Earth Day activities at Garden of Gods April 16

       The Garden of the Gods Visitor Center will host free activities in honor of the 35th anniversary of Earth Day Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       “People can come and go or enjoy several hours,” said Melissa Walker, Visitor Center staffer who is helping organize the event. “It's a great spot to think about being stewards of the earth.”
       Among the offerings will be a wolf, birds of prey, guided nature walks, Indian dancers and free admission to the neighboring Rock Ledge Ranch - the city-owned 1880s-style working ranch where living-history demonstrations are planned during the day.
       The Visitor Center is across the street from the Garden of the Gods, on 30th Street at Gateway Road. Free parking is available in the center's lots.
       The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with signups for volunteers who want to help clean up parts of the Garden.
       Most activities will take place in the open area in front of the main entrance to the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, Walker said.
       The rest of the schedule is as follows:
       10-11 a.m. - live wolf from the Wolf & Wildlife Center in Teller County.
       10 a.m.-2 p.m., free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch
       10 and 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m. - guided nature walks
       11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. - performances by the Sweet Water Indian Dancers.
       Noon-2 p.m., live birds of prey and other animals from the Raptor Center in Pueblo.
       All day - kids' arts and crafts, Peterson Air Force Base Fire Department, El Paso County Search and Rescue and live banjo music.

Westside Pioneer article from a press release