This year, 2014, Earth Day celebrates its 44th anniversary. Find ways to celebrate, from planting seeds, to learning how to harvest. Events happen over several weekends. Also, here are some ways to help and get involved.
When: April 27, 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. 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: April 19
Where: Coronado State Monument
The Coronado State Monument will have a special cleanup day in celebration of Earth Day. The event is free.
When: Saturday, April 26, 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: Tuesday, April 22, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: 123 Central NW, in Big Byte parking lot, corner Central and First
Big Byte will be accepting computer towers, monitors, printers, copiers, scanners, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, medical equipment, testing equipment, cell phones and pagers, batteries and more. There is a $10 charge for televisions.
Where: Anasazi Fields Winery, 26 Caminos de los Pueblitos, Placitas
Enjoy the fruits of the fields grown in Placitas at Anasazi Winery. There will be wine, arts and crafts, music, food and more. Enjoy a special release of 2004 New Mexico Blackberry Wine. The event is free.
When: April 20, 10 a.m.
Where: Jemez State Monument
The Jemez State Monument will offer a hike up Oak Canyon (a.k.a. Church Canyon). The strenuous 1.5 mile hike is free for New Mexico residents and led by Jemez Rangers. Bring water, sunscreen, sturdy shoes and a bagged lunch. For info call (505) 829-3530.
When: April 19 - 27
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.
When: April 22 and April 26, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Head to the Natural History Museum for special science celebrations, short talks and hands-on activities to celebrate Earth Day. The celebrations take place on Earth Day and again on April 26 so families can celebrate together.
When: April 26 & 27, 9 a.m. - 5 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: 6001 Unser NW
Celebrate National Parks Week with a ranger guided hike into the Piedras Marcadas Canyon. The trail is 1.5 miles round trip and is an easy to moderate hike. This is a free event. Call 899-0205 x 338 for more info.