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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. From 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. 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. 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 are 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.
 
City Sustainability Plan Research Uncovers Community Efforts
Have you ever wondered what various Colorado Springs organizations are doing in regard to their transportation, water conservation, energy, waste, development and procurement? As City staff continue their work on an environmental sustainability plan for the organization, they are making the information that they find out available to the general public. Click here for more information.
 
Arbor Day 2010 Marks 100 Years for City Forestry Division
In 1910, City Council created a Department of Forestry, a tree ordinance and a city forester position. It was the first such department west of the Mississippi River. This year marks the Forestry Division?s 100th year of operations and 33rd consecutive year as a Tree City USA. Trees help with air quality, carbon sequestoration, energy conservation, and stormwater management. Join the City of Colorado Springs for Arbor Day at Cutler Hall on the Colorado College campus to honor the benefits of trees starting at 10 a.m. on Fri. April 30. A tree planting will follow on Sat. May 1 at 1 p.m. the Colorado College pinetum (just north of the soccer field).
 
Going Greener - Upcoming events:
April 22 - Green Bag Lunch-n-Learn: Eating for the Environment
April 24 - North Cheyenne Canyon Cleanup
April 30 - Arbor Day at Colorado College
May 1 - Arbor Day tree planting at Colorado College
May 1 - Pikes Peak Earth Day - Colorado Springs Recycles Event
 

Environmental Sustainability E-Newsletter from the City of Colorado Springs

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