Earth Day 2017 Event Roundup

At Local First Arizona, we’re all about building sustainable communities through local economies and a healthy environment. One way to help develop sustainability in Arizona is by celebrating Earth Day at events that local businesses are hosting. Our Earth Day roundup lists fun and educational events in cities across the state to help you support local businesses and go green.


Case Studies & Cocktails, Hotel Congress, April 20th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  This fun event introduces everyone from building owners to students to the work that the Tucson Emerging 2030 District team is doing, and how you can participate to make Tucson a sustainable leader in the state. Tours of the Hotel Congress will be given, where you can learn how this iconic hotel is improving energy efficiency and sustainable design. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. - MORE

Bat Day at Kartchner Caverns State Park, April 22nd Head to Kartchner Caverns State Park on Earth Day to enjoy the annual celebration of their most well-known seasonal residents. Enjoy family friendly activities and celebrate the bats. - MORE

Bird Walk at Dankworth Pond at Roper Lake State Park April 22nd, 8am  Enjoy a brisk walk through Roper Lake's sister park, Dankworth Pond, learning about native and seasonal birds. Volunteer Jeff Coker  shares his 18 years of birding experience, as he has done for other bird tours on behalf of the Audubon Society and the Elderhostel program. Participants should meet at the bulletin board and wear comfortable walking shoes, binoculars, and a bird book if you have one. Regular park admission applies. - MORE

Buffalo Exchange April 22nd  Buffalo Exchange will feature a selection of men’s and women’s clothing for just $1 apiece, with all proceeds going to Humane Society of the United States. For shoppers, this means a chance to score unbeatable deals on designer, vintage and everyday staples while supporting the Humane Society’s efforts to encourage pet adoption. Spend a dollar to help a friend find a collar! - MORE

Tucson Earth Day Festival at Children's Museum Tucson, Saturday April 22nd, 10am – 2pm Celebrate by attending a parade, environmental activities for all ages, exhibits, food and fun! Be sure to stop by the Local First Arizona booth where the first 500 folks will receive one of our "Smart Money" reusable totes filled with great ideas and goodies for banking local. - MORE

Earth Day Celebration with The Lorax, Bookmans Midtown, April 22nd 11:00am-12:00pm  Celebrate our beautiful blue planet with a Lorax themed party! With the help of our very favorite entertainer, Silly Tassie, we’ll have face painting, crafts, games, prizes and the chance to plant your very own seeds. This event is for all ages, but especially those with a love for Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax.  As the wise ol’ man said himself, “It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” - MORE 

Earth Month, Craftapaloozaaaaa!, Bookmans Northwest, April 22nd 1:00pm-2:00pm Show off your crafty skills while letting your imagination go wild! Build a handmade bird feeder to celebrate Earth Day and our fine feathered friends. - MORE

Earth Fair, Bookmans East, April 22nd  1:00pm-3:00pm To celebrate Earth Day, Bookmans is hosting local organizations that work all year to make our environment sustainable, both locally and globally. Join us for this important event to meet local organizers, learn clever tips to make big changes in your neighborhoods and find out just what needs to be done to protect our most precious resource – Mother Earth. - MORE


Localist Essence of Wellness at the Arboretum, Sunday, April 23, 2017, 10:00am-12:00pm As we enter spring, Localists are invited to a specially-curated wellness workshop to connect with nature and "treat yourself" to aromatherapeutic pampering. After an educational stroll through the Arboretum at Flagstaff, participants will make a healing body balm with desert jojoba, beeswax and coconut oil paired with lemongrass essential oil that is perfect for the transition into summer. After this workshop lead by Jes Zaneis of Soul Care by CCC, attendees will indulge in a local honey-sweetened kombucha tasting, before heading home. MORE

NAU EARTH MONTH, April  Join Northern Arizona University for an entire month's worth of events to celebrate Earth Month and all the fantastic, sustainable things NAU has to offer.  Events include lectures, roundtable discussions, tours, and fun events. - MORE



Earth Day Arts Festival in Camp Verde, April 22, 1 - 5 p.m. Join the Town of Camp Verde at Rezzonico Park for a event-packed day to celebrate our Earth. Featured events include an upcycled art contest, Arbor Day tree planting, live music, "Eco-Magic Show," "Trash-to-Treasure," comic drawing workshop, and a meet and greet with the one and only Smokey Bear! - MORE


Climate Change Awareness Day, Bookmans, April 21st, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Are you ready for an informative day focused on climate change awareness?  Come speak with people who are passionate about slowing climate change and find out how you can make a difference.  Hosted by the Northern Arizona Climate Change Alliance. - MORE


Flagstaff Earth Day Flagstaff Earth Day Saturday, Heritage Square, April 22nd, 11:00am - 2:00pm Attend workshops focusing on backyard animal keeping including bees, chickens, and miniature goats. Help out at the Community Clean-up and be entertained by Sambatuque, Capoeira Amizade Flagstaff, and Dancing Earth. Stop by the Local First Arizona booth where we’ll be talking about ways to move your money to local banks and credit unions! -  MORE

Old Town Arts Festival Saturday, Old Town Cottonwood, April 22nd, 10:00AM - 9:00PM The Verde Valley's Premiere Arts Celebration on Earth Day including fine arts and crafts, music, wine, food, and outdoor adventure.  Highlights include a Trash to Treasure Fashion show, Farm to Table cookoff and Ken Koshio & Kenzoo’s Celebration of Earth performance. - MORE

Earth Day Celebration at Red Rock State Park April 22nd, 10am - 3pm You're invited to celebrate Earth Day at Red Rock State Park! Enjoy all sorts of activities, including nature hikes, the H2Olympics, info exhibits, crafts, special guests, and an art showcase. Spend time reflecting on our planet and demonstrate support for environmental education and low impact recreation. - MORE

Star Party at Homolovi State Park April 22nd, 30 minutes after sunset Imagine what you can see in the sky at Homolovi State Park. The sky promises spectacular views of ghostly nebulae, star clusters, the moon's cratered landscapes, and Venus' crescent phases. Bring a chair, red illumination flashlight, refreshments, and bug repellent. Picnic facilities and grills are available at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center. Free with cost of park entry. - MORE

Family Campout at River Island State Park April 22-23 Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. You’ll be introduced to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors. Learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping. - MORE

Petroglyph Tour at Homolovi State Park April 22nd 9am Join a Park Ranger for a tour of Homolovi's petroglyph sites. This will require participants to have their own vehicle. Please be prepared for weather and bring plenty of water as the tour will last approximately 3 hours. There will be approximately 1.5 miles of walking on uneven terrain. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the park at (928) 289-4106 or contact Kenn Evans by email at [email protected] Day use-fee required. - MORE


Weekend Wildflower Walks in April at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Saturdays and Sundays in April  More than ten inches of rain have fallen here since December , assuring a rainbow of wildflower color. Arizona State Parks volunteers guide our popular Weekend Wildflower Walks – join either day for a chance to see, photograph and learn about Arroyo Lupine above Ayer Lake, Desert Wishbone along the Switchbacks, Wild Cucumber along Queen Creek - and a dozen other ephemeral flowers. - MORE

Desert Botanical Garden PLANeT Celebration, April 15th 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Enjoy all the fun and beauty of the Garden, while discovering ways you can help care for our Sonoran Desert. Explore the Garden’s five unique trails, meet leaders in sustainability and conservation, and participate in plant-themed activities with inspiring entertainment. Stop by the Local First Arizona table to play Local Trivia! Included with membership or paid Garden admission. - MORE

Star Talk at Lost Dutchman State Park April 21st,  7:30 - 9:30 pm Learn about the night sky, constellations and planets with local astronomer Bill Dellinges at the park amphitheater. - MORE

8th Annual Keep Phoenix Beautiful Earth Day, Steele Indian School Park April 22nd, 11am-4pm Eco-Classes, exhibitors, music, food and more. Visit with local businesses at the “Local First Way” and play Local Trivia at the Local First Arizona table! - MORE



The Phoenix Zoo Earth Day April 22nd, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Join in the fun for Earth Day at the Phoenix Zoo - an entire day of games and activities that nurture nature.  Educational Earth Station Destinations will be set up throughout the Zoo where you can learn about conserving water & energy, reducing waste, and green cleaning.  There is also a live rattlesnake and Gila monster handling demo, walking tour, drum circle and planter making class. - MORE

Buffalo Exchange April 22nd Buffalo Exchange will feature a selection of men’s and women’s clothing for just $1 apiece, with all proceeds going to Humane Society of the United States. For shoppers, this means a chance to score unbeatable deals on designer, vintage and everyday staples while supporting the Humane Society’s efforts to encourage pet adoption. Spend a dollar to help a friend find a collar! - MORE

New River Trail & Clean Up, Dream City Church Parking Lot, Peoria April 22nd, 7 - 10 a.m. Join with volunteers to pick up trash and debris along the New River trail system. To volunteer for the event, please complete the online form. - MORE

Planetpalooza Earth Day Festival, Westwing Park, Peoria April 22nd 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This festival cultivates and celebrates the resources the environment has to offer through food, music,  learning and family fun. Learn to be more sustainable in daily life while also enjoying prizes and giveaways, handcrafted food, food trucks and entertainment. - MORE

Selecting and Maintaining Xeriscape Workshop, SRP Water Education Facility - Eisendrath Center, April 22nd  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Learn  how to beautify your yard and conserve water through xeriscaping. - MORE

#preserveaz Earth Day Dinner, North Phoenix desert, April 22nd 6:00 p.m. Join Cloth & Flame in the Sonoran desert for a meal prepared by Executive Chef Derek Christensen and inspired by our beautiful desert home, featuring foods grown and raised right here. Watch the colors of the sunset sweep over the landscape and learn about sustainability and conservation while making new connections over a shared table. - MORE

Earth Day and Arbor Day, Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler April 22nd 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day at the Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park! Meet vendors and exhibitors who provide hands-on activities for the community. Take home products and samples from organizations taking part in living a more eco-friendly lifestyle. - MORE

Earth Day Planting Class for Kids, The Farm at South Mountain, April 22nd 9:30-10:30am Join the Garden Girls for an hour education and activity session right in the main garden of The Farm. Bring your kiddos to learn the benefits of buying and eating local produce, what organic really means and how to plant your own food at home. We will end the session with a mini planting activity to grow your own herbs to take home. - MORE

The Environmental Fair at the Two Waters Tribal Government Complex, April 22nd 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Division of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is hosting their 13th Annual Earth Day Celebration with the theme “Water is Our Way of Life.”  Experience hands-on learning, games, arts & crafts, a variety of animals, and a complimentary lunch from great food vendors.- MORE

Earth Day Plea for the Sea Fundraiser, Green Tempe location, April 22nd 2 – 8 p.m. Enjoy fun, food, giveaways and live music at this fundraising event to raise awareness about marine life. - MORE