Earth Day to Arbor Day 2023

Join Us for Earth Day to Arbor Day (April 22-28)!

April is Earth Month! The City of New Albany is excited to announce a week-long celebration of activities and programs this month called Earth Day to Arbor Day 2023. The schedule of events is our invitation to you and your family to help us protect our environment and promote sustainability.

The week’s activities will also include an exciting passport program! Earn points for participating in the Earth Day to Arbor Day events, and you’ll be entered to win fun prizes, including a tree, potted plants, and more! See the Passport Program section below for details.

Schedule of Events

Click the dropdown menus below for details about each event taking place during Earth Day to Arbor Day 2023!

input-arrow input-arrow Saturday, April 22: E-Waste Recycling Drive

E-Waste Recycling Drive

  • Saturday, April 22
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • New Albany Public Service Department
  • 7800 Bevelhymer Rd., New Albany, OH 43054

Do you have an old cell phone, TV or computer at home and wonder what you should do with it? Join us on Earth Day (April 22) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to properly dispose of your e-waste at the New Albany Service Center. Please note: We do not accept kitchen appliances such as microwaves, fridges, etc. We also don’t accept refrigerant items. All personal data stored on hard drives will be destroyed. Wondering what e-waste is? E-waste (electronic waste) includes anything with plugs, cords and electronic components. Common sources of e-waste include televisions, computers, mobile phones and any type of home appliance, from air conditioners to children’s toys. Wondering why we need to properly dispose of e-waste? When broken or unwanted electronics are dumped in a landfill, toxic substances like lead and mercury can leach into soil and water. Electronics also contain valuable non-renewable resources including gold, silver, copper, platinum, aluminum and cobalt. This means when we dispose of them without recycling, we are throwing away precious materials.

input-arrow input-arrow Monday, April 24: Composting 101

Composting 101

  • Monday, April 24
  • 4-6 p.m.
  • Village Hall
  • 99 W. Main St., New Albany, OH 43054
Are you interested in composting, but uncertain how to get started? Did you know that the city offers FREE composting for residents? Drop by Village Hall on Monday, April 24 between 4 – 6 p.m. to talk with city staff and learn the do’s and don’ts of composting. This is a drop-in Q&A event, and participants are welcome any time between 4 – 6 p.m. Wondering why composting is great for our environment? Check out these stats from SWACO’s Save More Than Food campaign:
  • For every Franklin County resident, there are 260 pounds of food waste landfilled every year.
  • Every year, the average family of four wastes $2,000 on food that is purchased but never eaten.
  • For every Franklin County resident, 145 potential meals are landfilled each year.
  • By wasting food, each Central Ohio resident wastes 30 gallons of water a year.
  • Over 22 million gallons of gas are used every year to transport food that Central Ohioans throw away – enough to fuel 44,000 vehicles for a year.
input-arrow input-arrow Tuesday, April 25: Native Plants, Creating a Backyard Ecosystem

Native Plants, Creating a Backyard Ecosystem

  • Tuesday, April 25
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Heit Center
  • 150 W. Main St., New Albany, OH 43054

Join Holly Latteman, Science & Conservation Manager at The Dawes Arboretum, to learn how to incorporate native plants in your home landscape, and why it’s so beneficial to the environment. This lecture is held in partnership with Healthy New Albany and takes place in the Heit Center (150 W. Main St.). Registration is not required, but is encouraged. Click here to register. This program is offered at no charge.

input-arrow input-arrow Wednesday, April 26: Community Creek Stomp

Community Creek Stomp

  • Wednesday, April 26
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Raines Crossing at Rose Run Park

Join the City’s Sustainability Advisory Board for a creek stomp in Rose Run Park. We will explore the creek while keeping an eye out for signs of spring. Please meet at the Raines Crossing Bridge any time between 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., and come dressed to get dirty and wet. Close-toed, water-resistant boots and a double layer of socks is recommended as the creek water will still be cold from the winter months. Registration is not required, and there is no fee to participate. Wondering what you might find in the creek? Check out the Ohio Stream Guide.

input-arrow input-arrow Thursday, April 27: Green Columbus Equitable Tree Distribution

Green Columbus Equitable Tree Distribution

  • Thursday, April 27
  • 10:15 a.m.
  • Heit Center
  • 150 W. Main St., New Albany, OH 43054

Did you know that neighborhoods with adequate tree cover have better air quality and control runoff from storms more effectively? Additionally, the residents of a community with high tree density experience better health outcomes, lower crime, and reduced energy bills. Join Green Columbus as they share their mission to bring equitable tree coverage to all Columbus neighborhoods. This program is a part of the Conversations That Matter series and is open to learners of all ages. It will take place at the Heit Center (150 W. Main St.) at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 27. There is no fee to attend, and registration is not required.

input-arrow input-arrow Friday, April 28: Arbor Day Proclamation

Arbor Day Proclamation

  • Friday, April 28
  • 9:30 a.m.
  • Resch Park
  • 6359 E. Dublin Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054

Join Mayor Sloan Spalding as he officially proclaims April 28 as Arbor Day in New Albany and encourages all of us to plant trees to promote the well-being of this and future generations. Immediately following the Arbor Day Proclamation ceremony, the City of New Albany’s forestry team will work with New Albany Plain-Local Schools students to plant 100 saplings in Resch Park. Please note that the Proclamation Ceremony is open to the public, but the tree planting is a private collaboration with the schools. The Arbor Day Proclamation will be read at 9:30 a.m. at Resch Park, which is adjacent to the Ealy House.

input-arrow input-arrow Saturday, April 29: Bill Resch Bench Dedication (rescheduled from April 22)

Bill Resch Bench Dedication

  • Saturday, April 29
  • 10 a.m.
  • Resch Park
  • 6359 E. Dublin Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054

Join New Albany City Council, State Representative Mary Lightbody, the Resch family and friends to dedicate a bench in honor of William “Bill” Resch, a lifelong educator and well-known community environmentalist on Saturday, April 29 at 10 a.m. (rescheduled from April 22 due to the threat of poor weather). The dedication will take place in Resch Park and will be followed by an optional trash clean-up along Rose Run, Fodor Woods and Swickard Woods. Please meet at Resch Park.


Passport Program



Visit our parks and participate in Earth Day to Arbor Day activities to earn points when you check in digitally at each. Redeem your points for virtual raffle tickets to win great prizes like those below. Winners will be randomly selected and must reside in the City of New Albany, Plain Township or the New Albany Plain-Local School District. Participants can redeem points for multiple virtual raffle tickets within the same prize category if desired. All check-ins and prize redemptions must be completed by April 28, 2023.

Grand Prize (1) – A large shade tree, delivered to your home and planted in your yard!

Planter Prizes (3) – A beautiful, potted outdoor planter – perfect for your patio or deck!

Farmers Market Prizes (25) – A $10 Gift Card to shop locally at the New Albany Farmers Market!