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Celebrate Earth Day

Sat, April 22 | 12 PM - 5 PM | Free

When it comes to protecting our environment, the little things matter. From planting a tree to finally remembering that reusable cup, simple, everyday actions can make a big difference.

Join us on Earth Day for green-filled fun!



Unfortunately, due to the weather and future forecast, the activities on The Green have ended early. This includes music from Myles Talbott Dyad and kids activities with Creando Explorertorium. You can still visit Wildewood Shop until 3 PM for seed planting in-store as well as free samples and Earth Day lessons at Lush from 2-4 PM. Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin is still collecting donations until 5 PM. 


♻️ Electronics Recycling with Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin from 12-5 PM

In partnership with Hilldale, Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin is joining our Earth Day event with a mobile donation site! Bring your electronics to Hilldale to be safely and responsibly recycled for FREE. Look for the Goodwill truck located in the south parking lot across from The Great Dane.

Goodwill CAN take computers, laptops, monitors, mice, hard drives, telephones, cell phones, printers, scanners, shredders, cables, speakers, record players, stereo equipment, VCRs, DVD players, video games/gaming systems, electronic children’s toys, cameras/camcorders…and even holiday strong lights. No tube TVs, please. Learn more here. Clear out the clutter and drop your donations before you shop.

When you donate to Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin, you help support stable housing opportunities and employment support for people with disabilities in our local community while keeping over 11 million pounds of items out of the landfill every year.


🌱 Seed Planting with Wildewood from 12-3 PM

Join us on Earth Day on the sidewalk outside of Wildewood (across from Forage Kitchen). Pots, soil and seeds will be provided, while supplies last.


🌎 Celebrate Earth Day with Creando Explorertorium from 12:30-2:30 PM

Calling all little explorers! Join Creando Explorertorium on The Green (near Apple & LL Bean) to celebrate Earth Day. They’ll have a planting activity for the kids (while supplies last), an earth day tattoo station, and earth day chocolate treats to enjoy. Follow the bubbles!


🎶 Live Music from Myles Talbott Dyad from 1-4 PM

Enjoy live music on The Green (near Apple & LL Bean) with a performance from Myles Talbott Dyad. You’ll hear some of your favorite covers—from classics to current—covering multiple genres. They’re a guy with a guitar, a girl with a harmonica and a Dyad with an attitude you’re sure to love.


🧼 Earth Day Lessons at Lush from 2-4 PM

Stop by Lush for a free sample and learn how we make Earth Day every day by leaving the world Lusher than we found it.


♻️ Clothing Recycling Programs at Hilldale Retailers:

  • Anthropologie: Ready to give those old jeans a NEW dream? Anthropologie is diverting denim waste from landfills and transforming your old blues into something new to be used in natural cotton fiber insulation & more! Learn more.
  • Lululemon: When you trade in your gently worn gear at a participating store, Like New will refresh it for someone else. You’ll receive credit you can use on lululemon gear. Together, we can build a circular ecosystem. Learn more.
  • Madewell: Recycle your pre-loved denim in store! Jeans will get repurposed, recirculated, or responsibly recycled. Learn more about Madewell’s sustainable efforts here.
  • Title Nine: Making it simple for anyone to donate, Title Nine collects new and pre-loved bras on behalf of Free The Girls, an organization that exists to help women exiting sex trafficking reintegrate into their communities. Learn more.
  • Ulla Eyewear: Through their program, ReFramed, Ulla will buy back gently loved frames and refurbish them for resale. Learn more.


🌱 Below are some of the many ways Hilldale supports environmental efforts all year long:

  • Planting drought-resistant plants and trees
  • Utilizing 5 Bioswale channels to filter out stormwater runoff
  • Providing ample bike racks to encourage ecofriendly transportation
  • Hosting two Little Free Libraries to encourage sharing books, less waste
  • Providing plentiful recycling containers for public use
  • Using QR codes on signage to reduce use of paper
  • Converting exterior parking lot lights to LED
  • Restaurant composting
  • Hosting a Farmers Market from May to October featuring local farms and organic produce