How to Celebrate Earth Day in Denver

Credit: Julia O'Connor

With temperatures rising, plants blooming and the sun shining brightly, it's easy to feel appreciation for the Earth during springtime in Colorado. While people in this great state love to get out and convene with nature any day of the year, it does bear remembering that the national Earth Day celebration is coming up, and there are plenty of ways to observe the holiday in and around Denver.

Visit a National Park
The national parks are a collection of the most unique and striking landscapes in the United States, and an amazing representation of what the natural world is capable of. In the spirit of encouraging people to experience it, the National Park Service declares the week surrounding Earth Day to be National Park Week, and offers free admission to all parks all week long. Rocky Mountain is the closest national park to Denver, but parks further afield, like Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon, are well worth the extra drive.

Attend Earth Day Denver
Every year, the city of Denver puts on a fair as an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to present sustainable and earth-friendly practices and products. This year, this zero-waste event will be held on Friday, April 22 at Union Station and is completely free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Go to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has scheduled one of its monthly free days for Sunday, April 10, in honor of Earth Day. In addition to access to the main museum, visitors will get a chance to attend any of a series of special events, such as a workshop on natural resources and a demonstration on making your own natural cleaning products.

Sign up for a CSA Share
Eating local food is a great way to get in touch with local agriculture, support the local economy and learn about eating sustainably. One way to do this is through community supported agriculture (CSA). Many farms in the Denver area have programs that allow participants so sign up for weekly boxes of produce throughout the summer (some programs have winter options as well). A quick Internet search will provide you with a lengthy list of programs to explore so that you can keep your fridge stocked with fresh, healthy food.

Go for a Hike
One simple way to celebrate the Earth is to just get outside and appreciate nature, and there are a dizzying amount of hiking trails and open spaces around Denver that will allow you to do just that. Top spots include North Table Mountain Park in Golden, St. Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs and Staunton State Park in Pine.

Julia O'Connor is a full-time editor and part-time freelance writer transplanted from Boston to Denver. She is thriving on the transition and has enjoyed the exploration of both cities and everything in between.