This coming Saturday is Earth Day, so there is going to be a lot of activity around the Royal City to mark the occasion. Here’s an overview of events in the Guelph area including clean-ups, tree planting, crafts and a film screening.
Clean & Green in the Neighbourhood!
Mitchell Woods Park Entrance at Elmira Road
8:30am to 11:30am
14th Annual City of Guelph Clean & Green event! Bring the family out and join the West Willow Village Neighbourhood Group at Marksam Park entrance on Westwood Road or Mitchell Woods Park entrance on Elmira Road for a Park clean up, all materials are supplied. An appreciation BBQ at Riverside Park follows!
Earth Day Rotary Forest Tree Planting
Lakeside Church on Conservation Road
9 am to 2 pm
We are pleased to announce that the Rotary Club of Guelph will once again be partnering with the Grand River Conservation Authority and the Grand River Conservation Foundation on April 22nd for the Rotary Forest tree planting event. This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to get together and make a significant difference. The Rotary Forest project’s goal is to increase the canopy cover in the City of Guelph and surrounding area by planting 60,000 trees by 2020. We are calling on environmentally-minded citizens to help transform a 40-hectare area, across from the Guelph Lake Nature Centre, into a wonderful new resource for our community, with trees that will clean our air and link nearby forest habitat to create a corridor for wildlife. This vision of a healthy community for generations to come is celebrating its 10th year. Wear your boots and learn how to plant a tree while having fun with your neighbours, family and friends. Shovels provided! We look forward to seeing you
7th Annual Spring Swap
Lakeside HOPE House
9 am to 2 pm
Lucky year #7 and we have a few new additions to the spring swap this year! How It Works: Bring ONE bag of your best pre-loved duds (clean and folded, women’s and unisex) and swap it out for your 2017 wardrobe for just $10! There will be humble change rooms on-site and plenty of mirrors. We will also be facilitating a can drive for the Hope House kitchen and a pad/tampon drive for local shelters. If you’ve ever been interested in the services the Hope House provides, you’ll be able to do a walk-about with one of their dedicated workers.
Grange Hill East Neighbourhood Group Cleanup
GHENG Community Room (525 Grange Road)
8:30 am to 11:30 am
Celebrate Earth Day by joining the Grange Hill East Neighbourhood Group to cleanup the neighbourhood! This year we’ve teamed up and registered with the 14th Annual Guelph Clean & Green Community Cleanup!
St. George’s Park Neighborhood Group Cleanup
St. George’s Park
8:30 am to 11 am
This is your opportunity to spend a few hours “spring cleaning” our beautiful park and neighbourhood by joining others to pick up litter. Last year, more than 900 people participated in Guelph and picked up 5,350 kilograms of litter. It is true that when we work together, we can make a big difference! The 2017 cleanup is open to everyone, and is a great family event. Participating high school students can earn credit towards their community involvement hours. Students must ask the crew leader to sign the required form. Participants will be provided with cleanup kits, including safety vests for teams picking up litter along busy roads. We will meet at St. George’s Park at 8:30am. There will be a station set up at St. George’s Park, so you can still come at anytime up until 11:00am. Bring gardening gloves, water and dress for the weather (rain or sun gear/sunscreen as needed). Following the cleanup and to celebrate, there will be a free barbecue lunch at Riverside Park.
Earth Day Cleanup
Royal City Park
9:15 am to 12 pm
Hello and welcome to Plastic Free Guelph’s second Earth Day cleanup! Please join us in cleaning up Downtown Guelph around the Speed River to make the parks clean and beautiful for the spring. Afterwards we will be meeting at Miijidaa Cafe + Bistro to celebrate our efforts. Paper garbage bags will be provided and we recommend that you bring gardening gloves to wear (we will have a few pairs to spare if you don’t have any). We will meet in Royal City Park across from the Boat House around 9:15 to account for those taking the bus. Feel free to bring friends and family!
Earth Day Make and Take
Wellington County Public Library – Rockwood branch
10 am to 4 pm
Stop by the library and create an eco-friendly craft to celebrate Earth Day! Drop in.
Downtown Guelph Neighbourhood Cleanup
Miijidaa Cafe + Bistro
10 am to 11:30 am
The Neighbourhood Group (The Wooly Pub- Guelph’s Meeting Place, Miijidaa Cafe + Bistro, Borealis Grille & Bar – Guelph) would like to invite you to help clean up Downtown Guelph in honour of Earth Day! We’ll be meeting at Miijidaa Cafe + Bistro at 10am and then we will clean up the streets until 11:30am before going to the The Wooly Pub- Guelph’s Meeting Place to celebrate. Everyone is welcome to join and help clean up our amazing downtown Guelph!
Nature in the City – Slime and Scales Family Talk
Guelph Public Library – Main Library
1 pm to 2 pm
Please join Nature Guelph at the Downtown Guelph Public Library Main Branch at 100 Norfolk Street for a free indoor family program on Saturday, April 22 at 1:00 pm to discover some of our most under-appreciated creatures: reptiles and amphibians! Are you new to Guelph? Perhaps you are ready to start exploring nature, but unsure where to start? Or want to meet like-minded nature lovers in your community? Nature in the City is a series of 8 free, family-friendly public programs run by Nature Guelph that can help you dive in to nature in the Royal City. Bring your friends and family, and learn just a little more about the natural world in your own backyard, while meeting other people in your local community who are interested in nature connection and the outdoors. Indoor programs at the Downtown Guelph Public Library Main Branch are followed by free guided outdoor programs. Join us for either, or for both!
Film Screening – ‘Watermark’
Eden Mills Community Hall
7 pm to 10 pm
An Eden Mills Going Carbon Neutral presentation in celebration of Earth Day; reception at 7 p.m. sponsored by Trillium West; 8 p.m. screening.