Earth Day Events in Central Iowa 2016

There are a lot of opportunities for kids and families to get involved in Earth Day this year! Check out the list below for some fun ideas. A couple events require pre-registration, so make sure to register! If I am missing your Earth Day event, let me know! Make sure to follow our event calendar also!

Check out fun Earth Day crafts too!

Earth Day Events

Earth Day Trash Bash 

Des Moines Parks and Recreation

Friday, April 22nd at 12 pm 

Sign up to join Iowa’s largest Earth Day volunteer event! We need over 1,200 volunteers to help with 52 different projects across Des Moines. Registration closes at March 30th.

Downtown Earth Day Tour 

Saturday, April 23rd; 11 am – 3 pm 

Celebrate the fourth annual Downtown Earth Day Tour with the Botanical Garden, the Science Center of Iowa, the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates and the Riverwalk Hub.

The Downtown Earth Day Tour is a FREE admission day at the Botanical Garden sponsored by the Principal Financial Group.

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Science Center of Iowa, World Food Prize Hall of Laureates & The Riverwalk Hub.

Use the trails and the Principal Riverwalk to walk or bike between locations and participate in an Earth Day scavenger hunt – it’s less than 1. 5 miles one-way!

Earth Day Trail Clean Up

Hike It Baby Des Moines

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, April 23rd; 9 am – 12 pm  

In honor of Earth Day, volunteers are invited to help restore prairie and oak savanna ecosystems at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. During this free event, volunteers will participate in stewardship activities. Groups and individuals are welcome! There will be some special activities planned specifically for our Hike it Baby younger kids to do. FREE lunch provided by the Friends of Neal Smith NWR. Pre-registration is required and needs to be done by April 7th!

Earth Day Stewardship

 Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, April 23rd; 9 am – 12 pm

n honor of Earth Day, volunteers are invited to help restore prairie and oak savanna ecosystems. During this free event, volunteers will participate in stewardship activities. Groups and individuals are welcome! FREE lunch provided by the Friends of Neal Smith NWR. Pre-registration is required. Email Richard_Hager@fws.gov to sign up!

The Great Cloth Diaper Change 

Uplift Fitness Studio

Saturday, April 23rd; 10:30 am 

Judy Aagard’s desire to celebrate Earth Day by hosting a family event for the Tiny Tots community quickly morphed into a dream to set a Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously. Shortly thereafter, The Great Cloth Diaper ChangeSM 2011 was conceived and organized by a small group of cloth diaper enthusiasts that were eager to demonstrate that cloth diapers are a real option for today’s families.

The initial plan was to develop an infrastructure for any cloth diapering fan in North America to be able to get involved in, either as a participant or an organizer. Word quickly traveled across the oceans and it was soon evident that cloth diapering has a formidable following not just in North America but around the world. Several countries hosted GCDC 2011 locations even though for some it meant getting up in the middle of the night to do so.

Des Moines Parent will be there! Lots of giveaways, swag bags and more!

WDM Earth Day Family Fun Fair

West Des Moines Parks and Recreation

West Des Moines City Hall

Saturday, April 23rd; 9 am – 12 pm 

FREE Event for ALL ages! Do you love the outdoors or have a great sense of adventure? If so, the Earth Day Family Fun Fair could be the perfect place for you! Please join us for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, EARTH themed arts and crafts, and games. This event will be educational and fun for the family with activities for all ages. In case of inclement weather, we will move indoors. And did we mention that it’s FREE? Come help us celebrate the EARTH today! Always remember, “A Clean Earth is a Happy Earth” so come and enjoy the morning!

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