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Earth Day, observed annually on April 22, brings together people from across the globe to appreciate our environment and advocate for its protection. The inaugural Earth Day in 1970 galvanized 20 million Americans, leading to pivotal environmental legislation such as the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act.

At the University of Iowa, students, faculty, and staff have been actively engaged with Earth Day since its inception. On Wednesday, April 22, 1970, they hosted an Earth Day Parade and a Teach-In, which catalyzed the creation of a UI Environmental Curriculum Steering Committee, numerous environmental community organizations, and a variety of pollution reduction initiatives.

Over the years, Earth Day has evolved from a single day of awareness to a month-long celebration.  Join us throughout April to explore and celebrate the impactful work our campus and community does to advance sustainability education, research, and action.

Earth Month Events

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Prompt for the Planet 

Monday, April 1

IPHPRP Global Health Case Competition | C217, CPHB | 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 2

Phases of the Sun:  A Guide to Our Star and the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse | Virtual | 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3

IPHPRP Global Health Case Competition Awards Ceremony and Multicultural Potluck | CPHB | 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 4

Veggie Gardening 101 | North Liberty Community Center | 6:30 p.m.

Friday, April 5

Wetlands Preservation after Sackett v. EPA:  Land Conservation and What it Means for Iowa | Boyd Law | All Day

Campus and Local Community Spaces as Collaborative Lab for Environmental Research | Iowa City Public Library | 1:30 p.m.

Tippie Sustainability Case Competition Kick-off | W10 PBB | 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 6

Tippie Sustainability Case Competition (Competition Day) | PBB | 7:30 a.m.

Honeysuckle Removal | Hickory Hill Park | 9:00 a.m. (Volunteers Needed)

Prepare Your Park | Sugar Bottom Campgound | 9:00 a.m. (Volunteers Needed)

Earth Expo | Robert A Lee Community Center | 2:00 p.m.

Monday, April 8

Partial Solar Eclipse on the Pentacrest | Pentacrest | 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10

Help Us Plant Onions | Iowa City | 9:00 a.m.

Green Bandana Project Nature Crafts | Hubbard Park | 4:00 p.m.

Midwest Bedrock:  The Search for Nature's Soul in America's Heartland | Prairie Lights Bookstore | 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 11

Design Social Change:  Lesley-Ann Noel in Converstion with Adele Vanarsdale | Prairie Lights Bookstore | 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 12

Design Workshop for Environmental Studies Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration | 10:00 a.m. (Apply by February 27)

Spring Treasure Trade | Kautz Plaza on T. Anne Cleary | 1:00 p.m.

Iowa City Darwin Day Science Fest | Biology Building East | 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 13

Trail Maintenance | Hickory Hill Park | 9:00 a.m. (Volunteers Needed)

ICPL Spring Houseplant Swap | Iowa City Public Library | 10:00 a.m.

Iowa City Darwin Day:  Science Fest | Phillips Hall | 10:00 a.m.

Ecology and Conservation of Bumble Bees for Atlas Volunteers | Virtual | 11:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 14

Tree Cookie Printing | Solon | 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17

Iowa, the Beautiful Land:  Envisioning an Action Agenda for Nature and Agriculture | Iowa City Public Library | 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 18

Healing Horizons:  A Journey into Indigenous Spirituality, Culture, and Global Well-being | University Capitol Centre | 12:00 p.m.

Garden Bed Cleanup and Planting for Teens | Pedmall | 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 20

Squire Point Trail Work Day | Squire Point Trail | 8:00 a.m. (Volunteers Needed)

Energy Blitz | Iowa City | 9:00 a.m. (Volunteers Needed)

Honeysuckle Removal | Hickory Hill Park | 9:00 a.m. (Volunteers Needed)

Northside Neighborhood Association Earth Day at Ace | Ace Hardware | 9:00 a.m.

University of Iowa 28th Annual Powwow | Johnson County Fairgrounds | 11:00 a.m.

Help Us Plant Beets For Earth Day | Iowa City | 12:00 p.m.

Earth Day Trash Crawl | Hubbard Park | 12:00 p.m.

Earth Day Open House | Trowbridge Hall | 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 21

Morning Migration Hike | Two Horse Farm | 8:00 a.m.

IC Repair Cafe Spring Event | Eastside Recycling Center | 9:00 a.m.

South District Team Up to Clean Up | Faith Academy | 10:00 a.m. (Volunteers Needed)

Recycled Runway | TBD | 11:00 a.m.

Minnesota and Iowa Bumble Bee Atlas Virtual Training | Virtual | 2:00 p.m.


Monday, April 22

Earth Day Highway 6 Cleanup | Riverfront Crossing Park | 9:45 a.m. (Volunteers Needed)

Make Your Own Grass Head Pets for Earth Day | Seamans Center | 11:30 a.m.

USG x Campus Safety Bike Registration Event | 12:00 p.m. | T. Anne Cleary Walkway

Earth Day Talk:  Climate Solutions Surround Us | Iowa Theater, IMU | 3:00 p.m.

From Awareness to Action:  The Climate Action Handbook | Prairie Lights Books | 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23

Roots of Resilience:  Preserving Cultures, Languages, and Health | University Capitol Centre | 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 25

Innovative Alliances:  Rethinking Global Health and Sustainability through Unconventional Partnerships | College of Pharmacy Building | 12:15 p.m.

CLIMATE through a Wide Lens | Old Capitol Meuseum | 4:00 p.m.

Earth Week Fair | Field to Family | 4:30 p.m.


Friday, April 26

City Nature Challenge | Johnson County | All Day (Volunteers Needed)

iNaturalist, do you?  Join the City Nature Challenge | Kent Park | 3:30 p.m.

Talk & Walk:  Amphibian Citizen Science | Conservation Education Center | 7:30 p.m.

Public Observing Night | Van Allen Hall | 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 27

City Nature Challenge | Johnson County | All Day (Volunteers Needed)

Linder Point/Wood Pecker Trail Work Day | Woodpecker Trail | 8:00 a.m. (Volunteers Needed)

Macbride Nature Challenge | Macbride Nature Recreation Area | 9:00 a.m. (Volunteers Needed)

Honeysuckle Removal | Hickory Hill Park | 9:00 a.m. (Volunteers Needed)

Sunday, April 28

City Nature Challenge | Johnson County | All Day (Volunteers Needed)

Honeysuckle Removal | Hickory Hill Park | 9:00 a.m. (Volunteers Needed)

Monday, April 29

City Nature Challenge | Johnson County | All Day (Volunteers Needed)