Find planet-friendly activities all month 

Earth Day falls on Sunday, April 22nd this year, but in northern Colorado there are plenty of opportunities to give our planet some extra TLC all season long! Read on for opportunities to get dirty, while helping keep the earth clean.

For the youngest nature lovers, Larimer County Naturalists will host Tiny Trekkers on April 10, April 24 and May 8 at 10am. Children ages 2 to 5 and their families are invited to explore River Bluffs Open Space, located at 6371 E County Rd 32E in Windsor, for outdoor crafts, stories and trivia. The Tiny Trekkers program is free to the public, but requires advance registration by visiting www.larimer.org/events/natural-resources/tiny-trekkers-2018-04-24.

On April 21 from 9am-noon volunteers ages 6 and up are invited to pitch in during Loveland’s annual Waterway Clean-Up. The City of Loveland Stormwater Division hosts this event each year, which brings residents together for the good of their community, and their waterways. This year’s focus is on the Big Thompson River, Chubbuck Ditch, Dry Creek Ditch, Equalizer Lake and Houts Reservoir. For a map of check-in locations across the city, a list of volunteer safety requirements, or to register visit http://www.cityofloveland.org/departments/public-works/annual-events/waterway-clean-up.

Larimer County Solid Waste will host Trash-to-Treasure Days May 1-4 from 10am-2pm at the Garbage Garage, located at 5887 S Taft Hill Rd., in Fort Collins. Drop-in visitors can build themed sculptures from bits of household trash, creating art out of items that would otherwise sit in the landfill. Themes will include monsters on Tuesday, robots on Wednesday, dinosaurs on Thursday and animals on Friday. For more information about the Garbage Garage visit www.larimer.org/solidwaste/education/edcenter.

Families can explore a xeriscape garden, learn how to compost, and find out how collecting rain in a rain barrel can benefit their lives and the environment at the Greeley Green Gardening Fair on May 5 from 9am-1pm. The event will take place at the Greeley Xeriscape Garden located at 2503 Reservoir Rd. in Greeley, and guests will have the opportunity to tour the reservoir while in attendance. For more information visit www.greeleycalendar.com/event/greeley-green-landscape-fair/.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Earth Day without a stop-off at Earth Day Fort Collins, an annual celebration presented by the Sustainable Living Association. This year’s event will take place at Civic Center Park, located on the corner of LaPorte Avenue and N. Howes St. in Fort Collins on April 21 from 11am-5pm. While the event is free, non-perishable food donations are requested to benefit the Food Bank for Larimer County. Typical family-friendly festival activities throughout the day will include live music, food vendors and arts and crafts. In addition, educational speakers, workshops and displays will be on site. To learn more about Earth Day Fort Collins visit www.sustainablelivingassociation.org/events/earth-day-fort-collins-2018/.