5 Earth Day Events in Iowa

Join the community in celebrating Earth Day in Iowa (April 22) with the following events created to raise environmental awareness and celebrate our beautiful planet. 

April 18: North Iowa Green Expo and Market 2024

Clear Lake

Explore sustainable living practices and eco-friendly products this Earth Day in Iowa at the North Iowa Green Expo and Market 2024. This green event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at Surf Ballroom and feature a variety of local food vendors to sample organic fare, workshops covering smart homes, solar panels, organic wellness, sustainable services and more innovative subjects to help guests reduce their carbon footprint and make a positive impact on the environment. 
Cost: Free and open to the public. 
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April 19: City Manager’s 1-Bag Challenge Community Event

Cedar Rapids

Join the City of Cedar Rapids this Earth Day in Iowa as it gathers the community to clean up Daniels Park Pavilion. This event will take place at noon, where participants will help the city clean up one bag of litter throughout the park. Snacks, water, safety vests and kits will be provided to each volunteer. Participating in this green initiative is the perfect way to make a difference in Iowa’s community and protect the planet for future generations. 
Cost: Free. 
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April 20: Clear Lake Earth Day Youth Mile, 5K & 10K Races

Clear Lake

Kicking off race season in Iowa, Clear Lake Earth Day Youth Mile, 5K & 10K Races, will take place at Clear Lake City Park starting at 8:30 a.m. This green race will feature a youth mile at 8:30 a.m. and an adult 5K and 10K at 9 a.m. This exciting Earth Day event will take runners around the beautiful city park, with prizes awarded to top finishers 13 and under. The run is a great way to get moving and show your commitment to a healthier planet. 
Cost: $15 for youth mile; $35 for 5K and 10K.
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April 20: Earth Day at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Des Moines

Immerse yourself in nature and learn about the importance of biodiversity at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on this special day, where guests can enjoy guided garden tours, educational exhibits and hands-on activities designed to connect people with plants and promote environmental stewardship. It’s a fantastic opportunity to appreciate the beauty of our planet and gain inspiration for sustainable living. The garden’s partners will offer an assortment of take-home items, so bags are encouraged. 
Cost: Free admission. 
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EcoFest CR

April 20: EcoFest CR

Cedar Rapids

Head to NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids for EcoFest CR, an annual festival showcasing the city’s dedication to sustainability and green living this Earth Day in Iowa. This enriching event will feature ocean creatures and birds of prey displays, live music and more green fun, including family-friendly activities, educational booths, eco-products for purchase, sustainability demonstrations, local food, art and much more.
Cost: Free; subject to purchases. 
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