PORTLAND, Ore. — Since 1970, April 22 has been designated as Earth Day— a day spent demonstrating support for protecting our shared environment.
If you're looking for ways to do your part for our planet, big or small, here are events happening around Oregon this weekend.
SOLVE volunteer cleanups
Sign up to help cleanup our neighborhoods. SOLVE is a non-profit organization that organizes volunteer trash clean-ups every month with a mission of improving our environment. This weekend, SOLVE is hosting dozens of volunteer events around the state including in Portland, Troutdale, West Linn, Medford and many other cities.
Earth Day in Multnomah Village
Multnomah Village is hosting a full day of activities to celebrate Earth Day, including a village clean-up and free shred event. Several businesses are also offering Earth Day specials.
Move around on e-bikes (free rentals)
Instead of driving this weekend, consider taking that trip by bike instead. Biketown, the popular bike-share system known for its bright-orange e-bikes, has announced rides will be free this weekend to celebrate Earth Day. The free rides will be April 22-24. People can get unlimited 60 minutes trips.
Support local businesses
The group Earth Day Oregon has paired up 280 local businesses that are giving a portion of their sales to 70 environmental nonprofits.
Move for Mother Earth
A walk, roll, jog and run starting along Leif Erickson Trail in Portland's Forest Park that is 3.65 miles long. It's hosted by The Street Trust, a non-profit organization that "champions safe, accessible, equitable, zero carbon streets."
Volunteer to remove ivy
Volunteers can help care for Tryon Creek State Natural Area by removing ground or tree ivy, garlic mustard or trail brush. The park is about 650 acres square miles and is tucked between Southeast Portland and Lake Oswego. Gloves and tools will be provided. This activity is best suited for those ages 13 and older.
Scappoose Earth Day
Meet at Heritage Park in Scappoose starting at 9 a.m. on April 23 for several Earth Day activities. The city is hosting a trash pickup on a nearby trail, free activities for kids and a guided nature walk.