Fun, work, education at Westside Earth Day events

       Earth Day celebrators will have three venues to choose from on the Westside Saturday, April 19.
       They can enjoy activities and demonstrations at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, plant trees and enjoy the sights at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, or gather energy-saving ideas at Springs Utilities' Conservation and Environmental Center.
       All events will occur around the same time (morning to early afternoon), and all are free.
       Here are details for each locale:
       Visitor Center, 1805 N. 30th St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Park clean-up, 9 to 11 a.m. (See details in “Volunteers,” back page.)
  • Live wolf presentations (10 and 10:30 a.m.), Birds of Prey and other animals (noon and 2 p.m.).
  • Arts and crafts for kids (all day).
  • Guided nature walks every hour.
  • Mr. Science Chemical Magic Show at 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
  • Performances by the Sweetwater Indian Dancers at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Search and rescue demonstrations by the Peterson Air Force Base Fire Department.
  • Live music by Fort Carson's Harmony in Motion.
           Rock Ledge Ranch, off Gateway Road at 30th Street, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Tree-planting at 10 a.m. Four Toba Hawthorns by the chapel and 12 apple and 6 cherry trees by the Rock Ledge House will add to those groves, according to Living History Association (LHA) President Ron Wright. The Broadmoor Garden Club donated the apple and cherry trees, while Howbert Brownie Troop #476 bought one Toba, Howbert students bought another, and LHA “friend” Valerie Feld bought a third. Community donations paid for the fourth, while the LHA paid for needed water tubes and fencing, Wright said.
  • The 230-acre ranch as a whole will also be open, including activity areas, the historic homes and blacksmith shop.
  • Also on display will be the recently restored 1890s sprinkler wagon.
           Conservation Center, 2855 Mesa Road, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Classes/demonstrations will be offered at 9 a.m. (Introduction to Xeriscape), 10 a.m. (wildlife and raptor presentation) and 11 a.m. (energy and water efficiency).
           For more information, call the Visitor Center at 219-0108, Rock Ledge Ranch at 578-6777. or Springs Utilities at 668-8232.

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