GoG Visitor Center, Rock Ledge set for Earth Day April 20

       Earth Day will be celebrated at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Saturday, April 20.
       The two Westside attractions' 16th annual event will offer chances to learn about nature and take part in it.
       The main part of the schedule will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Before that, people are welcome to join a park cleanup, starting at 8:30 a.m. from the Visitor Center.
       Also starting early will be a Volksmarch (5Ka 5K or 10K) by the Falcon Wanderers group, which will start taking registrations at Rock Ledge's Carriage House at 7:30 a.m., the event flyer states.
       The center and the ranch are located across from each other at 30th Street and Gateway Road. People can park in either locale, with a regular shuttle running between them.
       Everything is free, including admission to Rock Ledge, which will have its historic houses and blacksmith shop open.
       The ranch will also offer free Bestway recycling drop-off (paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, cardboard) in its main parking lot.
       Note for prospective Rock Ledge volunteers: Unlike in past years, the ranch will not be doing any tree-planting this year, according to ranch manager Andy Morris.
       Scheduled activities at the Visitor Center:
       10 and 11 a.m., “chemical magic” show.
       10 a.m.-2 p.m., llamas from Touch the Earth.
       10 a.m.-2 p.m., Air Force Academy falcons.
       10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., American Indian dance performances.
       Noon to 2 p.m., live animals from Nature's Educators.
       12:15 p.m., live animals and presentation by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
       1:30, 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., live wolf program by Wolf & Wildlife Center.
       1:30-3 p.m., 4th Infantry Division Dixieland Band
       All day:
       Smoke House Safety Education by Peterson Air Force Base Fire Department.
       Free incandescent light bulb exchange for CFL bulbs.
       Front Range Climbing Company educational display.
       Other activities will include live music, educational tables, youth crafts, Segway demos and solar oven demos.

Westside Pioneer/press release