Did you know an internationally celebrated day like Earth Day got its start right here in Wisconsin.

Madison has so much to do and so many ways to celebrate Earth Day, that you'll find yourself making plans even longer than a day.

Take your pick. Free e-bikes. Park clean-ups. Hiking Gov. Nelson State Park. (Gaylord Nelson is the founder of Earth Day.) One thing's for sure, in the environmentally conscious city of Madison, Earth Day and sustainability mean a lot. 

Explore these outdoor activities and events to jump start your celebrations.

Ditch the vehicle for the weekend

Take advantage of Madison being one of the top most bikable cities in the world. Rent your E-Bike from a BCycle station near you to celebrate Earth Day! There are plenty around the city. Choose one of Madison's multiple bike paths or trails to venture through.

Find out more about Biking in Madison

Take the Earth Day Challenge from Madison Parks

All ages are welcome to celebrate Earth Day by volunteering to clean up a neighborhood park at the Earth Day Challenge across the city. 

Brought to you by City of Madison Parks, the event requires advanced registration and is for anyone 10+ years old. It will be held on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd at various parks in Madison between 10am-2pm. Check it out!

Learn Something New This Earth Day

Take part in a two-day community learning event, Earth Day 2023: Species on the Move, held by UW-Madison's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The two-day event will kick off on Tuesday, April 18th at the Discovery Center where there will be opportunities to network, browse partner tables by UW students, and attend three lectures pretended by national experts. The second day of the event will take place virtually on Wednesday, April 19th with the opportunity to take part in breakout sessions.

Learn about how our planet's constant state of movement is creating shifts and what you can do to make a difference. 

Choose your favorite Earth Day events around Madison


Want more ways to celebrate? Check out our events calendar for an up-to-date list of eco-friendly events happening all year long!