Earth Day

Doesn't Mother Earth deserve a little love? Pay homage to our big, beautiful planet in Colorado Springs and the region this April.

2018 dates and locations will be posted soon. Take a look at the 2017 events and specials below to get a taste of what's in store.


Earth Day at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center is a free family-fun event and will also promote grassroots community action in protecting the environment through cleanup efforts at the Park. Participants should park at Rock Ledge Ranch and take the free shuttle to the Visitor Center for the festivities. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes from 9am-3pm. All volunteers will receive a free lunch.

Some highlights of the event include:

  • Free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and their events
  • Air Force Academy Falconer's (Live Falcons)
  • Chemical Magic Show
  • American Indian Dancers
  • Live animals and presentations from Nature's Educations, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and others.
  • Peterson Air Force Base Fire Department Smoke House Education
  • Front Range Climbing education demonstrations
  • Adventures Out West Segway demonstations
  • Nature walks, wildlife touch tables, arts & crafts and education exhibits

For more information or to volunteer for park cleanup efforts call 219-0108. 

When: April 22, 2017; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost:  Free

Learn about environmental issues and what you can do to help.

Meet our wolves during a tour, and howl with the wolf pack.

Reservations required. Please call 719-687-9742 

When: April 22, 2017; 5-7 p.m.
Cost:  Adults: $30; Children $15

In honor of National Park Week, Florissant Fossil Beds Monument will be offering free admission.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument offers 15 miles of beautiful, yet lesser known, hiking trails to explore, a free Junior Ranger Program, two short self-guided trails, a park video and museum exhibits, and bookstore.

For additional information, please call 719-748-3253 or visit us online or on Facebook at /FlorissantNPS

When: April 15-16 and 22-23, 2017; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:  FREE Admission

The City of Colorado Springs Office of Sustainability is hosting an Earth Day Sustain-a-Fest consisting of a Grand Opening of the Colorado Springs Center for Sustainability ("The Sustainacenter"), a community celebration of Earth Day, and an opportunity to educate the public on sustainable practices through varios demonstrations and activities. There will be LIVE MUSIC, local food trucks and family friendly activities!

9-11a.m. Great American Cleanup Event (Register here)
11a.m. - 4p.m. Live music, food trucks and activities throughout. 

If you are interested in getting involved and/or being a sponsor, please contact 

When: April 22, 2017
Cost:  Free event

In combination with the Garden of the Gods Nature and Visitor Center, celebrate the environment at Rock Ledge Ranch on this free day! Historic homes will be open, as well as the Blacksmith Shop and General Store. Bring a picnic and come have a great time while supporting the Ranch!

Did you know: Colorado Springs is a "Tree City USA" for 40 consecutive years? Longest running in the state! General Palmer had 600 cottonwood trees planted when water was available from city reservoirs in 1872. In 1910 City Council created a Department of Forestry, a tree ordinance and a city forester position. When many of the cottonwoods did not survive they were replaced with maple, ash and elm trees.

Volunteer and Docent inquiries encouraged!

When: April 22, 2017
Cost:  Free event

Spring Canon Clean-Up

In conjunction with Earth Day and the Great American Clean Up, join us for our Spring Cañon Clean-up. This will be a trail clean up day – we’ll be cleaning up trash around the park. This event is great for the whole family (those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult).

Be prepared to spend a few hours outdoors! Be sure to wear sturdy shoes suitable for walking on trails as well as a pair of gloves for picking up trash. Water will be provided, however we prefer if volunteers bring their own in reusable bottles. Thank you so much! Lunch will be provided!

Please let us know you’re coming so we can plan accordingly. Sign up online.

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