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🌎 2022 Earth Day Events Across the Front Range

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher April 17, 2022

There are many events coming up to celebrate Earth Day, each with a focus on giving back to our own little piece of Mother Earth. 

We've searched far and wide — so you don't have to.


FRIDAY, APRIL 22

Wild Earth Day
Wild Animal Sanctuary, Keenesburg
Help Mother Earth, and the animals and humans that inhabit her. Celebrate your "Wild Earth Day" with more than 520 of the wildest friends.
9:00 AM–Sunset • Receive FREE admission to the Sanctuary walkway with a tree or bush donation.

KidX Club® Earth YAY
Town Center at Aurora
Celebrate Earth Day by planting a flower to take home with you!
4:00–6:00 PM • FREE but registration is required.

Flower Pot Paint & Play
Play Street Museum, Highlands Ranch
In addition to playtime, your kiddo gets to paint a flower pot and take home a tiny succulent to plant!
6:00–7:30 PM • Children: $20 | Additional pot: $5

Kids Night Out: Earth Day Celebration
Flour Power Kids' Cooking Studios
Celebrate the planet with some nature-inspired foods: rainbow pasta and an Earth Day cake with pretzel trees.
6:00–8:00 PM • $39


FRIDAY, APRIL 22 - SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2022

Party for Our Planet
Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Celebrate our big, beautiful planet at the Children’s Museum! Meet some cool critters, try tasty earth-friendly recipes, make crafts inspired by nature, and much more.
Reservation Times Vary • Activities included with admission.


SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2022

Earth Day Cherry Creek Clean Up
LoDo Children's Playground (Wynkoop & Speer), Denver
Meet other LoDo community members and beautify our waterway, community playground, and public gardens. LoDo Cares will provide a light breakfast, refreshments, music to move you, and all necessary equipment for you and your party. All ages are welcome; youth under 18 will need a waiver signed by a guardian.
9:00 AM–12:00 PM • FREE but registration requested

Earth Day Environmental Fair
Smoky Hill Library, Centennial

Chat with local experts about sustainability and recycling at this outdoor open-house style fair. Leave with a wealth of information on how to be earth-friendly and reduce your carbon footprint. Take a spin on an electric bike and see what all the organizations have to offer.
10:00 AM–12:00 PM • FREE!

Earth Day Story on the Trail and Upcycled Craft
Bear Creek Nature Center, Colorado Springs
Nature Walk meets storytime during a self-guided children’s story while walking along a trail. Stop in the nature center afterward for a take-home craft made with upcycled materials.
10:00 AM–1:00 PM • FREE! donations accepted

Earth Day Celebration
Aurora Reservoir, Aurora
Enjoy guided nature hikes, bird walks, planting in the native plant garden, special presentations of LIVE raptors by HawkQuest, nature crafts, an onsite volunteer opportunity, and local earth-friendly organizations and vendors!
10:00 AM–3:00 PM • FREE!

Party for the Planet
Downtown Aquarium, Denver
Dive into what makes our planet great! Enjoy a Conservation Station, Crafts, Wildlife Scavenger Hunt, and giveaways (while supplies last).
10:00 AM–3:00 PM • Activities included with admission.

Earth Day Celebration
Longmont Museum, Longmont
Enjoy 20+ Environmental Education booths and a full day of kid-friendly programming with a concert by Jeff & Paige, live birds of prey, baby goats, composting worms, a collaborative art project, river clean up, and so much more.
10:00 AM–3:00 PM • FREE!

Earth Day Celebration
Lakewood Heritage Center, Lakewood
The City of Lakewood Earth Day Celebration is a community festival featuring music, food, art, exhibits, and activities that encourage environmental awareness and bring the community together. The theme for 2022 is "Our Part for the Planet."
11:00 AM–6:00 PM • FREE!

Search The Earth! Scavenger Hunt, Pop-Ups & More
Larimer Square, Denver
Enjoy free drinks, sustainable pop-ups, and search the earth for the biggest giveaway prizes this year!
1:00 PM–6:00 PM • FREE!

SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2022

Earth Day Celebration
Roxborough State Park, Littleton
Enjoy games, prizes, and activities illustrating the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace and ways to protect our planet. You can each make a difference. Learn how to make every day Earth Day!
9:30 AM-2:00 PM • FREE!


BICYCLE RECYCLING
Bring your old bike and donate it to HopeCycle, an Englewood-based non-profit organization. Hope Cycle, formerly Project ReCycle, holds bike donation drives, spruces up the donated bicycles, and gets them into the hands of those less fortunate.

Visit hopecycle.org for information on 2022.

CHEMICAL ROUNDUPS
Many common products found in your home — including oil-based paint, mercury, gasoline, degreasers, cleaning compounds, and garden chemicals — may be hazardous to you, your family, and the environment if used or disposed of improperly. The upcoming Household Chemical Roundups will help you dispose of chemical waste properly, prevent pollution, and protect the people handling your garbage.

Each event is open to all residents of Douglas County; please bring a utility bill, phone bill, or driver's license for proof of residency. The cost of disposal is $25 per vehicle, by credit card only.

COMPUTER/ELECTRONICS RECYCLING & PAPER SHRED
Douglas County has contracted with Techno Rescue to provide free, year-round electronics recycling services to county residents (proof of residency required) throughout 2022. Residents can drop off electronic waste on weekdays and one Saturday per month at Techno Rescue, 3251 Lewiston Street in Aurora.

There is no limit on the number of household electronics, including computers and all types of televisions that may be dropped off. No appliances — refrigerators, microwaves, air conditioners, washing machines, dryers, etc. — will be accepted.

The service is free; donations will be accepted to benefit Douglas County Search and Rescue and DCSO Community Safety Volunteers. Visit www.douglas.co.us/community-recycling for more information.

PAINT RECYCLING
Recycle up to 5 gallons of leftover paint, primer, stain, sealer, varnish, and shellac at more than 150 drop-off sites across Colorado through PaintCare's recycling program.

PAPER SHREDDING
Through April 26, 2022, Office Depot and Office Max are offering free paper shredding (up to 5 pounds) in-store. Just download or print the coupon and redeem it in-store.


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