Earth Day, a worldwide, annual event held April 22nd, was first celebrated in 1970 after peace activist, John McConnell, proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace. Today, more than 193 countries celebrate Earth Day with landmark events, like the signing of the Paris Agreement, which occurred on this day in 2016.
In Colorado, Earth Day is a day to celebrate our mountains, our rivers, and the open space we’ve come to love and depend upon. It’s also a time to learn what we can do to preserve our natural surroundings.
The following are some great Colorado Earth Day celebrations. All are free and offer opportunities to learn more about living sustainably and protecting our earth from harmful activities and practices.
Enjoy a family-friendly event that celebrates the Roaring Fork Valley’s efforts to promote sustainability. Events include live music, exhibits, and hands-on activities aimed at educating the community on ways it can help protect the environment. For more information, visit www.RoaringForkEvents.com.
Bring the kids to the Children’s Museum of Denver for planet-focused activities, including Encana’s 3D sandbox that allows you to create geographical landscapes like mountains, rivers, and plains. For more information, visit www.mychildsmuseum.org.
For a very special Earth Day celebration, visit the Garden of the Gods, where you’ll experience Native American dance performances, live animal presentations, children’s craft activities, nature walks, and free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. For more information, visit www.GardenofGods.com.
Head to Civic Center Park for informational booths, displays, a Kids Zone with arts and crafts, live music, speakers, and a local food and beer garden. Music that includes a drum circle and the Waido Experience will also play throughout the day. For more information, visit www.visitftcollins.com
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