Celebrate Earth Day and make a difference

Earth Day, first celebrated in 1970 and occurring every April 22 of the year, presents a great opportunity to focus on ways we can help protect and preserve the environment in which we live. There are lots of events, volunteer opportunities and programs happening across Hennepin County in honor of Earth Day.

Volunteer your time to help the environment

Clean up litter in your Hennepin County neighborhood and help protect the health of local lakes and streams.

Adopt-a-highway to clean up litter along county roads

Join companies, clubs, families and other groups keeping our Hennepin County roads litter-free. Review road segments available for adoption and sign up for an approximately two-mile segment. Groups are asked to clean up their segment at least twice a year.

Learn ways to protect the environment at a community event

Environmental experts will be at the following events to answer your questions on waste reduction and recycling, composting, land and water, household hazardous waste and more.

View the Lowry Avenue Bridge lit green

The Lowry Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis will be lit green with LED lights beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 22, to honor Earth Day. Take a walk or bicycle ride to enjoy the view.

Read a library book about the environment

Hennepin County Library can help you and your family learn more about animals, nature and the importance of protecting our environment. Walk or ride your bike to your neighborhood library to learn more. Check out these Hennepin County Library staff picks for kids:

Science and nature

Science and nature books for preschoolers

Get out on your bike

Hennepin County has more than 650 miles of bikeways that connect people with places they want to go. Give bike commuting a try during Bike Month in May. Visit the Ride Hennepin website for tips, events and an interactive county bike map.

Information provided by Hennepin County Environmental Services