“Healthy Parks for a Healthy Chicago”

Friends of the Parks’ 30th Annual Chicagoland

Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean-Up

Saturday, April 27, 2019

For 30 years, Friends of the Parks has been mobilizing community members to participate in Earth Day volunteerism. People from neighborhoods all throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs volunteer at their local parks and forest preserves to practice stewardship and celebrate community. Friends of the Parks’ 30th Annual Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean-Up is done in partnership with the Chicago Park District, the Forest Preserves of Cook County and many community groups across Chicagoland. Join us in this year’s Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean-Up!

What has been an annual Earth Day park clean-up and celebration for Friends of the Parks and community partners for three decades, will now be commemorated this year with a host of other activities during EARTH WEEK! Please visit this page again soon for updated information on Earth Week, which will kick-off on Monday, April 22nd.


Get Involved this Earth Day!

Do you know you want to help out in some way this Earth Day, but don’t know how? Take a look below at just some of the ways you can get involved this Earth Day.

 

Volunteer as a Site Captain!

Site Captains are special volunteers who take on the leadership role of organizing and implementing Earth Day events at their local park. They are passionate and dedicated members of their communities, who are always willing to lend a helping hand. If this sounds like you, register today as a Site Captain!

Site Captain registration closed on Friday, March 29, 2019

  • What are the responsibilities of a Site Captain?  Site Captains commit to responsibilities before, during and after the Earth Day event. Look at the “2019 Earth Day Site Captain Packet” to learn more.

 

Does your site already have a Site Captain?

Become an Earth Day Volunteer!

Find your local park or forest preserve and register as an Earth Day volunteer below!

 

Forest Preserves Of Cook County

Bemis Woods North: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Chicago Portage: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Deer Grove East: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Kickapoo Woods: Volunteer on Earth Day!
McCormick Woods: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Orland Grassland: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Brookfield Prairie & Woods (April 28th): Volunteer on Earth Day!
LaBagh Woods/Hernandez (April 28th): Volunteer on Earth Day!
Schiller Woods (April 28th): Volunteer on Earth Day!
Want to schedule your own clean-up time in the Forest Preserves during “Earth Week” or anytime of the year? Choose your date, time, and place anywhere in the Forest Preserves of Cook County! Bring your family and friends. Please contact Forest Preserves staff by visiting HERE.

 

Chicago Parks

63rd Street Beach: Volunteer on Earth Day!
A. Montgomery Ward Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Adams (George and Adele) Playground Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Anderson (Fred) Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Anderson (Louis) Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Arcade Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Arthur Ashe Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Austin Town Hall Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Berger Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Bessemer Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Blackhawk Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Buffalo Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Burnside Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Buttercup Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Calumet Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Cedar Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Clarendon Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Churchill Dog Friendly Area: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Clark (Richard) Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Clybourn Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Commercial Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Cotton Tail Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Davis Square Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Dunning Read Conservation Area: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Eckhart Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Ellis Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Elm Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Euclid Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Evergreen Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Fellger Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Foster Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Franklin Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Golden Gate Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Gompers Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Grand Crossing Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Gross Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Hadiya Pendleton Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Hayes Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Honore Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Horner Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Humboldt Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Indian Ridge Marsh Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Jacob Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Jane Addams Memorial Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Jefferson Memorial Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Kathy Osterman Beach: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Kells Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Kelly (John H.) Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Kelly (Edward) Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Kelvyn Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Ken-Well Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Kilbourn Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Kosciuszko Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Lake Meadows Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Lake Shore Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
La Villita Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Langley Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Levin Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Lincoln Park (April 20th): Volunteer on Earth Day!
Lucy Flower Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Mamie Till-Mobley Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Mary Bartelme Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Mary Richardson Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Mayfair Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
McGuane Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
McKinley Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Midway Plaisance Park: Volunteer on Earth Day! 
Montrose Beach:  Volunteer on Earth Day!
Montrose Beach Dunes: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Montrose Dog Beach: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Mozart Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Oak Street Beach: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Ogden Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Park #514: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Park #535: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Park #540: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Ping Tom Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Prairie Pointe Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Privet Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Pullman Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Railroad Junction Playlot Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Rainbow Beach Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Ravenswood Manor Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Revere Park (April 28th): Volunteer on Earth Day!
Riis Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
River Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Rowan Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Rutherford Sayre Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Scottsdale Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Seneca Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Seward Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Simons Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Skinner Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Smith (Joseph Higgins) Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Snowberry Playlot Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
South Chicago People’s Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Steelworkers Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Sunken Gardens Park: Volunteer on Earth Day! 
Superior Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Tilton Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Touhy Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Unity Playlot Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Vittum Park (April 20th): Volunteer on Earth Day!
Walsh Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Washington Square Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
West Chatham Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
West Lawn Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
West Ridge Nature Preserve: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Wicker Park (April 6th): Volunteer on Earth Day!
Wildwood Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!

 


Can’t Volunteer? Get involved in another way!

Become an Earth Day 2019 sponsor!

Friends of the Parks has been cleaning and greening Chicago’s parks and preserves since 1975.  Now your company can benefit from sponsoring Friends of the Parks’ Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean Up!

This is the Midwest’s largest Earth Day parks clean up, with 5,000 volunteers who “act locally” on Earth Day by cleaning and sprucing up their neighborhood parks, playgrounds and forest preserves.  Our volunteers make a big impact on the quality of life in their own neighborhoods and highlight the importance of Earth Day to our global environment.

You can show your company’s commitment to our local environment in 2019 by sponsoring Earth Day! This event highlights the importance of Earth Day as a way to build “Healthy Parks for a Healthy Chicago.” Companies can also join in with teams to volunteer the day of the event.

For more information on how to become an Earth Day Sponsor contact Sandra Del Toro at (312) 857-2757 ext. 1 or DelToroS@fotp.org.

 


Celebrating our 30th Earth Day!

In honor of Friends of the Parks’ 30th Earth Day Celebration, enjoy these pictures from our previous Earth Days.

 

Earth Day 2007
Rainbow Beach Earth Day (unknown year)
Earth Day 2008 at Humboldt Park
Earth Day 2004
Earth Day Park Clean-up (unknown year)
Earth Day Crafts 2004

~~ Looking back at 2018 ~~

Your Earth, Your Legacy

29th Annual Chicago Earth Day Parks  & Preserves  Clean-Up

Saturday April 21, 2018

2018 Earth Day T-Shirt Design by Montana Baker age 14

Thank you for making Earth Day 2018 a Success! 

 

Friends of the Parks would like to extend a special thank you to all of the site captains,  volunteers and sponsors that made this year possible. Especially Target, Magid, Wells Lamont, Hyatt, Ozinga, Bickerdike, Living Green, Openlands, Forest Preserves of Cook County, Chicago Park District, and Friends of the Forest Preserves.  None of this would have happened without your hard work and dedication!  

2018 was the biggest year yet! Over 5,000 volunteers turned out city wide to clean up over 135 Parks and Forest preserves.

Please take a look at some pictures from the day of below!   Keep checking back for updates about next year’s event! 

We’re thrilled to partner this year with the Chicago Park District, the Forest Preserves of Cook County, Friends of the Forest Preserves, Openlands and many local community partners to organize another successful Earth Day event for Chicago’s parks and preserves!

The Forest Preserves of Cook County has “Stewardship Volunteer days” scheduled every week of the year in Chicagoland, including “Earth Day!” Please see the online calendar to register for these volunteer days at this website:  http://fpdcc.com/volunteer/