Earth Day Socials-02

This year marks the 52nd Anniversary of Earth Day. 
Look around you, Earth Day isn’t just one day, it’s everyday!



celebrate with us 

Fifty-two years ago, on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate support for a healthy, sustainable environment during the nation’s first Earth Day celebration. In recent years, Earth Day has grown to be celebrated globally in more than 193 countries. In 2022, there are many Earth Day activities to participate in in Springfield. Do your part to make Earth Day everyday.


Clean Green Springfield Roadway and Stream cleanups

There are several ways individuals, families, business teams and service organizations can help cleanup along local roadways, spots and streams! The City’s Adopt-A-Street and Adopt-A-Stream programs offer one-time or on-going cleanup opportunities and resources to help pickup litter, beautify our city and protect water quality. Visit CleanGreenSGF.com/roads-streams to learn more and connect with a cleanup coordinator.


Neighborhood Cleanups

Thirteen of the City’s registered neighborhoods are hosting cleanups scheduled in late March through early June. Events are facilitated through a partnership between the City, Community Partnership of the Ozarks and each registered neighborhood association. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of activities, including helping neighbors unload items at the drop-off sites, bulky item pickup throughout the neighborhood and general litter pickup throughout the neighborhood. A variety of locations and day and evening times are available. Visit cleangreensgf.com/neighborhoods for full schedule. Contact Rachel Tripp at [email protected] and Autumn Skinner at [email protected] to sign up.


Missouri Humanities’ 5th Annual Symposium April 20 & 21 at Drury University

Humanities & Food: Sustenance and Sustainability in Our Communities”, will focus on the ways that sustainable and local food growing and sharing build community, heal the earth, and sustain connection and collaboration. Discussions will feature topics such as historic food utopias in America, agriculture and economic growth, and the ways that regional identities are embedded in the practices of creating sustenance for the community. Learn more and register at mohumanities.org/symposium-2022


James River Basin Partnership 2022 Earth Day Cleanup

12:30 – 5 p.m., Friday, April 22 – Pre-registration required

>The James River Basin Partnership will host their annual Earth Day cleanup on Friday April 22 at Lake Springfield. Partners for this event include The City of Springfield’s Department of Environmental Services, Springfield-Greene County Parks and Recreation, Bass Pro Shops, and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

The event is FREE and open to anyone who would like to get out and make a difference in their community. Shoreline, lake, and river cleanup opportunities are available. To register, please visit https://www.jamesriverbasin.com/earth-day-2022-registration.


Drury University’s Earth Day Celebration

3-5 p.m., Friday, April 22 outside Stone Chapel (900 N. Benton Avenue)

Join Drury University and the Drury Student Government Association to celebrate Earth Day! Bring your own blanket and enjoy a tree planting ceremony, Arbor Day Mayoral Proclamation, Live music by The Phrogs, activities and giveaways.


Earth Day Picnic Dinner and a Movie

6 p.m., Friday, April 22

Peace Through People Pavilion at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park (2400 S. Scenic Ave.)

Celebrate Earth Day with a bring-your-own outdoor picnic followed by a free screening of Bee Movie. Activities begin at 6 p.m. with an Arbor Day Mayor’s proclamation, crafts, tree activities and more. The movie begins at 8 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.


Planet Unity Earth Day Celebration

April 22 & 23 at Unity Church (2214 E. Seminole St.)

Planet Unity is a two-day festival to honor, respect and educate about our beautiful planet. Enjoy food, drinks, live music, product vendors, crafts, artisans, an indoor sale, activities for kids, a 5K run and speakers. Learn more at unityofspringfield.org.


2022 Earth Day Festival: A plastic-free music and sustainability festival

Noon – 8 p.m., Saturday, April 23 at Mother’s Brewing Company Backyard

Earth Day 2022: The Festival will be a one-day, ticketed, plastic-free, leave-no-trace, music and sustainability-awareness festival that will feature many prominent local and regional bands throughout the day, all on the beautiful and spacious grounds of Mother’s Brewing Company Backyard. Our goal is to donate 100% of the ticket sales to the Watershed Committee, James River Basin Partnership, and Ozark Greenways. Learn more at earthdayspringfieldmo.org.



  1. Recycle Right
  2. Composting
  3. Low Waste Lunch
  4. Water Quality
  5. Tree Planting

Recycle Right Presentation & Q&A

Learn all about proper recycling practices in this video presentation that not only educates, but has fun while doing it!

Presenters:  Ashley Krug & Laurie Duncan from the City of Springfield Environmental Services Department

World Image

12 Days of earth day  challenge

Join us to celebrate earth day and do your part to make Earth Day everyday! 
Choose as many or as few of the challenges you’d like to do! 

  1. Day 1
  2. Day 2
  3. Day 3
  4. Day 4
  5. Day 5
  6. Day 6
  7. Day 7
  8. Day 8
  9. Day 9
  10. Day 10
  11. Day 11
  12. Day 12

Trash to Treasure Challenge DAY 1

Challenge 1:  Create a sustainable craft using items that might be considered “trash”. Some ideas to get you started can be found on our Sustainable Crafts page
Challenge 2:  Take a photo of your craft and post it to social media with the tag #SGFEarthDay
Challenge 3:  OUR COMBINED EFFORTS MAKE ONE BIG IMPACT
On average, a Missourian creates 7.6 lbs of trash every day! Calculate how many pounds of trash would be sent to the landfill in one day for every citizen in the city of Springfield.

Activities & Crafts  not just for the kids 

We love the natural environment, sustainability and crafts! As part of our education program, we integrate activities and crafts as a bridge to teach environmental topics and sustainable practices. Grab your family and enjoy our specially curated Earth Day scavenger hunt or pull out the crayons, flex that creative muscle and color in a coloring sheet with our favorite little Globie!

ScavColorCheck out some of our other fun crafts and activities!