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Colorado’s National Parks – National Park Week

April 18, 2018
National Parks Free Day

National Park Week begins this weekend! To celebrate, the National Park Service is granting free admission to ALL National Parks and Lands on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Just one of many fun opportunities to celebrate Earth Day this Weekend! Take an adventure by visiting one of Colorado’s four amazing and diverse national parks.

#1 Rocky Mountain National Park

Nymph Lake, Photo Courtesy of Rocky Mountain National Park

Nymph Lake, Photo Courtesy of Rocky Mountain National Park

A Colorado favorite, Rocky Mountain National Park is a great escape into nature. The park encompasses 415 square miles of natural settings including some of Colorado’s highest mountains, lush evergreen forests and fascinating wildlife. Stop by the Alpine Visitor Center to pick up information on the park. RMNP offers many hiking trails for people of all ages and abilities. A favorite, accessible trail for people of all ages is Bear Lake – the trail loops around beautiful Bear Lake, with gorgeous views of Hallet Peak. More adventurous hikers will enjoy trails like Alberta Falls and Nymph Lake. RMNP offers great camping options, but these sites are extremely popular – be sure to book in advance! During the summer season (after Memorial weekend), Trail Ridge Road opens to drivers, a famed scenic byway at the top of the continental divide. The drive is not for the faint of heart with its steep inclines and hairpin turns.

RMNP is just over an hour-drive from Boulder. Estes Park, located just east of RMNP offers plenty of shopping, lodging and dining for park visitors. Entrance Fee to Rocky Mountain National Park is usually $20/car per day, $30/car for a 7-day pass. Annual Passes are $60. On Saturday, April 21, 2018 – admission is FREE.

#2 Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

National Park Week

Photo Courtesy Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

The Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is home to the tallest dunes in North America. The park offers endless opportunities for fun and adventure through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in Medano Creek, wildlife watching, and more! Enjoy the views of Colorado’s beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains from this exquisite and unique Colorado ecosystem. Favorite hikes include the dunes themselves, Mosca Pass Trail and Zapata Falls. The Park offers campgrounds from $20/per night. Reservations can be made here.

The Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is just over a four hour-drive from Boulder. Entrance Fee is usually $15/car. On Saturday, April 21, 2018 – admission is FREE.

#3 Mesa Verde National Park

National Park Week

Cliff Palace, Photo Courtesy Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park offers a remarkable glimpse into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people of Southwestern Colorado, who made Mesa Verde their home for over 700 years (AD 550 to 1300). Mesa Verde National Park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. Many of these beautifully preserved dwellings are available only for observation during the spring season. There are many hikes and scenic drives to enjoy these fascinating views. Stop by the Mesa Verde Visitor Center to inquire about seasonal openings, purchase tickets and learn more about the history of Mesa Verde.

The park also houses the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, featuring dioramas, exhibits of prehistoric artifacts and more. If you are interested in taking a tour through a dwelling, the Balcony House is open during the spring. A ticket purchase is required (available at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez or at the park’s Visitor Center) and tours begin every hour between the hours of 10am – 4pm. Tickets are $5/person. The Balcony House involves a climb up at 32-foot ladder, as well as descending a 100-foot staircase. As it can be strenuous, it is not recommended for those with heart or respiratory problems.

Mesa Verde is a seven-hour drive from Boulder. Camping and lodging options available. Entrance Fee is usually $15/car. On Saturday, April 21, 2018 – admission is FREE.

#4 Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

National Park Week

Photo Courtesy Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Described as a vertical wilderness, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is an expansive space featuring steep cliffs, craggy spices and breathtaking formations. Adventurers can enjoy the Black Canyon’s stunning wilderness in so many ways – scenic driving, hiking the inner canyon, kayaking, fishing, rock climbing and more!  Stay in one of the park’s campgrounds or in nearby Crested Butte or Montrose. Some of the roads are open seasonally as weather permits, be sure to check in at the South Rim Visitor Center for more information.

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is just over 5 hours-drive from Boulder. Entrance Fee is usually $15/car. Annual Pass $30. On Saturday, April 21, 2018 – admission is FREE.

Colorado National Monument, Dinosaur National Monument, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and Hovenweep National Monument will also have a FEE FREE day on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Happy National Parks Week!

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Celebrate Earth Day in Colorado

April 20, 2017

Earth Day encourages and inspires us honor our planet every day by reminding us the importance of making efforts toward conservation and preservation of our world for current and future generations. Across Colorado, Earth Day events will be happening all weekend long! From North to South, here is your guide to celebrating our beautiful planet this Earth Day in Colorado.

Earth Day – Ft. Collins, Civic Center Park

Earth Day Colorado

Photo Courtesy of Sustainable Living Association

When: 11 AM – 5PM Saturday, April 22, 2017

Where: Civic Center Park, Ft Collins

Earth Day, a celebration hosted by the Sustainable Living Association, is a combination of activities and events for the entire family, featuring: informational booths and displays, a Kids Zone with arts & crafts, live music, guest speakers, workshops, as well as local food & beer garden! This event is FREE! Donations for the Food Bank will be accepted at the entrance.

Youth of the Earth Festival – Longmont

Earth Day in Colorado

Photo Courtesy of Sustainable Resilient Longmont

When: 12 PM – 5PM April 22, 2017

Where: Longmont Museum & Cultural Center

Sustainable Resilient Longmont will be putting on the third annual Youth of the Earth- Earth Day Festival at the Longmont Museum. This year’s event includes a series of presentations and discussions in addition to the Environmental Education booths of years past. There will be a series of presentations, discussions, and films in the Stewart Auditorium geared toward adults, while the Kaiser Permanente Rooms will house hands-on activities and performances geared toward kids, youth and young adults. Schedule of events can be found here. The event is FREE.

Wild Earth Day – Keenesburg

Earth Day in Colorado

Photo Courtesy of The Wild Animal Sanctuary

When: 9AM – Sunset April 22, 2017

Where: Wild Animal Sanctuary, Keenesburg

Celebrate Wild Earth Day at the Wild Animal Sanctuary with arts, crafts, vendors, and special food. than 450 of the wildest friends you could ever have! Visitors are invited to bring potted trees, shrubs, or plants to donate to the animals. Sanctuary staff will utilize whatever you donate to embellish one or more of the 60+ habitats that we currently have. The donations of natural plants aren’t mandatory, but are greatly appreciated. Each person who brings a tree / plant will be granted FREE admission to the Sanctuary walkway. Suggested Plants for Donation: Cottonwood Trees, Eastern Red Cedar (Evergreen), Lilac Bushes, Sand Cherries. Participants will receive a free custom-printed “Earth Day” shirt.

B’Earth Day – Alfalfa’s, Boulder

Earth Day in Colorado

Photo Courtesy Alfalfa’s Market

 

When: 11AM-4PM Saturday, April 22

Where: Alfalfa’s Market (Boulder)

Alfalfa’s is hosting the 6th Annual B’Earthday Party, celebrating Boulder’s commitment to sustainability and community. Free cake, outdoor grilling, & tons of free samples from over 30 local vendors! Live DJ, Sustainable Artists, and a chance to WIN A FREE BIKE! BYOT (Bring Your Own Tee) for printmaking fun with Flatiron Press. All T-Shirt proceeds benefit the Colorado Tree Coalition. This event is FREE.

Wild Earth Weekend – Nederland

Earth Day in Colorado

Photo Courtesy of Wild Bear Nature Center

When: 12PM – 5PM April 22 & 23, 2017

Where: The Wild Bear Nature Center, Nederland

At Wild Earth Weekend, visitors to the nature center will engage in educational booths and activities focused on nature and living lightly on the planet. Activities include performances and puppet shows about the planet, booths with hands-on activities about the natural world and how we can live more lightly on the planet!  See this link for a complete program. RIDE YOUR BIKE, RIDE THE BUS, WALK or CARPOOL! Visit Wild Bear Nature Center throughout the weekend and enjoy hands-on educational activities with some of your favorite earth organizations! This event is FREE.

Earth Day Denver – Denver

Earth Day in colorado

Photo Courtesy of Earth Day Denver Facebook Page

When: 10 AM – 12 PM FRIDAY, April 21, 2017

Where: Skyline Park, Denver

As a reminder of Denver’s commitment to sustainability, Denver Environmental Health will be hosting Earth Day Denver on Friday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Skyline Park. This year, over 40 businesses, city agencies and organizations will present interactive and educational displays that demonstrate actions that can be taken to make Denver a greener place to live, work and play. This event is kid-friendly, and FREE to the community!

Earth Day Celebration – Colorado Springs

Earth Day in Colorado

Photo Courtesy of Garden of the Gods

When: 9AM – 3PM, Saturday April 22, 2017

Where: Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, Colorado Springs

Garden of the Gods is hosting its biggest Earth Day Celebration ever, with new partners and activities! The 20th Annual Earth Day Celebration features a variety of fun activities, arts, crafts, hands-on touch tables, and presentations. Highlights include a chemical magic show, live animals including llamas, wolves, birds of prey, and zoo animals, American Indian dancers and even a climbing wall! There will be a volunteer park clean-up (registration begins at 8:30 AM) with a free lunch for volunteers. This event is FREE.

 

March for Science – Throughout the State!

March for Science Earth Day Denver

Photo Courtesy of March for Science Denver Facebook Page

When: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Where: These Colorado CitiesAspen, Avon, Breckenridge, Carbondale, Colorado Springs, Denver, Estes Park, Grand Junction, Gunnison, La Junta & Telluride.

The March for Science is a series of rallies and marches set to be held in Washington, D.C. and over 500 cities across the world on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. The march is a non-partisan movement to celebrate science and the role it plays in everyday lives. The main goals of the march and rally are to call for science that upholds the common good and to call for evidence-based policy in the public’s best interest.

Click here for a full, detailed listing of marches and rallies throughout the state.

 

Happy Earth Day!

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March for Science in Colorado

April 20, 2017
March for Science Colorado

The March for Science is a series of rallies and marches set to be held in Washington, D.C. and over 500 cities across the world on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017. The march is a non-partisan movement to celebrate science and the role it plays in everyday lives. The main goals of the march and rally are to call for science that upholds the common good and to call for evidence-based policy in the public’s best interest.

In Colorado, eleven cities will be holding marches and rallies in solidarity with Washington D.C. and the rest of the Nation. These cities include: Aspen, Avon, Breckenridge, Carbondale, Colorado Springs, Denver, Estes Park, Grand Junction, Gunnison, La Junta & Telluride. Ft. Collins and Boulder have organized carpooling and other transportation arrangements to the Denver rally (click on the city for info).

Aspen Earth Day Climate & Science March

March for Science Colorado

Photo Courtesy of Aspen Earth Day Climate and Science March

When: 1 PM Saturday, April 22 2017

Where: Paepcke Park, Aspen CO

From the Coordinators of the Aspen Earth Day Climate and Science March: “This Earth Day celebration will be the first step in an effort to celebrate and defend the value and importance of science at all levels from local schools to federal agencies. What unites us is a common curiosity to know and learn..in other words, science!”

March for Science – Avon

March for Science

When: 3PM – 5PM, Saturday April 22

Where: Nottingham Park bandstand

The community of Avon will gather for a peaceful rally as part of the National March for Science at the bandstand at Nottingham Park. Highlights of the event will include guest speaker Jaymee Squires from Walking Mountains Science Center, who will speak about the importance of science education, specifically regarding climate and how that affects our area in the mountain region, as well as live music by Boulder-based folk rock band Many Mountains, and more. The event is sponsored by the Eagle County Action Network, a group of concerned community members.

March for Science High Country in Breckenridge

March for Science Colorado

Photo Courtesy of the March for Science High Country Colorado Facebook Page

When: 1:30 PM, Saturday April 22 2017

Where: The march begins at the South Gondola Parking Lot, proceeding along the Riverwalk through Breckenridge, culminating with a rally “Celebrating Science” at The Village at Breckenridge.

The March for Science High Country in Breckenridge will be an expression of this mountain community’s tremendous passion for outdoor recreation, public lands and wildlife. The march will kick off at 1:30 pm from the South Gondola Parking Lot, proceeding along the Riverwalk through Breckenridge, culminating with a rally “Celebrating Science” at The Village at Breckenridge. The celebration will include several speakers, bands, informational tents and Earth Day activities for the kids. ​The March for Science-High Country is free and open to all.

The Alice March for the Environment, Carbondale

March for Science Colorado

Photo Courtesy of Alice March for the Environment Facebook Page

When: 10 AM, Saturday April 22, 2017

Where: Meet at the Goat Kitchen & Bar parking lot, Cowen Dr. and Hwy 133, at 10am. The march proceeds south along the Crystal River Trail along Hwy 133 to the roundabout on Main Street and back again, about 3 miles and one hour.

The Alice March for the Environment will join the national People’s Climate Movement on April 29th, the 100th day of the new presidency to honor Mother Earth and to stand up for our climate, health, and communities, and the rights of women, people of color, workers, indigenous people, immigrants, LGBTQIA, young people and more. Meet at The Goat parking lot, Cowen Dr. and Hwy 133, at 10am. The march will continue south along the Crystal River Trail along Hwy 133 to the roundabout on Main Street and back again, about 3 miles and one hour. Please bring banners and signs that support our climate and our communities.

March for Science – Colorado Springs

March for Science Colorado

Photo Courtesy of March for Science Colorado Springs Facebook Page

When: 12 PM-3PM April 22, 2017

Where: Colorado Springs City Hall

The March for Science on Colorado Springs must and will go on! A coalition of local organizations has coalesced to celebrate science and speak with the community about the critical role scientific inquiry plays in our society. In the face of a growing climate of scientific denial it is more critical now than ever that we promote science both in and outside the classroom. Join these organizations for a rally and march on downtown Colorado Springs!

Although the other March for Science which had been planned had to be cancelled, many have expressed a desire to still have an event, so we will be rallying outside of City Hall April 22nd at 12pm to still make this event happen. After hearing from speakers, participants will march on downtown Colorado Springs. As always, this will be a civil, nonviolent event open to all ages. The Armstrong and Tutt Library lots at CC will be open for marchers to park in, free of charge.

March for Science – Denver

March for Science Colorado

Photo Courtesy of Penelope Dullaghan. Poster available for download here

When: 9 AM – 3 PM, Saturday, April 22

Where: Civic Center Park, Denver

Colorado’s capital city will be hosting the March for Science – Denver at Civic Center Park from 9AM-3PM. 15,000 people are expected to participate in the state’s largest March for Science rally. Activities include a wide variety of scientific organizations and members of the community at large participating in a teach-in throughout the event. At 9 AM, local blues band Papa Juke will kick off the rally. The crowd is expected to gather at the Greek Amphitheatre at 9:40AM for general announcements, and will begin to march around 10AM. A more detailed schedule can be found here; Water stations and restroom map can be found here. Please check the weather forecast before heading out the door, and be prepared.

Scheduled speakers come from a range of scientific specialties and include Gov. John Hickenlooper, Mike Nelson, Channel 7’s chief meteorologist, Kevin Fitzgerald, Alameda East Veterinary Hospital veterenarian, Lupita Montoya, University of Colorado engineering professor, Erin MacDonald, from World Space Week, and Jennifer Ackerfield, assistant curator at the Colorado State University Herbarium.

Parking will be limited, use of public transportation, car pooling, walking, and cycling is encouraged when possible! (Please refrain from cycling on the event grounds, and on the march route itself.)

An after party will be held at Skylark, 140 S. Broadway, at 3 p.m. a concert with local bands to benefit the Union of Concerned Scientists. $5 Suggested Donation.

March for Science – Estes Park

March for Science Colorado

Photo Courtesy of Estes Park March for Science Facebook Page

When: 10AM – 12PM April 22, 2017

Where: Stanley Park, Estes Park

The March for Science in Estes Park is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Estes Park is hosting its own local March for Science as a satellite march for those who can’t travel to Washington D.C. Participants will gather at the large picnic shelter in Stanley Park for speakers, music and educational booths.

March for Science – Grand Junction

March for Science Colorado

Photo Courtesy of March for Science Grand Junction

When: 10AM April 22, 2017

Where: 7th and Grand, Grand Junction Colorado

The March for Science in Grand Junction will begin at 10 a.m. this Saturday. Participants will gather at 7th and Grand (the old R5 high school) and marching to Lincoln Park. Bring your posters!

March for Science – Gunnison

March for Science

When: 3PM – 5PM April 22, 2017

Where: March begins at the corner of Legion Park, at Teller Street and Tomichi Avenue

From the organizers of the March for Science in Gunnison: Scientists work to build a better understanding of the world around us. Science is a process, not a product — a tool of discovery that allows us to constantly expand and revise our knowledge of the universe. Ignoring the discoveries learned by Scientific Inquiry does not revise that knowledge. Science serves the interests of all, not just those in power. Inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in science are critical to ensure that science reaches its potential to serve all communities. We must protect the rights of every person to engage with, learn from, and help shape science, free from manipulation by special interests who can distort the understanding of reality.

The march begins at Legion Park, at the corner of Teller and Tomichi, travel West toward Main Street, and turn North (right). Travel Main to Denver, then double back.

March for Science – La Junta

Photo Courtesy of La Junta March for Science Facebook Page

When: 9:30 AM April 22, 2017

Where: Downtown La Junta

From the organizers of March for Science – La Junta: “Our Mission: The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.”

Earth Day March for Science – Telluride

March for Science Colorado

Photo Courtesy of Earth Day March for Science – Telluride

When: 11AM – 1PM April 22, 2017

Where: Elks Park, Telluride, CO

Please Join Earth Guardians Telluride, Pinhead, and Sheep Mountain Alliance in a Earth Day March for Science and Climate in Telluride! Visit www.marchforscience.com to learn more about the march in Washington DC and sister marches around the globe.