Events include a citytwide clean up in St. Paul, the Adopt-A-Drain program, a sidewalk chalk art program and more.

With Earth Day on Saturday, various efforts in the Twin Cities are being made to raise awareness for the environment. Events include a citytwide clean up in St. Paul, the Adopt-A-Drain program, a sidewalk chalk art program and more.

The whole family is invited to celebrate Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2023 by taking part in various volunteer opportunities and fun events, like the Pictures, Poems, and Play! sidewalk chalk event. Spend the day creating sidewalk art with the community! (Courtesy of Gateway Brown’s Creek Trail Association)

For the whole family

The Pictures, Poems, and Plays! sidewalk chalk art event is happening Saturday, all day long. The Gateway Brown’s Creek Trail Association in Grant is inviting community members of all ages to celebrate the earth by bringing bags to collect trash and bringing their own sidewalk chalk to create art. They ask that anyone participating wears bright colors, stays in groups, and to “fill the trail with pictures, poems, and playful sentiments,” along the Gateway Brown’s Creek Trail.

For the cleanup crews

The city of St. Paul is hosting its annual citywide spring cleanup event Saturday and inviting community members to volunteer in helping collect bags, trash, litter, and more. This event will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Volunteers, along with city staff and other organizations, will come together to scatter across St. Paul in order to clean up trash. There are 25 sites to choose from where volunteers can go to collect gloves and bags before heading out. The sites can be found on the project’s website.

For the science enthusiast

Residents from across the state are encouraged to take part in the Adopt-A-Drain program, created by Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education, in an effort to keep drains clean while also collecting data. Volunteers can register to adopt a drain near them and spend about 30 minutes a week clearing leaves, debris, trash, and more off the grates, preventing it from entering surrounding bodies of water. After the quick task of clearing anything blocking the drain, the CGEE asks that every volunteer reports what types of debris found into an online database for others, even beyond the state of Minnesota, to look at. Those interested can go to the Adopt-A-Drain’s website to find a drain near them and help contribute to the already more than 580,000 pounds of debris collected and 12,000 adopted drains.

For the fashionista

The Mall of America and Repowered, a electronics recycling company, are partnering to host a robot-inspired fashion show at 1 p.m., Saturday, at MOA’s North Atrium. With the guideline of having submissions be made of 25% recycled electronic materials, volunteer tech and fashion designers will create and model looks and creations related to the theme of robots on the runway. Former Project Runway stars Samantha Rei and Christopher Straub will judge the presented looks. In addition to the fashion show, Repowered will have a free electronic recycling drop-off area the same day but in the east parking lot. Items accepted include computers, tablets, and cellphones.

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