EarthMonth Initiative

You care about Minnesota’s environment.



Now you have easy ways to make a difference this April. Our EarthMonth initiative offers you choices to help our environment by volunteering, learning about key issues, and giving. We hope you will join us at one or more of the EarthMonth opportunities listed below:


Celebrate with us!

Monday, April 24: Celebration at Surly Brewing Co.
You and leaders like you are making a difference by supporting clean water, clean air, clean energy, natural places, and healthy food in Minnesota! We’re excited to commemorate you and your leadership with a lively evening at Surly Brewing Co. Please come share your stories and hopes for Minnesota’s environment — and get to know other leaders shaping a green future for Minnesota. Free event; donations welcome. Please click here to see more information; to RSVP, click here.




MEF-led EarthMonth Events


Friday, April 7Mississippi River Walk
Northeast Minneapolis
Nature, art and history come together at Sheridan Memorial Park, where we will explore the wild banks of the beloved Mississippi River together. The free event includes a walk, and we invite you to join us for a happy hour afterward!
Please feel free to check out our flyer to learn more, and RSVP here.


Friday, April 21
Mississippi River Care and Prairie Planting
Mill Ruins Park Area
Event co-leaders: Mississippi Park ConnectionMississippi National River and Recreation Area; National Park Service
Care for our Mississippi River together, and get to know people who work or live downtown. You can help plant native prairie plants, pull up invasive vetch, and clean up our riverfront parks, all while learning about the area from National Park Service rangers and Mississippi River community leaders. To learn more, check out the flyer and be sure to RSVP here.


Friday, April 21
Tree Trivia at the Taproom
Event co-leaders: Tree Trust
Tree Trivia at the Taproom? Try saying that ten times fast! Following our Mississippi River Care event, MEF invites you to join Tree Trust’s experts at Crooked Pint Ale House, 501 S Washington Avenue, to partake in trivia, prizes and humor from 4:30-5:30. It’s during Happy Hour, and several food and drink choices are available for purchase.  Giving to MEF supports Tree Trust’s critical urban forestry and youth employment training. RSVP here.



Friday, April 28Caring for the Lexington-Hamline Area: Circus Hill
(Griggs Street Area)
Event co-leaders: Gordon Parks High SchoolCommunity Action Partners (Ramsey & Washington)the City of St. Paul; and the Trust for Public Land
Care for our community together, and get to know people who work, learn or live south of University Avenue (between Hamline and Lexington Avenues). We’re teaming up with Gordon Parks High School, Community Action Partners, the City of St. Paul, and the Trust for Public Land to support this volunteer experience for people who work, learn or live nearby. You can help clean up the places we share and learn about the new park being created on Circus Hill — on Griggs Street near Gordon Parks High School and Skyline Towers. Free event. For more detail and to RSVP, click here.



Events led by Our Partners


Tuesday, April 11: Sustainable Workplaces
Wells Fargo Center, Minneapolis
Event co-leader: Environmental Initiative
Incorporating sustainable practices in the built environment can positively impact employee well-being and job satisfaction, helping your business attract and retain talent. This event will highlight how businesses are improving their built environments — and the tools needed to adapt.
Speakers: Becky Alexander, Architect and Researcher, LHB, Inc.; and Janet Olson, Wells Fargo.
Learn more about this event, and the sustainability series, here.


Thursday, April 13: Elizabeth Kolbert: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities: Carlson Family Stage
Event Host: University of Minnesota
The Minnesota Environmental Fund is proud to be a community partner for this important upcoming event featuring esteemed science journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, speaking on her Pulitzer Prize-winning book: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. Explore the event further and purchase tickets here.


Wednesday, April 19: Water Action Day
State Capitol, St. Paul
Join us for the 2017 Minnesota Water Action Day — a day of public action and advocacy to let lawmakers know we care about our water. This all-day event will include a rally, issue trainings and meetings with your legislators. Come for all or part of the day. Register here.