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Posted on: April 8, 2022

Earth Month in Sun Prairie!

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The City of Sun Prairie will be recognizing Earth Day by transforming it into an extended timeframe shared by April and May filled with a variety of educational events, community activities, and different sustainability initiatives. The community will have many opportunities to not only protect and preserve local spaces but also build relationships while engaging in volunteer activities. Although there are many items on the schedule throughout this season, community members are encouraged to pay special attention to a few upcoming opportunities.

Food Waste Warriors Presentations

Two student-led presentations will be available to the community that focus on the basics of backyard composting. Students from Patrick Marsh Middle School will be presenting on how wasted food affects the community through their school action plan. They will then share home composting best practices so that attendees can become a food waste warrior too. This will include the do's and don'ts of composting, along with bin placement and management throughout the year. Attendees will have early access to the City's first-ever compost bin group purchase. Details for the following presentations include:

This educational programming is being offered in collaboration with the Sun Prairie Area School District and the Sun Prairie Public Library.

Composting Bin Sale

In partnership with Recycling Connections, a nonprofit that provides resources on waste reduction, recycling, and resource conversation, the City will be selling compost bins at a discounted rate of $60. Bins will be available for sale mid-April and pick-up will be on Saturday, May 7 in the parking lot of City Hall at 300 East Main Street. For individuals interested in purchasing a bin, please visit the Earth Month page where a link will be added once the pre-order option is activated

No Mow May

This conservation initiative encourages property owners to reduce mowing practices during May as a way to provide early season foraging resources for pollinators that emerge in the spring. Bees are an essential part of ecosystems and the City wishes to increase pollinator-friendly habitat by encouraging pollinator-friendly lawn-care practices, empowering citizens to make a direct and meaningful impact on their own properties. On Tuesday, March 29, City Council adopted a resolution designating the month of May as “No Mow May”.

The City has temporarily suspended the enforcement of Chapter 8.36 – Noxious Weeds, regulation of length of lawn and grasses, or any other section that regulates the length of grass to allow pollinator species to emerge and early flowering plants to establish, which may result in ground-cover exceeding established ordinance height of 8-inches.

As part of the pilot program, residential properties are to participate and must follow all pilot guidelines including advanced registration with the City. Organizations and businesses interested in participating will be considered on a case-by-case basis due to the significant land area these entities may manage. Once May has ended, enforcement of Chapter 8.36 – Noxious Weeds will resume on Wednesday, June 1.

Get Involved!

Earth Month is intended to bring the entire community together and collectively take steps in making Sun Prairie a more sustainable place for all. This has been made possible by collaboration from city staff Administration and the Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department.

Residents and organizations can learn more about the “No Mow May” initiative and register their property at

To review the schedule of all the different activities taking place, please visit

For any specific questions or comments on Earth Month, please contact Scott via email at or Cindy Burtley, Parks and Forestry Division Manager, at

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