Every year for Earth Week the City of Montrose presents a theme and encourages citizens young and old to join in the festivities. To encourage citizens to engage in protecting and preserving the natural environment that makes Montrose unique, City Council has proclaimed April 17- 22, 2017, as “Earth Week.”
The fifth annual Montrose Earth Week looks to one of America’s most treasured folk songs, “This Land Is Your Land,” for inspiration. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, mobilized 20 million Americans from all walks of life. Today, Earth Day and Earth Week are celebrated all over the world, with over one billion people in 192 countries participating in Earth Day activities. It is the largest civic observance in the world.
Earth Week holds a special place for City Manager Bill Bell. “The annual Earth Week event aims to increase public awareness of why it’s important to conserve and manage our most precious natural resources,” stated Bell. “The past and the future of Montrose is directly connected to responsibly stewarding natural capital.”
Earth Week Coloring Contest
Among the events is an Earth Week themed kids’ coloring contest sponsored by the city and the Montrose Daily Press and in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Shavano Conservation District. K-5 grade local winners’ submissions will represent Montrose in the 12th Annual NRCS State Coloring Contest.
Brenda Miller, executive director of the Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue (RRWR), will give a free wildlife presentation for all ages on Friday, Friday, April 21, 7-8:30 pm at DMEA (11925 6300 Rd, Montrose). “It’s loaded with dramatic wildlife photographs, including badgers, raptors, fawns, and bobcats, and there will be plenty of time for Q&A,” said Miller. “The presentation of cover wildlife behavior, local conflicts with wildlife, disease, how we can live with wildlife, and the local environmental issues that are affecting our wildlife.” She will also discuss her role as a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator and highlight how RRWR volunteers, who work through Colorado Parks and Wildlife, perform wildlife capture, transport, and release. These volunteers also serve to educate the public on site and respond to calls to observe wildlife in distress and determine whether to help, leave alone, or euthanize.
MHS Earth Week 5k Walk/Run
The Montrose High School National Honor Society is organizing their first annual Earth Day 5K walk/run to benefit the Art Academy that will be introduced at MHS next year. Organizer Bella Baas encouraged the community to participate on Saturday, April 22.
“With the growing push for MHS to become a STEM school, the arts are pushed aside,” Baas said. “By doing this 5k I hope to raise awareness about the new project to build an arts center at the school and give more opportunity to students who want to explore their creative side.”
The event poster serves as an example of how a successful event can benefit both the high school as well as the community. Junior Taylor Kettell, a member of the MHS Press staff (a class of graphic designers who design logos, flyers, t-shirts etc., for local nonprofits and MHS) designed the event poster. “Taylor created such a clever design for the event flyer,” Baas said. “Her efforts really speak to the spirit of the event, so come out to support our future artists and enjoy our beautiful planet on Earth Day!”
Participants are asked to meet on the MHS football field. Registration is at 8 am, and start time is at 9 am. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for students. Registration includes a t-shirt.
“Oil Spill Challenge” at the Montrose Library
Activities in the children’s section of the Montrose Library will include a book display and craft (Sun 1-5 pm; Mon-Thu 10 am - 7 pm). The monthly STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, math) Topic will be “Oil Spill Challenge!” on April 17 at 3:30 pm. City of Montrose Public Works Environmental Compliance & Safety Coordinator Vanessa Sandoval will be featured as the speaker. STREAM is geared toward kids 8-12 years old and occurs monthly at the library on the 3rd Monday at 3:30 pm.
Decorated Grocery Bags
Kids at Maslow Academy, Partners of Delta, Montrose & Ouray, the Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club, and the 21st Century After School Program have been hard at work decorating Earth Week-themed paper grocery bags donated by Safeway and City Market stores, which will distribute the decorated bags on Earth Day, April 22, while supplies last.
International Earth Day is April 22. Montrose Earth Week is Monday, April 17 – Saturday, April 22. For a full schedule of local Earth Week activities for all ages, visit CityofMontrose.org/EarthWeek. For more information about International Earth Day, visit EarthDay.org.