Earth Day is upon us, which means it’s time to stop, breath the fresh air, and be grateful to this old rock we call home.
There are so many ways to celebrate this green holiday. You can grab a bite to eat, pick up trash, work in a garden, or even just admire this beautiful home we have. There are family-friendly activities as well as fun for the 21+ crowd. In fact, there are over 170 volunteer opportunities in Columbus alone, which you can explore here.
But have no fear, we know you’re busy people. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best events going on for Earth Day, all in one convenient place.
What: Get your hands dirty at the first gardening day at Milo-Grogan Butterfly Garden. The day’s duties will consist of clearing beds and planting seeds, so be sure to BYOG (bring your own gloves.) Artists are super welcome, with the event encouraging musicians to play and artists to paint fence panels.
When: April 22 at 2 p.m.
Where: Milo-Grogan Butterfly Garden, 940 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, Ohio
What: It wouldn’t be Earth Day without a little cleaning up. You can volunteer to help the Ash Tree treatment team at 279 E North Broadway, just bring a bucket and paint stirrer. If gardening is more your speed, you can bring your trimmers and lawn bags to 212 W North Broadway to help trim and weed the Memory Lane Gardens.
When: April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Various locations on North Broadway
What: Franklinton Farms needs a little help finishing their Family Learning Garden. Help prepare the garden for the upcoming Spring Festival. The space will be the future site of healthy living classes for Franklinton preschoolers, gardening workshops for community members, seasonal festivals, and more. Once you’ve spent the day digging trenches, weeding the garden, cleaning up litter, and planting crops, you can stick around for a community meal. You can sign up here.
When: Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Franklinton Farms, 867 W. TOWN ST, SUITE A, COLUMBUS, OH 43222
What: Friend of Goodale Park invite you to their annual Earth Day clean up. The 320acre city park could use all the extra hands it can get. The tasks include weeding, mulching, litter clean-up, and more.
When: Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Goodale Park, 120 W Goodale St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
What: Nothing will make you feel like a garbage human faster than seeing the amount of trash that accumulates in our waterways. But stave off that horrible feeling by doing something about it! This Olentangy River clean-up will take place between Clinton Park and the Dodridge Street Bridge. Helpers are advised to bring their own water bottle and gloves. You can sign up here.
When: Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, 352 W Dodridge St, Columbus, OH 43202
Eat & Drink
What:Start your Earth Day off with donuts, cinnamon rolls, and more at Eden Burger. It will give you the energy you need to make it through your day of volunteering!
When: April 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: 1437 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43210
What: The Crest Gastropub is opening their gardens and roof side with friends, local farmers, purveyors, brewers, artists, and you! The morning kicks of with Yoga by Nicole Klasa from Balanced Yoga at 9 a.m. There will be live music by Mike Twice & The Arts and College Preparatory Academy, local goodies to buy, and a place to roll up your sleeves and get dirty.
When: Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Crest, 2875 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43202
What: If you’re into plants and you’re into beer, then this is 100% the event you’ve been scrolling for. Starting today, every pint of PsychHOPathy or Drink Trees from MadTree Brewing purchased will earn you a native Ohio sapling to take home. Drink some beer, get a tree… that’s not a bad deal! The event is happening at Harvest Clintonville and Harvest Dublin.
When: Daily, Apr 20 – Apr 27
Where: Various locations
Earth Day at Northstar Cafe
What: One of my favorite Earth Day happenings is always a free burger from Northstar Cafe. Yes, the line will be long. But trust me, it will be worth it. After the hard day you’re going to have, you’ll want something free and delicious.
When: April 22 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Northstar Cafe, various locations
What: Celebrate Mother Earth at the Sun-Grant Sustainability Fair. The event will honor the community, the strides Land-Grant has taken to become a sustainable business, and of course, this lovely planet. There will be new beer releases, plant sales from STUMP, a COSI mystery exhibit, rides and drives with Smart Columbus, a Columbus Idea Foundry makers station, and so much more.
When: April 21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Land-Grant Brewing Company, 424 W Town St, Columbus, OH 43215
What: Spend Earth Day in the Kossuth Street Garden. The festivities include live music, ice cream, freshly harvested baby greens, and more. Mingle with neighbors and learn about upcoming events at the garden.
When: Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Kossuth Street Garden, 641 E Kossuth St, Columbus, Ohio 43206
What: Do you hear the sound of distant drums? If so, you may have wondered into Whetstone Park during the Earth Day Drum Circle. Bring your drum and get ready to dance! But leave the booze at home, as alcohol is prohibited.
When: April 22 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Whetstone Park of Roses, 3923 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
What: Perhaps the biggest celebration happening in the city is the 2018 Earth Day Celebration at Genoa Park. The day will be full of fun, with live music, kids’ activities, food trucks, eco-friendly vendors, and more. Admission to the festival is free.
When: April 22 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Genoa Park
What: Want to teach your kids to live a more sustainable lifestyle? Seeds of Caring and Woodward Park Recreation Center are excited to present an awesome Earth Day celebration. Activities include litter clean-up, creating wildflower seed bombs, prepping and planting the educational garden, and more.
When: April 21 from 1 p.m. 3 p.m.
Where: Woodward Park Recreation Center, 5147 Karl Rd. Columbus, OH 43229
What: Have you ever wondered why rivers and creeks get so polluted? At the Cruddy Creek Earth Day celebration, you can have fun at the living stream while learning how to help the environment! The event will begin at the Nature Center.
When: April 22 1 p.m.
Where: Battelle Darby Metro Park, 1775 Darby Creek Dr, Galloway, Ohio 43119
What: Celebrate the Earth and raise awareness about what can be done to help make it a better place! The kiddos will have the opportunity decorate a pot and plant seeds to grow flowers, get their face painted, and more.
When: April 22 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Polaris Fashion Place, 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, Ohio 43240
What: Come check out Earth Day inspired art at “A Really Big Fun Earth Day Art Show”. The event will showcase pieces from 8-10 different schools, from artists 1st grade to 12th grade. Little Kitchen’s food truck will be on hand for yummy treats and The Shazzbots will be on hand to entertain the little ones.
When: April 22 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Vanderelli Room, 218 McDowell St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
What: Get hands-on and up close and personal with the animals who make Ohio’s ponds and wetlands their home. COSI will have hands-on activities and demonstrations. Kids will have the chance to build seed pods to attract native pollinators to their own yard, plus more fun! The event will start each day at the Nature Center.
When: April 21-22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Where: Highbanks Metro Park, 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035
What: Head to the Zoo for a special earth day celebration! Party for the Planet, guests can learn how humans can work together to improve life on earth for all living creatures! There will be Earth Day activity stations, charact ambassadors, and animal enrichment activities.
When: April 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065