Reconnect with Nature - Earth Day Graphic
Each spring the City of Montrose sponsors and coordinates a full schedule of Earth Week activities. A different theme is highlighted each year to raise awareness about how each member of the community can help preserve a healthy environment for themselves and future generations. 

While it is easy to get swept up by our daily routines, this Earth Week the City of Montrose encourages you to slow down and take the time to "reconnect with nature."

As we are all very much aware, we are lucky to live in a gloriously scenic area that is rich with natural resources. Be it a hike in the Black Canyon, a stroll through one of our many beautiful parks, or plotting out a new vegetable garden in your very own yard, please take the time to enjoy this beautiful land we are lucky to call home. 

Join us in celebrating Earth Day (April 22) and Earth Week (April 22 – 28, 2019). Get out and enjoy the outdoors and reconnect with nature!


Earth Day Expo

Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Buckley Park (N 3rd Street)

Enjoy some time outside by spending it at the Earth Day Expo! We will begin by joining the City of Montrose Parks Division in commemorating Arbor Day with a tree planting! Learn composting tips from local experts. Become acquainted with the many species of birds that live among us courtesy of the Audubon Society. Join Forest Services and meet some equine friends! And learn about our local animal friends thanks to Parks and Wildlife. The Library Bookmobile will entertain with nature themed stories and crafts! And don’t forget to grab a free hot dog!

Celebrate Arbor Day with the City of Montrose Parks Division  

Arbor Day celebrates our trees! Arbor Day is often celebrated with Earth Day, and the City of Montrose has been part of the Tree City USA program for 30 years! Join the City of Montrose Parks Division team in celebrating our trees with education, planting of trees, and tree demonstrations. 

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

Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The city will host its free, single-point collection 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.  

See the event flyer for more info or call 970.240.1480.

8th Annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

The annual challenge, open April 1-30, is a national, non-profit community service campaign to see which leaders can best inspire their residents to take informative, online pledges at to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution, and save energy.

2019 Coloring Contest- For Preschool - Grade 5

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 Colorado Fruits and Vegetables. This year marks the 13th 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 4 p.m., Monday, April 8. Deliver to the Downtown Visitor Center (107 S Cascade Ave). One winner per grade level will receive $25 in Montrose Bucks. Winning K-5 submissions will represent Montrose in the 13th Annual NRCS State Coloring Contest. Winners will be notified by phone.

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

2018 Coloring Contest Winners


Montrose Library Children’s Room Activities

Story times, crafts, book displays, and activities in the Montrose Library Children's Room all week. 
Monday thru Thursday - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday -  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday -  1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

April 18, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.:  Make a fairy house with natural and recycled materials with the Art Club.  For kids 3-13. 
The MRLD Bookmobile will be at the Ute Indian Museum for their Earth Day Summit on April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well as the Earth Day Expo in Buckley Park on April 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 pm.

Bicycling Commuting 101

Wednesday, April 24 from noon to 1 p.m.

Bring your sack lunch to the Montrose Visitor Center for this eco-friendly lunch and learn! Taught by a seasoned bicycle commuter and certified cycling instructor, you will address your concerns and barriers with helpful tips and tricks to make bicycle transportation easier and safer. For more information, contact the Montrose Visitor Center 970-497-8558

Hosted by Montrose Area Bike Association (MABA) and Montrose Visitor Center

Container Gardening Workshop

Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at the Lions Clubhouse (602 N Nevada Ave) 

At this free workshop, 
Advanced Master Gardener Betty Hall will share how to use fillers, spillers and thrillers to create eye popping floral displays for your yard, porches and patios!

Alpine Bank Community Shred Event

Alpine Bank invites you to shred any unwanted documents with personal information:
     April 27, 2019
     12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
     Townsend branch
Limit of four boxes per household/business. Find out more at the
Community Shred Day webpage.

Montrose Farmers' Market

Saturday, April 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Centennial Plaza 514 S First St

Film Screening of the documentary “Bag It” at Two Rascals Brewery

Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Two Rascals Brewery 147 N 1st St, Montrose, CO 
What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic's effects on our oceans, environment, and bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us...and what we can do about it.

This event is free and all are welcome.

Sponsored by the Uncompahgre Valley Alliance, Hispanic Affairs Project and Community Spirit Church

2nd Annual Regenerative Earth Day Community Summit

Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Ute Indian Museum 17253 Chipeta Rd. Montrose, CO 81403

Celebrate Earth Day by networking with folks to build alliances in support of regenerative localized food, water and resilient cooperatives. This is a free all day event with children’s activities as well as a Tesla EV exhibit!  For more information visit or call 970-765-6173.

Montrose Area Bicycle Alliance Trail Cleanup

Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at Buckley Park

Hop on your bicycle and help MABA clean up Montrose! In conjunction with the city's Earth Day Expo, MABA is coordinating trash clean up activities on the Arroyo Trail (bike path downtown).

All you need to bring is your bicycle! The City of Montrose will provide trash bags, rubber gloves, and free hot dogs for participants.

Earth Day Rally

Saturday, April 27 at 9 a.m. at corner of Main and Townsend (Demoret Park)
Make some noise with Montrose Recycles as they rally for Earth Day! For more information, call 970-596-5158 

Shavano Conservation District

     Stewardship Week Presentations
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  

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 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., 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.

National Park Week

Get ready to celebrate National Park Week 2019 from April 20 to 28! Parks across the country will host a variety of special programs and events. To kick off Naitonal Park Week, all entrance fees are waived on Saturday, April 20! There are also a few special days during the week to highlight the different ways you can enjoy your national parks:
• April 20: National Junior Ranger Day (entrance fees waived)
• April 22: Earth Day
• April 27: Bark Ranger Day
• April 28: Park Rx Day

Visit the National Park Service website for more information about National Park Week and fee free days

     Junior Ranger Program
National Junior Ranger Day is April 20! 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

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 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 20!
  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 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's community events coordinator at 240-1402.