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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
Ice Out Contest: check our Facebook page to enter in late February!
Clear Lake Arts Center Photo Contest: March submission; photos on display April 1-30.
Seed Library: April 1-30 at the Clear Lake Public Library
Community Easter “Sonrise:” Sunday, April 16th at 6:45am. City Park Bandshell/Lakeview Room, the public is invited to this service hosted by Clear Lake Christian Church.
Community Cleanup: April 16-April 22
Green Expo: April 01, 4-7pm at the Surf Ballroom
Outdoorfest: April 22 in City Park.
9am: 5k/10k race
10am-1pm: Family Activities include tug of war, fun run, Go Wild Parade, fly like a trumpeter, obstacle course, bounce house, grab & go packets, yoga, & pickleball. The Clear Lake Arts Center has chalk drawings & a MakerSpace.
11am: Iowa Turtles! with Chad Dolan IDNR Biologist
10am-noon: Outdoor Play Toys Community Share at the Clear Lake Yacht Club

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.

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


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