Celebrate Earth Day at a Community Cleanup

In your neighborhood or on the river, show the Earth a little love this week.
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Volunteers at a past cleanup event hosted by the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. Courtesy of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council

Earth Day is here, and that means it’s time to grab your gardening gloves and litter pickers and head outside to grab some trash.

Not alone, of course. Every year, organizations around Rhode Island coordinate community cleanups to mark Earth Day, celebrated this Friday, April 22. Though cleanups also take place throughout the warmer months, Earth Day offers a special opportunity for new volunteers to get involved.

“In addition to just the environmental significance of these Earth Day events and these other activities, we also need people to come out and be a part of what we’re doing,” says Yvonne Wingard, communications manager for the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, one of several organizations hosting cleanup events this week.

The WRWC was founded in the 1990s to help enhance lower-income areas of Providence by transforming the Woonasquatucket River that ran through them. Today, the organization helps maintain green space throughout the river’s watershed.

“It’s just as important that we maintain those spaces, and so keeping what we’ve built beautiful is very important, and that’s also why we need help from folks,” Wingard adds.

The WRWC will host one cleanup on Wednesday at Cricket Field in Johnston and two cleanups on Friday at Riverside Park and along Promenade Street and Kinsley Avenue in Providence. In addition, the organization is also offering free canoe rides at Riverside Park on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other organizations are hosting events over the weekend or later in the month. Wingard recommends checking the WRWC website (or your local organization’s website) to learn about events happening later in the year.

“Our Earth Day events are not the only way to get involved. If you can’t, or maybe you hear about us too late, we’ve got all kinds of things happening throughout the year,” she says.

Here are some cleanups happening in Rhode Island this week. For an extensive list of Earth Day cleanups throughout the state, visit keepblackstonevalleybeautiful.com.

Cricket Field, Johnston.

Wednesday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at 15 Riverside Ave., Johnston. Hosted by the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. Register here.

Downtown Pawtucket

Wednesday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at Pawtucket City Hall, 137 Roosevelt Ave. Hosted by the city of Pawtucket in partnership with the Pawtucket Youth Commission and Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful. More info here.

Riverside Park, Providence

Friday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at Riverside Park on Aleppo Street. Hosted by the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. Register here.

Promenade and Kinsley, Providence

Friday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at the Pedestrian Bridge in Providence. Hosted by the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. Register here.

Turner Reservoir, East Providence

Friday, April 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. Meet at Turner Reservoir walking trail. Hosted by East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club. More info here.

Fields Point, Providence

Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at 100 Save the Bay Drive, Providence. Hosted by Save the Bay. Register here.

Miantonomi Park, Newport

Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at Miantonomi Park, 120 Hillside Ave., Newport. Hosted by Bike Newport. Register here.

North Smithfield Clean and Green Day

Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at North Smithfield Town Hall at 8 a.m. More info here.

Saugatucket River Cleanup

Saturday, April 23, at 9 a.m. Meet at 343C Main St., South Kingstown. Hosted by Ocean Recovery Community Alliance and Friends of the Saugatucket. Register here.

Richmond Community Cleanup

Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24. Cleanup kits available at Town Hall. Hosted by the Richmond Conservation Commission. More info here.

Let’s Keep Central Falls Clean

Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at Jenks Park. More info here.



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