Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated across the globe. The day has often been credited with starting the environmental movement as we know it today. Participation and awareness have led to the passage of groundbreaking laws like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.
It’s a day designed to make us stop and think about how we can support important environmental initiatives and take better care of the Earth. This year Earth Day, April 22, falls on a Sunday, so look for events scheduled all weekend. If you want to do your part, here are four meaningful ways to celebrate Earth Day locally in the Grand Valley this year.
The City of Grand Junction’s Forestry Department hosts this event, which runs from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Lincoln Park. Free admission includes access to arts and crafts booths, live music, and more. Additional tickets for beer tasting and a mac and cheese cook off are available for purchase.
A limited number of tree seedlings will be given away, and this year’s Arbor Fest will include a raffle for 75 large, mature trees. You could win a Hot Wings Tatarian Maple, Whiteshield Osage Orange, Golden Rain Tree, Turkish Filbert, Norwegian Sunset Maple, Hop Hornbeam, Exclamation London Plane, Valley Forge Elm, Ginkgo, or Catalpa Tree.
Volunteering is the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day! The Audubon Nature Preserve at 610 Dike Road in Grand Junction will welcome volunteers to help improve their riparian bird habitat.
Help plant native wildflowers, trees, and shrubs; clear invasive shrubs; and cage cottonwoods (to hold off the beavers) while spending some quality time with your Grand Valley neighbors. Lunch will be provided. Just register here beforehand.
Earth Day weekend conveniently lines up with a fee-free day offered during National Parks Week, so Saturday, April 21, is the perfect day for a trip to the Colorado National Monument. Hike, bike, drive, and have fun exploring this unique piece of protected land we’re lucky to have in our backyards. Don’t forget to take a few moments to appreciate this magical spot.
You don’t have to attend an event to celebrate Earth Day. There are tons of things you can do on your own or with family and friends. Plant trees together, brainstorms ways to reduce your consumption of plastics, pick up trash and debris. No action is too small.
You can also visit earthday.org to learn how you can make a difference. There’s even information about planning your own event.