Earth Day Activities
[Last Updated: 3/12/2012 11:13:12 AM]

24th Annual Seedling Giveaway


This Earth Day, pick up a free Eastern White Pine (pinus strobus) seedling, courtesy of Traverse City Light & Power (L&P). The seedling will be available beginning at 8 a.m. until they are gone on Saturday, April 21, at the Farmer’s Market (Union and Grandview Parkway) in downtown Traverse City. Each seedling is potted and ready for planting.


This Earth Day marks the 24,000th tree given away by L&P as part of our efforts to support the community and the environment.


L&P will also be donating up to 10,000 white pine seedlings to local school children and youth groups through a partnership with the Grand Traverse Conservation District. Over the past thirteen years, L&P and the Conservation District have donated over 130,000 seedlings to area organizations. For more information on this program, contact the Conservation District at 231-941-0960.


Friendly reminder: When planting your new white pine seedling, or any other trees, remember not to plant them under or near power lines. If necessary, only plant low growth shrubs and pushes under power lines. 


Grand Traverse Conservation District’s
Annual Seedling Sale!

Sponsored by Traverse City Light & Power


Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 22, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road

(1.5 miles south of South Airport Road)


Restore nature and your backyard habitat with an assortment of trees and shrubs from the

Conservation District’s Annual Seedling Sale.


Revegetate your landscape for wind break, to attract wildlife, or for privacy! Choose from an
assortment of conifers, hardwoods and shrubs, and watch them grow.  


All proceeds support the work of the Conservation District, a community-serving organization that cares for the people and places that make Northwest Michigan so special - our local farms, our schools, and our exquisite rivers, lakes and natural areas.


Mark your calendars for the Conservation District’s Native Plant Sale (offering wildflowers, groundcovers, ferns and rescued plants) May 19 & 20, also at the Boardman River Nature Center.

For details, visit 


Free Compost
Self-serve, self-haul compost is yours free at the Sara Hardy Farmer’s Market on April 21 courtesy of the City of Traverse City and Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery (RecycleSmart). Event starts at 8 a.m. and goes until compost is gone. Bring your own shovel and container. For information, visit

Clean Out Your Files Week, April 16 – 22

Recycle unwanted paper material at no cost at the Sara Hardy Farmer’s Market. For details, visit
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
The spring collection day is scheduled for May 10. There is no charge to Grand Traverse County residents (up to 150 pounds). An appointment is required and can be made beginning April 11. Create an appointment with the online appointment system at or contact the RecycleSmart Hotline at 941-5555.


TART Trails

Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails, Inc., is hosting Earth Day work bees on April 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. Work bee locations include: Leelanau Trail (meeting at Cherry Bend trailhead); Three TART Trail Work bees (meeting at: Clinch Park, 3 Mile trailhead and 4 Mile at Einstein Cycles); Boardman Lake Trail (meeting at Hull Park); Vasa Pathway (meeting at Bartlett Road Trailhead). Please bring loppers, push brooms and trash bags as well as work gloves. Questions, call 941-4300 and for more information visit:


Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade

Participate in costume, help carry a BIG puppet or watch on April 28th! Parade line-up is at noon at Central Grade School (7th Street and Pine). Parade starts at 1 p.m. and will end at Hannah Park along 6th Street. Visit or email for more information. Bad weather date: May 5th.

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