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Featuring OutdoorFest, Trash Bash, Green Expo, & 5K/10K Races

Dates: Green Expo: April 20, 2023; OutdoorFest, Trash Bash, & 5K/10K Races: April 22, 2023
Community Clean Up is the week of April 16-22, 2023

Event Description: The many events of Clear Lake Earth Day remind us of the common thread of creating well-being for our families, community and our natural home. Each is interconnected – whether it’s outdoor recreation for good physical and mental health, clean water, healthy food, recycling, conserving energy, reading, telling stories, or the very visible act of picking up trash in our community “backyard.”  For more event details, visit

Clear Lake Earth Day events kick off with the annual Green Expo! Celebrate the arrival of Spring and sample fresh local food, get started with your garden, learn about outdoor fun, how to cut your fuel bill or starting a career in wind turbine technology.   Exhibitors include everything from landscapers, spa professionals, local food organizers, outdoor adventurers, health consultants, artists, energy consultants, students  and much more.  Numerous local businesses will showcase their green products and representatives from numerous local and statewide non-profits will be available.  A complete list of vendors and other information is available on the website listed above.

The Green Expo is held from 4-7 p.m. and sponsored by the Clear Lake Earth Day Committee and the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Click here to sign up!

The fun continues on Saturday, April 22.  In addition to the 5K/10K Race, get ready for some family fun while making a difference in Clear Lake!  It’s easy for all ages to help with our annual Trash Bash community cleanup, reserve your favorite cleanup site(s) by registering today!  Afterward, enjoy seeing wild critters up close, crafts, food, games and more at OutdoorFest in addition to other events held throughout the community in conjunction with Clear Lake Earth Days and National Earth Day. Familiy activites are in City Park from 10am-1pm and include Tug of War, Fun Run, Go Wild Parade, Fly Like a Trumpeter, Obstacle Course, Bounce House, Grab & Go Packets.  At 11am a special program, Iowa Turtles with Chad Dolan, IDNR Natural Resources Biologist will be at the bandshell. Chalk Drawing will be offered at the Clear Lake Arts Center.

Schedule of Events
April 18-May 12: Clear Lake Arts Center Photo Contest
April 1-30: Seed Library at the Clear Lake Public Library
April 16, 6:45am: Community Easter “Sonrise,” City Park Bandshell/Lakeview Room, the public is invited to this service hosted by Clear Lake Christian Church
April 16-22: Community Cleanup
April 18, 12pm: Book Chat of The Darkness Manifesto by Johan Eklof, at the Clear Lake Public Library
April 18, 7pm: Take Flight with the Monarchs with Cindy Richardson & Incredible Invertebrates Display with Dave Holstad at the Clear Lake Public Library
April 20, 4-7pm: Green Expo at the Surf Ballroom
April 20, 8pm: Night Wonder Walk with local naturalist Cindy Findley at Sisters’ Prairie, 2868 235th St
April 22: Outdoorfest in City Park
     8:30am Youth Mile
     9am: 5k/10k race
     10am-1pm: Iowa State University’s “Water Rocks!” hands-on activities, bounce house, family games (Connect 4, giant JENGA, croquet, potato sack race, tug of war, corn hole, obstacle course, fun run, Go Wild Parade), grab & go packets, chalk              drawings & rock painting
     10am-noon: Outdoor Play Toys Community Share at the Clear Lake Yacht Club
     11am: Pickleball demonstration

Earth Day 5K/10K Race Registration

Kick off the 2022 racing season with Clear Lake’s Earth Day 5K walk/run on Saturday, April 22nd at 9 a.m.

The race begins lakeside at the Main Avenue boat ramp. Runners will make one loop around City Park before heading out along South Shore Drive. The 5K turnaround is located at the Y intersection at 20th Ave South. Runners then head back toward City Park, turning left at Main Avenue to finish in front of the Lady of the Lake.

Prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female winners as well as top three male and top three female winners from the following age categories: 13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+.

Price: $30.00 Race Fee + $2.74 SignUp Fee
Sign up by March 24th to guarantee a race shirt!
Online Registration ends April 12, 2022 at 12 p.m., same-day registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Lakeview Room.

New this year!Sign your kids up today for the new Youth Mile race for Clear Lake Earth Day festivities on April 22nd at 8:30AM. This race will be right before the Earth Day 5k/10k. This is your chance to get your kids outside and get some fresh air and exercise. Every finisher will get a really cool wooden medal. So, grab your running shoes and join us for a wonderful day of exercise and environmental awareness! Register your kiddos by March 26th to be guaranteed a shirt!


Earth Day Committee

Felicia Andrews, Ron Andrews, Becke Dorenbush, Andrea Evelsizer, Tyler Havens, Jan Lovell, Adam Long, Miriah Piippo, Cindy Richardson, Steven Schurtz, Brianna Sholly, Jim Sholly, Deb Tesar, Margo Underwood, Mary Jo Vrba

Staff: Trish Fundermann & Jenny Fasbender


Clear Lake Bank & Trust
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