“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 is now open and closes Friday, March 29, 2019

  • How to Register?  Register as Site Captain by scrolling through the list of parks below and clicking the “Register as Site Captain Here!” link next to your park. Forest Preserve sites already have Site Captains. If there is no Site Captain registration option, then the park already has an assigned Site Captain and you can register as an Earth Day volunteer!

  • 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.

  • Not sure which park is near you or don’t see your local park?  View a list of all parks here! If you don’t see your local park on the list below, contact Nicole Machuca at EarthDay@fotp.org or (312) 857-2757 ext. 7.

 

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: Register as a Site Captain Here!
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: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Arthur Ashe Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Austin Town Hall Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Avalon Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Bell Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Berger Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Bessemer Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Blackhawk Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Bradley Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Buffalo Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Buttercup Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Burnside Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Carver Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Chopin Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Christiana Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Churchill Dog Friendly Area: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Clarendon Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Clark (Richard) Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Clybourn Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Commercial Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Cotton Tail Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Cragin Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Davis Square Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Dawes Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Dubkin Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Dunham Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Dunning Read Conservation Area: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Durso Playlot Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Dvorak Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
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!
Garfield Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Golden Gate Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Gompers Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Grand Crossing Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Green Briar Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Gross Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Hadiya Pendleton Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Hale Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Hayes Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Hoard Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Holstein Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Horner Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Humboldt Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Indian Boundary Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Indian Ridge Marsh Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Jacob Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Jane Addams Memorial Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Jefferson Playlot Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Jefferson Memorial Park Advisory Council: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Kells Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Kelly (John H.) Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Kelly (Edward) Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Kevlyn Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Kosciuszko Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Lafollette Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Lake Shore Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
LeClaire Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Lee Playlot Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Lincoln Park (April 20th): Volunteer on Earth Day!
Loyola Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Maggie Cosme Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Major Taylor Trail Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Mamie Till-Mobley Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Mary Bartelme Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Mary Richardson Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Mayfair Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
McGuane Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
McKinley Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Midway Plaisance Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
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!
Mt. Greenwood Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Ogden Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Park #514: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Park #571 (Eleanor St. Boathouse): Register as a Site Captain Here!
Ping Tom Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Portage Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Pottawattomie Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Priviet Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Railroad Junction Playlot Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Rainbow Beach Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Ravenswood Manor Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Revere Park (April 28th): Volunteer on Earth Day!
Riverwalk Esplanade District: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Rowan Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Rutherford Sayre Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Sauganash Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Schafer (Clara) Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Scottsdale Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Seneca Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Seward Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Simons Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Skinner Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Smith Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Snowberry Playlot Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
South Chicago People’s Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
South Shore Cultural Center: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Stanton Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Sunken Gardens Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Tilton Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Touhy Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Trebes Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Unity Playlot Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Veteran’s Memorial Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Vittum Park (April 20th): Volunteer on Earth Day!
Walsh Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Washington Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Washington Square Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
West Chatham Park: Volunteer on Earth Day!
Welles Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!
West Ridge Nature Preserve: Register as a Site Captain Here!
Wicker Park (April 6th): Volunteer on Earth Day!
 Wildwood Park: Register as a Site Captain Here!

 


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/