Scottsdale Earth Week celebrates city’s commitment to sustainable future

Updated: April 9, 2024

From volunteer road cleanups and guided nature walks in our beautiful preserve, to an edible garden and green building presentations, Scottsdale has a full line-up of events for everyone looking to recognize our planet. 

Earth Day is Monday, April 22, and Arbor Day is Friday, April 26. Check out opportunities to learn about simple actions you can take to make a positive impact.  

This week is an opportunity to shine the light brighter on environmental topics that Scottsdale focuses on year-round. 

Here’s what’s happening in Scottsdale: 

Saturday, April 20 

  • Guided nature walk in the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve - Life Cycle of the Saguaro: 8-10 a.m. at Brown's Ranch Trailhead, 30301 N. Alma School Pkwy. 
  • Earth Fest: 9 - 11 a.m. at Cactus Park, 7202 E. Cactus Road 

Join us at the city’s Earth and Arbor Day celebration! Bring family and friends to explore sustainability-focused educational booths and learn about the city’s eco-friendly initiatives. This free event will also feature a tree and cactus planting ceremony to mark Scottsdale’s 42nd year as a Tree City USA communitylinks to external site

Don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottle to fill up at our Scottsdale Water trailer!  

Sunday, April 21 

  • Guided nature walk in the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve - Nature as Therapy: 8-10 a.m. at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead, 30301 N Alma School Pkwy 

Monday, April 22 – Happy Earth Day! 

  • Guided nature walk in the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve: 8-9:30 a.m. at Pima and Dynamite Trailhead, 28777 N. Pima Road  
  • Draw What You See - Drawing from Life, Watercolor and Ink with Koryn Woodward Wesson: 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Scottsdale Civic Center, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. 

Join Flirting with the Desert artistlinks to external site for an outdoor exploration of the beautiful plants and structures outside the Scottsdale Civic Center Library’s walls. Learn basic techniques for drawing from observation in watercolor and embellishment in ink.  

Tuesday, April 23 

  • Guided nature walk in the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve – Phenology: 8-10 a.m. at Brown's Ranch Trailhead, 30301 N. Alma School Pkwy. 
  • Guided nature walk at the Preserve: 8-9:30 a.m. at Tom’s Thumb, 12943 E Paraiso Dr. 
  • *Edible Landscape presentation -- moved to Friday, April 26. See details below.  

Wednesday, April 24 

  • Bike to Work Day: 7 – 8:30 a.m., citywide 

Bike commuters are invited to stop on their way to work at a designated locations to celebrate Scottsdale’s Bike Friendly community status, enjoy breakfast snacks and receive a commemorative Bike Month t-shirt. A map of the event stopslinks to external site will be available in early April. 

  • Guided nature walk in the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve: 8-10 a.m. at Granite Mountain Trailhead, 31402 N. 136th St. 
  • Xeriscape Landscape Ideas: 1-2 p.m. at Appaloosa Library, 7377 E. Silverstone Drive  

Master Gardener Jo Miller will present landscape design ideas using plants that thrive in our climate. Detailslinks to external site

  • Full STEAM Ahead: Anti-Trash Robots: 4-4:45 p.m. at Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. 

(ages 6-11) Let’s make robots out of collected recyclable materials and have a conversation about recycling! Detailslinks to external site

  • Blue Zones Project Scottsdale: 5-6 p.m. at Blue Zones Project Headquarters, 3721 N. Scottsdale Road 

You’re invited to make planter pots out of recycled household items with the Blue Zones Project Scottsdalelinks to external site team! Vegetable and wildflower seeds will be provided. A registration link to attend this event will be added to their website soon.  

Thursday, April 25 

  • Guided nature walk at the Preserve: 7-8:30 a.m. at Gateway Trailhead, 18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy. 
  • Harvest Eco-Salvage presentation: 6 p.m. at Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road  

Construction and demolition waste constitutes about 40% of the solid waste stream in the U.S. David Zaidi and Linda Eales with Harvest Eco-Salvage will discuss de-construction and the reclamation of reusable and recyclable building materials. 

  • Teens Celebrate Earth Month - Plastic Bag Weaving: 5-6 p.m. at Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. 

(ages 12-18) Give a new life to single-use plastic bags that usually end up in landfills by creating something new with them. We will create reusable bags by weaving plastic bags. Detailslinks to external site

Friday, April 26 – Happy Arbor Day! 

  • Guided nature walk at the Preserve: 7-9 a.m. at Brown's Ranch Trailhead, 30301 N Alma School Pkwy 
  • Tree dedication for State Historian Marshall Trimble: 10 a.m. at Scottsdale Civic Center, in front of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 
  • Edible Garden Presentation: 5-6:30 p.m. Joan Baron Studio, 8325 E. Monte Vista Road. Environmental artist and urban farmer Joan Baron, along with special guests, will take you on a tour of her edible gardens and much loved “food in the alley” innovation space. 

Saturday, April 27  

  • McDowell Conservancy hike: 8-10 a.m. Desert 101 North Education Walk at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead, 30301 N Alma School Pkwy 
  • Adopt-a-Road cleanup, citywide 

All Adopt-a-Road groups are invited to help keep Scottsdale roadways clean & scenic. The city provides trash bags, cotton gloves and safety vest for registered groups.  

Tips for celebrating Earth Week  

If you plan to attend one of our guided walking tours, please be prepared for the heat. Bring ample water and wear sunscreen, a hat, and light-colored clothing that covers your skin.  

Learn more about ongoing Sustainable Scottsdale initiatives and consider making changes to reduce your impact on the environment:  

  • Conserve water by replacing your grass with xeriscape or installing a “smart” irrigation controller  
  • "Know before you throw" - use our Recycle Right Wizard search tool to find out if you should recycle, compost or dispose of common household items  

Need more ideas? Earthday.orglinks to external site has a list of 52 actions and tips to make a difference, every day of the year.  

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