Earth Week Blitz

Earth Week Blitz is a week focused on creating a better tomorrow! Earth Week Blitz starts on Earth Day (April 22, 2017) and ends the following Saturday (April 29,2017).


Here's a preview of some of our events. More events and details will be added as they are finalized.



Saturday, April 22


NewBo City Market (1100 3rd St SeCedar Rapids, Iowa)

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Bring your kids to the Trees Forever booth for an educational art project! Children will learn about the life cycle of a butterfly and why trees are important to pollinators through a craft using pasta.

Tree experts will be on-hand to give advice on your tree-related projects.

City of Cedar Rapids arborist Todd Fagan and Trees Forever staff will lead an educational tree walk on both young street trees and older neighborhood trees.

FREE compost will also be available to take home provided by the Linn County Solid Waste Agency. Green Iowa AmeriCorp will be on hand to help you with your load!

Learn more about EcoFest here.



Sunday, April 23 

Tour de Trees

Start: Another Road Brewing (1175 8th Avenue, Marion, Iowa)

End: Lion Bridge Brewing Company (59 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

1 p.m.

Pedal with us on a 13-mile bicycle ride with tree-related points of interest along the way. Our journey starts at Another Road Brewing in Marion and ends at Lion Bridge Brewing Company.

Register here for this FREE bike ride.


Bike Ride-After Party

Lion Bridge Brewing Company (59 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

All day!

Enjoy a drink with us after the ride! The bike ride ends at Lion Bridge Brewing Company, and what better way to thank our sag wagon drivers than to buy them a drink--especially when part of the proceeds go to Trees Forever!

$1 of every beer sold on Sunday will be donated to Trees Forever.



Monday, April 18

What’s the value of a tree?

Trees Forever, the City of Marion and the City of Cedar Rapids are calculating the value of several large trees in the area and marking them with giant price tags highlighting the economic benefits these trees provide.

Help us promote the value of trees by finding the large price tags and posting a photo on social media! More details on where you can find the trees coming soon.



Tuesday, April 25

Kids Woodland Scavenger Hunt

Thomas Park (located at 343 Marion Blvd. Marion, IA)

4:30 - 6 p.m.

Explore nature through a fun kid’s activity in Marion’s Thomas Park!  Search the woodland for items on our scavenger hunt list.

Register here for this FREE event.


Cedar Rapids/Marion TreeKeeper class

Thomas Park (located at 343 Marion Blvd. Marion, IA)

6 – 9 p.m.

Become a trained TreeKeeper! Learn how to identify and care for trees during this four-class series. TreeKeepers are the “eyes and ears” for the trees in their neighborhood and serve as “tree ambassadors” in the community year-round.

Learn more about this class series by clicking here.



Wednesday, April 26

Cherokee Park Tree Planting

Cedar Rapids’ Cherokee Park

9 a.m. - noon

City of Cedar Rapids, Trees Forever, Transamerica volunteers and other community volunteers will plant, mulch and stake a dozen or so trees in Cherokee Park. Cyclists, walkers and other trail users will enjoy the beauty of these trees near the trail for years to come!

Volunteers please register here.



Thursday, April 27

Linn County Public Health Tree Maintenance Day

Linn County Community Services Building (located at 1240 26th Ave. Court SW, Cedar Rapids)

2 – 5 p.m.

Trees Forever, Linn County Public Health staff, TreeKeepers, Transamerica volunteers and other community volunteers will mulch and maintain the trees around the Linn County Public Health building. Many of these trees were planted during a previous Trees Forever planting, and Earth Week provides a good opportunity to give them a bit of Tender Loving Care (TLC).

Volunteers please register here.



Friday, April 28

Lowe Park Sapling Planting

Marion’s Lowe Park (located at 4500 N 10th Street, Marion, Iowa)

Noon – 4 p.m.

Trees Forever, the City of Marion, Transamerica volunteers and other volunteers will plant 200 saplings in Lowe Park. Lowe Park is the home of many Trees Forever projects, and this big planting is the perfect way to spend Arbor Day!

Volunteers please register here.



Saturday, April 29

Linn Landowner Forum

Clearwater Farms

(located at 4970 Lakeside Road in Marion)

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.*

*An optional lunch and conversation starts at noon

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the Monarch Research Project, Trees Forever and Linn County Conservation partner to bring this informational forum to landowners in Linn County and surrounding counties. During this forum, we hope to help landowners bring more nature to their land. Together we can restore and preserve 10,000 more acres of natural land in Linn County! This will benefit pollinators and wildlife, increase water quality and help mitigate flooding. Our neighborhoods will be healthier, our waters cleaner and our lives more interesting.

At this FREE forum, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Meet helpful experts 
  • Learn the benefits of natural land 
  • Learn about federal, state and local funds available when you restore nature on your land 

RSVP is appreciated. Sign up here or phone Linn County Conservation at 319-892-6450.



Here’s a look at some of the highlights from 2016:


Click here to see a PDF recap.


Watch a video of last year's events below!

Join the fun!

April 22-29, 2017

Let's dig in and plant a better tomorrow! Celebrate Earth Day with us all week. From planting trees to learning more about nature, we have a full, fun agenda. Please join us and bring a friend!


The Earth Week Blitz events in the Corridor are possible thanks to many partnerships and our major sponsor:



For questions on Earth Week Blitz events, contact Carl Barnhart at 319-373-0650 ext. 114



Brews for Branches


Save the EARTH one brew at a time! Buy our limited-edition pint glass, then fill it up at Lion Bridge Brewing Company.


From Sunday to Saturday, $1 of every limited-edition glass filled and the glass proceeds will be donated to Trees Forever.