Celebrate Earth Day

Earth 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.

This year we have teamed up with several organizations throughout the Des Moines Metro to celebrate “Earth Month”.  Here in Norwalk we have scheduled clean up projects for Friday, April 23 from 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thanks to volunteer safety protocols we'll have opportunities spread throughout the City for small groups to volunteer while being physically-distanced. We will help you plan ahead, protect yourself and provide you opportunities to give back to make Norwalk a great place to live, work and play!
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Cleaning
Projects

City: Norwalk

Who: Norwalk Parks & Recreation

Dakota Springer; Robin Leaper

(515) 981-9206

rleaper@norwalk.iowa.gov

When: Fri. April 23

1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Online Registration

Covid: City of Norwalk - COVID-19 Response Update
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Project 1: Park clean up

Where: Elizabeth Holland Park

We will meet at the SE Parking lot; Colonial Parkway, Norwalk

What: Pick up trash around the park getting ready for spring

Volunteers Needed: 6

Note: Volunteers of any age are welcome! Parking: SE parking lot at Elizabeth Holland Park
Online Registration

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Project 2: Tree planting

Where: Elizabeth Holland Park

We will meet at the SE Parking lot; Colonial Parkway, Norwalk

What: Planting trees, moving dirt, mulch, watering in the trees

Volunteers Needed: 5

Note: Volunteers of any age are welcome! Parking: SE parking lot at Elizabeth Holland Park
Online Registration
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Project 3: Build fishing line receptacles

Where: Elizabeth Holland Park

We will meet at the SE Parking lot; Colonial Parkway, Norwalk

What: Build fishing line receptacles for people to place at ponds around town for people to place broken fishing line in instead of disposing on shoreline

Volunteers Needed: 5

Note: Adults 18 and older
Parking: SE parking lot at Elizabeth Holland Park
Online Registration
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Project 4: Trail clean up

Where: Highway 28

We will meet at the Kum&Go at the intersection of North Avenue & Highway 28

What: Pick up trash along the trail on east and west side of highway 28 from North Avenue to Beardsley Street

Volunteers Needed: 10

Note: Volunteers of any age are welcome! Parking: Kum & Go at North Avenue & Highway 28
Online Registration
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Project 5: Park clean up

Where: City Park/Brownie Park

We will meet at the West parking lot at City Park on North Avenue

What: Pick up trash around the park getting ready for spring

Volunteers Needed: 6

Note: Volunteers of any age are welcome! Parking: West Parking lot at City Park on North Avenue
Online Registration
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Project 6: Park clean up

Where: Windflower Park

We will meet at the North Avenue parking lot

What: Pick up trash around the park getting ready for spring

Volunteers Needed: 6

Note: Volunteers of any age are welcome! Parking: Windflower Park parking lot on North Avenue
Online Registration
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Celebrate Earth Day
Registration

This is a great way to build team culture and see each other safely outside. So, whether you are working remotely or in an office, homeschooling kiddos, or all of the above...we're here for you and are ready to do Earth Day pandemic-style. We know your offices are a bit different too, we want to make this as easy as possible for you to grab your "pod", "unit", "team" or sign-up alone. This is a first come- first served come as you are gig. And if you aren’t ready to be around others, feel free to head out into your neighborhood and pick up trash. You can still sign-up and then just share with us how much you did and where you cleaned to help Norwalk reach our goals of a cleaner City, better environment and healthier community.
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Covid-19 Protocols

Volunteer registration online will help us prepare and keep you safe. We ask that volunteers self-screen for symptoms before heading outdoors. Masks are required unless you are alone or can stay distanced by six feet or more at all times. Tools and supplies are disinfected after each use. If you have any questions, please reach out to Dakota or Robin, we’ll be more than happy to help!
Covid 19 Protocols

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Awards The larger “Earth Month” event is handing out awards so whether you join an organized Earth Month project (like ours here in Norwalk) or head out to do a clean-up on your own. Make sure to share with us along the way #EARTHMONTH2021DM. We’ll be keeping our eye out for winners of the Best Selfie, Finders Keepers and those showing their Team Spirit.

Awards - team spiritAwards - best selfieAwards - finders keepers

Special thanks to the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation for organizing “Earth Month” and to the following organizations for participating:

Cities & citizens of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Pleasant Hill, Johnston, Urbandale, Norwalk, Polk County Conservation, Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, West Side Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Ingersoll Business Committee, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines Water Works and Living History Farms.  https://earthday.dsm.city/