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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 - even while social distancing:

1. Order takeout or delivery from eco-friendly restaurants. Here's 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 efficiient 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 online.

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

3. Ditch the plastic and buy a recylable waterbottle.

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 eco-system, 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 walks 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 24-27, 2020
Where: City of Colorado Springs
Cost: Free

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Rock Ledge Ranch

**This event has been canceled.

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!

When: April 18, 2020
Where: Rock Ledge Ranch
Cost:  Free event

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**This event has been canceled.

Celebrate Earth Day with PikeRide by helping clean up a neighborhood creek. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves! Be sure to register and secure your bike!

When: 2020 dates TBD
Where: Shooks Run Creek
Cost: Free

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**This event has been canceled.

Over 20 sites. Sign up at the Great American Cleanup Pikes Peak Partners website. 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: May 2, 2020
Where: Location Varies
Cost: Free

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**This event has been canceled.

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

When: 2020 dates TBD
Where: 2120 N. Cheyenne 
Cost: Free

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**This event has been canceled.

Join Pikes Peak Market as they celebrate Mother Earth and build community! Featuring local makers, artists, food vendors and businesses that promote a healthier, greener way of living.

When: 2020 date TBD
Where: Pikes Peak Market
Cost: Free

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