Earth Week

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Each spring the City of Montrose sponsors and coordinates a full schedule of Earth Week activities. A different theme is highlighted each year to raise awareness about how each member of the community can help preserve a healthy environment for themselves and future generations. This Land is Your Land, one of the United States' most famous folk songs, is the theme for 2017.

Earth Week Activities

To add your event, program, class, celebration, or activity to the Earth Week schedule, please email your complete event details to us. Here are a few of the events that will be featured during Earth Week. Details about each event will be provided as they become available.

Coloring Contest Winners & Announcements!

National Park Week &

Fee-Free Days at the Black Canyon National Park
April 15-16 and April 22-23
970.249.1914 x423
Visit the National Park Service website for more information on National Park Week and fee free days.

Junior Ranger Program

Junior Rangers help to preserve and protect national parks. They learn about nature and history, have fun exploring the parks, and tell their friends, families, and schoolmates about their adventures. Junior Rangers continue to protect the environment at home and school.
Self-directed, year-round, 9 am to 4 pm
Black Canyon National Park
970.249.1914 x423

Junior Ranger Activity Books for Black Canyon and Curecanti National Recreation Area

Saturday to Sunday, April 15-23
For ages 4 and up leading to the award of an official junior ranger badge are available. Also offered are Night Explorer, Wilderness Ranger, and Junior Paleontologist books. Children complete the books and visit with a ranger to receive their badge. Books are available at South Rim Visitor Center.

Learn More about Your Public Lands

Public Lands Center, 2465 S Townsend Ave
April 17 to 21, 8 am to 4:30 pm

Ongoing Documentary Short Features

Downtown Visitor Center Movie Room
Mon-Sat 10 am – 4 pm
Bear Dance
Black Canyon National Park
Unaweep Tabaguache Scenic Byway
Hanging Flume
Museum of the Mountain West
Sat 10am and 2pm
Ute Indian Museum - sponsored film at the Downtown Visitor Center, "Fire and Ice: Eight Culture-One Fight"
Around the world, indigenous people stand up for their traditional sacred lands in defense of cultural survival, human rights, and the environment.

Montrose Library Children's Room Activities

Children's Book Display and Craft
Sun 1-5 pm; Mon-Thu 10 am - 7 pm

Earth Week STREAM Topic: Oil Spill Challenge!
April 17 at 3:30 pm
Speaker: City of Montrose Public Works Environmental Compliance & Safety Coordinator Vanessa Sandoval
STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, math) is geared toward kids 8-12 years old and occurs monthly on the 3rd Monday at 3:30 pm

For more information, call 970.249.9656, Option 2

Arbor Day Tree Planting

Tree City USA plantings at area elementary schools with the help of CSU master gardeners. April 28 - details to be announced.

Earth Week Grocery Bags

Earth Week-inspired grocery bags at area grocery stores, decorated by local kids. Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, while supplies last.
Check out the video featuring bags decorated for the celebration.

Montrose Recycles
The local community group will give recycle presentations to Montrose County third graders during Earth Week. Schedule varies. For more information, call 970.596.5158.

Put a lid on water waste!

As part of Earth Week activities, the City of Montrose is kicking off a rebate program for replacing older toilets with new high efficiency models. Get flush with your next flush! For more information, contact the Public Works Department Utility Division Superintendent Dave Bries at 970.240.1484.

Recycle cell phones for African Gorillas and Chimps!

Montrose Recycles, your local recycling group, has distributed collection boxes for old electronic hand held devices for recycling. Boxes will be at area elementary schools, the Downtown Visitors Center, the City of Montrose Public Works Shop, and the Montrose Regional Library. Collected items will be sent to Eco-Cell to recycle and reclaim minerals, such as Coltan. Proceeds will benefit the Jane Goodall Institute. Included items are: cell phones, MP3 players, hand-held games, e-readers, digital still and video cameras, laptops, GPS, portable hard drives. For questions check out or locally call 970.209.6886.

Coloring Contest!

For Preschool - Grade 5
Co-sponsored by the Montrose Daily Press and City of Montrose, in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Shavano Conservation District. This year’s contest worksheets focus on Colorado agriculture and related top 10 commodities, of which cattle and calves are ranked #1. The NRCS Earth Team utilizes volunteer time, talent, and energy to help accomplish the NRCS mission of helping people help the land. Through a board of local farmers and ranchers, the Shavano Conservation District serves as grassroots leadership to the NRCS.

Submissions due by 6pm, Thursday, March 30. Deliver to City Hall (433 S First St). One winner per grade level will receive $25 in Montrose Bucks and be acknowledged in the MDP. Winning K-5 submissions will represent Montrose in the 12th Annual NRCS State Coloring Contest. Winners will be notified by phone.

Download the worksheets

MHS 1st Annual Earth Day 5K Run/Walk
The MHS National Honor Society is organizing the first ever Montrose Earth Day 5k to benefit the Art Academy that will be introduced at MHS next year. Support future artists and enjoy our beautiful planet on Earth Day (April 22)!
8 am - registration; 9 am - start
$20 for adults; $15 for students - includes t-shirt!
600 S Selig Ave; meet at the MHS football field

Celebrate Earth Day - Riverbottom Clean Up

This Earth Day (April 22) in Montrose we are launching an ambitious goal of achieving global climate and environmental literacy by Earth Day 2020. Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with knowledge to act in defense of environmental protection.
9 am—Noon Rally at Demoret Park. There will be live music, and we will provide some small American Flags; bring one if you have one.
Noon – 1:30 pm Clean Up at Riverbottom. Meet at Demoret Park. Clean up will span from West Main Bridge to behind Home Depot.
Needed:**500 motivated people who care about the environment and issues affecting our quality of life on the Western Slope; **Great signs addressing environmental issues (this is about the environment, not issues going on in DC).
For information, email

City of Montrose Annual Spring Cleanup

The City will host its free, single-point collection on San Juan Bypass April 28-29.
San Juan Avenue across from Sunshine Peaks Apartments.
Call 970.240.1480 for more info.
View Spring Cleanup flyer

Free Day at the Montrose County Landfill

Saturday, April 22, 8 am - 4 pm

National Mayor's Water Challenge

Learn how you can protect precious resources and help Montrose compete with cities across the U.S to see who can be the most "water-wise." To participate, visit the MyWaterPledge website from April 1-30.

Alpine Bank Community Shred Event
Limit of five boxes per person.
Saturday, April 29, 8-11 am; both Montrose branches (2770 Alpine Dr & 1440 E Main St)
Saturday, May 6, 8-11 am (Delta) & 9 am - noon (Ridgway)

Related Events


Farmers' Market

April 22, 10 am to 1 pm
514 S First St

FREE Wildlife Presentation for All Ages!

Friday, April 21, 7-8:30 pm
DMEA, 11925 6300 Rd, Montrose
Executive Director of the Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue Brenda Miller will give a talk that includes plenty of time for Q&A as well as a presentation loaded with dramatic wildlife photographs, including badgers, raptors, fawns, and bobcats! Brenda will speak about local conflicts with wildlife, disease, what she does as a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator, how we can live with wildlife, wildlife behavior, and the local environmental issues that are affecting our wildlife. Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue has over 30 volunteers through Colorado Parks and Wildlife who perform wildlife capture, transport and release, and go on calls to observe wildlife to make decisions about whether to help, leave alone, or euthanize, and to educate the public on site.
970.209.5946 or on Facebook

Stewardship Week Presentations

April 30-May 7 
In honor of Stewardship Week (April 30-May 7) and Earth Week, Shavano Conservation District will be available for non-point source pollution presentations using an EnviroScape model in Montrose and Olathe elementary schools.

Much like Earth Week, Stewardship Week reminds us of our individual responsibility as stewards of the land to care for the soil and water resources upon which we depend. 

To schedule a classroom presentation, teachers should contact Mendy Stewart at 970.249.8407 x113 or 

Camp Rocky Scholarship, ages 14-19

In honor of Earth Week, the Shavano Conservation District will provide a $350 scholarship for one local student to attend Camp Rocky. Camp Rocky is an educational week long, residential camp for 14 through 19 year olds who enjoy the outdoors and are interested in natural resources.

Camp is located outside Divide, Colorado. Camp Rocky’s professional staff helps participants learn about their environment through hands-on experiences. Students work in teams, making new friends from across Colorado. Each year, new and returning students choose one of the following resource fields for their area of focus: Forest Management, Rangeland Science, Soil and Water Conservation, and Fish and Wildlife Management.

Camp dates are July 9-15, 2017. Camp Registration is due by June 1, 2017. Registration is limited to the first 60 students who register.

The scholarship is available to the first interested student. For more information, visit http:/ or contact Mendy Stewart at 970.249.8407 x113 or

Community Garden Applications Available

In 2014, the City of Montrose Public Works Department, LiveWell Montrose-Olathe, and the Valley Food Partnership collaborated to construct the Niagara Community Garden on East Niagara Road. The community-based organic garden located at 2424 East Niagara Road is open April 15 to November 11 to any individual, group or family for participation.

Applications are available at City Hall (433 South First Street) between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm, Monday through Thursday. For more information about the Niagara Community Garden, and to access the online application, visit

Contact Valley Food Partnership and LiveWell Montrose Olathe at (970) 249-0705 to learn about other gardens in our community and opportunities to volunteer.

How to Participate

The City is grateful for the community's enthusiastic participation in Earth Week activities. If you have ideas for future Earth Week activities or would like to volunteer your assistance, please contact the City Manager's office at 240-1420.

Tree City USA

The City of Montrose has been a part of the Arbor Day Foundation's "Tree City USA" program for 28 years. Learn more about the program on their website.