Clear Lake, Iowa is gearing up for an Earth Day Celebration focused on green initiatives, sustainability, and community involvement. The weeklong event will feature activities aimed at promoting environmental awareness and fostering a sense of responsibility towards our planet. From neighborhood cleanups to eco-friendly markets and outdoor races, there’s something for everyone to get involved in and contribute to a greener, healthier Earth.

Here’s a closer look at some of the key events:

  1. Earth Day “Nature at Play” Photo Show (Month of April): The public is invited to stop by the Clear Lake Arts Center during the month of April to enjoy the work of our talented local photographers.
  2. Trash Bash Community Cleanup (April 15-20): This annual event encourages Clear Lakers to roll up their sleeves and participate in a weeklong cleanup effort across neighborhoods, parks, and public spaces. Participants can register for cleanup sites of their choice, competing for the prestigious “Green Jacket” by collecting the most trash and recruiting volunteers. It’s a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship and community pride. Sign up here!
  3. North Iowa Green Expo & Market (April 18): Partnering with Healthy Harvest of North Iowa, the Green Expo and Market expands this year to offer a platform for local businesses, nonprofits, and organizations to showcase eco-friendly products and services. Held at the iconic Surf Ballroom, attendees can explore sustainable practices, energy-efficient ideas, gardening tips, and more, while enjoying samples of fresh local food and engaging with environmental experts.
  4. Night Wonder Walk (April 19): Embark on an enchanting Night Wonder Walk along Sister’s Prairie Trail, guided by the knowledgeable Cindy Findley. Explore the mysteries of nocturnal wildlife, learn about light pollution, and discover the hidden world that comes alive after dark. It’s a unique opportunity to connect with nature in a whole new light.
  5. Earth Day Youth Mile (April 20): Geared towards promoting outdoor activity and environmental awareness among young people, the Earth Day Youth Mile invites kids of all ages to participate in a fun race at Clear Lake City Park. Every finisher receives a wooden medal, making it a rewarding experience for children to engage with nature and learn about sustainability. Register here!
  6. Earth Day 5K & 10K Races (April 20): Lace up your running shoes and join the exhilarating Earth Day races at Clear Lake City Park. The scenic routes wind through the park and along South Shore Drive, offering participants a chance to enjoy the outdoors while promoting sustainability and environmental consciousness. Prizes await runners at the finish line, rewarding their commitment to a healthier planet. Register here!
  7. OutdoorFest (April 20): Concluding the festivities with a bang, OutdoorFest at Clear Lake City Park is a family-friendly extravaganza featuring a wide array of activities and educational opportunities. From presentations by the National Eagle Center to bounce houses, games, food trucks, and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy while learning about the importance of environmental stewardship. Don’t miss out on the fun! Click here to explore the full event schedule.

With these exciting events and more, Clear Lake Earth Day promises a week of celebration, education, and action, inviting the community to come together in support of a sustainable future for generations to come.