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Earth Day Trash Bash (Polk County)

Join INHF and Polk County Conservation at Fort Des Moines Park for the City of Des Moines' Earth Day Trash Bash! Enjoy fresh air, assist with important habitat restoration work and contribute to beautifying the park by removing litter.

Registration is required. This is a free event with a provided lunch. 

No experience necessary. All are welcome. Join us for part of the day or the whole afternoon. 

About Trash Bash

Trash Bash is a multi-organizational litter removal effort spread across many project locations throughout the greater Des Moines metro. Thanks to our community's commitment to a better and healthier environment, more than 15,900 volunteers have participated in the Earth Day Trash Bash event over the past 15 years donating more than $1,000,000 in service and clearing more than 575,000 pounds of litter, brush, and debris from the Des Moines Metro area.

About Earth Day

Earth Day celebrates the environmental movement of the 1970s. Proposed by Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in opportunity, the date was intentionally chosen between spring break and final exams to increase student attendance. The first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, had over 20 million Americans take action in support of a healthy and stable environment. By 1990, Earth Day became a global phenomena.

Be a part of a larger movement for Earth Day 2023 and take action. 

Questions? Want to learn more about the volunteer program? Contact Melanie Schmidt, INHF volunteer coordinator, at or 515-288-1846, ext. 35. See you there!

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Friday, April 21, 2023

12:00pm - 4:00pm

Fort Des Moines Park
Des Moines, IA

Melanie Schmidt