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Cheyenne Mountain State Park Earth Day Weekend Events – Saturday, April 20

You don’t have to go far to get away in Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Just minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, Cheyenne Mountain State Park has an amazing diversity with prairie-to-peak ecosystems and 20 miles of hiking and biking trails throughout the 1,680 acres to explore.

Earth Day is Monday, April 22, but the staff and volunteers at the park have arranged some “pre-Earth Day” events.

Highway 115 Cleanup Project, 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 20 at the Visitor Center parking lot.
Join park volunteers for a cleanup project along State Highway 115 from the park entrance to Pine Oaks Road. Minimum age is 10 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring gloves, water, hat, and sturdy shoes. Reservations required. Call 719-576-2016. Parks pass is not required.

Un-natural Trail Hike, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 20 at the Visitor Center.
On this naturalist-guided hike, test your powers of observation by looking for things that dont belong in the natural environment. Then, see if you can guess how long it takes for trash items like orange peels, cardboard, plastic bags, and Styrofoam to breakdown after they are discarded. Reservations required. Call 719-576-2016. Parks pass is required.

Junior Ranger Program – Wildlife Encounters, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 20 at Camper Services.
Program for 7-12 year-olds and parents to learn how park rangers educate visitors about rattlesnakes, bears, and mountain lions. After training, junior rangers will test their knowledge by participating in a simulated wildlife encounter. Pick up a training booklet beforehand at the visitor center or receive one at class time. Junior rangers will receive a badge and patch depending on levels completed. Reservations required. Call 719-576-2016. Parks pass is required.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park is located at 410 JL Ranch Heights, 80926. To reach the park, travel south on Colorado Highway 115 and turn west directly across from Gate one at Fort Carson. Programs are free, unless otherwise noted, but all vehicles entering the park must have a $7 daily or a $70 annual State Parks pass. For more information, call 719-576-2016.

Earth Day Festival in Salida – Saturday, April 20

Brown's Canyon on the Arkansas River near Salida. Photo by Lew Carpenter

Brown’s Canyon on the Arkansas River near Salida. Photo by Lew Carpenter

Earth Day is just around the corner and on the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association and Salida Recreation are hosting an Earth Day Party 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 20 at Riverside Park in downtown Salida.

There will be fun and entertainment for all ages. From 10 a.m. to noon, there will be exhibits and crafts including a geology touch table, animal skins and tracks, face painting, eco games, live alpacas, fire mitigation, tree health, Stay the Trail, a demonstration about water and much more.

At noon, the Pueblo Raptor Centers Diana Miller and her fascinating feathered friends will be at the Scout Hut to educate people about the lives, habits and little known facts of birds of prey.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., electronic recycling will be available for a minimal cost to get rid of all those old computers, TV’s and other stuff that have been cluttering your home.

To close the days events, the Salida Circus will start a parade through downtown Salida at 3 p.m. and will perform at Riverside Park at 4 p.m.

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a family day of celebration in honor of nature, the Arkansas River Valley and our planet Earth. For more information, contact Rose Bayless at AHRA at 719-539-728; Maggie Murdoch at Salida Recreation at 719-539-5703; or Amanda Harper at GARNA at 719-539-5106.

Earth Day Celebrations at Mueller State Park Sunday, April 21

DIVIDE, Colo. – The staff and volunteers at Mueller State Park will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 21 with guided hikes, children’s activities and chance to learn about volcanoes.

Join volunteer naturalist Nancy Remmler at 10 a.m. in the Visitor Center Parking Lot for an Earth Day hike! Get out and enjoy the mountain-fresh air at Mueller. Enjoy a nice hike for adults and children alike; families welcome. The participants will determine the length and difficulty of the hike.

At 10 a.m., join volunteer naturalist Bob Hickey in the Visitor Center Auditorium for an engaging and eye-opening talk about volcanic rock and the role volcanoes played in the formation of the earth. There will be specimens and examples of the volcanic rocks in the region. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and Q & A and participants are encouraged to bring in their favorite rocks to show Bob.

At 11 a.m., volunteer naturalist Rose Banzhaf will host a children’s Earth Day arts and crafts fair. The art and crafts fair is perfect for the whole family; picture frame projects will be made and stories will be read. Afterwards, volunteer naturalist Carole Larkey will lead the children on a guided hike around the nature trail! Bring your Earth Day spirit, craft hands, and sturdy shoes for hiking! Families interested in attending the children’s program should RSVP by April 19 if interested in attending as the celebration is limited to 35 children participants. You may sign up at the Visitor Center, or call Chelsea Murray at 719-687-2366 ext.107 or email chelsea.murray@state.co.us.

At 1 p.m., Bob Hickey will give an encore presentation of his volcanic rocks presentation.

Earth Day programs at Mueller State Park are free, but you must have a $7 daily parks pass or a $70 annual pass on your vehicle to enter the park. Mueller State Park is located 4-miles south of Divide on Highway 67. For weather updates or for more information, call 719-687-2366.

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