15th annual GoG/RLR Earth Day shows 2nd largest crowd ever

       In its 15-year history, only one other year (2008) has drawn a higher attendance for the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center/Rock Ledge Ranch Earth Day than the event April 21.

Earth Day at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center... ABOVE: Kids enjoy craft tables, aided by staff or volunteers. BELOW: Llamas – alternative transportation option.
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       A crowd that topped the center's automatic counter at 4,357 spread between the two venues, across 30th Street from each other at Gateway Road. “Our shuttle bus ran nonstop,” exulted Visitor Center Director of Operations Bonnie Frum. “All the activities were well-attended.”
       Most popular was the live wolf presentation by the Wolf & Wildlife Center. There were three shows, each a half-hour apart. But that may have been too much for the wolf, Frum cautioned, and next year the shows will probably be limited to two. As it was, the doors had to be closed to the second-floor deck - where a Fort Carson band was playing outside - so the sound would not adversely affect the wolf inside, she said.
       Other activities included interactive learning activities, recycling opportunities, Mr. Science chemical magic show, Indian Dancers, other live animals and free admission to Rock Ledge.
       Combining center and ranch resources, the event has become a tradition, Frum believes, and the “beautiful day” April 21 didn't hurt. “Families come back each year, and say, 'We had so much fun, let's go back.'”

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