Friday, April 20, 2007

Earth Aid

It'll be a beautiful weekend to get out amongst it, as the Aussies would say. Celebrate Earth Day with a few planet-friendly activities:


Garden of the Gods - workday in spring canyon area; pre-register at 471-7736. Pick up litter at the park all day, register from 8:30 a.m. visitor center. Indoor and outdoor activities at visitor center 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for info: 219-0108.

Pikes Peak Earth Day, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Palmer High School, 301 N. Nevada Ave.. Kids activities. Worm Composting demonstration 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Weecycler's puppet show 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.; solar cooking demonstrations 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; recycle plants and make pencil holders, 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and noon; earth and peace songs for kids 11 a.m. and noon; peace pole creation 11-11:45 a.m.; "Energy in our Community: Making Environmenal Decisions" with Simon Baker, Colorado Springs Utilities senior conservation specialist, 11 a.m.-noon; "Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth' slide show and Q&A" with Teri Ulrich, Clean Cities coordinator for the Pikes Peak Region, 1-2:30 p.m.; more than 45 vendors, including solar thermal hot-air collector and bio-diesel apple-seed processor. Live music. Free fresh, natural and organic treats.
Lake Pueblo State Park, Arkansas River Cleanup; sponsored by Trout Unlimited, 10 a.m.-noon, meet at Snakeskin Picnic Area below Pueblo Dam, take insect repellent and sunscreen (waders, if desired), free lunch, carpool provided from free parking area just outside the pay station below Pueblo Dam (9:30-10 a.m.) for those without park passes, 1-719-489-2913.

South Platte River Floodplain Reforesting.9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. REI is partnering iwth Denver Parks & Recreation and the Greenway Foundation for this prohect along the South Platte River at Centennial Park. Volunteers 12 an dolder will help reintroduce native species and diversity. Pre-registration is requested at Info: 1-303-756-3100

Workday at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., removal of dying or invasive elm trees and closure of social trails. pre-register at 385-6520 /

Parker, Earth Day Celebration; The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., educational day with activities and programs focused on our planet, adults $7.95, ages 2-12 $4.95, 65 and older $6.95, 2 and younger free, 1-720-488-3331,

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