5 p.m., Library Mall

Art exhibition and sale of plants for Earth Day
Join Bierock for an evening featuring an art exhibit, plant sale, and live music. Five artists will be on hand to sell their work, before the live music begins later that night. April 22, 5-10 p.m., Bierock

Growth Stories
This Earth Day storytelling event can only accommodate 25 participants, so be sure to get to the venue early. Bring a story to share and $10 for a ticket with proceeds going to Freedom Inc. April 22, 7-9 p.m., Foxy Studio

Earth Day in Hilldale
Hilldale will host a weekend full of Earth Day events, in partnership with Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin. Look for the clothing donation truck behind LL Bean and enjoy activities like face painting and seed potting. April 22-23, Hilldale Shopping Center

Free eBike rides
BCycle has partnered with Bosh eBike Systems to provide free rides in Madison over Earth Day weekend. Cyclists will get free 60-minute rides, which BCycle hopes will “raise awareness of e-bikes as a sustainable, fun and safe mode of transportation.” April 22-24

Earth Day e-bike event in Monona
Bring your old electronics, small appliances, Styrofoam and corrugated cardboard to Ahuska Park so they can be properly recycled. Most electronics can be recycled for free, although some larger claimants may have a recycling cost. April 23, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Ahuska Park

Sun Meadow Earth Day
Sun Prairie is hosting a city-wide park cleanup effort, with a free beer (or soda) donated by Full Mile Beer Co. and Kitchen waiting for you when your park is cleaned. April 23, 9am-12pm, Sheehan Park

Earth Day Challenge
Volunteer to clean up your local park with neighbors and friends through the city’s parks division. Help with litter pick-up, raking, weeding and removing sticks. The city will provide gloves, trash bags and rakes. April 23, 10am-12pm, Madison Parks

Earth Day at Norman Vethe School Forest and Prairie
Join the Friends of Cottage Grove Library with your family to better appreciate the natural world. A master naturalist will lead a nature walk, learn the basics of composting, and breathe new life into used household items with the “Trash to Treasure” station. April 23, 10am-1pm, Norman Vethe School Forest & Prairie

Birds & Nature Festival 2022
Celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day in one fell swoop this year, with kids’ activities, music, nature bands and food carts. Check out the Open Door Bird Sanctuary to see birds of prey—like hawks and eagles—up close. April 24, 12 p.m.-4 p.m., Warner Park



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