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Weather cancels Earth Day April 16 at Garden of the Gods, Rock Ledge Ranch

       Because of snowy weather, the 19th annual Earth Day celebration April 16 at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site was cancelled.
       Ron Wright, president of the Living History Association (the Rock Ledge friends group) confirmed this fact the morning of the planned event. He was parked in his truck at the entrance to the ranch, personally informing anybody who drove up to inquire. At the Visitor Center, the gates to the parking lot from 30th Street were pulled shut.
       Including demonstrations, lectures, guided walks, Indian dancing and hands-on activities, the six-hour event has drawn up to 4,000 people on nice days in previous years.
       One event that had been planned at Rock Ledge Ranch was the planting and dedication of a blue spruce near the entrance gate, in the memory of Gene Smith, the first ranch manager and later administrator, who died in 2014. The tree has since been put in the ground by ranch staff, according to current ranch manager Andy Morris, with a dedication to be rescheduled at an as yet undetermined date.
       The center and ranch are on either side of North 30th Street at Gateway Road.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 4/16/16, updated 4/19/16; Outdoors: Garden of the Gods)

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