Albuquerque Earth Day Celebrations

Choose Your Earth Day Event

This year, 2014, Earth Day celebrates its 44th anniversary. Find ways to celebrate, from planting seeds, to learning how to harvest. Events happen over several weekends. Also, here are some ways to help and get involved.

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    Rio Grande Nature Center Pollinator Garden
    ••• © Aileen O'Catherine

    When: April 27, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Where: La Montanita Coop, 3500 Central SE (on Silver between Carlisle and Tulane)
    The Co-op’s Celebrate the Earth festival is a great way to spend a day. There will be information booths, ongoing entertainment, music, dancing, face painting and other fun activities for kids. And there will be the same jam packed booths that have information such as  where to buy biodiesel. Call (505) 217-2027 for more information.

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    When: April 19
    Where: Coronado State Monument
    The Coronado State Monument will have a special cleanup day in celebration of Earth Day. The event is free.

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    ••• Children find the oversized russet potato a great place to take a seat. © Aileen O'Catherine

    When: Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Where: The Aquarium, Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach and the Zoo

    What can you do to protect the planet, and its animals and plants? Find out at the annual Earth Day Celebration, where hands-on activities and discovery stations will provide some answers. There will be talks and demonstrations as well, from sheep shearing to chalk art competition. The Children's Seed Festival takes place at the Botanic Gardens' Fantasy Garden. Head to the BioPark for a day of earthly fun, and take the train between locations to keep down the carbon emissions. Earth Day activities are free with admission. Call (505) 764-6214 for more information.

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    When: Tuesday, April 22, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Where: 123 Central NW, in Big Byte parking lot, corner Central and First
    Big Byte will be accepting computer towers, monitors, printers, copiers, scanners, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, medical equipment, testing equipment, cell phones and pagers, batteries and more. There is a $10 charge for televisions.

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    When: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20
    Where: Anasazi Fields Winery, 26 Caminos de los Pueblitos, Placitas

    Enjoy the fruits of the fields grown in Placitas at Anasazi Winery. There will be wine, arts and crafts, music, food and more. Enjoy a special release of 2004 New Mexico Blackberry Wine.  The event is free.

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    Mountains in Jemez
    ••• Photo © Aileen O'Catherine

    When: April 20, 10 a.m.
    Where: Jemez State Monument
    The Jemez State Monument will offer a hike up Oak Canyon (a.k.a. Church Canyon). The strenuous 1.5 mile hike is free for New Mexico residents and led by Jemez Rangers. Bring water, sunscreen, sturdy shoes and a bagged lunch. For info call (505) 829-3530. 

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    When: April 19 - 27
    Where: New Mexico National Parks and Monuments

    Every year around Earth Day, the national parks suspend entry fees. New Mexico has a good number of parks to visit, and many are very close to Albuquerque. In addition to the El Malpais, there is Chaco Canyon, Bandelier, and the Petroglyphs National Monument. The Petroglyphs are always free, with a nominal parking charge.

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    ••• The entryway to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Courtesy New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

    When: April 22 and April 26, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
    Where: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
    Head to the Natural History Museum for special science celebrations, short talks and hands-on activities to celebrate Earth Day. The celebrations take place on Earth Day and again on April 26 so families can celebrate together.

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    ••• © Aileen O'Catherine

    When: April 26 & 27, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Where: Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd. NW

    Celebrate Earth Day at the Open Space Visitor Center, where every day is Earth Day. The Open Space annual Recycled Art Fair features artists who transform used objects into works of art. There will be make and take craft projects, kids activities, music, food and more. Learn about the Bosque conservation project. For information, call 897-8831.

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    When: Saturday, April 19,9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Where: 6001 Unser NW

    Celebrate National Parks Week with a ranger guided hike into the Piedras Marcadas Canyon. The trail is 1.5 miles round trip and is an easy to moderate hike. This is a free event. Call 899-0205 x 338 for more info.

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    Crest Marker
    ••• © Aileen O'Catherine
    When: April 5
    Where: Copper trailhead, east of Tramway on Copper

     

    When: April 12
    Where: Indian School trailhead, east of Tramway on Indian School

    When: April 19
    Where: Menaul trailhead, east of Tramway on Menaul

    When: April 26
    Where: Piedra Lisa Open Space, east of Tramway on Candelaria and south on Camino de la Sierra.

    Join the city's Open Space division in cleaning up your favorite foothills each Saturday in April. Maintain trails, pick up trash and remove graffiti. Each event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Arrive early to register and enjoy the donated snacks. Children under 18 must be with a parent/guardian. Prizes will be given for the most unusual trash item.

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    Telescope Solar
    ••• A specially constructed solar telescope captures the solar eclipse. Photo © Aileen O'Catherine
    When: Friday nights, sunset - ?
    Where: Yale Blvd., 2 blocks north of Lomas

    Honor our planet by learning a little about the night sky. See some stars up close through telescopes run by the members of the Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS) and UNM students. The event is free.

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    Local Food Festival
    ••• Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments of New Mexico

    When: Tuesday, April 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Where: UNM Campus, Cornell Mall (outside the SUB)

    Celebrate Earth Day at the 6th annual University of New Mexico Sustainability Expo. The event takes place on Cornell Mall, east of the Student Union Building. Find information on sustainability, an alternative transportation fair, arts and crafts, food trucks and more. Pick up your weekly produce from the LOBO Growers' market.