Date & Time

Saturday, April 21, 2018
9:30 am-noon


Multiple sites throughout Minneapolis
See Get Involved below


This event is free and open to all ages
No registration required

5K Bee Run

Join us on Saturday, April 21 at Boom Island Park for a fun run/walk that supports the creation of a pollinator pathway along the Mississippi River. Dogs are welcome!

REGISTRATION opens at 7:30 am
KIDS RUN starts at 8:30 am
FUN RUN/WALK starts at 9 am
RIVER CLEANUP starts at 9:30 am

Event Description

Earth Day Cleanup is held at several sites throughout the City of Minneapolis. It is a collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and City of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling. 

Event Information

2017 Earth Day Results

Thank you to the Minnesota Lottery for sponsoring the 2017 event and to all of our volunteers for coming out and making this event a huge success.  Here are the numbers:

  • 1,809 volunteers
  • 7,700+ pounds of garbage collected

Cleanup 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.

Help Improve Minneapolis Parks

The goal of Earth Day Cleanup 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. Since the inception of the Earth Day cleanup we have removed more than 140,000 pounds of garbage from Minneapolis parks.

Learn About Our Environment and Community

In addition to cleanup efforts, environmental education is a key part of our Earth Day efforts. 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. 

Get Involved


Become a sponsor of the annual Minneapolis Earth Day Cleanup and help keep Minneapolis a beautiful place to live, work, and play! Earth Day Cleanup 2018 takes place at more than 30 locations throughout Minneapolis. The event has become the largest community-service project in the city attracting 1,800+ volunteers, annually.  There are many ways to become involved as a sponsor, please read the sponsorship packet [PDF] to learn about the sponsorship opportunities for this event.

If you would like to support this event please contact Erica Chua, Community Outreach Event Coordinator at or 612-230-6479.

Individuals and Small Groups

It's easy to get involved in Earth Day Cleanup 2018. No pre-registration is required! Arrive at any site between 9:30 am and noon, bring a pair of gloves to pick up trash, and check in at the registration table. A site coordinator will provide you with gloves (if you did not bring any) and bags, and instruct you where to go and where to leave trash. Every site has a coordinator available to assist volunteers and to answer any questions you may have.

Large Groups

If you have a group of 20 or more volunteers looking for a site, please contact Erica Chua at or 612-230-6479 for a list of sites that can accommodate your group.

Cleanup Sites

Bde Maka Ska WestW 32nd St & Calhoun Pkwy W

Beltrami Park1111 Summer St NE

Boom Island724 Sibley St NE

Bryant Square Park3101 Bryant Ave S

Columbia35th Ave NE & Columbia Pkwy (playground parking lot)

Creekview5001 Humboldt Ave N

East River ParkwayE River Pkwy & Franklin Ave

Father Hennepin Bluff Park100 6th Ave SE

Folwell Park1615 N Dowling Ave

Heritage ParkN 10th Ave & Van White Memorial Blvd

Kenny/Grass Lake1328 W 58th St

Lake Harriet4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy (bandshell parking lot)

Lake Hiawatha2701 E 44th St

Lake of the Isles EastW 27th St & Lake of the Isles Pkwy E

Longfellow Park3435 36th Ave S


Loring - 1382 Willow St

Lynnhurst - 1345 W Minnehaha Pkwy

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park - 4055 Nicollet Ave S 

Mill Ruins - 102 Portland Ave S

Minnehaha Falls - 4801 S Minnehaha Drive

Nokomis - 2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy

Pearl - 414 E Diamond Lake Rd

Powderhorn - 3400 15th Ave S

Sibley - 1900 E 40th Street

Triangle Park - 10th Street between 4th and 5th Ave between the in-bound and out-bound access ramps to 35W

Theodore Wirth - 3200 Glenwood Ave (Wirth Beach Parking lot)

West River Parkway 36th - E 36th St & W River Pkwy

West River Parkway 44th - E 44th St & W River Pkwy

Webber Park - 4300 Webber Pkwy