Nature is Your Neighbor - Earth Day GraphicEach 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.

Due to measures put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the annual Arbor Day tree planting and Earth Day Expo scheduled for April 25, 2020, in Buckley Park is canceled. 

The City of Montrose would still like to encourage you to participate in practices that are beneficial to our community and its natural resources, however, please be mindful of social distancing and refrain from public activities should you feel sick.

Please visit the COVID page for up-to-date information.

This Wednesday, April 22, 2020, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and while we have had to make some alterations to our celebrations, we encourage you to mark this special occasion from the beauty of your own back yard, where Nature is Your Neighbor! 

Please be sure to follow this Earth Week web page for educational opportunities as well as creative ideas on how you can commemorate Earth Day’s 50th anniversary! 

Ways to Get Involved:

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” with our Earth Day 50th Anniversary Toolkit.  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.

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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 2019!

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The Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Join the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Institute for  Science & Policy, and Denver 7 on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22nd for a FREE virtual panel discussion on climate change solutions, hosted by Denver7 and Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson. Following the discussion, Mike and the panelists will answer your questions live! 

Please RSVP by noon on April 22 to receive a link to the live broadcast. Registration will close at that time. Links will be emailed by 5 p.m. on April 22.

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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.

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Exploratorium.edu

Join exploratorium.edu with their Virtual Earth Day Celebration, Wednesday, April 22nd 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! 

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Get Hands-On!

Create a self-portrait out of leaves, sticks and other natural materials found right in your backyard! For more tips on how, watch here.

While on a nature hike or while spending time in your backyard,  forage for natural materials and create a homemade wind chime. For ideas on how, click here.

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

2020 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.

This year marks the 14th 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

Self-Guided Earth Week Activities

 
Even if you can’t attend any of the Earth Week activities around the city, as a family you can still do your part to honor the planet. We’d love for you to share your new nature-made memories with us! We want to see photos of you and your family and friends out and about in nature during Earth Week and we may share them on our social media pages. Take the Nature-Made challenge and show us what you are doing to help our environment!
Some ideas include:
  1. Go on a nature scavenger hunt. Make a list of common trees, plants and animals that live in Montrose and take a walk and find them. Hint: Many of these can be found in our city parks!
  2. Take a hike through your neighborhood equipped with gloves and pick up trash that collects along the roads and sidewalks.
  3. Save electricity.  After the sun goes down, turn off the lights, play “In the Dark” hide-and-seek or grab a flashlight and share stories. Or share nature memories! 
  4. 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 the entire Earth Week. You’ll see the savings in your wallet too!
  5. Slather a few pinecones with peanut butter and roll them in bird seed to hang on your trees for a bird-sized snack.
  6. Plant an herb garden or a fruit tree so that you can share the fruits of your Earth Day labor for many dinners to come. What a perfect opportunity to teach children about the importance of trees and plants and their role in keeping our air clean and providing sustenance.
  7. Turn off the TV and save energy! Instead, curl up together and read your favorite books about the Earth, our environment, and Earth Day.
  8. 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.