This year, 2013, Earth Day celebrates its 43rd anniversary. Find ways to celebrate, from planting seeds, to learning how to harvest sunshine. Events happen over several weekends. Also, here are some ways to help and get involved.
When: Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: The Aquarium, Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach and the Zoo
What can you do to protect the planet, and its animals and plants? Find out at the annual Earth Day Celebration, where hands-on activities and discovery stations will provide some answers. There will be talks and demonstrations as well, from sheep shearing to chalk art competition. The Children's Seed Festival takes place at the Botanic Gardens' Fantasy Garden. Head to the BioPark for a day of earthly fun, and take the train between locations to keep down the carbon emissions. Earth Day activities are free with admission. Call (505) 764-6214 for more information.
When: April 21, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: La Montanita Coop, 3500 Central SE (on Silver between Carlisle and Tulane)
The Co-op’s Celebrate the Earth festival is a great way to spend a day. There will be information booths, ongoing entertainment, music, dancing, face painting and other fun activities for kids. There will be a Kids Bike Rodeo and other bike education. And there will be the same jam packed booths that have information such as where to buy biodiesel. Call (505) 217-2027 for more information.
When: Saturday, April 27 & 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd. NW
Celebrate Earth Day at the Open Space Visitor Center, where every day is Earth Day. The Open Space annual Recycled Art Fair features artists who transform used objects into works of art. There will be make and take craft projects, kids activities, music, food and more. Learn about the Bosque conservation project. For information, call 897-8831.
Where: Anasazi Fields Winery, 26 Caminos de los Pueblitos, Placitas Enjoy the fruits of the fields grown in Placitas. There will be artists, food by Little Smokies, music, wine and poetry. A special wine release of the 1996 Sunset is also on board. Music on Saturday will be Claystone and Tim O'Rourke, and on Sunday, Stagefright Slim Sage. Bring a picnic and enjoy the fruits of the season. Admission is $5 - $15; weekend passes are available.
Where: Self Serve, 3904b Central SE
Learn how you can purify your bedroom at this green event. The folks at Self Serve declared April Toxic Toy Awareness Month a few years ago, and they're still on the lookout for your health and well being. There may be no regulation on in adult product manufacturing, but you can find our more at this event. For adults 18+, this is a free event. RSVP suggested.
When: April 20 - 28
Where: New Mexico National Parks and Monuments
Every year around Earth Day, the national parks suspend entry fees. New Mexico has a good number of parks to visit, and many are very close to Albuquerque. In addition to the El Malpais, there is Chaco Canyon, Bandelier, and the Petroglyphs National Monument. The Petroglyphs are always free, with a nominal parking charge.
Where: 6001 Unser NW
Celebrate National Parks Week with activities that include safe solar viewing, live raptor presentation, the Wild Wolf Sanctuary and hands on activities. This is a free event.