As people all around the world come together to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, Western New Yorkers can honor their own little piece of the planet by participating in one of many events sponsored by members of the Kick Butts Collaborative, a group of local organizations focused on keeping our earth clean from litter, pollution, plastics, cigarette butts and e-cigarette waste.

From doing your own community clean up to hiking with an Erie County park ranger, we’ve rounded up a bunch of ways to have fun and improve the environment this Earth Day (and month.)

If water is your thing, you can show your love for The Niagara River corridor by joining a Shoreline Trail clean up. The following clubs, organizations and businesses are part of The Niagara River Greenway’s Adopt a Trail program and invite trail lovers of all ages to come help with their clean ups:

  • Grand Island Shoreline Trail cleanup on trail that runs parallel to the South Parkway. Sponsored by the Grand Island Rotary. April 20, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  Meet at Kaegebein Elementary School Parking Lot.
  • Shoreline Trail cleanup from Aqua Lane Park to Erie County Water Authority. Sponsored by the Kenmore Town of Tonawanda School District. April 20, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meet at Aqua Lane Park.
  • Shoreline Trail cleanup from from Aqua Lane Park to Vulcan St. Sponsored by DuPont and Local 6992 Steelworkers. April 22.. 
  • Shoreline Trail cleanup in Isle View Park from Two Mile Creek to the Tribute Garden. Sponsored by Kenmore Rotary. April 20. 10 a.m.  – noon.
  • Shoreline Trail cleanup in the City of Tonawanda along with Empire State Trail by the Erie Canal. Sponsored by Tonawanda Rotary. April 20, 9 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.
  • Shoreline Trail cleanup from Riverside Park (or Vulcan St.) to Black Rock Canal Park. Sponsored by Riverside High School. April 27
  • Shoreline Trail cleanup from the Tribute Garden in Isle View Park to Duie. Sponsored by NOCO. May 1, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Shoreline Trail cleanup along Lake Ontario in Tuscarora Park. Sponsored by Niagara County Rotary and Wilson Central School.  April 20, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Shoreline Trail cleanup in the conservation area of Niagara on the Lake. Sponsored by Lewiston/Niagara on the Lake Rotary Club. Meet at 9 Upper Canada Drive, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. April 20, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Shoreline Trail cleanup in Lockport. Sponsored by the Lockport Rotary Club. Meet at Scalzo Prak, 100 Market Street in Lockport. April 20, 9 a.m. to noon.  

 More to do.

 Attend the THINK GREEN Earth Day event at the Western New York Welcome Center on Grand Island. It’s a day of free earth-friendly education and activities with the Citizen Coalition for Wildlife and Environment and others. 1999 Alvin Road, Grand Island. April 20 from 11 a.m. – 2p.m.

Join Ranger Adam for the Erie County Park Ranger Event featuring a scenic hike at Chestnut Ridge Park. Bring your smart phone to help preserve local flora and fauna as you explore lush woodlands and rolling hills.  April 21.  Meeting location: Chestnut Ridge Park Casino.  Duration: 1-2 hrs. Register at https://www3.erie.gov/parks/form/bioblitz-for-earth-day

Participate in the WNY Trash Mob’s Earth Day Cleanup Contest. 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20 through 5 p.m. Monday, April 22. Assemble a group or go solo. Take photos and count your bags and either post on Facebook or Instagram and tag @wnytrashmob OR send your trash haul photos and info to [email protected] for a chance to win great prizes.

Join the Pelion Outdoor Classroom for Earth Month TLChores. It’s your chance to tend and love the gardens in your local patch of the Earth. Tasks may include soil thaws, clearing apiary zones, digging out invasive trees and vines, potting tree saplings and so much more. Dress for the weather.  212 Best Street. www.pelionoutdoorclassroom.org. April 20 and April 27, 10 a.m. to noon.

Be a part of Erie County’s third annual WNY Earth Day Challenge. You have the whole month of April to complete as many challenges as you can sponsored by a plethora of local earth-friendly partners and organizations. There are 30 challenges to choose from. For each completed challenge, you get your name entered into the prize pool one time. Learn more at https://www3.erie.gov/recycling/wnyearthdaychallenge 

Take part in the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s 2024 Spring Sweep, a part of the annual Great Lakes CleanUP, where you’ll be joined by thousands of volunteers across the Great Lakes region to remove litter from our shorelines, collect data and protect our waterways. April 20, 10. a.m. to noon. From Iroquois Wildlife Refuge in Middleport to Martin Luther King Park in Buffalo, there are 30 locations to choose from. Pick your spot and register at https://buffalo-niagara-waterkeeper.vomo.org/initiative/2024-spring-sweep. Download the Clean Swell app before the cleanup, create your profile, and amplify your impact by tracking what you find.


The Kick Butts Collaborative is a collective in Western New and the Great Lakes basin including Buffalo-Niagara Waterkeeper, Niagara River Greenway, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Buffalo Sewer Authority, Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, Community Canvases, Hamburg Butt Kickers, WNY Trash Mob, NFTA, Aquarium of Niagara, Broken Plastics, Pelion Outdoor Classroom, City of Buffalo Reuse and Recycling, Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. We catalyze the skills and experience of each partner to empower citizen action for a cleaner, greener, butt-free community both now and for generations to come.