Earth Week Banner - 2018
What was your favorite place in nature was as a child? Climbing trees? Planting a garden with your family? Rock climbing? A field of daisies? Sharing these memories with our families and friends can help everyone connect with their environment.

This multigenerational approach to celebrate Earth Week encourages everyone to come together to appreciate memories old and new. Whether it’s taking a walk in the park, planting a tree, or cleaning up your neighborhood; all create new memories that can lead to a lifetime commitment to protecting the world around us.

Join us in celebrating Earth Day (April 22) and Earth Week (April 16th – 22nd, 2018). Get out and enjoy the outdoors and some nature-made memories!

Earth Week Activities

Following are a few of the events that will be featured during Earth Week. If you have an event that you would like to have added to our Earth Week calendar please contact Suzanne McKetta, Programs Assistant at or 970-240-1402  with your event information.

2018 Coloring Contest Winners


Celebrate Arbor Day with the City of Montrose Parks Division

Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m.
Buckley Park (North 3rd Street)

Arbor Day celebrates our trees! Arbor Day falls on April 27 and is often celebrated with Earth Day, and the City of Montrose has been part of the Tree City USA program for 29 years! Join the City of Montrose Parks Division team in celebrating our trees with education, planting of trees, and tree demonstrations on April 21 in Buckley Park! The event starts at 10 a.m. with tree planting 101 and a tree raffle followed by tree climbing demonstrations and more! The Library Bookmobile will roll in for an Arbor Day/Earth Day themed book reading. Come and learn about trees and create some nature made memories!

For more information, contact the Montrose Parks Division at 970-240-1411
Learn more about Arbor Day and the Tree City USA program on their website.

City of Montrose Annual Spring Cleanup

April 27 and 28, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The city will host its free, single-point collection on the San Juan Bypass April 27 and 28 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the San Juan bypass across from Sunshine Peaks Apartments. Items that WILL NOT be accepted:  electronics, tires, green or hazardous waste.  Refrigerators and freezers accepted for a $20 Freon disposal fee.  
Call 970.240.1480 for more info.

Coloring Contest- For Preschool - Grade 5

Now until April 9

The City of Montrose, in partnership with Shavano Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), presents the annual Earth Day coloring contest. This year’s contest worksheets focus on the importance of protecting the environment and natural resources. This year marks the twelfth year that the NRCS has sponsored the coloring contest. The NRCS Earth Team utilizes volunteer time, talent, and energy to help accomplish the NRCS mission of helping people help the land. Through a board of local farmers and ranchers, the Shavano Conservation District serves as grassroots leadership to the NRCS.

Submissions are due by 5 p.m., Monday, April 9. Deliver to City Hall (433 S First St). One winner per grade level will receive $25 in Montrose Bucks. Winning K-5 submissions will represent Montrose in the 12th Annual NRCS State Coloring Contest. Winners will be notified by phone.

Download the worksheets:  
Kindergarten – Grade 2 
Grades 3 – 5 


Free Day at the Montrose County Landfill

Saturday, April 21, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Call 970-249-8078 for details.

Montrose Library Children’s Room Activities

     Children's Earth Themed Book Display and Craft all week!
Mon-Thu 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fri 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sat 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sun 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Saturday, April 14: Earth Week STREAM Topic: Down in the Dirt Adventures!
The Montrose Botanical Gardens is partnering with the Montrose Library to discuss soil samples, composting, gardening, and worms!
STREAM jr. (4-7 years old) – 10:00 a.m.
STREAM (8-13 years old) – 12:00 p.m.

Sign up in the Youth Services Department, this is not a drop-in program. For more information, call 970-249-9656, Option 2

Montrose High School 2nd Annual Earth Day 5K Run/Walk

Sunday, April 22, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
8 a.m. - registration; 9:30 a.m. - start
600 S. Selig Ave.

After the success of the first annual event in 2017, the MHS National Honor Society is organizing the 2nd Annual Montrose Earth Day 5k to benefit Dolphin House.  The race begins at Montrose High School and will loop through River Bottom Park and back to the school. The race ends in an awards ceremony/celebration and post-race meal. 

Preregistration cost is $25 and day-of registration is $35 – includes t-shirt & bib. 

Pedal up to Clean Up

Montrose Area Bicycle Alliance (MABA)
Sunday, April 22, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Buckley Park

MABA is participating in trash clean up to celebrate Earth Week. This year they are focusing on the Arroyo Trail (the bike path through town). They will meet at Buckley Park. The City of Montrose is donating trash bags and rubber gloves. For more information see their website: MABA Earth Day.

Alpine Bank Community Shred Event

Saturday, April 28, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.; both Montrose branches (2770 Alpine Dr & 1440 E Main St)
Saturday, May 5, 9:00 a.m. – Noon (Delta & Ridgway)  

Alpine Bank invites you to shred any unwanted documents with personal information. Limit of four boxes per household/business. Find out more at the Community Shred Day webpage.

ReGen Earth Day Community Summit

Sunday April 22, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Ute Indian Museum (17253 Chipeta Road)

Celebrate Earth Day meeting and networking with folks to build alliances for regenerative localized food, water, and resilient cooperatives.  Bring your seeds and starts for the Abundant Spring Planting Give-away (no sales) and build alliances with folks around local community regenerative projects!  This event is FREE and museum tours are half price with children under 18 are free for the day. Bead making will be available for the kids.   For more information, call Rocky Mountain Sustainability Center at 970-765-6173.

Farmers' Market

April 21, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
514 S First St

Shavano Conservation District

     Stewardship Week Presentations
April 9-27, 30 min. (K-1st grade) presentations and 45 min. (2nd-5th grade) presentations scheduled directly with teachers.  

In honor of Stewardship Week and Earth Day, the Shavano Conservation District will be available for non-point source pollution presentations using an EnviroScape model in Montrose, Olathe, Ridgway, and Ouray elementary schools. Much like Earth Week, Stewardship Week reminds us of our individual responsibility as stewards of the land to care for the soil and water resources upon which we depend.
To schedule a classroom presentation, teachers should contact Mendy Stewart at 970.964.3582 or  

     Camp Rocky Scholarship, ages 14-19
In honor of Earth Week, the Shavano Conservation District will provide a $350 scholarship for one local student to attend Camp Rocky. Camp Rocky is an educational week long, residential camp for 14 through 19 year olds who enjoy the outdoors and are interested in natural resources.

Camp Rocky is located outside Divide, Colorado. Camp Rocky’s professional staff helps participants learn about their environment through hands-on experiences. Students work in teams, making new friends from across Colorado. 

Each year, new and returning students choose one of the following resource fields for their area of focus: Forest Management, Rangeland Science, Soil and Water Conservation, and Fish and Wildlife Management.

Camp dates are July 8-14, 201. Camp Registration is due by June 1, 2018. Registration is limited to the first 60 students who register.

The scholarship is available to the first interested student. For more information, visit the Camp Rocky website or contact Mendy Stewart at 970.964.3582 or

Montrose Recycles

The local community group will give presentations to Montrose County third grades during Earth Week on the Three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Schedule varies. In addition, members of the group will be conducting ridealongs with the City of Montrose recycling team to inspect recycling containers and educate customers on how to recycle properly. For more information, call 970.596.5158 or see their Facebook page.

Niagara Community Garden 

In 2014, the City of Montrose Public Works Department, LiveWell Montrose-Olathe, and the Valley Food Partnership collaborated to construct the Niagara Community Garden on East Niagara Road. The community-based organic garden located at 2424 East Niagara Road is open April 14 to November 10 to any individual, group, or family for participation. 

Applications are available at City Hall (433 South First Street) between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. For more information about the Niagara Community Garden, and to access the online application, visit

Contact Valley Food Partnership and LiveWell Montrose Olathe at (970) 249-0705 to learn about other gardens in our community and opportunities to volunteer.

Ladybug Luv Lecture

Natural Grocers - Montrose
Saturday, April 21 - 1:00 p.m.

Natural Grocers of Montrose is putting on a free lecture about the importance of beneficial insects and educating the public on healthy alternatives to weed sprays. In addition, Natural Grocers is asking customers to take a pledge in protecting the planet and to come by the store April 20 - 22 for gift card drawings and free recyclable grocery bags with any purchase. Contact Charlie Spear at 970-249-2724 or drop by the store. 

National Park Week

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
April 21-29, 2018

Fee-Free Day is April 21 at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. 
Visit the National Park Service website for more information about National Park Week and fee free days

The National Trails System Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act are celebrating 50 years in 2018! The National Park Service is encouraging people to get out on the trails and rivers and make and share memories. The theme aligns fantastically with the Montrose 2018 Earth Week theme! Visit the National Trails System website to learn more.

     Junior Ranger Program
National Junior Ranger Day is April 21! Junior Rangers help to preserve and protect national parks. They learn about nature and history, have fun exploring the parks, and tell their friends, families, and schoolmates about their adventures. Junior Rangers continue to protect the environment at home and school.
Self-directed, year-round, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Black Canyon National Park
South Rim Visitor Center
970-641-2337 x 205

Learn More about Your Public Lands

Public Lands Center, 2465 S Townsend Ave
April 16 to 20, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and April 21, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

National Mayor's Water Challenge

Learn how you can protect precious resources and help Montrose compete with cities across the U.S to see who can be the most "water-wise." To participate, visit the MyWaterPledge website from April 1-30.


Even if you can’t attend any of the Earth Week activities around the city, as a family you can still do your part to make nature-made memories to honor the planet. We’d love for you to share your new nature-made memories with us! We want to see photos of you and your family and friends out and about in nature during Earth Week and we may share them on our social media pages. Take the Nature-Made challenge and show us what you are doing to help our environment!
Some ideas include:
  1. Go on a nature scavenger hunt. Make a list of common trees, plants and animals that live in Montrose and take a walk and find them. Hint: Many of these can be found in our city parks or the Montrose Botanical Gardens!
  2. Take a hike through your neighborhood equipped with gloves and pick up trash that collects along the roads and sidewalks.
  3. Play in the park with family and friends. Exercise and fresh air encourage an appreciation of nature and create memories. Or, go play in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. It’s free on April 21st!
  4. Save electricity.  After the sun goes down, don’t turn off the lights, play “In the Dark” hide-and-seek or grab a flashlight and share stories. Or share nature memories! See? It’s a theme!
  5. Save the air by staying home this Earth day; or plan to walk or ride your bike and leave the car at home. Challenge yourself to do this the entire Earth Week. You’ll see the savings in your wallet too!
  6. Slather a few pinecones with peanut butter and roll them in bird seed to hang on your trees for a bird-sized snack.
  7. Plant an herb garden or a fruit tree so that you can share the fruits of your Earth Day labor for many dinners to come. What a perfect opportunity to teach children about the importance of trees and plants and their role in keeping our air clean and providing sustenance.
  8. Turn off the TV and save energy! Instead, curl up together and read your favorite books about the Earth, our environment, and Earth Day. Visit the Montrose Library to find Earth themed books. The library will have an Earth-themed book display all week!
  9. Build a compost bin to reduce the amount of trash your family creates and make feeding your plants more affordable and efficient.
  10. Visit the Montrose Farmer’s Market (It’s happening April 21st!) and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and tasty treats, while teaching your children about the importance of eating local and knowing what goes into making your food.
Go online to visit the International Earth Day page to learn more.

How to Participate

The city is grateful for the community's enthusiastic participation in Earth Week activities. If you have ideas for future Earth Week activities or would like to volunteer your assistance, please contact the City Manager's office at 240-1420.

Tree City USA

The City of Montrose has been a part of the Arbor Day Foundation's "Tree City USA" program for 28 years. Learn more about the program on their website.