Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day!

On April 22, 1970, twenty million people across America celebrated the first Earth Day. This grassroots movement led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Fifty-two years later, Earth Day is celebrated globally, through the combined efforts of public and private partnerships, grassroots organizations, and citizens like you.

The month of April includes many environmental celebrations, including the month-long celebration of Water Awareness Month, Earth Day on April 22, and Arbor Day on April 30.

Celebrate the importance of Earth Day, Arbor Day, and Water Awareness Month! Provided below are helpful earth-friendly events and resources.

Earth Day Events

Celebrate Water Awareness!

April 11 | 4:00-5:00 PM | Glendale Main Library (5959 W. Brown St.) | Ages 5-18

Let's learn about our water! Our water comes from various sources, and we have developed ways to ensure a reliable supply. During this event, participants will have the opportunity to build a dam and learn about the many benefits they provide by storing water. We will also use a groundwater flow model to demonstrate how we access water stored underground in aquifers. 

Don't forget - you can also participate in the Water Awareness Bookmark Art Contest by creating your own bookmark! 

Questions? Please contact Litzy Hernandez Cota at (623) 930-3535 or [email protected].


2024 Glendale Family Bike Ride Poster
Glendale Family Bike Ride

April 14 | 8:00 AM

The City of Glendale is gearing up for the annual Glendale Family Bike Ride on Sunday, April 14 at Sahuaro Ranch Park (59th Ave & Mountain View). Join hundreds of riders for wonderful weather and great exercise. This ride is FREE for all ages and skill levels! The ride will feature three routes – short (7 miles), long (15 miles) and extended (23 miles). Bicyclists will take a leisurely ride through neighborhoods that highlight Glendale bike lanes and pathways. The extended route also showcases the 63rd Avenue pedestrian/bicycle bridge. The ride begins at 8 a.m., and all riders must be on the road by 8:30 a.m. Snacks and water are provided at rest stops along the routes. Helmets are required for all participants. If you need a helmet, they will be available at the event or you can recycle your old helmet and turn it into a planter, while supplies last. There will be two bike check-up stations, bicycle safety information, health and wellness booths, a coffee truck, music, games and inflatables for kids. The first 500 riders that register and attend will receive an event t-shirt. All rid¬ers that complete the ride will receive a keepsake medal. In addition, all registered riders are eligible to enter to win a NEW BIKE to be raffled off at the park after the ride.

Questions? Please contact 623-930-2940 or [email protected]



Crafty Kids Earth Day: Celebrate Nature!

April 16 | 4:00-5:30 PM | Foothills Recreation and Aquatics Center - 5600 W Union Hills Dr.
Registration Fee: $5.00

Come and enjoy a simple nature-inspired craft project along with a tasty treat. This event is open to children 3 to 11 years old.

Questions? Please contact Susie Cummings (623) 930-4614 or register on CivicRec. Space is limited and registration is required.

Contest FormWater Awareness Bookmark Art Contest

Final Submission Deadline: April 22

The Glendale Water Services Department is hosting a Water Awareness Bookmark Art Contest in celebration of Water Awareness Month. The contest is open to all Glendale students in kindergarten through 12th grade. One winner will be selected from: K-4th, 5th-8th, and 9th-12th; for a total of three winners. Each winner will receive a prize, courtesy of Blick Art Materials, and be presented with a certificate by Wayne Drop, the Water – Use It Wisely regional campaign mascot. Bookmark art submissions will be displayed at the Glendale Main Library. Visit the youth area at any Glendale Public Library branch to participate!

Questions? Please contact Litzy Hernandez Cota at (623) 930-3535 or [email protected].


Need Ideas? Click here to find water conservation resources for students.

Glendale Recycling

Glendale’s recycling program is one way for residents to help conserve natural resources and extend the life of the landfill by diverting recyclables out of the waste stream. Recycling is the process of collecting materials destined for disposal and reprocessing or remanufacturing them for further use.


Request a FREE Compost Container

Glendale residents can request a free composting container upon request. Submit your request through GlendaleOne. In GlendaleOne, select Trash/Recycle Services and then click on Residential - Additional Container for the request type. Or you can call the customer service line at 623.930.2660. 


Urban Tree benefits

Tree Selection

Tree Planting 

 Tree Pruning 

Tree Watering 


Did You Know?
20 million people participated
in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970!