Beyond the Classroom - Community Education

Virtual Resources

Monthly Recycling Craft and Chat Videos (can add link to craft and chat webpage)


Visit the Ecology Center’s Environmental Education YouTube channel to view our monthly Recycling Craft and Chat series. Learn about a different recycling and sustainability topic each month and join us to make a family-friendly craft using commonly found household items. Click here for more details!


Local Events

The Ecology Center traditionally offers community education at the following local events. Due to health concerns from COVID-19, we do not yet know what form these events will take in 2021. Check back for updates or contact [email protected] with questions.


Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival 

The Ecology Center sits on the planning committee for Ann Arbor’s annual Earth Day Festival - a celebration of public, private, and not-for-profit efforts across Washtenaw County to preserve natural areas, protect the environment, and promote sustainability, with the goal of educating and inspiring our community to  take action in defense of our unique and vibrant environment.

 The Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival is an annual community event that is free and open to the public. Over 30 local, nonprofit and environmental exhibitors participate and activities and entertainment for youth are featured.


Huron River Watershed Day

The Huron River Day celebration began as a way to encourage partnerships among government, private and non-profit organizations and to educate citizens about the importance of water quality and Huron River preservation. 

Each year, this event draws approximately 2,500 people from the Ann Arbor community to celebrate the Huron River. 


Mayor’s Green Fair

This annual event is meant to celebrate our community's environmental leadership as exhibited by citizens, nonprofits, government and businesses. Mayor's Green Fair showcases the community's environmental leadership and innovation.

The Green Fair hosts environmental nonprofit organizations, government agencies and participating businesses that support environmental and sustainability practices. As well as, exhibitors that show off innovative energy-saving designs and actions, including displays of electric vehicles, green building materials, solar energy installations, renewable energy installations and more!


Community Green Cleaning Workshop: The Hazards in Our Everyday Products (Adult)

Every day we come into contact with a variety of consumer products, from dish soap to toilet bowl cleaner. Knowing the potential effects these products can have on environmental and human health will allow us to make more sustainable and healthy choices. In this interactive workshop, Ecology Center educators provide a survey of questionable consumer products, methods for staying informed, and means for taking action. The workshop includes a hands-on activity where participants have the opportunity to concoct their own green cleaning product. No upcoming workshops are scheduled at this time.

For more information or to invite our participation in other community education events, please contact [email protected]