The Cities of Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and Dilworth invite residents to celebrate Earth Week April 22-26 by participating in a variety of green, earth-friendly activities throughout the metro.
Mayors’ Press Conference at 210 Broadway to kick off Earth Week
To kick off Earth Week, the Mayors of Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and Dilworth, along with MinnKota Recycling, will hold a press conference on April 22, 2019 at 10 a.m. at 210 Broadway, on the fourth floor of the Loretta building in the Elevate Room in Fargo.
Several events have been scheduled around the community by various organizations, providing an opportunity for residents to learn more about protecting the environment and encouraging people to live green everyday.
City of Fargo Poster Contest ‘Helping the Earth’
The City of Fargo hosted a poster contest at Jefferson Elementary School, with the theme “Helping the Earth.” The winning classroom will get to have lunch with Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney. The poster will also be featured on a billboard in Fargo the month of May, sponsored by MinnKota EnviroServices and the City of Fargo.
MATBUS – Get Your ‘Can’ on the Bus
Contact: - Lori Van Beek
Celebrate Earth Week with MATBUS and Get Your “Can” on the Bus from Monday, April 22 to Saturday, April 27, you can ride MATBUS fixed route vehicles for free when you recycle one empty aluminum can on the bus. At the end of the week, all collected cans will be recycled, with the proceeds donated to the Homeward Animal Shelter.
MATBUS is co-hosting the Party for the Planet at the Red River Zoo. This day-long celebration of Earth Day features activities, crafts and animal encounters, as well as booths from local businesses. MATBUS will have a booth and vehicle on site to introduce zoo patrons to the benefits of riding the bus.
Clay County Solid Waste and The Moorhead Library Announce the 21st Annual Waste Transformation Art Exhibition from April 22-27
Artists’ Reception April 23 from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
The Waste Transformation Art Exhibition is an art exhibition where any person, club, classroom or organization is eligible to enter their craft or art project made from materials that would otherwise enter the waste stream.
The exhibits will be displayed at the Moorhead Library. The exhibits are judged and prizes will be awarded in several age categories.
Some of the exhibits from past years include beautiful rugs and quilts made from leftover textiles and old clothing, fantastic collages made using everyday trash, extraordinary sculptures made from used barbed wire, unique knick-knacks made from jars and textiles and welded art made from metal scraps.
Entries will be submitted at the Moorhead Library, 118 5th Street South, Moorhead, MN on Monday, April 22 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
If your art will require a large display area, if you are entering pieces for an entire class or if you are entering more than two pieces, interested parties can contact Shannon Thompson of Clay County Solid Waste at 218.299.7329 with display space requirements before April 20. Please consider entering and encourage others who may be interested to enter also.
Clay County is proud to continue to provide residents with daily opportunities to live sustainably. On this Earth Day, we would like to highlight our education programs and recycling programs. Speakers are available to visit with groups from preschoolers through Red Hat Ladies regarding reducing, reusing and recycling in Clay County. Clay County will also be offering master recycler/composter class again in the fall. Household recycling is accessible to all residents of Clay County year-round through city and township recycling. Additional recycling collections for hazardous waste and electronics will be held in conjunction with City recycling days. For more information, residents are encouraged to visit claycountymn.gov/387/Solid-Waste-Management.
Join the Red River Zoo for its summer kickoff event, the Party for the Planet 2019. This event is an all-day celebration of Earth Day at the Red River Zoo (located at 4220 21st Avenue SW in Fargo). This day celebrates conservation through fun activities, crafts and animal encounters. Red River Zoo members receive free admission; for all others, regular admission rates apply.
The Red River Zoo is unable to offer membership reciprocity from other zoos for this special event. Red River Zoo memberships start at $45 for a year and are an excellent way to help support the zoo.
Contact: Christine Holland
River Keepers invites residents to help sustain the river so that the community can better enjoy it by volunteering to pick up trash along the Red River, participate in their Storm Drain Marking Program, plant trees and shrubs along the Red during a Reforest the Red event or make bags for the T-shirt to Tote project to help keep plastic out of the environment.
To get involved, residents are encouraged to visit www.riverkeepers.org/volunteer/.
Celebrate the Earth at the Fargo Public Library (located at 102 3rd Street North) at 6 pm on Monday, April 22.
Learn about planting trees from an expert, tree giveaways from the ND Forestry Service, bring a t-shirt to upcycle into a tote bag or take a walk along the river and help pick up litter.
This event is most appropriate for families with children ages 4 and up. No pre-registration is required.
MinnKota – Celebrate Earth Day
Contact: Mary Aldrich – 701.293.8428
MinnKota Recycling is paying a premium price for all aluminum cans, $0.35 per pound for 1-99 pounds and, if residents have over 100 pounds, MinnKota is offering $0.38 per pound. For anything in excess of 500 pounds, $0.40 per pound will be offered. These promotional rates will be in effect from April 22 to May 4, 2019.