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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Earth Day Official Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                            
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Bret Tennis
Parks Operations Administrator
Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
1805 N. 30th St.
Colorado Springs, CO  80904
719-219-0108

21st Annual Garden of the Gods Earth Day Celebration 2018
Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will host the 2018 Garden of the Gods Earth Day Celebration, Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is a free event with lots of fun and education for all ages.  There will be lots of activities with over 30 partnering organizations to include demonstrations, educational booths, crafts, and live animals.  Parking for this event is across the street at Rock Ledge Ranch with free shuttle services. 

Some highlights of the event include:

·       Free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and their celebration events.
·       Free performances: American Indian Dancers, Chemical Magic Show, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
·       Live animals from Nature’s Educators, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Touch the Earth, and the Air Force Academy falcons
·       Nature walks, touch tables, arts and crafts, demonstrations, and educational exhibits by over 35 participating partners.
·       Volunteer option for the Garden of the Gods Park Clean-up (Registration at 8:30 am).
·       All the fun, shopping, and dining at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
·       Free climbing wall.
·       Star Party follows from 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm (same location).

This fun, free, family event focuses on bringing awareness to Earth Day while educating the community to take care of our natural treasures, live green and protect our environment through green thinking and living. For more information:  https://gardenofgods.com/images/Special_Events/Earth-Day-Flyer-2018-v1.pdf

Then, on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, the City of Colorado Springs’ Parks Recreation and Cultural Services Department will host a Motorless Morning in Garden of the Gods Park. This pilot event will eliminate motor vehicle access within the park from 5-10 a.m. The event is part of a series of Earth Day activities at Garden of the Gods Park April 21-22.

During the Motorless Morning, visitors will be encouraged to park their vehicles at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center or Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. As always, the park will remain free and open to the public, and all park rules and regulations will be in effect.
This pilot program was conceptualized from a recent transportation study designed to enhance the visitor experience and protect the natural elements of Garden of the Gods Park. The parks department sought input last month from residents about proposed ways to alleviate congestion, enhance access and reduce emissions.
Please visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/GOGTransportationStudy for more information.

Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
1805 North 30th Street - Colorado Springs, CO 80904 - 719.634-6666

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