Community members are invited to participate in the City’s annual Earth Day and Arbor Day community clean-up event, “Clean up, Evanston!`” from 9 to 11 a.m. on April 21 at locations throughout the community.

In addition to the clean-up activities, the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., will host free, family-friendly Earth Day festivities and nature play from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The City will also hold a tree planting ceremony at the Ladd Arboretum at 10 a.m. to celebrate the City’s longstanding Tree City USA designation.

This year’s event is made possible through partnerships with Evanston TreeKeepers, District 65, District 202, Northwestern University, Canal Shores, and Ridgeville Park District.

Community members who would like to clean up a park or public space that is not listed should select the “Clean up your own neighborhood/park” option on VolunteerEvanston. This option allows volunteers to clean up their neighborhood parks with support from the City. In VolunteerEvanston, volunteers should indicate which park they would like to clean up and how many will be participating. Bags may then be picked up from the Ecology Center from  April 18 through April 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on April 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Evanston Township High School, in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Evanston, will continue its longstanding tradition of organizing a community clean-up in the area surrounding the high school. Students who are interested in being involved should contact ETHS Community Service Coordinator Mary Collins at for more information. This event will also take place on April 21 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

In addition to the City’s community clean-up event, volunteers from civic organizations, social clubs, neighborhood associations, individual families, faith groups, school groups and employee groups are encouraged to participate in the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department’s year-round Adopt a Park program. The City is seeking volunteer groups to assist with litter pick-up, preservation and maintenance of Evanston parks. To learn more, visit or send questions to

More information about the Earth Day and Arbor Day events is available by calling/texting 847-448-4311.

Community groups and individuals of all ages can visit or call/text 847-448-4311 to sign up to meet at any of these designated clean-up sites across the city:

• Ladd Arboretum and Twiggs Park – Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.• James Park – Fieldhouse, Dodge Avenue at Mulford Street• Lovelace Park – Fieldhouse, Gross Point Road at Thayer Street• Lakefront, Greenwood to Clark Streets – 1401 Sheridan Place• Brummel Park – Brummel Street at Elmwood Avenue• Ridgeville Park – Ridge Avenue at Seward Street• Chute Middle School – 1400 Oakton St.• Haven Middle School – 2417 Prairie Ave.• Nichols Middle School – 800 Greenleaf St.• Canal Shores Golf Course –  1030 Central St.