Earth Day Celebrations

April 20-22, 2024

Citywide celebrations and a weekend of explorations.

From spirited, prize awarding cleanups, to cultural festivities acknowledging traditional uses of fire, Monona invites you to stay for a weekend of events, and visit our earth-friendly local businesses.

Find discounted hotel rooms with Country Inn & Suites – Monona and enjoy the riverfront walkway.

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Dine with views of our beautiful waterways at Buck & Honey’s, True Coffee Roasters, The Waypoint Public House, and Breakwater.

Events & Activities:

April 20, 9a-1p | A Morning with Mundo | Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Celebrate Earth Day with Mundo Esperanza: World Hope and learn about the different ways we are working to heal the planet and ourselves. With talks and speakers on Traditional Environmental Knowledge, the Land Spirit Project, modern practices of prescribed fires, a conservation project in Peru, the connection between Art and the Environment, and more.

This is a free event!

Come for the whole program or attend only a portion.

A native plant sale will also be happening on site throughout this event.

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April 20, 21, 22 | Native Plant Sale | Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Residential orders:  Plants arrive as 2×2 plugs, $5 a piece.  Pick up will be at Aldo Leopold Nature Center on

April 20 from 9-1p,

April 21 from 10-2p, and

April 22 from 9-4p.

Business orders: plants are free of charge, with planting assistance, native plant garden signage, and social media recognition for your efforts.  Planting assitance will be available on

April 26 from 2-4p.

See the plant choices, preparations, and care instructions.

More about the Native Plant Sale

Aldo Leopold Nature Center will be hosting a native plant sale to help you beautify your space, and provide habitat for pollinators.  Plants will be sourced from Good Oak Ecological Services.  The proceeds from the sale will benefit continued programing at the nature center.

Free Plants for Businesses:

Monona East Side Business Alliance will be purchasing native plants from Good Oak Conservation Services to be given to local businesses – we’ll even help with the planting.  Contact [email protected] to learn how to participate in our program.
Native Plant Info & Orders

Native Plant Care

Native Plant Options

Business Order Form

Residential Order Form

Wild Ones – website connecting people and native plants for a healthy planet

National Wildlife Foundation – website to find the best native plants to help wildlife

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April 20, 10-12a | Park Clean-Up | San Damiano

Join the volunteer cleanup among the trees and along the shorline of San Damiano Park.  Refreshments will be provided.

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April 20, 10-12a | Earth Day Challenge | Monona Parks & Rec

Celebrate Earth Day with your neighbors and friends by volunteering to clean up your local park! Join this community-wide volunteer effort to help make a difference.

Accept the Earth Day Challenge with Madison Parks! We are seeking 900 volunteers at 60+ parks, located throughout the city to assist with trash pickup, raking, weeding, and removing sticks. We supply gloves, garbage bags and rakes. Rakes at each park will be based on the number of volunteers participating. 

TO PICK UP SUPPLIES: Look for the Earth Day Challenge sign in each of the designated parks. No staff is onsite during the event.

Parks throughout the city, locations and number of volunteers is listed under the registration link.

All ages are welcome to participate. Advanced registration is required for anyone 10 years and older.

REGISTER ONLINE  or call (608) 266-4711.

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April 20, 2-4p | Children’s Clean-Up | Winnequah Park

Do your part to keep our public spaces wonderful places to be by participating in this quick, kid-friendly clean up near the play structure at Winnequah Park, with the crew from Aldo Leopold Nature Center and Monona East Side Business Alliance.  

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April 22, 12-2:30p | Do More Trash Bash | Throughout Monona

Join the “Do More Trash Bash” from Monona Parks & Rec for a race to collect the most pounds of waste at public and commercial spaces throughout Monona.  A $100 Kwik Trip gift card will be awarded to the winning team.  Register with Monona Parks & Rec.

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April 26, 2-4p | Planting for Business | At Your Location

Let us help you add native plants to your commercial space!  Monona businesses are eligible to receive free native plants, planting assistance, signage marking your native habitat, and social media recognition for your efforts.  Pre-order by April 17, planting assistance will take place April 26 from 2-4p.  

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