Earth Day events 

Saturday, April 22

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Rock Ledge Ranch

3202 Chambers Way

578-6777, rockledgeranch.com

Free events planned:

Arbor Day ceremony, 9 a.m.

Youth volunteer tree planting and erosion-control project, 10 a.m.

Apple-tree planting, 10 a.m.

Free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch living history demonstrations, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center

1805 N. 30th St.

634-6666, gardenofgods.com

Free events planned:

Garden of the Gods park and trail clean-up, 9 a.m. (sign-up at 8:30)

Nature walks, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m.

Sweet Water American Indian Dancers, 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.

Live birds of prey on display, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pikes Peak Earth Day Expo and Film Festival

Palmer High School, 301 N. Nevada Ave.

Free admission; contact Carol Bruce-Fritz,

719/471-0910 ext. 102

Includes live music, free food and a program to help you determine your personal "ecological footprint."

Workshops planned:

"Biosolid Recycling," 1-1:45 p.m., presented by the Recycling Coalition of Colorado Springs

"Sustainability and Environmental Management System (SEMS) at Fort Carson," 1-1:45 p.m., 2-2:45 p.m., presented by Fort Carson DECAM (Directorate of Environmental Compliance and Management)

"Alternative Vehicle Fuels and Why You Can't Afford Not to Buy a Hybrid," 2-2:45 p.m., presented by Teri Ulrich of Clean Cities

"Home Xeriscaping," 3-3:45 p.m., presented by the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension

"Conservation Easements: Preserving Open Space in the Community," 4-4:45 p.m., presented by Dave VanDerWege of Palmer Land Trust

"Permaculture Principles: Sustainability and Alternatives," 4-4:45 p.m., presented by Gary Deetz, certified permaculture designer and master gardener

Films planned:

A Child's Garden of Peace: Seeding the Future, 1:30 p.m., 24 minutes

Mama Earth, 3 p.m.,

88 minutes

Seattle-based filmmaker Leslie Bloom Van-Ee will attend the festival and offer a public Q&A session afterward.


The Great Warming,

5 p.m., 77 minutes

Film advisers David Schaller and Christopher Juniper will introduce the film and offer a public Q&A session afterward.



Pikes Peak Group of the Sierra Club

Helps protect our natural heritage by joining in political action. The group represents El Paso County, plus parts of Teller, Park and Elbert counties. rmc.sierraclub.org/ppg

Friends of the Peak

Dedicated to preserving, protecting and restoring Pikes Peak. fotp.com

Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful

Helps keep Colorado Springs clean and safe through varied projects, including monthly roadside and transient camp clean-ups.


Palmer Land Trust

Comprised of individuals, families and businesses dedicated to the permanent protection of open space and natural lands in southeastern Colorado.


Solidarity of Hope

Creates sustainable community gardens

and completes other projects in the area.


Trails and Open Space Coalition

Works to preserve open space and rural land, and to create a network of trails, bikeways and greenways in the Pikes Peak region.


Catamount Institute

A sustainable field campus west of

Colorado Springs that conducts research, education and leadership programs.


Links to student environmental groups at Colorado College, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Community College can be found online at csindy.com.


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