Earth Day Cleanup

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by pledging to help clean up Ramsey County's parks April 25 - 26, 2020. 

While this has traditionally been a large group volunteer event, no formal gathering is required to make a difference this year. Individuals and households are invited to participate by picking up litter at any one of Ramsey County's open parks. Volunteers are encouraged to then share a photo of their trash haul using the hashtag #TrashTagRamseyCounty.

Advance registration is not required to participate, but is recommended. Parks & Recreation will coordinate with registered participants to have staff pick up trash bags collected through the program.

Preventative measures

Please practice preventative health measures before, during and after participating in this Earth Day challenge.

  • Volunteers will need to supply their own gloves and trash bags for the event. Non-disposable work gloves should be washed after use.
  • Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes or boots.
  • Maintain at least six feet between yourself and others while at the park. Members of the same household can work together.
  • Trash has been deemed generally low-risk for virus transmission by public health officials, however, avoid touching your face and sanitize hands immediately after the cleanup. 

Park locations

Ramsey County is home to nine county parks and six regional parks.

Locate a park

Earth day volunteer form

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Other opportunities to celebrate

In addition to participating in a park cleanup, there are a number of other ways to celebrate Earth Day. 

Earth Day Action Quest

Earth Day Action Quest offers Earth-focused activities for families at home. You’ll find a number of fun, family-friendly activities that celebrate and protect our planet. Make colorful art for your neighbors to see, view a video of items being recycled at a materials recovery facility, learn how to store food to prevent it from spoiling and being wasted, and more. Complete the challenges with your family to leave the Earth a better place for future generations, pick up some thrifty habits, and enjoy the spring weather. This program is brought to you by Ramsey County, Washington County, and Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy.​

#ChalkTheTrails

#ChalkTheTrails is an opportunity to do your part to help keep trails clean and chalk your walk with uplifting messages and drawings. You might even win a prize by sharing a photo of your work through social media. This program is hosted in partnership with Shoreview Parks & Recreation.