City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department

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, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, West Des Moines, Boone County Conservation, Polk County Conservation, Polk Soil and Water 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 4 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. 

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