On Saturday, April 22, 2017, the City’s Solid Waste Division hosted the 17th Annual Earth Day Celebration. Events included a parade hosted by KU Environs, free yoga in the park provided by OmTree Shala, and South Park tree identification tours hosted by the Parks & Recreation Department. There were over 60 exhibitors and 5 local food vendors – including the Bike Valet sponsored by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. The Lawrence Transit System offered free rides all day, providing the experience and benefits of public transportation on all fixed routes.

The purpose of the Earth Day Celebration is to gather community members to connect, discover, and celebrate local organizations and businesses who support a healthy, sustainable environment. At the same time, the Celebration engages event goers with fun activities and exhibitions.

To view photo albums of the 17th Annual Earth Day Parade & Celebration, click here!

For more 2017 event information, please read the 2017 Event Report.


  • The Parade for the Earth is hosted by KU Environs, and will go from Buford Watson Park to South Park along Massachusetts Street. Staging for the parade begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • For more information, please send an email to environs@ku.edu.


  • 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • South Park at 11th & Massachusetts Street
  • The celebration in the park features live music, food, vendors and children’s activities. Attendees are invited to learn from exhibits about waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation, land preservation, wildlife and habitat preservation, and more.

Activities & Entertainment

  • Live Music from 12:30-4:30 PM @ the South Park Gazebo – Performers announced soon!
  • Free Bike Valet with the Health Department
  • South Park Tree I.D. Tours led by Lawrence Parks & Recreation at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30
  • Free Yoga in the park with OmTree Shala, 12:00-4:00 p.m. (every half hour classes)
  • Face Painting!
  • Jump for Kids – Bouncy House
  • Monkey Bridge Project Maze!
  • ReCycle Cycle

Food Vendors





Earth Day Parade & Celebration 2016 (PDF)

Earth Day Parade & Celebration 2015 (PDF)

Questions? Call 832-3030 or email recycling@lawrenceks.org