We’re celebrating with a socially distanced, “mini” celebration!

Saturday, April 17, 2021
Elmwood Park, Omaha, NE

– We ask that you practice social distancing and wear a mask!

– Bike parking available. Please use the Elmwood Pool parking lot for car parking.

– There is no rain date! Please arrive prepared for the weather and check back for any cancellations.

Schedule of Events

Group Rides to Earth Day Omaha

Meet around 10:30am | Locations throughout the city

Mode Shift Omaha is leading group rides to Elmwood Park from multiple meet up points throughout the city! Groups are leaving from the following locations around 10:30am to get to Earth Day Omaha by about 11am:


If you’d like to host a ride, contact Mode Shift Omaha! They’ll have bike parking set up at the park, so bring a friend!

“Hard-to-Recycle” Drive-Thru Collection

11am – 3pm | Circular Lot East of Elmwood Park Pavilion

Get your green spring clean on and bring your hard-to-recycle items to our collection event!


Bring your yard material, food waste, or other compostables to Hillside Solutions’ big old metal box. They’ll take it to their commercial composting farm and turn it into nutrient-dense soil for local gardens, landscapes, and farms. Anything that can fit within the trunk of a car or back of a personally-owned pickup truck is acceptable. Details here: https://www.hillside.solutions/quickstart/#composting


Bring your electronics–anything with a cord, battery or motor–to be sorted and properly recycled or fully refurbished by Cross Electronic Recycling!  Most items are free to process, but check the website for exceptions: https://www.crossrecycling.com/

Metal is also accepted!


Share the gift of sight and sound with those in need! Donate your eye glasses and hearing aids (any make, model, and style) to the Lions Club. Your donations will help make a big difference in someone else’s life.


Have you had a lot of items shipped to your house during the pandemic? Bring your EPS foam (think foam packing blocks and coolers) to be recycled by Plastilite! Not accepting: polyurethane foam, packing peanuts, plastic food containers, plastic film


Bring your bottles & jars to be recycled by Glassman Recycling & Repurposing, Omaha’s only curbside glass recycling service. They keep it local and use the glass to make new products in our community. Not accepting: window glass

Elmwood Park Cleanup

11am–1pm | Check in at the Elmwood Park Pavilion


Help cleanup Elmwood Park for Earth Day to create a healthier, safer park for everyone. Check in between 11am–12pm at the KOB tent near the pavilion.  Supplies will be provided, including trash bags, recycling bags, gloves, and a limited number of litter collection tools. No advance registration is required.

Groups will be directed to various locations to ensure safe social distancing. For the safety of all participants and staff, masks are required while at the pavilion check-in table. We recommend participants continue to wear masks while  participating in the park. https://www.keepomahabeautiful.org/what-we-do/upcoming-events/


Our parks are not currently tobacco-free. Help cleanup Elmwood Park by picking up tobacco litter during Earth Day Omaha. Visit  MOTAC’s booth by the pavilion to take part in the tobacco-free parks photo challenge and win a frisbee! Learn more on how to advocate for tobacco-free parks at: https://www.motac.org/tobacco-free-parks/

Tree Planting Demonstration

12:30pm | Check in at the Elmwood Park Pavilion

Every year, Earth Day Omaha hosts a tree planting (or two) at Elmwood Park. The tradition was paused last year due to COVID-19, so we’re glad to bring it back in 2021!

Witness our urban forest expand by one as expert Diana Failla with The Urban Bird & Nature Alliance leads this year’s tree planting demonstration. Please wear masks and practice social-distancing.

Earth Day Yoga

1–2pm | Find us in the grass!

Come together in movement, breath and nature for a collective practice of well being. Well being for one another and for the planet. Bring a towel, yoga mat or chair; no experience needed or necessary.   Instructor: Lora McCarville, Yoga Rocks the Park

Social distancing will be enforced. Groups will need to set up at least six feet apart.


Conservation Conversation

2–3pm | Registration required!

Join Conservation Nebraska & UNO’s Office of Sustainability to gain a deeper understanding of current conservation topics while relaxing amongst the trees. BYOH (hammock, lawn chair or blanket)

Masks & social distancing required!

Limited attendance! Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hammocking-conservation-conversation-tickets-150253878395