Earth Day is on April 22, and this year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth.” Our traditional celebration at MUD will have to wait until next year, but we hope you’ll take advantage of the outdoor, small-group gatherings listed below. These events celebrate changes we can make in our own neighborhoods and yards to nourish, honor, and restore our community and earth. Let’s take pride in the small steps we can each make toward improving our own little plots of earth, whether by supplying food-insecure individuals with gardens and food, introducing pollinators to your yard, learning how to improve your garden’s soil, upcycling materials to create something new, or simply getting out on a springtime scavenger hunt.

Celebrate with MUD

Take a MUD workshop

Join us to make meaningful changes from the bottom up! We will be offering a Little Free Pantry Workshop on Saturday, April 17, from noon to 3 pm. Little free pantries are a great way to increase mutual aid and equitable access to food in your own neighborhood. The pandemic has caused financial hardship for so many and we need each other now more than ever before. Anybody can make a little free pantry – you can build one from scratch, or repurpose something you already have. Tickets and more details can be found here.

We are currently accepting donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries at MUD during open tool library hours (M & F 4pm – 7pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm) to stock the little free pantries. Bring something by and get $1 off late fees for each item donated!

We have lots of other exciting workshops lined out this spring! Check them all out on our workshops page.

Learn about backyard pollinators

Two more colonies of honeybees will soon call MUD home! We invite you to come observe their installation into their hives on Friday, April 23, at noon at MUD. One colony will be going into our new top bar hive and the other will be going into a Langstroth hive. Head tool librarian Christian Russel will be available for Q & A after the installation is complete.

Volunteer to promote food equity

Seedlings for Solidarity and MUD are teaming up to ensure that community members who need better access to fresh food are equipped with the skills and materials to grow their own. On Saturday, April 24, we invite you to join us for a garden planter volunteer build day. Volunteers will have the opportunity to help build a variety of planter types that will then be distributed to food-insecure individuals throughout Missoula. No previous building experience necessary! Volunteers must sign up for a morning or afternoon volunteer shift here.

Celebrate in and around Missoula

Our friends at Mountain Line are hosting a Spring Shift to help Missoulians integrate sustainability into their everyday routines. Complete challenges to win fun prizes – including a MUD membership for taking on a DIY project with reused materials! They also have a great Sustainable Events Calendar and a family-friendly scavenger hunt!

Back to the Mother, Missoula’s local kombucha microbrewery, is hosting Gnomefest, a scavenger hunt and litter pick-up initiative. From April 22 to May 15, scour Missoula’s parks and trails (and pick up litter as you go!) for handmade gnome figurines. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a “prize gnome” that can be exchanged for a prize at Back to the Mother’s booth at the Clark Fork Market! Check out Back to the Mother’s website for more details and a map of where to search for gnomes.

We are excited to gather with you for an in-person celebration next year. Here are a few photos from Earth Day 2019. We had a blast and we hope you did too!