As I'm sure none of you have forgotten, April 22 is Earth Day.
Now, the Gazette's editorial staff may not think you need to do anything to honor the occasion — given that Colorado Springs is already so green that it deserves an award (insert guffaw here) — but a few of you might think honoring the earth involves more than dancing on the grave of our bus system.
Ah, so anyways, one thing the city actually has done to make itself green (other than eliminating all our municipal services, which the Gazette implies, was clearly motivated by environmental-consciousness and not budget shortfalls — snort, snort) is to put on a few events. Grant-funded city employee Carrie McCausland leads up these green efforts.
Here's the rundown of events:
Celebrate Earth Day with the City of Colorado Springs
Sat., April 17 - Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site: On April 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. all Rock Ledge Ranch activity areas and historic homes are open and free to the public. At 10 a.m. you can help with one of two tree planning projects. Bring your shovels and gloves and meet by the Rock Ledge House to plant apple and cherry trees, sponsored by the Broadmoore Garden Club and Rick's Nursery, at the Historic Apple Grove. Or, meet at the Chapel to help plant Toba Hawthorn trees, donated by the Pleasant Valley Neighborhood and Howbert PTA, at the American Mother's Chapel Grove. Fro m 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can also catch a shuttle from the parking area to the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center. At the Center attendees can take part in a Garden of the Gods Park cleanup; kids' arts and crafts; Mr. Science chemical magic show; live birds of prey, wolf and other animal exhibitions; guided nature walks; and enjoy an American Indian dance performance.
Thur. Sat. April 22 - Free Transit Service: Rethink your ride. On Earth Day you can take a ride on Mountain Metro, FrontRange Express and Ute Pass Express for free all day. Click here to map your route.
Thur. Sat. April 22 - "Green" Bag Lunch-n-Learn; Eating for the Environment: There is almost no more basic, daily function than eating. So, what better way to honor Earth Day than by learning how to become an "Ecotarian"? Michele Mukatis, with Peak to Plains Alliance (which showcases Southeastern Colorado locally owned food and agricultural businesses) and Cultivate Health LLC, will join City Sustainability Coordinator Carrie McCausland for the lunch-n-learn being held at the City Administration Building in Suite 102. Those who come, from 12:11 to 12:49 p.m., get earth-friendly food samples, helpful take-away information, eco-friendly recipes and the chance to win a door prize tote made from recycled City banners that can be used to eliminate the need for plastic or paper grocery bags. Attendees ar e also encouraged to bring and enjoy their lunches during the presentation.
Sat. April 24 - North Cheyenne Canyon Cleanup: Meet at the Starsmore Discovery Center at 8 a.m. to give back to Mother Nature by picking up litter and other large items left in the park. Volunteers (groups, adults, and children age 14 or older who are accompanied by an adult) enjoy a free lunch after the clean up. Wear sturdy shoes, a long sleeve shirt, and a hat. Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, gloves, and water.
Sat. April 24 - Pikes Peak Earth Day: Visit the City of Colorado Springs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as we share information on pollution prevention, alternative commuting, and environmental sustainability at the Pikes Peak Earth Day event. This free, community-wide annual event is held at the Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College. It offers eco-friendly exhibitors, workshops, children's activities, entertainment, environmental presentations, food, and art.