Garden, ranch combine again for 15th annual Earth Day

       Earth Day will return to the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Saturday, April 21.
       The 15th annual event will offer chances to learn about nature, interact with it and volunteer for it.
       The main schedule will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Before that, people are welcome to join a park cleanup, starting at 8:30 a.m. from the Visitor Center.
       Also starting early will be a 5Ka 5K or 10K Volksmarch by the Falcon Wanderers group, which will open its registration table at Rock Ledge at 7:30 a.m.
       Another Earth Day volunteer endeavor will be a continuation of the tree-planting at Rock Ledge, getting under way at 10, according to Ranch Manager Andy Morris, two more trees will be added to the toba hawthorn grove near the chapel at the south end of the ranch (off Chambers Way) and five more trees to the apple grove near the Rock Ledge House. Helping out will be City Forestry crews, and citizens are welcome to join in, he said.
       The center and the ranch are across the street from each other at 30th Street and Gateway Road. People can park in either locale, with a regular shuttle running between them.
       Everything is free, including admission to Rock Ledge, which will also have its historic houses and blacksmith shop open.
       An hourly guided walk from the Visitor Center will be offered at 10 and 11 a.m., noon and 1 and 2 p.m.
       Here is a schedule of other activities (all of them at the Visitor Center unless otherwise stated):
       All day - Wildlife Touch Table & Arts & Crafts for Kids, Front Range Climbing Company Educational Display, Adventures Out West Segway Demonstrations.
       All day - Recycling by the Colorado Springs Green Team at Rock Ledge (paper, plastic, glass and metal, as well as battery disposal).
       10 a.m., Mr. Science Chemical Magic Show.
       10 a.m.-noon, Air Force Academy falcons.
       10 a.m.-1 p.m., llamas from Touch the Earth.
       10:30 a.m., American Indian Dancers.
       11 a.m., Mr. Science.
       11:30 a.m., Indian Dancers.
       Noon-2 p.m., live animals from Nature's Educators.
       12:15 p.m., Endangered Species Presentation by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
       12:30 p.m., Indian Dancers.
       1:30-3 p.m., Fort Carson 4th Infantry Division Dixieland Band.
       1:30 p.m., live wolf presentation by the Wolf & Wildlife Center in the theater.
       1:30 p.m., Indian Dancers.
       2 p.m., live wolf.
       2:30 p.m., live wolf.
       For more information, call the Visitor Center at 219-0108.

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