Each year, the City of Huntsville’s Green Team hosts Keep America Beautiful’s Earth Day. Located at Hays Nature Preserve on the banks of the Flint River, Earth Day attracts thousands of attendees.

This free family-friendly event aims to provide activities and information that celebrates Mother Earth and the many way communities around the globe work together for a cleaner and more sustainable future.

Interested in doing your part? Green Team invites the community to participate in these upcoming events:


Join Green Team on Saturday, March 25, from 9-11 a.m. for the Mayor’s Spring Tree Planting at 2305 Airport Road SW.

Supplies will be provided. All ages and experience levels are welcome.


Green Team, along with Mazda-Toyota Manufacturing of Huntsville and Oakwood University, will host a community cleanup event to kick off Earth Month 2023. The cleanup will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 4. Participants should meet at the Oakwood Community Health Action Center, 1863 Sparkman Drive NW.

Supplies will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome.


Green Team will host its Spring Plant & Cleanup Supply Giveaway on Friday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Jaycee Building at John Hunt Park, Southwest Airport Road. The drive-through and pick-up event will provide free garbage bags and tomato and cucumber plants.


Huntsville will observe Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy earth-friendly exhibitors with informative and interactive displays, Southeastern Raptor Center demonstrations, live music from Alli and Christy, vegetable plant giveaway, face painting, concessions and more.

Parking may be limited at Hays Nature Preserve during Earth Day festivities, but parking is available at the Mark Russell Recreational Center (429 Taylor Road). Huntsville Transit will pick up attendees from the Mark Russell Center and take them to the Hays Nature Preserve education building. Signs will note drop off/pickup locations.

Hays Nature Preserve will be closed to the public Friday, April 21, to prepare for Earth Day.

See the Earth Day shuttle pick up and drop off locations.


The global observation of Earth Day on April 22 is now in its 53rd year of commemorating the day many historians recognize as the birth of the modern environmental movement. Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, helped organize a nationwide grassroots celebration on April 22, 1970, that eventually included more than 20 million people. Earth Day remains a watershed event in the environmental movement.


The deadline for exhibitor applications for Earth Day 2023 is March 20.

Please note: No exhibitors will be allowed to sell products on-site. However, exhibitors may advertise their organization or products.

Green Team can set up one 6-foot table for each organization participating. Exhibitors are welcome to bring chairs or other tables as needed. There is no charge to be an exhibitor. In the event of a cancellation, please check Operation Green Team’s FacebookTwitter or Instagram for information.

For questions or more information, please contact Katheleen Theriault at

  • Phone:


  • Address:

    Green Team Office

    3242 Leeman Ferry Rd SW,

    Huntsville, AL 35801

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  • Email:

    Brian Walker

    Director of Landscape Management

  • Hours:

    Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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