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. In recognition of and to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, the theme for 2016 is Big Country: Water, Land, and Sky.

Earth Week Activities

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. 

National Park Week &
Fee-Free Days at the Black Canyon National Park

April 16-24
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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.
Year-Round, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Black Canyon National Park
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Every Kid in a Park

Designed to engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates, the “Every Kid in a Park” youth initiative was launched by the White House in September 2015 to ensure that America’s youth have the chance to get out and enjoy our public lands, while developing an appreciation for the park service. To that end, the administration is providing fourth-grade students and their families with free admission to all national parks and other federal lands and waters through August 31, 2016. Passes are good at national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, historic sites, and marine sanctuaries. Fourth-graders can print their passes by visiting

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

Saturday to Sunday, April 16-24
For ages 4-12 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.

Touch the Earth

Saturday to Sunday, April 16-24
Special activity touch boxes for children to explore plant, animal and mineral samples will be available.The boxes are in the South Rim Visitor Center, along with a specific microscope to see the crystals of minerals up close.

Centennial Board

Share the spirit of the National Park Service Centennial Saturday to Sunday, April 16-24
Pin your thoughts to the Centennial Board outside the South Rim Visitor Center. Share your words with those of Muir, Abbey, Stegner and others.

Children’s Writing Contest

Friday to Sunday, April 22-24
Pick up a form at the South Rim Visitor Center, discover the park, write about it, and return it. Tell the rangers about the animals, the rocks, the trees, everything that’s out there. Any form of writing will be accepted. Rangers will share the writings with the public, and winners will read their piece at the Founders Day celebration at Centennial Plaza, Montrose on Aug. 27.

Learn More about Your Public Lands 

Public Lands Center, 2465 S Townsend Ave
April 20 to 24, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Free Documentary Screenings

Ute Indian Museum at the Downtown Visitor Center Movie Room
After you enjoy the free screenings in the Downtown Visitor Center Movie Room, please visit the Ute Indian Museum in our temporary home downstairs.
“We are All Related” (50 minutes) - In a remote western Alaskan village, an indigenous community faces the prospect of being the first "climate refugees" of the United States.
April 21, noon (brown bag lunch) and April 23, 10 a.m.
"Pilgrims and Tourists" (57 minutes) - Around the world, Indigenous communities stand in the way of government mega projects. Native people create their own mountain parks and resist a gas pipeline that would cut through a World Heritage Site. Elders of the California Wintu tribe protest U.S. government plans to enlarge one of the West's biggest dams to protect their sacred lands.
April 22, noon (brown bag lunch) and April 23, 1:30 p.m.

Ongoing Documentary Short Features

Downtown Visitor Center Movie Room
Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
    Bear Dance 
    Black Canyon National Park  
    Unaweep Tabaguache Scenic Byway 
    Hanging Flume 
    Museum of the Mountain West  

Free Movie Night at 2 Rascals Brewing Company

“Addicted to Plastic” - Reveals the history and worldwide scope of plastics pollution, investigates its toxicity and explores solutions. 
April 20, 6-8:30 p.m.
2 Rascals Brewing Company, 147 N First St
Sponsored by Montrose Recycles, a citizen action group. View event flyer

Children's Book Display & Craft

Montrose Library District Children’s Room
970.249.9656, Option 2
Sun 1-5 p.m.; Mon-Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Arbor Day Tree Planting

Tree City USA plantings at area elementary schools with the help of CSU master gardeners. 
April 29 - Further details to be announced.

Earth Week Grocery Bags

Earth Week-inspired grocery bags at area grocery stores, decorated by local kids.
Dates - All week, while supplies last

City of Montrose Annual Spring Cleanup

Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
on San Juan Ave. across from Sunshine Peaks
Call 970.240.1480 for more info.
View Spring Cleanup flyer

National Mayor's Water Challenge

Learn about ways 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. 

Complete an online form to tell us how you're conserving water this year and be entered to win a water efficient shower head! Winners will be notified by end of business on April 15 and invited to attend the April 19 City Council meeting to receive their awards. 

Earth Week Coloring Contest

KIDS! Enter the Earth Week 2016 – Big Country: Water, Land, and Sky Coloring Contest! The contest is for two age groups (preschool – first grade; second – fifth grades) and is co-sponsored by the Montrose Press and the City of Montrose. One winner per category will be awarded $25 in Montrose Bucks and acknowledged in the Montrose Press. Submissions must be received at City Hall (433 S First St) by 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. Winners will be notified by phone. City and Montrose Press staffers will select winners.

Pre-K – 1st Grade - Bull elk
2nd-5th Grade - Black Canyon Mosaic 

Reinforcing the 3 R's with 3rd Graders

by Montrose Recycles, a citizen action group 
    Cottonwood Elementary - April 18: 8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
    Oak Grove Elementarhy - April 19: 12:15 – 2 p.m.
    Pomona Elementary - April 20: 11:30 - 12:15 p.m.
    Johnson Elementary - April 21: Noon – 2 p.m.
    Northside Elementary - April 22: 1 – 2 p.m.
For more information: Lesley Hallenborg,

Related Events


Free Day at the Montrose County Landfill

Saturday, April 16, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alpine Bank Community Shred Event

Limit of five boxes per person.
April 16, 8 to 11 a.m. 
Alpine Bank - both Montrose branches (2770 Alpine Dr and 1440 E Main St)
April 23, 9 a.m. – noon
Alpine Bank – Ridgway branch (119 Liddell Dr, Ridgway)

Montrose Botanical Society

2016 Events

Earth Day Dance

Live Music by The Stupid Band
Turn of the Century Saloon (117 N 4th St, Montrose, CO; (970) 209-1419)
Saturday, April 24, Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
$10 and 2 non-perishable food items for Sharing Ministries

Farmers' Market

April 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
514 S First St

Shavano Conservation District

Stewardship Presentations

Non-Point Source Pollution presentations using a table-top EnviroScape model.  For grades K-5.
April 4-29, 30 minute (K-1st grade) presentations and 45 minute (2nd-5th grade) presentations scheduled directly with teachers. To schedule a classroom presentation (Olathe, Montrose, Ridgway, and Ouray Elementary Schools), call 970.249.8407 or email

Earth Day Coloring Contest at Maslow Academy

Coloring Contest for Maslow Academy students to celebrate Earth Day
March 21, 2016 – distributed coloring sheets, March 30, 2016 – local judging, April 27th – State level awards distributed
Maslow Academy, Montrose

Wildlife Presentation

Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m.
DMEA, 11925 6300 Rd, Montrose
Brenda Miller, Executive Director of the Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue, presents on local conflicts with wildlife, disease, what she does as a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator, how we can live with wildlife, wildlife behavior ad the local environmental issues that are affecting our wildlife. Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue has over 30 volunteers through Colorado Parks and Wildlife who do wildlife capture, transport and release, and go out on calls to observe wildlife to make decisions about wether to help, leave alone, or euthanize, and to educate the public on site.
970.209.5946 or
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 27 years. Learn more about the program on their website.

Past Earth Week Activities
2013 Earth Week "My Impact on My World"
2014 Earth Week "“Wildlife and Habitat Conservation” 
2014 Event Poster and Schedule
Puppet Show at the Montrose Regional Library
News Release - City Gears Up for Earth Week Celebration
News Release - Participate in the Mayor's Water Challenge