Earth Day is April 22

In 1970, when Americans first began to celebrate Earth Day, a new environmental consciousness was emerging. People across the country were fed up with polluted air and water, proliferation of harmful pesticides and wildlife extinction. That year, more than 20 million Americans joined an Earth Day event.

Today, as we face an accelerating climate crisis, poor air quality and species loss, the message of Earth Day is as important as ever. The Boulder community, with our long legacy of environmentalism, is organizing several opportunities to participate in actions that help sustain our earth.

Here’s a roundup of local events and ways to get involved.

Cool Boulder

Join in a community-wide effort to implement natural climate solutions. Cool Boulder is mobilizing and supporting our community to regenerate our soils, trees, and habitats for a resilient community, climate and future. Sign up to join an action team or become a community resource specialist.

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Spring Fest and Earth Day Celebration with Jeff and Paige

Bring the family to the Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center for fun activities led by Thorne Nature Experience educators and a performance by kid-favorites, Jeff and Paige. Learn more and register for the free event online.

Ride Boulder BCycle for Free

April 22 through 24, get free access to Boulder BCycle. Enjoy unlimited 60-minute e-bike trips with your 3-Day Weekend Pass. To get the pass, download the BCycle App and select Bosch Earth Day Pass.

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Tree Planting throughout the spring and at the Columbia Cemetery

Even though they’re not having Earth Day-specific events, the city’s Forestry team in the Parks and Recreation Department is focused on sustainability by planting trees! Approximately 400 trees in city parks and public street rights-of-way, at both residential and commercial sites, will be planted this spring.

The team is also working with Flatirons Elementary School to plant 10 trees at Columbia Cemetery on April 29 as part of their Arbor Day events.

Resource Central

Celebrate our planet with Resource Central and Eco-Cycle at 6400 Arapahoe Ave from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour Resource Central’s renovated reuse facility, get inspired for your summer DIY projects, and rock out to local bands. There will also be food and free family activities to enjoy. Check out Resource Central’s website for more information and RSVP on Facebook.

Community Cycle's Bicycle Film Festival

Watch a series of short, international films that celebrate the bicycle. The festival will also feature panel discussions about cycling topics, local food and drink, and the opportunity to chat about biking with other Boulderites. Learn more and purchase tickets.

Community Calendar

Access the Boulder.Earth community calendar for even more ways to get involved.

Looking for something you can do yourself?

If these events aren’t the right fit for you, access the city’s guide to climate action. There, you’ll find ideas on how to live a more sustainable life and create positive change for our climate.

Happy Earth Day!