COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The City of Colorado Springs is offering a variety of free family-friendly activities to help the public celebrate and give back during Earth Month 2019. The activities are detailed below.
April 20, 5 a.m.-noon, Garden of the Gods Park
Note: Free parking available at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and Garden of the Gods Trading Post. Parking for persons with disabilities is available at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center with a free shuttle to the main garden area, upon request.
The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks Recreation and Cultural Services Department will host a Motorless Morning in Garden of the Gods Park on April 20 from 5 a.m.-noon. This event will eliminate motor vehicle access within the park, allowing visitors to enjoy the park’s natural sights and sounds without vehicle noise.
As always, the park will remain free and open to the public, and all park rules and regulations will be in effect. Access to the park is being provided for all, including designated parking for persons with disabilities at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. From there, a shuttle into the main garden will be available upon request. All park visitors will have access to accessible routes into and throughout the park, and the City will permit the use of other power-driven mobility devices (OPDMD). Click here to view the City’s OPDMD policy.
All attendees are encouraged to participate in a short text survey to share their feedback and help the parks’ department impact future iterations of the event, which was conceptualized from a transportation study designed to enhance the visitor experience and protect the natural elements of Garden of the Gods Park. Two motorless mornings were held in 2018.
For more information, visit https://coloradosprings.gov/motorlessmorning.
Garden of the Gods Earth Day Celebration and Volunteer Park Cleanup
April 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center (1805 N. 30th Street)
Note: Free parking and shuttle service available at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
The 22nd annual Garden of the Gods Earth Day Celebration will take place at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center on April 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will feature activities from more than 45 participating partners, including demonstrations, educational booths, crafts, and live animals from Nature’s Educators, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and the Air Force Academy falcons. Other highlights include free admission to the 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.
Registration for the Volunteer Park Cleanup opens at the Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m. Participants should be prepared to walk into the park for the cleanup.
For more information, visit https://gardenofgods.com/things-to-do/things-1/annual-events.
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Earth Day Activities
April 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (3105 Gateway Road)
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will host several activities for Earth Day on April 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities include live animal experiences, wagon rides and tours of several historic sites on the property, such as the Galloway Homestead Cabin and a 19th century blacksmith workshop. It’s also a great time to find out more about volunteering at Rock Ledge Ranch.
A free shuttle will be available to allow visitors to experience Earth Day activities at both Rock Ledge Ranch and the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. For more information, visit ColoradoSprings.gov/RockLedgeRanch.
Great American Cleanup
April 27, 9 a.m., sites across the region
May 4, 9 a.m., Hillside Community Center; 10 a.m., Memorial Park
The 4th annual Great American Cleanup Pikes Peak Partners will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on April 27 in 20 sites across the region. This cleanup of parks, trails and waterways is a community effort between the City of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful, Colorado Springs Utilities, City of Fountain, City of Manitou Springs, and the Town of Monument.
Nitrile work gloves, buckets and trash bags will be provided, 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. Interested volunteers can register for a cleanup site at gacppp.com
Two additional cleanups will take place on May 4 at both the Hillside Community Center (9 a.m.) and Memorial Park (10 a.m.) where Mayor John Suthers will deliver opening remarks. At Hillside, volunteers will work on gardening projects and painting the pavilion, while tree planting, in association with Arbor Day, will take place at Memorial Park. The activities at Hillside are part of a Comcast Cares Day event, and volunteers at this site will have a special opportunity to meet U.S. Olympic gold medalists in ice hockey Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux.
To volunteer at the Hillside or Memorial Park cleanups, contact Donna Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2018, 378 registered volunteers removed more than 2,100 pounds of debris and 425 bags of trash from 26 locations throughout the Pikes Peak region in Great American Cleanup events.