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Des Moines Earth Day Trash Bash

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Date Friday, April 19, 2019 at 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Duration   5h

Information from the City of Des Moines Earth Day Trash Bash Website - Click here for full details

Earth Day Trash Bash is a collaborative project between the Cities & citizens of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Johnston, Urbandale, Polk County Conservation, Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, West Side Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Ingersoll Business Committee, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and Water Works. In 2018, we had more than 1900 registered volunteers, 88 teams and 75 project locations.

Trash Bash Removed TrashEarth Day Trash Bash, Iowa's largest volunteer Earth Day event, kicks off on Friday, April 19 with team volunteering from 12:00-5:00. Saturday, April 20 there will be opportunities for individuals and families throughout the Metro. Register for one event or both!

On Friday, April 19, 2019 (Rain Date April 22) Earth Day will kick-off with a Bash downtown at Noon, including lunch, sponsor recognition and educational booths. The rally builds a sense of community and cohesiveness to the day’s activities and is an opportunity to recognize the thousands of hours these volunteers will put in. After the kick-off bash and lunch, team captains will lead the volunteers out to their project locations for an afternoon giving back to the community.

Schedule of Events

  • 12:00-1:00 Kick-Off Bash/Team Rally (Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut St.)
    Gather your team for food, music by Bruce Day and educational booths!
  • 1:00-1:30 Commute to Assigned Site, Group Photo & Safety Talk
  • 1:30-4:30 Earth Day Volunteer Projects (Greater Des Moines Metro Area)
  • 4:30-5:00 Clean-up, Collect Tools/Supplies, Post-Project Photos & Award Submissions

Earth Day means Action!

Each year, as part of Earth Day we try to share some type of environmental education messaging. Earth Day in the U.S. began in 1970 as 20 million Americans, from all walks of life, mobilized in an effort to change our environment. Today, Earth Day is celebrated by more than a billion people per year in 192 countries. Earth Day Trash Bash, a local event in honor of Earth Day, is Iowa's largest volunteer Earth Day effort. The 2019 theme is "Think Downstream" and we encourage all citizens to think about their impacts on our waterways and those downstream from them. Whether it is sediments, nutrients or plastics or other items in our water, we will work together to improve our water quality! We ALL need clean water to survive! For more information about ways you can improve your watershed, visit Des Moines' Water Works http://www.dmww.com/water-quality/watershed/ .

Show Your Commitment

The Metro Area is divided into team volunteer project locations. The deadline for Captains to register is March 30th. If you are unable to find a team for Friday's event, we encourage you to volunteer on Saturday, April 20 at one of our site locations.

Thanks to our sponsors, each location will have the supplies onsite to complete your project. Captains will receive an Earth Day t-shirt, lunch wristbands for their teams, vital safety information and location information at the captain's meeting on Friday, April 5th. To thank you for your volunteer time you will receive a free lunch at our Kick-Off Bash at the Cowles Commons on April 19th.

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