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About the Earth Day Clean Up

A collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) and City of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling, the Minneapolis Earth Day Clean Up was initiated in 1995 to draw attention to the water quality improvement needs of Minneapolis' lakes and the effects that individual actions have on urban water quality.

The goal of the Earth Day Clean Up is to provide a volunteer experience and environmental education to Minneapolis residents and park users. This annual event involves cleaning Minneapolis parks, neighborhoods, watersheds and water bodies including: the Chain of Lakes, Lake Nokomis, Lake Hiawatha, Powderhorn Lake, Diamond Lake, Shingle Creek, Minnehaha Creek, Bassett's Creek and the Mississippi River.

Environmental Education is a key part of the Clean Up. Onsite programs offer volunteers the opportunity to learn about various issues affecting our environment and community today. The programs are designed for individuals of all ages.
Past programs included:

  • River/Stream water testing presentations
  • Stream erosion/pollution presentations
  • Recycled art programs for youth
  • Birdhouse building
  • Wildlife effects of pollution
  • Water-cycle education games

Take a look at what we’ve accomplished!

YEAR
SITES
VOLUNTEERS
TRASH REMOVED (in pounds)
2000
10
1,354
7,800+
2005
13
974
7,320+
14
1,364
13,200+
24
2,059
17,200+
36
2,859
22,500+
41
3,000+
30,000+
38
3,000+
15,000+
2011
40
1,500
10,000+
2012
40
2,000
9,000

This annual community event would not be possible without the support and contributions from volunteers, neighborhood groups supported by the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, private businesses, non-profit agencies and community service organizations.

The Minneapolis Recycle Run 5K also serves as a fundraiser for future Earth Day Clean Up efforts. View more information and to register for this fun, annual event.

 

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