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Doesn't Mother Earth deserve a little love?


Seven ways to pay homage to our big, beautiful planet in our region this April:

1. Dine-in or take-out at eco-friendly restaurants.
Here are just a few of the great options:

  • Ivywild - use local sources for their meals and supports local farmers' markets and other local events.
  • 503W - use fresh, natural and locally sourced ingredients. Also have a robust recycling program, compostable straws and water-efficient appliances. 
  • Jax's Fish House and Oyster Bar - Sustainable seafood air shipped in daily. The Sea Watch program ensures that products are purchased from ecological producers.
  • Skirted Heifer - Energy Staf efficient equipment & 100% recycled products. Furnishings are also made from trees from the Waldo Canyon & Black Forest fires.
  • Garden of the Gods Market & Cafe - Organic foods and local products.
  • ViewHouse Colorado Springs - Eco-friendly appliances, recyclable or compostable to-go products & straw-free.
  • The Margarita at Pinecreek - Farm-to-table restaurant.
  • Switchback Coffee Roasters - Sustainable, green coffee-to-go.

2. Shop environmentally safe products:

  • Frayla Boutique - a socially responsible fashion boutique. They give back when clothing is sold. Offering curbside pickup. 
  • Eclectic Co. - local, sustainable, handmade. 
  • Conscious Living Shop - all products are eco-friendly, sustainable, fair trade and vegan-friendly.

3. Ditch the plastic and buy a recyclable water bottle.

4. If you go to the grocery store, use your own bags.

5. Support UpaDowna:
Upadowna is a nonprofit that focuses on educating and promoting environmentally conscious adventure for people of all ages. They take groups out on hikes and expeditions throughout Colorado and use environmentally friendly practices and equipment to maintain respect for the environment. To support during this time, you can head to their Facebook page to read the latest on outdoor activities and purchase UpaDowna goods. 

6. Pick up trash (with gloves) while walking your dog. 

7. Support Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center:
Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center focuses on educating the public of the importance of wolves, coyotes, and foxes to the ecosystem, the importance of preservation and conservation of nature, and aims to provide natural habitats to animals who can no longer live in the wild. To support, you can take a virtual walk with the wolves, donate to feed the wolves and also leave a google review.


The 2020 City Nature Challenge is a world-wide event where cities compete to see who can log the most flora/fauna/fungi entries into a science-based app called, “iNaturalist.” For your nature observations to count for the City Nature Challenge, you’ll need to document what you find and add it to iNaturalist or your city’s chosen platform. All observations you make April 24-27 will count for the CNC!

The basic steps are:

1. Download the iNaturalist app and make an account.
2. Take photos of wild plants and animals to make observations. If you know that what you’re photographing is not wild, mark it as captive/cultivated.
3. Upload your observations to share with the iNaturalist community.
4. Learn more as your finds get identified!

When: April 30-May 3, May 4-9, 2021
Where: City of Colorado Springs
Cost: Free

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Help us Keep America Beautiful! Join PikeRide Saturday, April 24th for the Great American Cleanup! To signup, email info@pikeride.org.

Pro tip: sign up EARLY to choose the site you most want to visit, as numbers are limited and some sites tend to fill up. 

When: April 24, 2021
Where: Location Varies
Cost: Free

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Join Cheyenne Cañon for their spring clean-up, in conjunction with Earth Day!  Stay tuned for registration information and more details.

When: 2021 dates TBD
Where: 2120 N. Cheyenne 
Cost: Free

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Space Foundation Discovery Center for a special Earth Day STEM program for kids called “Water Detectives”. A good description for this event could be: “We’re teaming up with the Space Foundation Discovery Center to solve a mystery…how can we tell where water has been? Young detectives will hike out on our trails to search for clues of water in the park, then our friends at the Discovery Center will guide them on a mission to find water on other planets! This event will be fun for all, but will be the MOST fun for young explorers ages 6-12.

Parents must accompany children. All participants including parents must be registered. Masks are required for the duration of the program.

 

When: April 22, 2021, 10am-12pm
Where: 1805 N. 30th St.,Colorado Springs, CO, 80904
Cost: Free

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Great Outdoors Adventures (GOA) is hosting a weekend of mindful awareness of Pike National Forest in celebration of Earth Day. Rent an off-road vehicle and relish in Earth's magnificence. Help clean-up any litter found along the way. Feel great outdoors!

When: April Thursday, 22 - Sunday, 25 
Where: GOA Trailhead near Westcreek, CO
Cost: Book an off-road vehicle with GOA

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