Go Green in Ohio This April
By Abbey Roy

Looking for a way to celebrate the Earth this spring? Whether you’re in Cleveland, Cincinnati or anywhere in between, chances are there’s an opportunity to be a treehugger in Ohio — even if it’s in your own backyard.


Earth Day Events


Ready to “go green?” Consider checking out Green Columbus’s annual Earth Day celebration on April 22 for a host of volunteer opportunities and ways to celebrate the planet. Head downtown to Columbus Commons for a day-long celebration and an afterparty. This event also includes a yoga session, food trucks, and educational booths.



In Northeast Ohio, the 28th annual EarthFest 2017 will take place at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds on April 22. This educational and family friendly event will include beer from local craft breweries like Great Lakes Brewing Co. and wine from Barefoot Wine. Watch live music, enjoy a meal from local food trucks and learn more about how you can help the environment.


Celebrate Earth Day in Geauga County at the Earth Day Extravaganza. This interactive event features speakers on current conservation issues, fishing and instruction, native plant gardening and a live reptile and amphibian show-and-tell. This event takes a local approach and focuses on environmental issues in Geauga County and what citizens can do to help.


If you’re looking for a way to get more hands-on this Earth Day weekend, head to Hocking Hills and clean up the river by canoe. Paddle down the Hocking River and clean the environment while spending a day on the water.



Arbor Day Events


At Dawes Arboretum’s annual Arbor Day festival on April 29, children ages eight and above can enjoy supervised tree-climbing; the day also includes appearances by animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, hiking, trail tours and photography exhibits. Visitors can grab a bite to eat from a local food truck on site and purchase plants available for sale. This event is a great opportunity to get the entire family outdoors and active in a fun and educational way.



On April 28, Holden Arboretum in Kirtland (whose Emergent Tower is shown above) will hold a free seedling giveaway at both the arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden. Both locations will host tree-themed activities for children throughout the weekend. For additional Arbor Day events in the Cleveland area, including tree plantings, sapling giveaways and lectures, visit the Sustainable Cleveland website.


At the Mohican State Park campground in Loudonville, volunteers will help plant 118 trees on April 29 to replace those lost to the Emerald Ash Borer. Contact Keep Ohio Beautiful director Mike Mennett at mmennett@keepohiobeautiful.org if you’re interested in participating.



In southern Ohio, the Cincinnati-based organization Taking Root will partner with the Flying Pig Marathon to plant trees along the marathon route on April 27. People also can visit Taking Root’s “RegisTree” website to register trees they’ve planted and learn about how to properly care for them.


If you live in or near a designated Tree City USA (listed here), be sure to check locally to see what Arbor Day events may be in place.


Photo credits: Dawes Arboretum; Holden Arboretum; Taking Root; Columbus Commons; Hocking Hills Canoeing

About the Author

Abbey Roy is a Kent State University journalism graduate. She writes a weekly column entitled the Bargain Advocate for the Newark Advocate and Media Network of Central Ohio and enjoys spending time with her family - her husband, Seth, and two daughters, Analeigh and Aria - reading, being outdoors (especially in the woods, water or both), bicycling and photography. She also makes a mean zucchini bread. You can email Abbey at abbey.m.roy@gmail.com.