Celebrate Earth Day: Apr 19, 2008

04/19/2008 - 10:00am
04/19/2008 - 2:00pm
Earth Day 2008 Poster

Earth Day, Every Day!

Be part of the biggest Earth Day yet this April 19th

When: Saturday, April 19, 2008, 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway
Gresham, Oregon

Join your neighbors and the City of Gresham as we celebrate Earth Day 2008! Enjoy music and entertainment, vendor booths, recycling events, workshops, and more.

Activities & Events

Go green and celebrate the planet with these fun Earth Day games and activities! Find out what you can do to decrease climate change, plus ways to recycle at home or work.

Click here for more Earth Day information.

Earth Day Celebration Recycling Collection Events


When: Saturday, April 19, 2008, 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Where: Gresham City Hall
west parking lot
1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway
Gresham, Oregon

No charge for residents to recycle these items. The free electronics recycling event is open to Gresham and Wood Village residents (bring ID); electronics from businesses not be accepted.

    Acceptable Items

  • Computer monitors
  • Desktop computer towers/CPUs
  • Laptop computers
  • Desktop printers, copiers and scanners
  • Keyboards, mice and cables
  • Fax machines
  • Televisions (no consoles)
  • VCRs
  • DVD players
    Unacceptable (non-electronic) items

  • Manuals and boxes
  • Foam packing and peanuts
  • Styrofoam
  • Disks and software
  • Kitchen appliances and other electric or electronic products

NEW in 2008! Cell phone recycling!

All types of cell phones, working or not working, no limit for residents or businesses to recycle. A fundraiser for the Oregon Green Schools. Take cell phones to electronics drop-off site.

Fluorescent Tube/Bulb Recycling Collection Event

City staff will collect fluorescent tubes from residents and businesses at no charge at the Gresham Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 pm. on Saturday, April 21.

Why is it important to recycle fluorescent tubes? Because fluorescents contain mercury, a heavy metal that is hazardous to humans, pets and our food chain and should not be thrown in the garbage. Mercury is a toxic pollutant that persists in the environment and harms human health.

***All fluorescent tubes should be boxed and transported carefully to the collection site. Boxes may be picked up in advance at City Hall. Call 503-618-2526 to reserve boxes.

Gresham Earth Day Celebration Activities

When: Saturday, April 19, 2008, 10:00AM - 2:00PM

Where: City Hall Plaza and Conference Center
1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway
Gresham, Oregon
-- OR --
Gresham City Hall MAX stop

  • Live musical event
    Rockin' Water Road Show with Recycleman! Performance from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. In his superhero costume made out of recycled trash complete with a truck inner tube kilt, recycleman is able to capture kids' and adults' attention and get them excited about recycling and other eco-friendly messages.
  • Will Hornyak Storytelling
    Noon to 12:45 p.m.
  • Springwater Trail High School
    World Drumming & Marimba Band

    1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.>
  • Tree Seedling Giveaway!
    City of Gresham Tree Preservation Committee
    The City's Tree Preservation Committee, in recognition of Arbor Day, presents a free tree seedling giveaway sponsored by J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., a Gresham Significant Tree display, volunteer opportunities and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute offers an exhibit and paper-making craft activity for children. Don't forget to take the second annual Gresham Significant Tree Walk hosted by the East County Windwalkers, departing and returning from Gresham City Hall (see details below).
  • Children's Earth Day Crafts and Fun
    • Airbrush Face Painting
    • Parks & Recreation Arts & Crafts
    • Live Raptor/Audubon Society of Portland
    • Recycling Art Fun
    • Reptiles/Northwest Herptile Keepers
    • Recycleman Music Show, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • Storytelling, Noon to 12:45 p.m.
    • 100% recyclable lunch and sno-cones
  • Experience a 100% Compostable Lunch!
    Join the Gresham Lions Supper Club for a 100% Compostable Lunch! What does that mean? Well, notice how all the paper plates, silverware and food scraps go into special green "brutes." These "brutes" are special containers to turn the food scraps and paper items into "compost." You may eat with a potato starch fork - and notice how there are no ketchup packets? Those create a lot of waste, so the Lions have pumps for the hot dog condiments.
  • Free Car Wash!
    Get your car washed at our Fish-Friendly Car Wash event
    We'll wash your car for you FREE at Earth Day and you'll learn how washing your car at home in the driveway isn't the best way to do it for the environment. We recommend washing your car on your lawn or at a car wash to keep sudsy, greasy, dirty water out of the storm drains and keep these pollutants from entering our creeks and streams. Soap, dirt, and grease is harmful to fish and other aquatic organisms.
    Learn about the City's car wash kit that student groups can borrow for free so they can hold a "Fish-Friendly" car wash when doing a fund-raiser! For more information call Keri Handaly, 503-618-2657.
  • Compost Bin Sale $35!
    Earth Machine compost bins for sale, $35 each, cash or check; usually retails for $80.
  • Second annual Earth Day / Significant Trees of Gresham Walk
    The East County Wind Walkers Club and the City's Tree Preservation Committee have designed a 6.1-mile 'Volkswalk of Significant Trees' to take place during the Earth Day Celebration. The walk is offered between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (finish by 4:00 p.m.) and starts and ends at Gresham City Hall. A walking map is provided and the route and trees marked. Walk about while looking and learning about Gresham's magnificent trees and their history. The Volkswalk of Significant Trees is mostly a flat route on sidewalks and pavement with some gravel path at the end. Many curbs not cut for wheelchair accessibility, strollers OK. Sign-in is at the front City Hall entrance.
  • GREAT Business Fair = Lots of prize giveaways!
    See how Gresham businesses recycle and conserve. There will be a prize giveaway event for the public and businesses are encouraged to bring hand-outs and sample products.

Vendors & Exhibitors

  • East County Wind Walkers
    Free! Significant Trees of Gresham Walk; from City Hall
  • Gresham Lions Supper Club
    Serving lunch, sno-cones, drinks; all waste is compostable
  • East Multnomah County Soil & Water Conservation District
    Free! 45 minute workshops at the top of the hour (Naturescaping, Weeds, Rain Gardening) and traveling life-size rain garden with take-home information
  • Clifton Metal Works
    Amazing animals from recycled pieces - for sale and show
  • Gresham Farmers' Market
    Plant sale
  • Girl Scout Troop #1697
    Recycling demonstrations and children's activity
  • Roger Witter
    Free! Muralist creates amazing airbrush face designs
  • 3 Sisters Nursery
    Sale! Recycled Garden Art
  • Audubon Society of Portland
    Local birding information and live birds on display
  • Columbia Slough Watershed Council
    "Birds in the Slough" bird activity for children
  • Johnson Creek Watershed Council
    Informational booth
  • City of Gresham
    Water emergency preparedness booth / car kit giveaways
  • Gresham Town Fair Chiropractic
    Free! spinal screenings and information
  • Gresham Tree Preservation Committee
    Free! Tree sapling giveaway, local tree information, children's paper-making activity
  • Northwest Earth Institute
    Informational Booth
  • Oregon League of Conservation Voters
    Environmental information for voters
  • People for Parks
    Free! Seed packet giveaway and park information
  • Gresham Toyota Scion
    Hybrid car display and information
  • Friends of Trees
    Tree event sign-ups and information for residents
  • Roger Witter
    Free! Magnificent airbrush face painting for children
  • Metro Recycled Paint
    Paint disposal tips and household hazardous waste info
  • Rockwood Water People's Utility
    Free! Outdoor water conservation kit giveaway! Water info
  • Eco Car Wash / GREAT Fair
    Smart car wash practices; free car wash giveaways
  • Whole Foods / GREAT Fair
    Smart grocery practices; free samples/prize giveaways
  • Gresham DEQ / GREAT Fair
    Info booth, heating oil tanks, environment-safe lawn gard
  • Gresham Green Team
    Composting at work
  • Green Mountain Energy
    Sign up! Green Power Challenge/Clean Wind PGE
  • City of Gresham Department of Environmental Services
    Your Earth Day Celebration hosts!
  • Parks & Recreation Division
    Natural gardening info, children's craft activity
  • Recycling & Solid Waste
    Free! Electronics, cell phone and fluorescent tube recycling
  • GREAT Businesses Program
    Businesses share conservation tips, prize giveaways
  • Wastewater Services
    Freeze the Grease information; DVD puppet show for kids
  • Water Division
    Water Conservation Tips and Outdoor Water Kit giveaway
  • Watershed Management
    Compost Bin Sale $35; Native Plant Giveaway
  • Watershed AmeriCorps
    NeighborWoods program; Awesome Snake Program
  • AmeriCorps Stream Team
    Volunteer opportunities for citizens
  • Transportation Division
    Pervious pavement demonstrations
  • Maps & Data Services
    Free! Map Wrap giveaway, map contest, GIS activity

Earth Day Celebration Workshops

When: Saturday, April 19, 2008, 10:00AM - 2:00PM

Where: City Hall - Conference Center
1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway
Gresham, Oregon

  • Naturescaping
    10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Barlow Trail Room>
  • Weeds & Invasive Plants
    11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Barlow Trail Room
  • Awesome Snake Appreciation
    11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Springwater Trail Room
  • Build a Raingarden
    Noon to 12:45 p.m. Barlow Trail Room
  • How to Care for Trees
    1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Barlow Trail Room

About the workshops

Naturescaping reduces water use, stormwater runoff and pollution while saving time, money and energy – all while providing habitat for birds and wildlife. Taught by Kathy Shearin, East Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation District. Workshop length: 45 minutes; for more information call 503-222-7645
Weeds and Invasive Plants

Learn more about the most notorious plant invaders – how to control them and how to minimize their spread into your yard and neighboring properties. Workshop taught by Kathy Shearin, East Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation District. Workshop length: 45 minutes; for more information call 503-222-7645

Awesome Snake Appreciation Program
Garter snakes are great for the garden! Learn about two common Gresham garter snakes, the Northwestern garter and the red-spotted common garter snake, and why they are beneficial to a garden environment. Learn how to include reptile and amphibian-friendly landscaping in your garden. Workshop taught by Tyler Pedersen, AmeriCorps volunteer with the City of Gresham Watershed Management Division. Workshop length: 45 minutes; for more information call 503-618-2608

Build a Rain Garden
Homeowners in many parts of the country are catching on to raingardens, a shallow depression in a yard that collects rainwater and sports a variety of flowers, shrubs and grasses. Rain gardens keep runoff from leaving your yard and pollutants stay in the garden where they can be absorbed by plants. Workshop taught by Candace Stoughton, East Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation District. Workshop length: 45 minutes; for more information call 503-222-7645

How to Care for Your Trees in 45 Minutes
Workshop discusses ways homeowners can prune and care for their yards or street trees safely. Additional information will be provided on what arborists can do to help the tree fit its living space in your yard. Workshop taught by Nick Kantor, AmeriCorps volunteer with the City of Gresham Watershed Management Division. Workshop length: 45 minutes; for more information call 503-618-2608

Earth Day Sponsors

Special thanks to all our Earth Day 2008 Sponsor's for their contributions!

    Earth Day Sponsors

  • Rockwood Water PUD
  • Veolia Water
  • Boeing
  • Rockwood Solid Waste
  • Cantel Sweeping
  • Waxie Sanitary Supply
    GREAT Prize donors

  • Flying Pie Pizzeria
  • Bryant Station
  • Kinco
  • Whole Foods
  • Coffee's On
  • Gresham Station Starbucks
  • Backyard Birdshop
  • Eco Car Wash

Volunteer at Earth Day!

When: Saturday, April 19th, 2008 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, OR

We're still looking for 5 volunteers to help with our Parks and Recreation booth at Earth Day! Sign for a 1-2 hour shift before or after you plan on exploring the celebration. Check out the attached Earth Day flyer to see all the great activities, workshops, and free giveaways in store!

Volunteers needed at the Parks and Recreation booth to:

  • Help children make bug and critter crafts from old egg cartons
  • Teach adults and children about the benefits of bugs (ex. lady bugs, spiders, worms, bees, butterflies, and other insects)
  • Hand out information about natural gardening, Gresham Parks, and volunteering
    Coffee and muffins will be provided by Starbucks!
  • To sign up, please email Rachel.Zarfas@ci.gresham.or.us, call (503) 618-2789, or visit www.ci.gresham.or.us/parks/volunteerprogram. And please use the attached flyer to help spread the word!