As Earth Day approaches, there’s no better time to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature! In the Plover Area, there are an abundance of outdoor adventures awaiting you. Whether you are looking for a fun family outing, connecting with young professionals while giving back, or a quiet nature hike, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Little Plover River Park

Trails to visit on Earth Day

  • Little Plover River Trails: Located off Hoover Ave, this trail offers 1.7 miles of scenic pathways ideal for running, walking, and family activities. With tennis and volleyball courts, as well as a playground, it’s perfect for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.
  • Green Circle and Tomorrow River Trail: The Green Circle Trail spans 27 miles through the Plover and Stevens Point area, winding through forests, parks, wetlands and along rivers. The Tomorrow River State Trail, which connects to the Green Circle Trail, provides an additional 29 miles of scenic rail trails through glacial terrain and farm country from Plover through Waupaca County. These trails not only provide opportunities for outdoor recreation but also serve as vital pedestrian pathways, connecting communities and making the natural beauty of central Wisconsin accessible to all.
  • Standing Rocks Park: Just seven miles east of Plover, Standing Rocks Park boasts 524 acres of outdoor recreational opportunities. With approximately 10 miles of trails for walking and mountain biking, as well as disc golf, cross-country skiing, and a dog exercise area, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy. Be sure to check out the Super Duper Looper trail for a great ride around the perimeter of the park!
  • Lake Pacawa Park: For those looking for a paved path, bike or walk around Lake Pacawa Park. Kids will have a blast on the 6,000 square-foot playground are

On the Water

On the water

  • Plover’s geographical location makes it a great destination to explore a variety of landscapes along one of several area waterways. Check out this interactive map to explore local favorite launch sites. 

Ways to get more involved

  • Boston School Forest Earth Day Celebration: Bring the whole family to the annual Earth Day Celebration at the Boston School Forest. With 27 activity stations to explore, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Join us on Sunday, April 21st, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm for this free, family-friendly event.
  • Ignite Highway Clean-up: Join the Community Committee of Ignite Young Professionals to help clean up Highway HH and contribute to a cleaner, greener community. Meet at Mr. Brews Taphouse on Monday, April 22nd, at 5:30pm. Safety vests, gloves, and bags will be provided. Register via Eventbrite so they know how many people to expect! All are welcome!
  • Ongoing: Portage County Public Library Seed Library: Take advantage of free seeds for your garden at the Plover, Rosholt, or Almond Branch Library locations of the Portage County Public Library. Whether you’re starting a new garden or looking to donate extra seeds, the Seed Library is a great resource for green thumbs.
  • Ongoing: Join the group at Lake Pacwa for a weekly (noncompetitive) timed-5K around the lake. The group meets Saturdays at 9 a.m. at the kiosk by the Splash Pad.  
  • Continue the Earth Day festivities with Tot Time at the Food + Farm Exploration Center! Spring into May and immerse your tot in the wonders of gardening. Spaces are filling up fast, and this will be the final Tot Time offering until September 2024, so don’t delay – sign up today! Tot Time offers a unique opportunity for children ages 2 to 4 to explore the world of agriculture through this 4-week program. Even if you can’t attend all sessions, the staff will provide all the materials needed to enjoy the activities at home. Register today at

Come over to Plover to celebrate Earth Day by connecting with nature, giving back to the community and fostering a love for the outdoors. As a Travel Green destination, the Plover Area prioritizes sustainable, environmentally friendly travel. Please remember as you visit our trails and waterways to leave it as you found it–or better. Together, we can make a positive impact on our planet and create a brighter, greener future for generations to come.