DETROIT (WWJ) – Volunteers are needed for park cleanups to be held at Kensington, Lake Erie, Metro Beach, Oakwoods, Stony Creek and Wolcott Mill Metroparks on the Metroparks’ Earth Appreciation Day, Saturday, April 16.

Most cleanup events last a half-day and a complimentary lunch is provided to those helpers who register in advance. Vehicle entry and boat launching fees will also be waived on April 16.

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Kensington Metropark, Milford:  “Keep Kensington Clean,” 9 a.m. to noon. Join the Earth Day celebration by working with other volunteers to help clean up the park. Registration is required by April 12. Call 1-800-477-3178 or 248-685-1561 to register.

Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown: “Shoreline Cleanup,” 9 a.m. to noon. Help clean up the park shoreline along Lake Erie. Registration required. Call 1-800-477-3189 to register.

Metro Beach Metropark, Mt. Clemens:  “21st Annual Metro Beach Earth Week Cleanup,” 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers, adults and children at least 9 years of age, accompanied by parents, are needed to help clean up litter and materials in the park. Registration is required by April 12. Call 1-800-477-3172 or 586-463-4332 to register.

Oakwoods Metropark, Belleville: “Earth Day Cleanup,” 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are needed to help keep Oakwoods beautiful. Registration required. Call 734-782-3956 to register.

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Stony Creek Metropark, Shelby Township: “Earth Day Park Cleanup,” 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Help bring that “up north” feeling back to the park. Registration required by April 10. Call 586-781-9113 or 586-781-4242 to register.

Wolcott Mill Metropark, Ray:  “Earth Day Cleanup,” 9 a.m. to noon. Help clean up the grounds at the Historic Center and Farm Center. Registration required by April 9. Call 586-752-5932 or 586-749-5997 to register.

Located along the Huron and Clinton rivers, the Huron-Clinton Metroparks provide a natural oasis from urban and suburban life as well as year-round recreational activities and events.

A regional park system, the Metroparks consist of 13 beautiful parks covering 24,000 acres, ten spectacular public golf courses and two marinas on Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair, respectively. The parks also offer scenic nature trails, breathtaking beaches, educational activities and exciting winter sports. 

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A vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark and is only $25 annually for regular admission, $15 annually for seniors, or $5 daily. General information can be found at or by calling 1-800-47-PARKS.