Annual Downtown Earth Day Tour

Public Invited to Annual Downtown Earth Day Tour Saturday, April 20th

Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 20, at the seventh annual Downtown Earth Day Tour, a collaboration between the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, the Science Center of Iowa (SCI), The Riverwalk HUB and Iowa Rivers Revival.

Each organization will feature a variety of activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to start at any of the locations and then use the trail system and adjacent sidewalks to walk or bike to the other locations. Free secure parking is available in front of the Botanical Garden and the Science Center of Iowa thanks to Bike Valet by Dori. Pedicab rides between the Botanical Garden and SCI also will be available thanks to Des Bike.

The Botanical Garden will offer free admission all day through support from Principal. Admission to SCI will be $5 per person.

Downtown Earth Day Tour guests also can participate in a photo challenge by sharing a photo of their day on social media using the hashtag #earthdaytour. Official rules are available at //

Activities and vendors include:

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden | 909 Robert D. Ray Drive 

  • Interact with local organizations including Blank Park Zoo, plantsync, Central Iowa Sierra Club, Keep Iowa Beautiful, DGMVA: Iowa’s Walking Club, Corteva, Des Moines Herb Study Group and Living History Farms
  • Mix up a smoothie by a bike-powered blender with Element by Westin Hotel West Des Moines
  • See the Iowa Bonsai Association’s Spring Show
  • Visit a desert garden display exploring dry gardening, cacti and their uses
  • Participate in a collective art project with a nature loom
  • See “good” bug/”bad” bug demonstrations from Botanical Garden horticultural staff
  • Explore indoor and outdoor gardens (weather-permitting), including activities with the Des Moines Children’s Museum
  • Participate in a sustainability scavenger hunt and a take-home activity

Science Center of Iowa  |  401 W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pkwy

  • Experience a tornado chamber, anemometers (winds), thermometers, cloud charts and more with the National Weather Service
  • Learn about composting with Green Iowa
  • Explore the importance of pollinators and take home a milkweed plant for Monarch conservation with Des Moines Parks and Recreation
  • View the National Weather Service’s flood model and build dams, cause rain, place trees and buildings in various areas, and watch how water runs off into rivers and floods
  • Make buttons and coloring sheets with The Nature Conservancy
  • Learn about “Plant.Grow.Fly.,” an initiative to protect native pollinators
  • Check out the new Prius from Toyota of Des Moines
  • Explore Iowa’s native plants and animals in SCI’s What On Earth? exhibit

Iowa Rivers Revival @ The Riverwalk HUB  |  215 Water Street

  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Des Moines River
  • Learn about river conservation and dam safety
  • Interact with local conservation organizations, including the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Grab lunch or a snack at the Riverwalk HUB cafe


About the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a vibrant, 14-acre public garden in the heart of downtown Des Moines. Guided by a mission of exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants, the Botanical Garden cultivates a signature guest experience through progressive garden design and innovative programming. The Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) privately governed, not-for-profit institution.


About the Science Center of Iowa

The Science Center of Iowa engages and inspires visitors by bringing learning to life. Centrally located in Downtown Des Moines, SCI features hands-on exhibits, special-format theaters and unique programming to encourage learning and fun for all ages. Through daily visitors, a statewide educational outreach program and the NAEYC-accredited SCI Preschool, the Science Center of Iowa serves more than 300,000 people annually.


About The Riverwalk HUB

The Riverwalk HUB is a unique, award winning display of architecture that sits along the west bank of the Des Moines River in vibrant downtown Des Moines. The Riverwalk HUB offers food and refreshments including wine and Iowa craft beers in one of the more interesting spaces in town. Where Court Avenue meets the River!


About Iowa Rivers Revival

Iowa Rivers Revival (IRR) is a non-profit statewide leader in river education and advocacy and is committed to protecting some of our most precious natural resources – our rivers and streams. IRR works to engage individuals, organizations, communities, and government leaders in river awareness, responsibility, and enjoyment to improve and enhance the condition of Iowa waterways – ensuring a quality, safe and lasting resource for future generations.

press release courtesy of Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and Science Center of Iowa.