City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department

2024 Earth Day Trash Bash

April 20th - 27th, 2024
Various Locations Throughout the Metro

Earth Day Trash Bash has expanded over the years and offers a diversity of ways to learn about Earth Day and volunteer across the Metro and Central Iowa during Earth Week April 20-27.  Volunteer opportunities help us "green" up and cleanup our community each spring across a wide range of dates and for both individuals and groups. 

Earth Day Trash Bash, Iowa's largest Earth Day volunteer event, is a collaboration between the Cities & citizens of Des Moines, Clive, Johnston, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, West Des Moines, Boone County Conservation, Polk County Conservation, Des Moines Water Works, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, and Trees Forever.

We want to make this as easy as possible for you to grab your "team" or sign-up alone. We will help you plan ahead, protect yourself and provide you opportunities to give back to continue making the Metro a great place to live, work and play in! 

HAVE A GROUP? If you are wanting to select/hold spots for a confirmed group of volunteers, email us at We can send you a password-protected group sign-up so each individual can sign the online waiver/registration form for your group. Each person will receive their own confirmation. 

Hurry fast as spots will fill up quickly and are on a first-come/first-served basis. *Please note the spots will only be held until 2 weeks prior to the event. If your team does not complete their registration process, the spots will be opened for other volunteers to fill them. 

YOU-do-YOU/SELF-LED: Not seeing an organized Earth Week event that fits with your schedule? Pick a "You-Do-You" opportunity to give back via our self-led openings in designated locations near you. You can still sign-up and then just share with us how much you did and where you cleaned to help our communities reach their goals. Tools and supplies are available for check-out at for our self-led opportunities. 

*NOTE: Locations that are FULL may not show. Only volunteer opportunities, with remaining openings, will show in the options below. 

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Our Volunteer Vision is:
Together, we grow meaningful community connections that celebrate our diversity, cultivate inclusivity, and inspire shared passion and purpose for enriching Des Moines’ quality of life.

We welcome volunteers of all abilities. If you require specific accommodations to participate, we encourage you to let us know in advance. We will do our best to provide reasonable accommodations to make your experience with us comfortable and rewarding.

To request accommodations or discuss your specific needs, please contact Parks and Recreation Supervisor, Callie Le’au Courtright at or call 515-237-1386.
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Group Leader Instructions
Thank you for organizing and leading a team for Iowa's largest Earth Day volunteer event, Earth Day Trash Bash. You have two options as a team leader.

1. Share the link and have them register themselves in the available openings. Please be aware registrations are first-come/first-served. When an event is full it will automatically close online.

2. OR, contact us at for a password-protected shift and link to share with your team. This option holds the available openings left and your team is registered together. Each person on your team will need to register themselves individually with this link to accept the waiver. Each person will receive their own confirmation. Please note the spots will only be held until 2 weeks prior to the event. If your team does not complete their registration process, the spots will be opened for other volunteers to fill them.

We look forward to working with your team! If you have any questions, contact us at or call (515)505-2231.
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If you are under 18 years old (Minor), please make sure the shift you are registering for is open for minors to participate before completing your registration. Questions? Email
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Do you accept and agree to the attached Permission to Participate, Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement and Photo Release? *


*This waiver is listed at which. To view in a different language visit the website and select EN at the top right.

In consideration of me, or my minor child, being permitted to participate in any way in the above-named Volunteer Program, I, the Undersigned, for myself and my minor child, all of my or my minor child's, personal representatives, executors, administrators, heirs, next of kin, successors and assigns, herein referred to as "Releasors", do hereby:

1. Acknowledge that this volunteer service carries with it the potential for serious injury, death and/or property damage, and certify as to my physical fitness and that of my minor child to participate and declare that neither I, nor my minor child, have been advised otherwise by a qualified medical professional.

2. Acknowledge, agree, and represent that I and my minor child will, at all times, be aware of the surroundings during the volunteer service and agree that if I or my minor child consider anything related to this Activity to be unsafe, will immediately advise the Activity officials of such, and if necessary, will leave the area or refuse to participate further in the volunteer service.

3. Waive, release and discharge, and covenant not to sue, the City of Des Moines, Iowa, its elected and appointed officials, employees, volunteers, sponsors, partner organizations and agents, including others who give recommendations, directions, or instructions as part of this volunteer service, hereinafter referred to in this document as "City", from any and all liability to Releasors, except for my minor child, for any and all loss or damage, and any claim or demands therefore, on account of injury to the person or property, or resulting in my death or that of my minor child, including but not limited to illness or damage to me or my minor child’s property arising out of or related to the volunteer service, including traveling to or from the volunteer service and before, during, and after the volunteer service.

4. Agree to Indemnify and Save and Hold Harmless the City and each of them from any loss, liability, damage, or cost to third parties that they may incur arising out of or related to me or my minor child’s participation in this volunteer service.

5. Assume full responsibility for any risk of bodily injury, including but not limited to illness, death or property damage arising out of or related to the volunteer service. I agree to comply with all applicable safety rules, including wearing protective clothing, close-toed shoes/boots, safety goggles, gloves, and vest while performing my volunteer activities.

6. Agree that this Permission to Participate, Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement and Photo Release extends to all acts of negligence by the City, but excluding willful, wanton or reckless conduct, and is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law including any governmental immunity afforded the City by law and that if any portion thereof is held invalid, it is agreed that the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect.

7. Authorize any medical treatment, including the administration of anesthesia, deemed advisable by any licensed physician and/or Emergency Responder (EMT) to relieve any injuries received or illness contracted by me or my minor child as a participant in this volunteer service. I hereby agree to pay all costs of any medical treatment or emergency transportation.

8. Authorize and consent to the City, its sponsors, and any news media, and their successors and assigns and those acting under their authority, to take, publish, use for public display in any media now or hereinafter known and including without limitation on the City’s social media accounts, and copyright photographs, videotape or other audio or visual media, including broadcast in any media, of me or my minor child, including but not limited to those that capture me or my minor child’s name, voice, and/or image, and agree that such may be used for any lawful purpose without limitation or reservation and without further compensation or approval.

I have read the Permission to Participate, Release and Waiver, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement and Photo Release, fully understand its terms, understand that I have given up substantial rights of my own and of my minor child by signing it, and sign it voluntarily without assurance or guarantee being made to me and intend my signature to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the fullest extent permitted by law, including all acts of negligence by the City as stated above. I agree that this Permission to Participate, Release and Waiver, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement and Photo Release will be IN EFFECT for 5 YEARS from the date of my signature and/or electronic submission, unless otherwise terminated by me in writing delivered to the City.