Nature is Your Neighbor - Earth Day GraphicEach spring the City of Montrose sponsors and coordinates a full schedule of Earth Week activities. This is done to raise awareness about how each member of the community can help preserve a healthy environment for themselves and future generations. The theme for the 2021 celebration is "Restore Our Earth."

While it is easy to get swept up in our daily routines, this Earth Week the City of Montrose encourages you to slow down and take the time to reconnect with nature.

The City of Montrose has planned a full schedule of COVID-safe Earth Week activities to involve the community in the annual celebration, running from April 22 through May 1. Please be mindful of social distancing and mask requirements. We kindly ask you to stay home if you are sick.

Download the Earth Week event schedule, or see the list of events below.

Schedule of City-Sponsored Events & Activities

Thursday, April 22: National Earth Day

Friday, April 23: Niagara Community Garden Day

Sunday, April 25 - River Cleanup Day

  • Going for a walk along the river? We challenge you to take part in "restoring our earth" by picking up any trash or debris you may see while you are enjoying the Uncompahgre River. Our friends at Ed's Fly Shop have organized an official cleanup event along the river from the West Main Trailhead to Mayfly Outdoors starting at 1 PM.

Monday, April 26 - Take a Selfie with the Electric Vehicle Charging Station Day

  • Challenge: Take a selfie in front of one of our charging stations and use #VisitMontrose for a chance to win $10 in Montrose Bucks! Stop by the Montrose Visitor Center after you take your selfie and ask for a FREE EV charging sticker.

Did You Know?  Montrose is EV-friendly with several charging locations, including a new station located at the corner of N 1st St and N Uncompahgre Ave, in the heart of downtown Montrose. This latest addition features eight Tesla Superchargers and two ChargePoint Dual Platform (CCS & CHAdeMo) fast chargers. The installation was made possible by a partnership between Delta-Montrose Electric Association, ChargePoint, Tesla, the Colorado Energy Office, and the City of Montrose. 

The City of Montrose also has a free-to-use electric vehicle charging station at the public parking lot near Centennial Plaza at 501 S 1st St. The station is equipped with a dual-cord, Level 2 charger with an estimated 10-20 miles per hour of charge, depending on your vehicle. 

Tuesday, April 27 - Take a Hike Tuesday!

  • Follow along on our Instagram as we demonstrate how you can adopt a trail in Montrose. Beginning with the application process, we'll take you through each step of the Adopt-a-Trail program, from picking up your supplies at Public Works to how to safely restore some of our most loved trails! 

Wednesday, April 28 - Adopt a Street

  • Yesterday, we took you to the trails, but we can't forget about our Adopt-a-Street program! We will be joining Black Canyon Rotary Interact Club as they clean up along S Rio Grande Ave.

Thursday, April 29 - Recycling 411 Day

  • We will share tips and tricks on how to boost your recycling game. Be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram posts to learn more about proper recycling.

Friday, April 30 - National Arbor Day

  • Watch our Arbor Day Tree Planting on Facebook or Instagram with our Mayor & just a few (socially distanced and safe!) Montrose friends! 

Did you know that Montrose is a part of Tree City USA? 

Friday, April 30 & Saturday, May 1: Spring Cleanup

The City of Montrose continues its annual Spring Cleanup tradition, in tandem with its Earth Week celebration, by providing disposal and recycling services from a single collection point on April 30 and May 1. Residents are invited to bring approved cleanup items to the drop-off site located off the San Juan Bypass (U.S. Highway 50), directly across the street from the Sunshine Peak apartment complex. Signs will help direct residents to the drop-off location. The event will run from 7 AM to 7 PM on both days.  More info ...

Self-Guided Earth Week Activities  

Even if you can’t attend any of the Earth Week activities around the city, you can still do your part to honor the planet. We’d love for you to share your new nature-made memories with us! Tag us on your photos of you and your family and friends as you are out and about in nature during Earth Week and we'll share them on our social media pages. 

Some ideas include:

  • Go on a nature scavenger hunt. Make a list of common trees, plants, and animals that live in Montrose then take a walk and find them. Hint: Many of these can be found in our city parks!
  • Take a hike through your neighborhood equipped with gloves and pick up trash that collects along the roads and sidewalks.
  • Save electricity.  After the sun goes down, turn off the lights, play hide-and-seek in the dark or grab a flashlight and share stories. 
  • Save the air by staying home this Earth day; or plan to walk or ride your bike and leave the car at home. Challenge yourself to do this all week long. You’ll see the savings in your wallet too!
  • Slather a few pinecones with peanut butter and roll them in birdseed to hang on your trees for a bird-sized snack.
  • Plant an herb garden or a fruit tree so that you can share the fruits of your Earth Day labor for many meals to come. What a perfect opportunity to teach children about the importance of trees and plants and their role in keeping our air clean while providing sustenance.
  • Turn off the TV and save energy! Instead, curl up together and read your favorite books about the Earth, our environment, and Earth Day.

Build a compost bin to reduce the amount of trash your family creates and make feeding your plants more affordable and efficient.

Go online to visit the International Earth Day page to learn more.

Other Ways to Get Involved:

Saturday, April 24: 

  • Alpine Bank invites you to a free on-site document shredding day, to securely dispose of unwanted documents with personal information.
  • 1-3 PM - Alpine Bank Community Shred Day (2770 Alpine Dr)
  • Staples or paperclips do not need to be removed
  • Maximum of 4 boxes per household and business
  • All shredded paper is recycled

Earthday.org

Visit earthday.org on April 22 as we build an Earth Day unlike any other — We’re flooding the digital landscape with live-streamed discussions, a global digital surge, and 24 hours of actions that you can take, right now and from wherever you are.

#EarthDayAtHome with NASA

NASA has collected activities, videos, special programs, and other materials to help you observe “Earth Day at Home”.  Here, you’ll find videos, online games, and mobile apps, social media events, and even Lego activities for #EarthDayAtHome. You also can find a variety of agency-wide resources at NASA at Home and at NASA STEM at Home, as well as in Spanish on Ciencia de la NASA.

State of the Earth In Numbers

Get a glimpse of America’s energy, climate, and environmental portrait with this data-driven snap-shot that spans from 1895 to 2020! Visit website

Spy on Nature!

Explore live nature cams from the comfort of your own home! From the depths of our oceans to Bald Eagle nests and everything in between, this website offers you the chance to glimpse into the day-to-day lives of our wild friends. Visit website

Exploratorium.edu

Join exploratorium.edu with their Virtual Earth Day Celebration, Thursday, April 22, at 1 pm (PDT). Experts share tips on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle, as well as explore Earth sciences from your very own kitchen counter!  Visit website

Get Hands-On!

Create a self-portrait out of leaves, sticks and other natural materials found right in your backyard!  Learn more ...

While on a nature hike or while spending time in your backyard,  forage for natural materials and create a homemade wind chime.  Learn more ...

Don’t forget to feed the birds! Upcycle a soda bottle, and feed our feathered friends with this easy tutorial.

2021 Coloring Contest For K thru Grade 5

The City of Montrose, in partnership with Shavano Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), presents the annual Earth Day coloring contest. The contest will run through April 30.

This year marks the 15th year that the NRCS has sponsored the coloring contest. 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.

2020 Coloring Contest Winners