Garden, ranch enjoy another big Earth Day

       The second year of joint events for Earth Day again worked out bountifully for the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center and the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site April 21. On the occasion of Earth Day April 21, Colorado Springs
Parks workers join volunteers in planting four more Toba
Hawthorne trees near the south access to Rock Ledge
Ranch April 21. The planting was organized by the ranch’s
Living History Association, with donations covering most of
the $800 costs.The sign at right explains the continuing effort.
Westside Pioneer photos
       “It went very well, really smooth,” said Bret Tennis, the Visitor Center's lead interpreter. “There was definitely a lot of participation. Many people were commenting it was bigger than last year's.”
       According to Bonnie Frum, the center's director of operations, official counts put the total at close to 4,000 people. This was the ninth annual Garden of the Gods Earth Day event sponsored by the private, non-profit Visitor Center, she said.
       Two of the most popular activities were the Mr. Science and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center presentations, which may need to have two time slots next year, she said.
       Tennis described the joint effort - which included presentations, displays and entertainment at the Visitor Center and tree-planting at Rock Ledge - as “a really good strong partnership. It's kind of one of of those win-win situations.”
       At Rock Ledge, located on the opposite side of 30th Street, ranch manager Andy Morris also used the word “partnership,” adding that “they have a great program and we benefit from it.”
       During the four-hour free event, he estimated that up to 600 people at least strolled through the city-owned, 1880s style ranch, with 30 or more helping city staff plant 15 trees.
       Among the helpers were Brownie Troop 476 from Howbert and Junior Girl Scout Troop 213 from Holmes.
       “A lot of of young people were energetic about planting those trees,” Morris said. “When they're grownups, they can come back and stand by those same trees.”

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