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Earth Day 2024: Make a difference in Columbus

Contribute to cleaning up Columbus through local Earth Day events. Plus, celebrate the day at the Columbus Zoo or Genoa Park.

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Keep Columbus Beautiful is a City of Columbus sustainability program. | Photo by @keepcolumbusbeautifuloh

Earth Day is Monday, April 22 — a day dedicated to supporting the environment and protecting natural resources. If you want to make a difference locally, here are five ways to contribute and celebrate.

City Nature Challenge: Columbus

From Friday, April 26-Thursday, May 2, download and use the iNatrulist app to track animals, plants, and fungus you spot in CBUS. This helps scientists study these species to know the best ways to protect them.

2024 Earth Day Celebration

This free, family-friendly event will be at Genoa Park on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy live music, food trucks, compostable crafts, and 40+ vendors from environmentally friendly businesses and non-profits.

Earth Day Columbus

This organization supports the largest volunteer event for Earth Day in the country. Scroll the map to find your neighborhood and choose a volunteer event in your area. Options range from city cleanups to building a garden.

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Kids can learn about the environment through dances and activities at the Zoo. | Photo by @columbuszoo

Earth Day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

On Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, head to the Zoo for “Party for the Planet,” which teaches kids about the importance of being green. Kids can also try a variety of conservation activities, hear from zookeepers, and meet insects from The Ohio State University’s Insectary.

Earth Day Tree Planting

Support our local metro parks by planting a tree at Quarry Trails on Monday, April 22 from 5-6 p.m. All supplies are provided and all are welcome.

Remember, keeping Columbus clean can be a priority everyday, not just on Earth Day. Don’t forget about local organizations you can contribute to year-round to help improve the air quality of Columbus, including Keep Columbus Beautiful, Green Columbus, and the Ohio Environmental Council.