Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day!

On April 22, 1970, twenty million people across America celebrated the first Earth Day. This grassroots movement led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Fifty-two years later, Earth Day is celebrated globally, through the combined efforts of public and private partnerships, grassroots organizations, and citizens like you.

The month of April includes many environmental celebrations, including the month-long celebration of Water Awareness Month, Earth Day on April 22, and Arbor Day on April 30.

Celebrate the importance of Earth Day, Arbor Day, and Water Awareness Month! Provided below are helpful earth-friendly events and resources.

Earth Day Events

2023 Glendale Family Bike Ride Poster

Glendale Family Bike Ride

April 2 | 8:00 AM

The City of Glendale is gearing up for the annual Glendale Family Bike Ride at Sahuaro Ranch Park (59th Ave & Mountain View). Join hundreds of riders for wonderful weather and great exercise. This ride is FREE for all ages and skill levels! The ride will feature three routes – short (7 miles), long (15 miles) and extended (23 miles). Bicyclists will take a leisurely ride through neighborhoods that highlight Glendale bike lanes and pathways. The extended route also showcases the 63rd Avenue pedestrian/bicycle bridge. The ride begins at 8 a.m., all riders must be on the road by 8:30 a.m. Snacks and water are provided at rest stops along the routes. Helmets are required for all participants. If you need a helmet, they will be available at the event or recycle your old helmet for a new one, while supplies last. There will be two bike check-up stations, bicycle safety information, health and wellness booths, food and drink trucks, music, games, and inflatable obstacle courses. The first 500 riders that register and attend will receive an event t-shirt and reflective drawstring backpack. All riders that complete the ride will receive a keepsake medal. In addition, all registered riders are eligible to enter to win a NEW BIKE to be raffled off at the park after the ride.

Questions? Please contact 623-930-2940 or [email protected]


Plants and People Can Save Water Too!

April 6 | 4:00-5:00 PM

Did you know that plants have developed unique ways to save water in the Sonoran Desert? Come hang out with the Glendale Water Services Department to learn about native plants. We’ll also play a game of water-saving bingo to learn how each of us can save water at home. Free eco-friendly prizes will be available for everyone that attends this program!

Questions? Please contact 623-930-3535 or email [email protected]


Glendale Water Awareness Day flyer

Glendale Water Awareness Day

April 15 | 9:00-1:30 PM

Join us for a timely discussion about the city of Glendale’s water resources, Drought Management Plan and stormwater, led by our Water Services Department. This free, family-friendly event will also include crafts for the kids, desert-wise landscape classes for the adults, water conservation resources and a plant/seed exchange. Glendale cares about the water we share!


Crafty Kids Earth Day: Get Out In Nature!

April 22 | 9:30-11:30 AM

Children 4 to 10 years old can pre-register in our CRAFTY KIDS series to receive a nature inspired “Take and Make Craft”. The craft will be available for pick up at Ramada # 6. Come and enjoy our featured Sunrise hike or choose one of the many hikes in our trail system!

Questions? Please contact Susie Cummings (623) 930-4614 or register on CivicRec. Space is limited and registration is required.


Glendale Recycling

Glendale’s recycling program is one way for residents to help conserve natural resources and extend the life of the landfill by diverting recyclables out of the waste stream. Recycling is the process of collecting materials destined for disposal and reprocessing or remanufacturing them for further use.


Request a FREE Compost Container

Glendale residents can request a free composting container upon request. Submit your request through GlendaleOne. In GlendaleOne, select Trash/Recycle Services and then click on Residential - Additional Container for the request type. Or you can call the customer service line at 623.930.2660. 


Urban Tree benefits

Tree Selection

Tree Planting 

 Tree Pruning 

Tree Watering 


Did You Know?
20 million people participated
in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970!