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This year is a big one for Earth Day. Forty-five years ago, Earth Day founder, former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, announced to the national media that April 22, 1970 would be a “national teach-in on the environment.” Over the past four and a half decades, millions of Americans have raised awareness and volunteered their time to help Mother Earth on April 22. Colorado is known all over the world for its natural beauty so it makes sense that there many Earth Day events this year to commemorate the 45th anniversary of this environmentally-centric holiday. Take a day during 2015 to celebrate and help the environment by participating in one of these Earth Day events.

Civic Center Park
101 W.14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 913-1311

A free event on Wednesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Civic Center Park, Earth Day Denver focuses on teaching the community about living sustainably. Hosting a variety of interactive displays and demonstrations, Earth Day Denver attendees can test drive electric vehicles, learn how to compost, eat local cuisine from sustainable food trucks, and so much more. Mayor Michael B. Hancock is scheduled to visit Earth Day Denver. Furthermore, Certifiably Green Denver has certified Earth Day Denver as a green event.

Lakewood Heritage Center
801 S. Yarrow St.
Lakewood, CO 80226
(303) 987-7850

On Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lakewood hosts its Earth Day Celebration, another free event for the community. Kids can enjoy the Earth Day Celebration’s interactive project while parents learn more about products and services related to recycling, health, energy efficiency, and numerous other topics. Additionally, there will be a rock climbing wall at this event for people to enjoy. The event is organized by the Employee’s Committee for a Sustainable Lakewood.

Bear Creek Lake Park
15600 W. Morrison Road
Lakewood, CO 80465
(303) 697-6159

There’s no better way to observe Earth Day than by volunteering your time and energy to the environment. On Saturday, April 25 at 8 a.m., head out to Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood for the Earth Day Volunteer Project. Pitch in on a handful of different projects throughout the 2,600-acre park. Registration for the event is open until April 21 and people can register as individuals or groups. This event is open to all ages so bring the kids along and teach them the importance of volunteerism.

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Growing Gardens
1630 Hawthorn Ave.
Boulder, CO 80304
(303) 443-9952

Ideal for children ages 3-10, the 4th Annual Children’s Peace Garden Bee Earth Day Celebration is a free event at Growing Gardens’ Children’s Peace Garden in Boulder. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids can learn about gardening, composting and beekeeping through a variety of activities. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the event by The Wheel & Whisk Roadside Cafe food truck. On the last remaining piece of agriculturally zoned land in Boulder, tour Growing Gardens’ organic farm during the event as well.

Boulder County Fairgrounds
9595 Nelson Road
Longmont, CO  80501
(303) 678-6235

Starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, students and their families along with educators are encouraged to visit the Boulder County Fairgrounds for the 1st Annual Youth of the Earth Festival. With more than 60 booths registered for the event, this youth-led event showcases projects, art, and initiatives about environmental topics. Additionally, there are many activities to participate in, including gardening, beekeeping, recycling and much more. Eco hip-hop performers and eco artists will also demonstrate their work.

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A Denver native, Alli Andress has been a writer for over a decade. Over the course of her career, Andress has written about topics ranging from indie music, animals, health issues and the best of the Mile High City. Her work can be found on Examiner.com