Earth Day 2020
Saturday, April 18

50th Anniversary: Climate Action


50 years ago Earth Day prompted the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.

In 1970, millions of people stood to protect our planet. In 2020, let’s do it again. 

For over 30 years, Friends of the Parks mobilizes community members to take action by volunteering for the Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean-Up. In 2020, we celebrate the 50th Global Anniversary of Earth Day!

Join us this year as we take on the international theme of Climate Action by caring for our parks. As the National Recreation and Parks Association shares:

“While the impacts of climate change are daunting, there is growing recognition that parks can be part of the climate solution. Parks reduce harmful carbon pollution that is driving climate change; they protect people and infrastructure from increasingly severe storms, sea-level rise [or lake-level rise], heat waves and droughts; and they also directly reduce some of the primary public health challenges that are exacerbated by climate change.”


Friends of the Parks’ 50th Global Anniversary of 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!

Here’s how to get involved:


  1. 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. Site Captains commit to responsibilities before, during and after the Earth Day event. Look at the “2020 Earth Day Site Captain Packet to learn more. *Site Captain registration closes Friday, March 20, 2020


    Site Captain Registration Earth Day 2020

    Register to be a Site Captain for your park this Earth Day!
      *Selecting "Tree Mulching Event" does not guarantee mulching at your site. *Selecting “Debris Raking & Sweeping” does not guarantee tools will be delivered to your site.
    • *You are required to have a TK or MG on Site if you would like to host a mulching event.
    • First Name, Last Name, Email, Confirm Email, Phone
    1. Become an Earth Day Volunteer. Click on your park and sign up to volunteer!
      If you don’t see your park listed or another park you want to join, sign up here for updates on Earth Day to see which parks become available for Earth Day.

      63rd Street Beach
      A. Montgomery Ward Park
      Berger Park
      Berger Park Cultural Center
      Brands Park
      Churchill Field Park
      Clarendon Park Community Center
      Columbus Park
      Commercial Club Park
      Eckhart Park
      Gross Park
      Humboldt Park
      Jackson Park
      Jane Addams Memorial Park
      Jefferson Memorial Park
      Kelly Park
      Kosciuszko Park
      Lake Shore Park
      Lane Beach Park
      McKinley Park
      Montrose Beach
      Mozart Park
      Printer’s Row Park
      Railroad Junction Playlot Park
      Revere Park
      Richard Clark Playlot Park
      Seward Park
      Skinner Park
      Snowberry Playground Park
      Trebes Park
      Touhy Park
      Unity Playlot Park
      West Chatham Park



  1. Become an Earth Day 2020 sponsor!

    View our sponsor opportunities Earth Day 2020 Sponsor Packet.

    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 2020 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 Kevin Winters at (312) 857-2757 ext. 1 or

Forest Preserves of Cook County

Current Volunteer Opportunities: View the calendar here

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

Stay tuned! As site Captains sign up volunteer options will be listed here. 

Participating parks for Earth Day 2019 included: 63rd Street Beach; A. Montgomery Ward Park; Adams (George and Adele) Playground Park; Anderson (Fred) Park; Anderson (Louis) Park; Arcade Park; Arthur Ashe Park; Austin Town Hall Park; Berger Park; Bessemer Park; Blackhawk Park; Buffalo Park; Burnside Park; Buttercup Park; Calumet Park; Cedar Park; Clarendon Park; Churchill Dog Friendly Area; Clark (Richard) Park; Clybourn Park; Commercial Park; Cotton Tail Park; Davis Square Park (April 20th); Dunning Read Conservation Area; Eckhart Park; Ellis Park; Elm Park; Euclid Park; Evergreen Park; Fellger Park; Foster Park; Franklin Park; Golden Gate Park; Gompers Park; Grand Crossing Park; Gross Park; Hadiya Pendleton Park; Hayes Park; Honore Park; Horner Park; Humboldt Park; Indian Ridge Marsh Park; Jacob Park; Jane Addams Memorial Park; Jefferson Memorial Park; Kathy Osterman Beach; Kells Park; Kelly (John H.) Park; Kelly (Edward) Park; Kelvyn Park; Ken-Well Park; Kilbourn Park; Kosciuszko Park; Lake Meadows Park; Lake Shore Park; La Villita Park; Langley Park; Levin Park; Lincoln Park; Lucy Flower Park; Mamie Till-Mobley Park; Mary Bartelme Park; Mary Richardson Park; Mayfair Park; McGuane Park; McKinley Park; Midway Plaisance Park; Montrose Beach; Montrose Beach Dunes; Montrose Dog Beach; Mozart Park; Oak Street Beach; Ogden Park; Park #514; Park #535; Park #540; Ping Tom Park; Prairie Pointe Park; Privet Park; Pullman Park; Railroad Junction Playlot Park; Rainbow Beach Park; Ravenswood Manor Park; Revere Park; Riis Park; River Park; Rowan Park; Rutherford Sayre Park; Scottsdale Park; Seneca Park; Seward Park; Simons Park; Skinner Park; Smith (Joseph Higgins) Park; Snowberry Playlot Park; South Chicago People’s Park; Steelworkers Park; Sunken Gardens Park; Superior Park; Tilton Park; Touhy Park; Unity Playlot Park; Vittum Park; Walsh Park; Washington Square Park; West Chatham Park; West Lawn Park; West Ridge Nature Preserve; Wicker Park (April 6th); and Wildwood Park.

Enjoy these pictures from our previous Earth Days


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: