Earth Day has become Earth Week for 2021 with a celebration the week 

of April 19-25th ! The theme this year is "Climate Change"

This week will be a combination of virtual events and outdoor in-person events 

all following CDC guidelines due to the pandemic.

A comprehensive Earth Day Week schedule is listed below.

Saturday- April 17th

Kickoff at the Rapid City Farmer's Market


Kid's activities, painting & seed give away

Park Cleanup by Rapid City Sustainability Committee

starting @1:00pm,

Thomson Park

(Intersection of N. Spruce St & E. Meadowlark Dr)

 Bring your own Bags

Earth Day Virtual Trivia contest

7:30-8:30 pm Hosted by Rapid City Public Library

go to

Sunday- April 18th

Bike Swap 

at the Hay Camp Brewery parking lot & patio

12:00 - 4:00 pm

Movie Night

See a movie in the comfort of your own home

click here for a list of Earth Day Movies

Monday- April 19th

Mayor's Proclamation

Rapid City Council- 6:30pm

"The Missouri River Initiative"

by Paul Lepisto of the Izaak Walton League

6:30-8:00 pm

Join by Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 838 4091 4470

Passcode: 119707

Tuesday- April 20th


Sustainability Poster Presentations

11:00 am

 join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 934 7735 5586

Passcode: 1001

Celebrate being Bee City USA certified!

We encourage you to plant a native wildflower for the pollinators

 Wednesday - April 21st

"Timber sustainability in the Black Hills National Forest"

6:30-8:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 876 9530 4177

Passcode: 034954

Black Hills Dark Skies

Turn off your outdoor lighting to limit light pollution 

Thursday- April 22nd

"An Inconvenient Truth"

Free film hosted by SDSM&T

Civil & Environmental Engineering Dept

11:00 am- 12:30 pm

 join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 934 7735 5586

Passcode: 1001

"I am Greta"

Free film hosted by Citizens Climate Lobby

5:00 - 7:30 pm

Register at:

"Kiss the ground"

Free movie to be shown at the Hot Springs Movie Theater

Two showings starting at 6:00 pm & 8:30 pm

registration required at:

(See zoom discussion on Friday)

You can also enjoy this movie

from the comfort of your home

on Netflix streaming channel

Hay Camp Brewery

Special Beer Release & Prizes

Pure Bean 

Stop in to try an Earth Day pastry or drink 

Friday - April 23rd

"Kiss the Ground" Movie

Virtual Discussion Group

6:30-8:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID : 861 0804 2185

Passcode: 290606

Saturday - April 24th

"A Finer Future"

by Dr. L. Hunter Lovins, PhD

Presentation and Q & A 

9:00 am- 10:30 am

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting Id: 897 3343 3233

Passcode: 544015

Scavenger Hunt for Kids

at the Outdoor Campus West

1:00- 3:00 pm

Sponsored by Rapid City Sustainability Committee

Sunday - April 25th

Earth Week Activities & Cleanup Continues

Week long Activities

Rapid City 50th Annual City Wide Cleanup

Hippie Haven Art Show

Sierra Club Photo Contest

Trail Challenge

Nature Conservancy Crossword Puzzle Challenge

Complete the puzzle and solve #14 across

to find out how to email your completed

puzzle for a prize ! 


Our keynote speaker

Dr. L. Hunter Lovins

will be presenting on

Saturday, April 24th. 

For more information 

on Dr. Lovins we encourage you to visit her web site. Just

click here

Foggy Forest

Watch Dr. Hunter Lovins

Interview with SDPBS

Just click here 


How you can help

There are so many ways you can help us continue to grow our Earth Day Celebrations ! The main thing we need each year is your participation. If you are an organization or an individual with an interest in helping to keep our planet and the local environment healthy for our children and grandchildren, we welcome you to contact us about how you can participate in making the event both educational and worthwhile for all involved.

Another thing we seek each year are sponsors to help cover the costs of making the event filled with activities, learning and fun for the entire community! Our Earth Day celebrations are always offered free to the public and all are welcome! We are a non-profit organization so we rely upon the generosity of our sponsors. If you are passionate about the health of our community and our planet, why not become a sponsor? Your sponsorship dollars are not only greatly appreciated but are tax deductible!

We couldn't begin to take on the large job of creating an Earth Day Celebration without the help of our many volunteers. We always need speakers, programs and presentations. In addition, you can volunteer in a number of other ways. When we have in-person events, our volunteers help us with everything from setting up and taking down tables and display areas, to helping at tables for door prizes or just keeping us organized throughout the day, indoors or outside. If you enjoy working with children, we have children's games and craft activities. We encourage you to sign up to volunteer if you have a passion for the planet and our community. Its a great way to give back while working with some wonderful people! If you're curious but not yet ready to commit, please use our contact information listed below to ask any questions you may have. Thank you in advance for all your help!

 We appreciate you !!

A big "thank you" to some of our

generous sponsors from the past


Black Hills Bicycles

Citizen's Climate Lobby

Izaak Walton League

Kieffer Sanitation

The Rushmore Hotel

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We would like to extend a big thank you to all of our 2019 Earth Day

Ace Steel & Recycling       Wateca Challenge                   BH State University

Black Hills Bicycles            Citizen's Climate Lobby       Rapid City Landfill

Clean Water Alliance         Deb's Downhome Delights  Double R Art

Dakota Rural Action          Black Hills Solar                     4-H Club of RC

Historic Rapid City            Izaak Walton League             Bev & Craig Johnson

Keiffer Sanitation               National Resource CS           Penn Co Democrats

Peter Stach Art                    Prairie Hills Audubon          RC Comm Conversations

US Forest Service                Western Dakota Tech           Wild Idea Buffalo  

Sierra Club                           Melange                                     SD Dept of G.F & Parks  

RC Standing Committee on Sustainability                     SD School of Mines & Tech

Denny Menholt Dealers   Liberty Superstores     


Earth Day

Gallery of Photos

Electric Car Demo
Electric Car Demo

We had electric cars and plug in hybrids on display

Isaak Walton League
Isaak Walton League

Isaak Walton League helped kids to make their own bird feeders

Earth Day Expo Audience
Earth Day Expo Audience

This event was pet friendly and well attended.

Electric Car Demo
Electric Car Demo

We had electric cars and plug in hybrids on display


Any questions about the Earth Week?

Contact us : Kelli Juhl- Rapid City Sustainability Committee-

       Rick Bell- Dakota Rural Action-