Northern Michigan Earth Day Events

Tuesday, April 22nd marks the 44th annual Earth Day celebration.  Get outdoors (or stay inside and watch a conservation documentary) to enjoy all that Mother Earth has to offer at one of the following Northern Michigan Earth Day events.  Please note: some of the following events take place on Saturday, April 26th.

Traverse City

  • On Saturday, April 26th, join staff from Traverse City’s Oryana Natural Foods Market—a grocer unique to the Northern Michigan food scene—as they partner with the Grand Traverse Conservation District to spruce up the Boardman River by picking up trash and removing invasive garlic mustard. Dress for the occasion, and meet by the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Traverse City at 10 am.  Also, pick up a free tree at Oryana from from noon to 9 pm on Tuesday the 22nd; these sturdy, cloned trees are provided by Archangel Ancient Tree Archive of Copemish, Michigan.  Visit for more info.
  • Also on Tuesday the 22nd, The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City will host an open meeting at First Congregational Church (6105 Center Rd).  Jess Piskor of Leelanau County’s Bare Knuckle Farm will give a presentation entitled “Growing Vegetables in Cold Weather.”  The meeting runs from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.  Visit MyNorth’s Community Events page for more information.
  • On Saturday, April 26th, the 2014 Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade will march through downtown Traverse City.  From Oryana, the route courses through downtown, and ends at Hannah Park with a community picnic.  Visit for more information.


  • On Saturday, April 26th from 1 to 3 pm, take the kids to the Grass River Natural Area for Earth Day crafts, games, and activities.  At 1:30, hear the story of a 3,000 mile bike trek from Michigan to California undertaken by Michiganders James and Lauren Dake.  Don’t leave before picking up a sapling to plant at home.   Go to for more details.

Take A Video Tour Of The Grass River Natural Area:


  • The Old Art Building will host a free screening of Green Fire, a documentary about conservationist Aldo Leopold, on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7 pm.  The event is underwritten by the Leelanau Conservancy and the Leelanau Conservation District.  Visit for more information.

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