Although the recent spate of snowstorms in Colorado doesn’t give it away, spring has indeed sprung in the Rocky Mountain area, and what better way to celebrate this season’s themes of rebirth and renewal than by participating in the state’s many Earth Day activities?
Held each year on April 22, the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 as a way to draw attention to conservation and protection of our planet’s limited resources. Cities and countries around the world mark the day with exhibits, celebrations, music and festivities, and Colorado, a showcase of earth’s natural beauty, is no exception.
Denver’s annual Earth Day Fair will take place this year on Monday, April 22, from
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Denver City and County Building Plaza, 1437 Bannock Street. In case of inclement weather (a real possibility here), the activities will move to the Wellington Webb Municipal Building Atrium at 201 W. Colfax Avenue. Besides highlighting environmentally conscious businesses and organizations, this year’s fair will be a zero-waste production powered only by SolaRover, a portable solar generator. Zero-emissions electric vehicles will be one of the many attractions at the fair.
If you’re working in the city that day, spend your lunch break at the fair. Besides the displays, some of Denver’s favorite food trucks will be on location to take care of your hunger. Make it a social event by inviting some of your friends to learn with you about the various ways you can help the environment.
For a more low-key celebration, Denver’s Botanic Gardens, at 1007 York St., is offering free admission for all visitors on Earth Day. Stop by and enjoy the beautiful gardens, flowers and greenhouse as a reminder of Earth’s natural beauty.
About a forty-five minute drive from Denver, the University of Colorado at Boulder will be hosting a Sustainable Commuter Fair from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the lawn north of the Hellems Building. Sponsored by local transportation businesses, such as 36 Commuting Solutions and Boulder B-cycle, the event will publicize various upcoming incentive programs, as well as highlight the benefits of existing programs. All attendees will receive a passport to be stamped by the sponsoring businesses for entry into a drawing for some fantastic prizes, including an iPad mini!
Also in Boulder, runners and walkers can participate in the Earth Day 5K on Sunday, April 21, at the University of Colorado Research Park, 4001 Discovery Drive in Boulder. The registration deadline is Saturday, April 20. Sign in and pick up your bib from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. The race begins at 10am. For more information, click here.
Farther south, in Colorado Springs, the festivities will take place at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, rain or shine – bring your umbrella, as the weather sometimes can change within minutes, literally! Activities include a Volksmarch, park clean-up (volunteers get a free lunch), and Arts and Crafts for the young ones.
Other Earth Day celebrations will be held in Grand Junction, Durango, and numerous smaller towns and cities around Colorado.
Many schools will be holding their own Earth Day celebrations as well. Boulder Valley School District, for example, is encouraging its students to participate in its “Walk and Roll,” on Thursday, April 18, by walking or biking to school. Registration is free and there is a chance to win prizes or a Twirl Yogurt Party for the school with the most participants.
Besides “official” Earth Day celebrations, use the day to think about ways you and your family can reduce, reuse, and recycle in your everyday life. From gardening to jewelry to homemade handbags, there are numerous ways to reuse items in useful, attractive and creative ways.
Colorado is the healthiest state in the nation; now let’s ensure our Earth stays healthy as well.