Each spring, the City of Montrose sponsors and coordinates a full schedule of Earth Week activities. This is done to raise awareness about how each community member can help preserve a healthy environment for themselves and future generations. The theme for the 2022 celebrations is "Invest In Our Planet."
While it is easy to get swept up in our daily routines, this Earth Week, the City of Montrose encourages you to slow down and take the time to reconnect with nature.
The City of Montrose has planned a full schedule of Earth Week activities to involve the community in the annual celebration, running from April 21 through April 29. Download the Earth Week schedule or see the list of activities below.
Schedule of City-Sponsored Events & Activities
Thursday, April 21: K-12 Coloring Contest and Art Contest Opens
Kindergarten - 5th Grade | The City of Montrose, Shavano Conservation District, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) present the 16th annual Earth Day Coloring Contest. Participants have the opportunity to win Montrose Bucks and Montrose swag! Submissions will be accepted through April 29, 2022. We will choose the lucky winners and announce them in May with a display advertisement in the Montrose Daily Press for all to see!
The NRCS Earth Team utilizes volunteer time, talent, and energy to help accomplish the NRCS mission of assisting people in supporting the land. Through local farmers and rancher boards, the Shavano Conservation District serves as grassroots leadership to the NRCS.
6th Grade - 12th Grade | For the first time, the City of Montrose will open up the art contest to middle and high school students. Participants have the opportunity to win Montrose Bucks and Montrose swag! 6th grade through 12th-grade students are invited to showcase their artistic skills in any medium. Digital art, 2D art, and 3D art will all be accepted, so get creative!
Artwork submissions will be accepted through April 29 and can be emailed or dropped off in person at the Montrose Visitor Center, Monday - Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm. We will choose two lucky winners and will announce them in May with a display advertisement in the Montrose Daily Press for all to see!
Friday, April 22 & Saturday, April 23: Spring Cleanup
In tandem with its Earth Week celebration, the City of Montrose continues its annual Spring Cleanup tradition by providing disposal and recycling services from a single collection point on April 22 and 23. Residents are invited to bring approved cleanup items to the drop-off site located off the San Juan Bypass (U.S. Highway 50), directly across the street from the Sunshine Peak apartment complex. Signs will help direct residents to the drop-off location. The event will run from 7 AM to 5 PM on April 22 and from 7 AM to 7 PM on April 23.
Saturday, April 23: Know Your Food Day
Visit a local farm this Saturday and meet the markers of your food. When shopping for food locally, you’re getting a fresher product packed full of flavor and nutrients as it doesn’t need to be picked early to allow for a lengthy distribution process. Invest your money in your community by purchasing food from local vendors who in turn maintain green spaces like farmland. You’ll even have the opportunity to ask farmers what practices they use to grow their food, bettering your education in the process.
Sunday, April 24: Ride Your Bike Day
The weather is warming up so dust off your bike and get the gears turning. If you don’t already have a bike, consider treating yourself to a new or used bike as your way of investing in our planet. There are multiple bike shops in Montrose that will be happy to get you set up!
Not only is riding your bike great exercise, but it also reduces emissions. Whether you’re headed to the store or just taking a joyride, explore the many trails that wind their way through Montrose. Check out our bike map.
Monday, April 25: Community Garden Day
Niagara Community Garden | Did you know that the Niagara Community Garden offers plots for rent each year? The Community Garden provides an outdoor gathering place that promotes healthy living and nutrition in a small community environment. 46 garden plots are available in a variety of sizes for growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, or flowers. This is a great option for those who can't garden where they live and it also provides a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and learn new gardening techniques.
The plots at Niagara Community Garden receive full sun, include water in the cost, have beautiful mountain views, and offer plenty of space for crops that take up lots of real estate.
Secure your plot online or by contacting Ross at 970.240.1471.
If you love the spring, you should visit the Montrose Botanical Gardens. You can see the tulips and daffodils along the entryway. Take some time to look closely to find tiny flowers scattered throughout the garden. The rock gardens and side walls have all types of new plants.
The Botanical Gardens also has educational opportunities to learn about gardening and caring for different plants.
Get more information about the Botanical Gardens.
View a complete list of Montrose's greenhouses and nurseries. Contact the businesses directly for information about specials and discounts being offered during Earth Week!
Tuesday, April 26: Recycling 101
The city’s recycling crew and a group of volunteers, Montrose Recycles, will partner to do a presentation with the third-grade class to encourage the importance of recycling.
Wednesday, April 27: Adopt-a-Street
Invest in our planet and in our community by signing up to adopt a street this Earth Week. It’s simple - you choose a street that has not already been adopted, sign up with our Public Works Department, and get to work. There’s no cost to participate, all supplies are provided by Public Works, and you’ll even get recognition for your efforts with your name featured on a sign!
To sign up, visit the Adopt-a-Street program webpage or call 970.240.1480.
Thursday, April 28: Adopt-a-Trail
Who likes walking down a trail on a beautiful spring day and seeing litter on the ground? Not us! Litter harms plants and animals but it’s a problem that can be controlled. Invest your time in our planet by signing up to adopt a trail this Earth Week! There’s no cost to participate, all supplies are provided, and you’ll even get recognition for your efforts with your name featured on a sign!
To sign up, visit the Adopt-a-Trail program webpage or call 970.240.1480.
Friday, April 29 - National Arbor Day
Each year, the City of Montrose Parks Department plants a tree to celebrate Arbor Day and to boost our index of right-of-way trees. Montrose has earned recognition as a Tree City USA from the Arbor Day Foundation for the city's commitment to effective urban forest management. Currently, the city’s right-of-way tree index is listed at about 7,000 trees. The Parks Department grows and maintains a diverse mix of native trees and plant species to strengthen wildlife habitats around the city. The goal is to make these areas accessible and sustainable for all residents of Montrose to explore and enjoy for many generations to come.
Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to watch this year's tree-planting ceremony with our local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops as we invite all our local Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops to celebrate with us at Buckley Park. There will be a couple of special speakers to educate us on the importance of Arbor day! Afterward, Polar Express Ice Cream Truck will be there for everyone to buy a sweet treat.
Self-Guided Earth Week Activities
Even if you can’t attend any of the Earth Week celebrations across the city, you can still do your part to honor the planet. We’d love for you to share your new nature-made memories with us! Tag us in your photos as you are honoring Earth Week and we'll share them on our social media pages.
Some ideas for self-guided Earth Week activities include:
- Go on a nature scavenger hunt. Make a list of common trees, plants, and animals in Montrose, then take a walk and find them. Hint: Many of these can be found in our city parks!
- Take a hike through your neighborhood equipped with gloves and pick up trash that collects along the roads and sidewalks.
- Save electricity. After the sun goes down, turn off the lights, play hide-and-seek in the dark or grab a flashlight and share stories.
- Save the air by staying home this Earth Day; or plan to walk or ride your bike and leave the car behind. Challenge yourself to do this all week long. You’ll see the savings in your wallet too!
- Slather a few pinecones with peanut butter and roll them in birdseed to hang on your trees for a bird-sized snack.
- Plant an herb garden or a fruit tree so that you can share the fruits of your Earth Day labor for many meals to come. What a perfect opportunity to teach children about the importance of trees and plants and their role in keeping our air clean while providing sustenance.
- Turn off the TV and save energy! Instead, curl up together and read your favorite books about the Earth and our environment.
- Build a compost bin to reduce the amount of trash your family creates and make feeding your plants more affordable and efficient.
Other Ways to Get Involved:
Visit earthday.org on April 22 as we build an Earth Day unlike any other — flooding the digital landscape with live-streamed discussions, a global digital surge, and 24 hours of actions that you can take, right now and from wherever you are.