Your Earth, Your Legacy

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

Saturday April 21, 2018


Every year in Chicago, people from all over the city get together on a Saturday morning to beautify the parks and forest preserves in their neighborhoods.   Last year alone with 5,000 volunteers and the help of our sponsors we cleaned up over 135 parks and preserves! Join us this year to be a part of something remarkable!
Register to be a Site Captain for your park or preserve if you can’t find it listed in the registered sites below!
Check out site captain responsibilities here!
If you can find your park or preserve listed below that means that you already have a Site Captain! Follow the link next to your site to register to volunteer!
Not sure which park is near you?  View a list of all parks here!

Registered Sites

A. Montgomery Ward Park: Register to Volunteer Here!
Bell Park:Register to Volunteer Here!
Buttercup Park:Register to Volunteer Here!
Euclid Park:Register to Volunteer Here 
Garfield Park:Register to Volunteer Here!
Lake Shore Park:Register to Volunteer Here!
Lincoln Park:Register to Volunteer Here!
Mary Bartelme Park:Register to Volunteer Here!
McGuane Park:Register to Volunteer Here!
Montrose Beach:Register to Volunteer Here! 
Scottsdale Park:Register to Volunteer Here!
Snowberry Playlot Park:Register to Volunteer Here!
South Shore Cultural Center: Register to Volunteer Here!
Unity Playlot Park: Register to Volunteer Here!
Washington Square Park: Register to Volunteer Here!

Don’t  see your site here?   Register below to be  to be a site captain!

Site Captain Registration Earth Day 2018

Register to be a Site Captain for your park this Earth Day!
  • *Selecting "Mulching Event" does not guarantee mulching at your site.
  • *You are required to have a TK or MG on Site if you would like to host a mulching event.

Can’t Volunteer? Get  involved another way!

Enter the Earth Day 2018 T-Shirt Design Contest!

Theme: Your Earth, Your Legacy
The T-Shirt Design Contest is open to K-12 Chicago-area students.  The deadline is Friday, February 23

Find entry form here!

Become an Earth Day 2018 sponsor!

Friends of the Parks has been cleaning and greening Chicago’s parks and preserves since 1975.  Now your companycan 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 2018 by sponsoring Earth Day! This event highlights the importance of Earth Day as a way to “Think Globally, Act Locally” Companies can also join in with teams to volunteer the day of the event.

Click here for sponsorship information!



We’re thrilled to partner this year with the Chicago Park District and the Friends of the Forest Preserves to organize another successful Earth Day event for Chicago’s parks.

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: