Variety of free activities planned to celebrate Earth Day in Colorado Springs Saturday and Sunday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Residents and visitors will have several free opportunities to celebrate Earth Day this weekend in Colorado Springs. More information on each event is outlined below.

For media who would like to attend any of these events or to schedule interviews in advance, contact Vanessa Zink at vzink or 719-491-0363.

North End Woodlands Tree Planting

April 21, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 1300-1500 N. Nevada Ave. (medians)

City Forestry will help plant 26 trees in the center medians of three blocks on North Nevada Avenue (1300-1500). The project will replace dead and declining trees that were previously removed with oak, linden, hackberry and Kentucky coffee trees. Funds for this project were raised by North End Woodlands, a group dedicated to replanting the historic medians in the Old North End.

Interested volunteers can get more information at sirieverett to register in advance. Volunteers should wear sturdy outdoor clothes, including durable shoes or boots and work gloves.

Garden of the Gods Earth Day Celebration

April 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center (1805 N. 30th St.)

Note: Free parking and shuttle service will be available at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site

The 21st Annual Garden of the Gods Earth Day Celebration will feature activities from more than 35 participating partners, including demonstrations, educational booths, crafts, and live animals from Nature’s Educators, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Touch the Earth and the Air Force Academy falcons. Other highlights include free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, a chemical magic show and Native American dancers.

The event aims to celebrate Earth Day by educating the community to take care of its natural treasures, live green and protect the environment through green thinking and living.

Also, attendees can register at the Visitor Center for the volunteer park cleanup beginning at 8:30 a.m., and there will be a Star Party co-hosted by the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society from 8:30-10 p.m.

For more information, visit gardenofthegods.com.

Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup with Pikes Peak Partners

April 21, 9 a.m.-noon, more than 20 sites in the Pikes Peak Region

Join the Pikes Peak Partners for the 2018 Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup event. Volunteers can register for a cleanup event at more than 20 sites throughout the Pikes Peak region, including several City trails and parks. Trash bags and safety vests will be provided at each site, but participants should plan ahead by wearing durable shoes or boots and work gloves. Participants under the age of 16 must be supervised by an adult.

*NOTE: Due to the inclement weather forecast, cleanups at Memorial Park, Hillside Community Center and Evergreen Park have been rescheduled for April 28 at 9 a.m.

To register, visit gacppp.com.

Motorless Morning

April 22, 5-10 a.m., Garden of the Gods Park

The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks Recreation and Cultural Services Department will host a Motorless Morning in Garden of the Gods Park. This pilot event will eliminate motor vehicle access within the park throughout the event to allow visitors to celebrate Earth Day by enjoying the natural sights and sounds within the park without vehicle noise.

During the Motorless Morning, visitors will be encouraged to park their vehicles at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center or Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Per usual, the park will remain free and open to the public, and all park rules and regulations will be in effect. At 10 a.m., the park will reopen to motor vehicles.

Access to the park is being provided for all, including designated parking for persons with disabilities. All park visitors will have access to accessible routes into and throughout the park. Also, a drop-off zone will be designated next to the main entrance sign just west of the intersection of 30th Street and Gateway Road with parking available in the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site lot. Visitors may then immediately access Gateway Road from the drop-off location and enter the park via Gateway Road. As always, the City will permit the use of other power-driven mobility devices (OPDMD) within the park throughout the event. Click here to view the City’s OPDMD policy.

All attendees will be encouraged to share feedback by texting their zip code to 719-249-7312 for a short survey.

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