How to love your Mother (Earth): SLC Earth Week activities on tap

How is your Earth doing? It’s time to check her vital signs and to show her some TLC, too.

The week of April 17th through April 22nd is Earth Week in Salt Lake City, with the big finish – Earth Day – on Saturday, April 22nd.

Following the adoption of the federal Clean Air Act of 1967, Earth Day came along on April 22, 1970. The stage was set for the ‘70s – a decade of historic environmental protection legislation, including the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency in December 1970. The federal Clean Water Act was adopted in January 1972. The Endangered Species Act was enacted one year later.

Several Salt Lake City-based events this week will show the City’s ongoing commitment to protecting and preserving the natural environment. Try one or all of these:

The Wasatch Front City Nature Challenge

Friday, April 14 – Tuesday, April 18

Cities across the country are competing to explore the nature all around them and document the species they find. Participation is free, easy, and a great way to enjoy the outdoors (and win prizes!)

Learn more:

City Nature Challenge Bioblitz

Saturday, April 15 – 1pm to 4pm

Fred and Ila Fife Wetland Preserve (1100 W 900 S)

Trail Clean-Up – It’s your doody!

Saturday, April 15 – 9am to 12pm

Volunteer Partners: SL Professional Dog Walkers Association

I-Street Bike Jump Trailhead (535 E 14th Ave)

Join the Salt Lake Professional Dog Walkers Association in a morning clean-up of dog waste and get educational tips on how dogs, bikers, and hikers can share our trails. Learn more by contacting Trisha Anderson:

Jordan River Parkway Trash Sweep

Saturday, April 15 – 9am to 11am

Volunteer Partners: Sunday Assembly

2100 South and the Jordan River Parkway

Join SLC Parks and Recreation with volunteers from Sunday Assembly as they pick up garbage along the Jordan River Parkway. Learn more:

City Nature Challenge Bioblitz

Tuesday, April 18 – 6pm to 7:30pm

Wasatch Hollow Park and Preserve, 1631 East 1700 South

Learn more at

“Purge Your Spurge” Day

Saturday, April 22 – 9:30am to 12pm

Help collect Myrtle Spurge, a noxious weed that grows across our Open Spaces, in a friendly competition between Community Councils and Partners within Salt Lake City. Find your location and learn more:

SLC Green Business Recycling Ordinance Workshop

Tuesday, April 25 – 10am to 11am

Main Library (210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City), Conference Room B

Learn about SLC’s Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance, and how your business can develop a recycling plan. Learn more at

SLC Parks and Public Lands Open Houses

We want to hear from you! Help shape the future of parks and open spaces across Salt Lake City by telling us what you love and want to see changed within the parks.

Wednesday, April 26 – 6pm to 8:30 pm

Sorenson Multicultural Center (855 W. California Avenue)

Thursday, April 27 – 6pm to 8:30 pm
Forest Dale Golf Course Clubhouse (2375 S 900 E)

Can’t make the Open Houses? Take the online survey!

Survey here:

 Urban Forestry Arbor Day Event

April 28 – 9am to 10:30am

Jordan Park (1060 S 900 W)

Join SLC’s Urban Forestry for this year’s Arbor Day Celebration. Students from Parkview Elementary and a representative from the Mayor’s Office will participate in the planting of two Arbor Day trees at Jordan Park. Explore the Urban Forestry Crew’s trucks and other equipment, and see the removal of a large dead tree.

Arbor Day Celebration

April 28 – All day celebration

Red Butte Garden (The University of Utah, 300 Wakara Way)

There’s no better place than Red Butte Garden to celebrate Arbor Day. Join for a fun day of activities and leave with a free tree to take home (while supplies last.)

Learn more:

Adopt-a-Park Program

The Open Space Lands Program has created an Adopt-A-Spot Program to allow Salt Lake citizens to show pride in the vibrant ecology of their city by stewarding a set location over the course of one year.

Learn more:


Salt Lake City is committed to a sustainable future, and to protect our vital natural resources, such as open space lands and precious watershed.

Learn about the City’s recently released  plan entitled Climate Positive 2040, which outlines how SLC will reach it’s ambitious sustainability goals: 100 percent electricity from renewable energy sources by 2032 and an 80 percent reduction in energy and transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

And don’t forget to follow SLC Green’s blog to keep up-to-date on the latest sustainability tips and efforts of Salt Lake City!

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