Earth DayTON 2023

Join us to celebrate Earth Month in Dayton and the Miami Valley! Attend three or more events (or one waste clean-up) to be entered into a raffle to win sustainable prizes. More information about the raffle and Earth Month events below:

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Earth DayTON Raffle (Passport):

Attend three events or more to be entered into a raffle for a sustainability gift basket. Attendance of cleanup event will account for three events. To be entered into the raffle, complete the passport via one of the options below:

  1. Virtual Option: Take a picture at each event and submit them via this online form.
  2. Print out the passport below or pick up a passport at your first event. Get a signature from an event organizer at each event. Once completed, take a picture of the completed passport and submit it online, or return it to City Hall (101 W. Third St.) addressed to Meg Maloney, Sustainability Specialist.

Thank you to our generous gift basket sponsor sponsors: Reduce, Reuse, Refillery, Pink Moon Goods, Five Rivers MetroParks, and Gem City Ceramics.

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Additional Information about Earth DayTON 2023 Events

City of Kettering Tree Fest

Join us for our 16th Anniversary of TreeFest and help us “Speak for the trees”, as the Lorax says! Plant trees and clean up the park, talk with Firefighters, meet City officials, and enjoy giving back to Planet Earth! Bring gloves, shovels, and a watering container if you have them! Open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This year’s event will be held at Habitat Environmental Center & Southdale Woods, 3036 Bellflower St, Kettering

(Parking available behind Southdale School, 1200 Dorothy Lane).

For more information, call the Habitat Environmental Center at 937-296-2477 or email

Earth DayTON Kick-Off at 2nd Street Market

Come celebrate the kick-off to Earth Day-TON at 2nd Street Market on April 16. The kick-off event will include information about different sustainability initiatives in the region, local vendors, and a tree seedling give away! The Market is open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

MVPRC Climate Seminar

Monday, April 17, 1:30-4 p.m. at the Montgomery County Business Solution Center (1425 Cincinnati St, Suite 300, Dayton). Register for the seminar here.

Information on the Seminar:

In the past year, both the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act were passed by Congress and signed by President Biden. These new laws each include additional and new funding for programs to address Climate Change by encouraging de-carbonization. The administration estimates that these laws have the potential to achieve as much as 40 percent of the nation’s climate commitment to reach net zero carbon by 2050. Reaching that level will require broad implementation of these laws’ many provisions.

The goal of the 2023 Climate Change Seminar is to help local governments in the Miami Valley understand the funding streams available to help government operations, as well as your local businesses and residents, use these incentives to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. We have two panels of experts to help us make sense of these programs and their purposes.

Montgomery County Solid Waste Styrofoam Recycling

Montgomery County Environmental Services provides numerous services to assist citizens with the proper disposal of various household items including appliances, electronics, household hazardous waste, and more. Montgomery County will be hosting a styrofoam recycling event:

April 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rose Music Center, Huber Heights

For more information on the programs the Solid Waste District has to offer, click the link below.

Five Rivers Metroparks Adopt-A-Park

Spend the morning volunteering in parks and other areas across Montgomery County!

Volunteers of all ages, accessibility levels and backgrounds will tackle dozens of projects at different natural areas. Projects will include invasive species removal, habitat maintenance, gardening activities, mulching nature play areas, historical farm clean up and more. These projects will improve the environment and beautiful the region’s natural areas.

Groups are encouraged to register early to ensure space at available sites. Returning this year, MetroParks is also offering an alternative way to help protect the region’s natural heritage by providing a limited quantity of free service kits geared towards engaging community groups and youth in self-directed litter removal. If you think your group could utilize Adopt-A-Park service kits, please learn more on Get Connected:

Living City Project Waste Clean Up

We are so excited for this year's citywide Living City Project cleanup! At the 2019 launch event, over 1,300 volunteers cleaned up 125 tons of trash and debris across 30 neighborhoods! After several years of navigating COVID, we are looking forward to bringing back the one-day citywide cleanup on Earth Day, April 22. We hope you will join us to make an impact all across our city! Stick around for an After Party at noon to celebrate! If interested sign up below:

For groups of more than 10 please email, thank you!

Local Shopping and Pop Ups

Check out some sustainable places to shop in Dayton! Pink Moon Goods and Reduce Reuse Refillery will be hosting events with sustainable guest vendors. Check out their websites or social medias for more information.

City of Fairborn Earth Festival

Family Festival

April 22, 11am-3pm at Spark Fairborn (305 W. Main St.)

Enjoy demonstrations, speakers, information on sustainable living, children’s activities, and local vendors. Food trucks will be available on site with refreshments. This event is free to the public.

Earth Day 5K Run/Walk

The first annual Fairborn Earth Day 5k Trail Run/Walk will be held at Oakes Quarry Park in Fairborn. Proceeds will benefit B-W Greenway, a community land trust whose mission is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of wetlands and woodlands.

More information can be found here:

Marianist Environmental Education Center

In honor of Ohio Native Plant Month, we're offering a free series of three online workshops in April. We'll cover everything you need to know to get started creating habitat in your home garden. Each program will start at 9 a.m. and run for about an hour and a half, including plenty of time for Q & A. More details about each individual session can be found at the links below.

Session I - Plants & Insects: Partners in Biodiversity. Saturday, April 15

Session II - Create and Maintain an Native Plant Habitat. Saturday, April 22

Session III - Choosing Native Plants for the Home Landscape. Saturday, April 29

Although the series is free, registration is required:

Drive Electric Dayton

There are several events taking place this month that will be in partnership with Drive Electric Dayton. To learn about the programs, please see our website:

Recycling Drive at any City of Dayton Recreation Center (Cancelled)

Week-long Recycling Drive:

  • At the Lohrey, Northwest, and Greater Dayton Recreation Centers, April 17-21.
  • Bring in items that are not easily recycled, i.e. styrofoam, paint, batteries, tires, etc.
  • Dayton's Division of Waste Collection will provide bins.
  • Items will be disposed of properly with the Montgomery County Solid Waste Transfer Center.

City of Yellow Springs Community and Habitat Celebration

Celebrating the third year as a certified habitat community with the National Wildlife Federation. Habitat and climate-themed activities and crafts, electric car rides, native plant sales and a milkweed raffle at the John Bryan Community Center. Bring your own water bottle!

April 23 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

The John Bryan Community Center
100 Dayton St.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387;id=1077

Tecumseh Land Trust: Apple Blossom 5K and Native Plant Sale

Apple Blossom 5K Run on April 22

Run or walk a delightful 5K through apple and peach orchards! What a beautiful setting and a healthy activity.

Presented by Tecumseh Land Trust and Peifer Orchards

Race Time: 9 a.m.

Run, jog, or walk through the blooming fruit trees at Peifer Orchards. This is a great way to kick off your Earth Day weekend and support a fantastic conservation organization, Tecumseh Land Trust. This is a family friendly event! Just a heads up, the course is through the orchard. It is not paved. It could be difficult for regular strollers.

Cost: $30/adults; $20/children (17 and under)

Location: Peifer Orchards 4590 US 68 N. Yellow Springs

Register Here:

Native Plant Sale on April 22

Start thinking about plants you might have to donate to the plant sale! We can arrange to pick up plants the week before the event. Just give us a call at: 937-767-9490.

Location: Glen Helen’s Vernet building parking lot, 405 Corry St, Yellow Springs.

Time of Sale 10 a.m. until noon or when the plants run out.

Eco Talks at Cox Arboretum

Wednesday, April 26, 6 p.m. at Cox Arboretum MetroPark

Your MetroParks are laboratories for research: Ecologists, botanists, and other scientists conduct observations and experiments in nature. This research grows our understanding of how nature works and reveals new methods for conservation. Meet researchers, contemplate their study questions, hear their stories, and learn what they have discovered. 

This month's presenters: 

  • University of Dayton's Dr. Brecha will present "How do we get to a world without greenhouse gas emissions?"
  • Wright State University's Dr. Agrawal will present on non-point source pollutants in surface water.

Miami Valley Businesses and Non Profits Solar Co-Op

You are invited to join us on April 27, 9-10 a.m. @ Employment Opportunity Center, Community Room (4303 W. Third St., Dayton) to learn about the newly launched Miami Valley Businesses and Non-Profits Solar Co-Op. A solar co-op brings businesses and non-profits together to receive bulk discounts. They are free to join and have no binding commitments. Additionally, and to facilitate correct solar sizing, a minimum of 10 participants will receive FREE ENERGY AUDITS.

Program will include presentations by:

  • Solar United Neighbors: How does a solar co-op work
  • University of Dayton Assessment Center: Accessing free energy audits
  • RE-Volv: Financing solar for non-profits through a revolving loan fund

With the prospect of the 30% investment tax credit under the Inflation Reduction Act, extending to non-profits and governmental organizations, the time has never been better for businesses, non-profits and organizations to go solar!

Register Here: