Celebrate Earth Day & Arbor Day

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Celebrate Earth Day & Arbor Day

Earth Day in the U.S. began in 1970 as 20 million Americans, from all walks of life, mobilized in an effort to change our environment. Today, Earth Day is celebrated by more than a billion people per year in 192 countries.

Arbor Day began 150 years ago, in 1872 and is similar to Earth Day because it celebrates nature. Arbor Day's specific purpose is to celebrate the planting, upkeep and preservation of trees.

Here in Norwalk we have scheduled clean up and tree planting projects for Thursday, April 25 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

We will help you plan ahead, and provide you opportunities to give back to make Norwalk a great place to live, work and play!

clean up days

City: Norwalk
Who: Norwalk Parks & Recreation
Dakota Springer
(515) 981-9206
When: Thursday, April 25, 2024
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Registration Dates:
February 5 - April 21, 2024


Project Where When What  Volunteers Needed Parking
Project 1:
Park Clean up
Elizabeth Holland Park 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Pick up trash around the park getting ready for spring 5/10 SE parking lot at Elizabeth Holland Park
Project 2:
Tree Planting
Billy O. Phillips 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Planting trees, moving dirt, mulch, watering in the trees FULL Billy O. Phillips parking lot, parking spots along the playground area
Project 3:
Trail Clean up
Highway 28 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Pick up trash along the trail on east and west side of Highway 28 from North Avenue to Beardsley Street 8/8 Dollar General parking lot on Highway 28. Please park in the spaces closest to Highway 28, away from the building.
Project 4:
Tree Planting
Windflower Park 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Planting tree, moving dirt, mulch, watering in the trees FULL Windflower Park parking lot

Volunteers of any age are welcome!

TEAMS: If you have a confirmed group, and you don't see enough openings online email your group details to parksandrec@norwalk.iowa.gov and we will get your team set up on a project.

INDIVIDUALS: If you don't have a team, feel free to register for a spot on your own. 

YOU-DO-YOU (SELF-LED): If our staff-led activities don't fit your schedule and you need greater flexibility, pick one of our "You-Do-You" self-led options and select the location you'd like to help at or contact us to schedule an area not listed. Don't forget afterwards to share with us how much you cleaned up and where you cleaned to help our communities reach their goals.

We will help you plan ahead, protect yourself and provide you opportunities to give back to continue making Norwalk a great place to live, work and play in! Tools and supplies will be provided for hosted sites. 

Online Registration (1)

Whether you join an organized Earth Month project or head out to do a clean-up on your own, make sure to share with us along the way #EDTB2024. Not on social media? Email your favorite pics to trashbash@dmgov.org . We’ll be keeping our eye out for any winners of the Best Selfie, Finders Keepers and those showing their Team Spirit.

  • Show us your Team Spirit ... wear a team t-shirt, costume or anything to show you've got SPIRIT!
  • Snap a pic of Best Selfie of you and your team in action. 
  • Show us your unique find for the Finders Keepers awards.
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Special thanks to the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation and to all the volunteers and organizations participating in Norwalk's Celebrate Earth Day & Arbor Day event!