Earth Day 2021: Family-Friendly Things to Do in Denver and Beyond
posted by: Mile High Mamas
Spring is springing and now is the perfect time to find ways to celebrate Earth Day in Denver. There are lots of ways to gather safely in-person or online to discover ways to learn about and protect our beautiful planet earth.
Check out our list of activities including in-person events and volunteering and online events, with options for kids, families, and parents. Participate in everything from tree planting and cleanups, to art projects and wildlife viewing, to interactive online events.
Please note: Most in-person events listed require advance reservations. Wear a mask, follow social distancing protocols, and adhere to safety guidelines for each event. Contributor: Joan Gregerson, Green Team Academy.
Earth Day 2021 Events in Denver
School Tree-Planting Events
April 17 & 24, 2021 (In-person)
Tree-Plenish is working with ten schools throughout Denver and beyond to host tree-planting events. Student eco-clubs are coordinating the events to plant trees at homes in their communities. Contact the individual school to volunteer to help plant trees on April 17 or April 24. Can’t volunteer? Donate $5 to help plant a tree.
“The Lorax” Earth Day Art
April 17, 2021, 5 pm – 8 pm (In-person)
Neighborhood Art Studio invites kids ages 5-11 to Celebrate Earth Day using “The Lorax” as the go-to text. Using upcycled items, create a Truffula forest, along with characters from the story in an interactive diorama set.
April 17, 2021, 4 pm – 5:45 pm (Online)
Denver Permaculture Guild is hosting a workshop featuring Michael Alcazar. This workshop as an exploration of shifting patterns and adaptations to climate change from an indigenous permaculturalist perspective.
Every Child in a Garden: A Virtual Dinner Party
Garden to Table
April 22, 6:30 pm (Online plus In-Person dinner specials)
Garden to Table invites you to celebrate their 15th Anniversary and Earth Day 2021. Listen in as community leaders discuss equity in health, education and the environment. Event includes polls, prizes, and silent auction. Dinner specials will be available from local Boulder area restaurants.
Golden Earth Week Festival
Golden Residents (and Friends) Eco-Action Team
April 19-23, 6 – 9 pm (Online)
Team GREAT is hosting a week-long virtual festival with sessions on Going Zero Waste, Renewable Energy, Earth Day Clean up, Zero Waste Pop Up, Networking and more.
Edu-tainment Earth Expo
April 20, 11 am – 11 pm (In-person and Online)
This one’s for the mamas! OH Zone is hosting a private celebration of Mother Earth and Plant Medicines featuring yoga, brunch, live music and featured speakers including Brigitte Mars, herbalist. Reserve a spot for one of three socially-distanced seatings. Virtual streaming also available. Age 21 and over.
2021 Earth Week Summit
April 17-24, 2021 (Online)
Green Team Academy invites one and all to the 3rd Annual Earth Week Summit. Get in on live workshops to show you how to take your own idea for an eco-initiative and go from passion to action in 90 days. Join happy hours and a month-long pop-up group for networking and collaboration. Help meet the 1000-tree goal with Mabinju Power House Youth Group in Kenya.
Wild Earth Day
April 22, 2021, 9 am – sunset (In-person)
Visit the Wild Animal Sanctuary to help Mother Earth, and the animals and humans that inhabit this wonderful planet! Plan to celebrate your “Wild Earth Day” with more than 520 of the wildest friends you could ever have! The sanctuary and its supporters care for rescued wildlife by giving them a place to be wild again. Bring a tree for free admission.
Golden Earth Week Festival
April 19-23, 6 – 9 pm (Online)
Golden Residents (and Friends) Eco-Action Team is hosting a week-long virtual festival with sessions on Going Zero Waste, Renewable Energy, Earth Day Clean up, Zero Waste Pop Up, Networking and more. Join Team GREAT for Earth Week fun and inspiration!
eTown’s 30th B’earthday
April 22, 6:30 pm (Online)
Celebrate 30 years of eTown’s work promoting sustainability, conversation, and music as eTown is inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. The livestream event will also feature music and conversation with artists Lyle Lovett, Sam Bush, Los Lobos and others.
Soil Health 101: Bringing Nutrients Back to Your Yard
Hugelrado Farms & Alliance Center
April 23, 11 am (Online)
Join Nick and Shannon from Hugelrado Farms for an overview of the science of soil health and how you can increase soil nutrients in your own backyard and community. Hosted by the Alliance Center, in this talk you’ll discover techniques to use that can increase carbon sequestration, increase the nutritional density, and deliver larger overall yield. Find out how to boost soil health just in time for gardening season!
Sanderson Gulch Stewardship
Greenway Leadership Corps, The Greenway Foundation
April 24, 2021, 12 – 2 pm (In-person)
Join Greenway Leadership Corps youth in cleaning up trash from Sanderson Gulch. The gulch connects to the South Platte River, so you’ll be helping prevent harmful trash from polluting our city’s aquatic habitats! After the cleanup, stay for burritos and guest speakers about taking care of ourselves and the planet.
Longmont Earth Day Celebration
April 24, 12 – 4 pm (Online)
Co-presented with the City of Longmont’s Sustainability Program, KGNU Community Radio, The Longmont Leader, and Sustainable Resilient Longmont. Join for a day of conversation in celebration of Earth Day 2021 with a special focus on youth, education, and equitable climate action.
Birding by Ear
April 29, 6 pm (Online)
Denver Audubon invites you to learn a new language, bird song! With close examination, one can quickly come to recognize several vocalizations and thus the presence of a bird species. In this free webinar led by Community Naturalist Keith Bruno, we’ll not only listen to soundbite recordings, but also look at visual representations of songs and calls, allowing for various means of understanding. Get ready to identify spring bird songs in this free workshop.
Denver-Boulder City Nature Challenge
April 30 – May 9 (Online)
Join the 2021 City Nature Challenge, and compete against over 250 cities around the world to see which can document the most wild nature in only 4 days! This challenge is organized locally by: Denver Audubon, Denver Botanic Gardens, Metro Denver Nature Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, and the WILD Foundation.
Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale
May 1 (In-person)
Denver Recycles is hosting the annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale to provide Denver residents a way to save money on landscaping and to use recycled materials locally. Denver residents may pick up free mulch and buy compost at a reduced price. Check out new social distancing requirements and other changes in 2021. ** For Denver Residents Only **
General Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer at a Local Farm
In times of social distancing, what better way to get out than by volunteering at a local farm! Check the list from Mile High Farmers to find a nearby farm. Reach out and see if you can volunteer for a day or longer. Schedule your visit for individuals or small groups prior to visiting the farm to ensure safe social-distancing protocols.
Volunteer at a School Garden
Make a difference and make new friends! Help students and teachers with a local school garden. Reach out to Chris Woodburn, DPS Gardens Specialist, to get matched up with a school that has requested help with their garden.
Organize a Cleanup
Keep America Beautiful and EARTHDAY.ORG invite you to participate in the 23rd Annual Great American Cleanup. Organize or join a volunteer cleanup anytime between March 20 and June 20. Find out how to safely bring your community together by organizing or participating in a cleanup.
Start a Team
Do you have an idea of how to make a difference in your community? Get a couple of people together and start working on it. Forming a team is the best way to make a big eco-impact fast! Find out more with free resources from Green Team Academy.
Green Team Academy was founded in 2018 by Joan Gregerson, Eco-Nut. The mission is to help people get together, make a difference, and feel better by starting and growing thriving green teams in their communities. Green Team Academy offers a free weekly podcast and annual Earth Week Summit, plus courses, coaching, and an International Climate Action Challenge.