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Ann Arbor Earth Day 2024 – Fun Events, Recycling & More

Earth Day is fast approaching. Each year the big Ann Arbor Earth Day event is at Leslie Science and Nature Center featuring many local organizations. The Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival 2024 is April 21 at Leslie Science Center. In the spirit of Earth Day, there are also several recycling/disposal events in the next couple of months.

Earth Day – Ann Arbor 2024 Events

Each year the big Ann Arbor Earth Day event is the Earth Day Festival held at Leslie Science and Nature Center. Many local environmental and other organizations throughout Ann Arbor come together for one big event. The 2024 Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival is on Sunday, April 21 from 1-4p.

Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival - Making a Seed Bomb
Seed Bombs at 2017 Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival

Check out our report from the 2017 Earth Day Festival – which includes 4 tips for attending the Earth Day Festival.


Events from our Sponsors


There are several other events happening around town leading up to the Earth Day Festival:

Date/TimeEvent
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03/06/2024
5:30pm-8:00pm
Art for the Earth Youth Workshop
at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/16/2024
11:30am-2:30pm
Art for the Earth Youth Workshop
at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/23/2024
11:30am-2:30pm
Art for the Earth Youth Workshop
at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor Michigan
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04/03/2024
5:30pm-8:00pm
Art for the Earth Youth Workshop
at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor Michigan
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04/06/2024
9:00am-12:00pm
Community Shredding Event
at Saline District Library, Saline Michigan
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04/17/2024
4:30pm-5:30pm
Science Club Junior: Earth Day
at Saline District Library, Saline Michigan
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04/20/2024
1:00pm-5:00pm
Earth Day Festival - Check it Out: Gardening Edition
at Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market, Ypsilanti Michigan
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04/21/2024
11:00am
Celebrate Earth Day with Joe Reilly and Friends
at Ypsilanti Freighthouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
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04/21/2024
1:00pm
Celebrate Earth Day with Joe Reilly and Friends
at Ypsilanti Freighthouse, Ypsilanti Michigan
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04/21/2024
1:00pm-4:00pm

Earth Day Festival


at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor MI
The Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival at Leslie Science & Nature Center brings together organizations from across Ann Arbor & Washtenaw County for one large celebration. The festival is Sunday, April 21Β from 1-4p at Leslie Science & Nature Center. This free, family-friendly event features displays from over 20 local environmental,...Read More
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04/21/2024
2:00pm-4:00pm
Earth Day Family Ride & Party
at HEH Human Electric Hybrids, Ann Arbor Michigan
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04/28/2024
12:00pm-2:00pm
Puzzle and BoardΒ Game Swap
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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04/28/2024
2:00pm-4:00pm
Wrapping Paper & Gift Bag Swap
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

Ann Arbor Recycling Options

As part of Earth Day, I thought I would also share some information on recycling options. As of April 9, I have not seen any announcements from MAST or Pioneer bands.

Target Car Seat Trade-In

Every Spring Target offers a Car Seat Trade-In program. For 2023, the event will be April 16-29. Bring in a car seat to a participating Target location, and receive 20% off of a new Car Seat, Booster Seat, Travel System, or stroller.

  1. 2000 West Waters Road, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  2. 3749 Carpenter Rd, Ypsilanti, MI, USA

Mast Sock Recycling

Mast Shoe is partnering with Smartwool for a Sock Recycling Program. Help Keep socks out of landfills.

  1. Mast Shoes, Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Pioneer HS Bands Shoe Drive

Pioneer HS Bands is partnering with Got Sneakers and Ann Arbor Running Company for a shoe drive. Drop your used sneakers at AARC, Pioneer Band Room, or more for recycling.

  1. Ann Arbor Running Company, West Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  2. Ann Arbor Running Company, South Ashley Street, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  3. Ann Arbor Running Company, Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

EWaste & Prescription Take Back Events

Ann Arbor Public Schools and University of Michigan Planet Blue teamed up on a large eWaste recycling event in the spring from 2008-2016 School. They have cancelled future events.

There are a few other events, be sure to check residency requirements.

No Events

Pittsfield & Lodi Townships offers residents a Clean-Up Voucher to use once each year at the Recycle Ann Arbor Drop-Off station.

Home Toxins

The Washtenaw County Home Toxins Reduction Program provides safe disposal of many home toxins. We have used this FREE program with great success in the past.

Ann Arbor Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Prescription Drugs

Medication should not be flushed down the toilet. Select Pharmacies can take back non-controlled prescription and over the counter drugs. Some police stations provide a Big Red Barrel Program that will accept prescription or over the counter pills including controlled substances. More information can be found on Washtenaw County’s website.

Other Take-Back Events

No Events

Ann Arbor Reuse Options

Mom2Mom Sales

Check out our list of Mom2Mom sales. This year the Just Between Friends Sale is the weekend before Earth Day Weekend.

Spring into Savings with Ann Arbor Mom2Mom Sales 2024

Warm weather is around the corner, which means it will be time to swap coats, jeans, and sweaters for shorts and t-shirts. The Spring 2023 Ann Arbor Mom2Mom Sale Guide...

Ann Arbor Children’s Resale Shops

Ann Arbor has several consignment shops for kids clothing and gear.

Thrift Shops

Thrift shops are a great option for items you just want out of your house (and a great place for bargain shopping). Local thrift shops include:

SCRAP – Creative Reuse

SCRAP Creative Reuse doesn’t quite fit in any other category, but they are an amazing Ann Arbor resource. They take donations of craft supplies, manufacturing waste, and other materials and sell them for use in creative projects. A few interesting items we have purchased there are fabric from hot air ballon manufacturing, foam adhesive cutouts from car dashboard manufacturing, wine corks, fabric sample books, game pieces, and more.

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