Celebrate Earth day 2024: Fun ways to join the movement

Enjoy plant sales, community forums for crafting for kids, wildlife tracking, live music, and more
arAn undated image of the Portland Fruit Tree Project. – Poland Fruit Tree Project
arAn undated image of the Portland Fruit Tree Project. – Poland Fruit Tree Project 

Earth Day, celebrated globally, is a time to raise awareness about environmental issues and promote sustainability. It began in 1970 as a response to pollution and ecological degradation. This year, Portland is hosting various events to celebrate Earth Day from April 20 to April 22.

Get involved with Solve Earth Day events

Solve is hosting a series of events throughout Portland, including beach cleanup drives and neighbourhood litter pickups. On April 20, you can join in at locations like the Oregon Convention Centre area, Legacy Good Samaritan Campus, Legacy Emanual Campus, and Boise Eliot Native Grove. Help make the city cleaner and greener.

Community celebrations in Multnomah Village

Head over to Multnomah Village for a day filled with art, music, and community activities. On Earth Day, there will be art displays, a village clean-up, a scavenger hunt, face painting, and more. It’s a great way to celebrate Earth Day while supporting local businesses and artists.

Portland Fruit Tree Project Street Festival

Join the Portland Fruit Tree Project for a collaborative street festival promoting climate justice and community resilience. Enjoy plant sales, community forums for crafting for kids, wildlife tracking, live music, and more. It’s a fun way to learn about sustainability and get involved in the community.

Educational fun at Learning Gardens Lab

Celebrate Earth Day with Portland State University and Portland Parks & Recreation at the Learning Garden Lab. Enjoy plant sales, workshops, children’s activities, snacks, and a raffle. Learning about gardening and sustainability while supporting local education programmes is a great opportunity.

Join the Roseway Neighbourhood Association

The Roseway Neighbourhood is hosting an Earth Day event featuring environmental education displays, naturalist walks, crafts and games, art and music, a community mandala construction, and a plant and seed swap. Community members are invited to participate and learn to protect the planet.

Celebrate at the International School of Portland

Join the International School of Portland for a morning of bioswale planting, native plant sales, butterfly garden planting, and more. Learn about pollinator and mason bee information, microplastics, and sustainable transportation options like cargo bikes.

Volunteer at Leach Botanical Garden

Help restore ecosystems at Leach Botanical Gardens by volunteering to remove invasive plant species. Urban Nature Partners (PDX) hosting a habitat restoration event to support BIPOC and low-income youth.

Learn about air quality at the Multnomah County Health Department webinar

Join the Multnomah County Health Department for a webinar on air quality and its impact on health. Discover how race, age, location, and other factors intersect with air quality, and learn how you can create cleaner, healthier air in the home and community.

Join the invasive plant removal party in Thurston County

Volunteers are needed to remove invasive plants at Lackamas Flats in Thurston County. Help enhance salmon habitat along the Nisqually River by removing blackberry and scotch broom plants. It’s a hands-on way to protect the local ecosystem and support wildlife conservation efforts.

Celebrate at the Oregon Garden

Visit the Oregon Garden for its annual Earth Day celebration, featuring hands-on activities, educational exhibitors, live entertainment, and more. Learn about gardening conservation and sustainability.

Attend “Plastics vs. Planet” in McMinnville

Join Zero Waste McMinnville and local churches for an event focused on reducing plastic waste. Enjoy demonstrations, exhibits, live music, and a keynote speech on the impact of plastic pollution.

With so many Earth Day events happening in and around Portland, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and make a difference.