Earth Day 2020–50 Years of Celebrating the Planet

Menard County Trails & Greenways plans to honor the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, albeit a little differently than we had planned. While we won’t be able to physically gather as friends and neighbors to help clean up Menard County, we can come together in the same spirit, do some good work around (or even inside!) our homes, and share our efforts virtually.

Public health experts and government leaders are encouraging us to safely get outdoors, underscoring more than ever the importance of our natural world to our health and well-being.  Let’s take a moment, however big or small, to return the favor.

We’ve started a list of ideas for honoring Earth Day that are “stay-at-home” friendly.

  • Plant something – flowers, veggies, or a tree.
  • Don’t eat any factory farm meat for a day.
  • Repurpose something.
  • Read a book about the environment.
  • As you clean up your yard consider composting those leaves rather than burning them.
  • Take a walk or ride a bike
  • Toss those cigarette butts in the trash, not on the ground where they leach toxic chemicals into our waterways.
  • Give up chewing gum
  • Email a letter in support of an environmental issue
  • Draw an Earth Day picture!
  • Join the digital celebration by posting your stay-at-home friendly ideas and accomplishments on our Facebook page or website.
  • Learn more about Earth Day at

We’d love to hear more ideas from you! Share your stay-at-home friendly ideas for celebrating Earth Day and post a picture of your personal Earth Day activity on the MCTG Facebook page or website.

Rest assured that when we’re able to gather again, we will host an event that will be worth the wait!


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