Friday — Earth Day — is one to appreciate and attend to our collective home. Maybe you have plans this week or weekend to plant a tree or help pick up trash at a local park or recommit to living greener in some way.

And what of holding every day as one for treating Earth with care? Words from a former titan of environmentalism in Minnesota resonate still. Wrote Sigurd Olson: “Without love of the land, conservation lacks meaning or purpose, for only in a deep and inherent feeling for the land can there be dedication in preserving it.”


There are a number of community gatherings in the metro area, from Orono to Maplewood to Lakeville. Check municipality and parks websites for information. Here are a few:



Citywide at parks and watersheds, 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, 40 locations, organized by the city’s Park and Recreation Board and Solid Waste and Recycling.

Sites and more information at


St. Paul

Citywide at parks, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday, seven drop-in sites

Registration and more info at


Mississippi River gorge

9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Minneapolis. Go to either of two locations: 36th Street E. and West River Parkway, or 44th St. E. and West River Parkway, organized by Friends of the Mississippi River. More info at


Lino Lakes

Cleanup (10 a.m.-noon Saturday) and family event (12:30-3 p.m.) Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St. Info at



Celebration, including plantings and more, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Harriet Alexander Nature Center.

Info at



EarthFest Expo, promoting sustainable living, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Mayo Civic Center Auditorium



Birding festival, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, organized by the center and Hastings Environmental Protectors.

Cost is $5 per person. Signup required. Call the center at 651-437-4359.