Friends of the Parks' Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean Up and Celebration began 26 years ago as a way to engage communities in their local parks and preserves. Today, FOTP partners with a multitude of other groups including: the Chicago Park District, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Friends of the Forest Preserves, Openlands, Chicago Public Schools, American Indian Center, Chicago Region Tree Initiative and Cook County Department of Environmental Control.
This is the Midwest’s largest volunteer parks clean up, with more than 4,000 volunteers who “think globally and act locally” on Earth Day by cleaning and sprucing up their neighborhood parks, playgrounds and forest preserves. Volunteers will pick up litter, plant trees and shrubs, mulch trees, maintain trails and fibar playgrounds at parks, play lots, beaches and forest preserves through out the Chicago area. 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.
Design the 2016 Earth Day T-shirt!
Students in grades 1-12 can submit a design by March 4th to be considered.
The winning design will be on the front of this year's t-shirt.
Contest form and details.
The 2015 Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean-Up was such a huge success. A big part of that success is the collaboration with so many local groups and partners. Last year's volunteers and partners:
- American Indian Center
- Chicago Public Schools
- Chicago Wilderness
- Cook County Department of Environmental Control
- Friends of the Forest Preserves
- Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
- Northeastern Illinois University
- Openlands TreeKeeper’s
- Wilbur Wright College.
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