Estelle Reid 2, watches her blue hand after Sarah Reid put her print on the earth tree art work being made by Denver Environmental Health during Earth Day Denver in Civic Center Park downtown. April 22, 2015 Denver.
Earth Day is coming up Saturday so grab your gardening gloves and sustainable water bottle — you may want to throw in a protest sign, as well.
Although an annual occurrence, Earth Day has caused a big stir this year as it’s the day scientists and science lovers across the country have planned to take to the streets in a March For Science.
But that’s not all that’s going on. Here are seven free events Saturday — and one Friday — that range from politically-motivated marches and rallies to garden shopping and disc golf.
March for Science
People are gearing up for the March for Science in Denver on April 22, 2017. Centaurus High School student Jack Stade developed this 3-D printed logo and posted the open-source code for DIY protesters at thingiverse.com.
Location: Civic Center in Denver
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m
Location: Central Park Band Shell in Boulder
Time: Saturday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
There are a handful of local marches corresponding with the national March for Science day. The march aims to defend the role of science in health, safety, economies and governments. Organizers of the D.C. march say the national event was spurred out of “an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovering.” (If anyone happens to have a 3D printer handy, here’s how to print out a 3D logo for the Denver march)
Location: Wellington Webb Building Atrium, 201 W. Colfax Ave.
Time: Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The event, hosted by the city, will focus on sustainability-related resources available to Denver residents. Among city agencies, including Denver Energy Challenge, Denver Recycles and Sustainable Neighborhoods Program, will be outside exhibitors, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Denver Food Rescue and Tesla.
Location: Cherry Creek Bike Path and Wynkoop Street
Time: Saturday, 9-11 a.m.
LoDo Cares is kicking off its annual clean-up efforts on Earth Day. Gloves, tools and clean-up material will be provided. Volunteers should complete and release and waiver liability. Register for the kick-off event on Eventbrite.
Location: Capitol Heights Presbyterian Church
Time: Saturday, 1-5 p.m.
The second annual block party by the Congress Park Neighbors Green Team will have music, food, art, games and prizes. It will feature hands-on exhibits about pollinators, recycling, composting and other green initiatives.
Location: Centennial Center Park
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Gardeners can check out a plant sale benefiting local nonprofit Project C.U.R.E., which provides donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries. People can also paint watercolors on plantable seed paper.
Location: Colorado State Capitol
Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Sierra Club is hosting a festival downtown that will include music, speakers, food trucks and breweries. At 12:45 p.m., the group will circle the Capitol to rally for environmental justice.
Location: Regis University
Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The university is hosting a variety of events all week, including an animal petting circle on Friday from 12-2 p.m. The week-long events culminate Saturday with various artists and vendors in the Boettcher Commons, food trucks and a beer garden (starting at 11 a.m.) in Lot 3, and a keynote speech by 16-year-old climate change activist and hip-hop activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez at 12:05 p.m. at the Dayton Memorial Library steps.
Students at the University of Northern Colorado and the school’s resource conservation partner McKinstry display a 14-foot by 14-foot cube representing one-seventh of a metric ton of carbon dioxide as part of the school’s week-long Earth Day celebration. On average, Americans produce 16 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
Location: University of Northern Colorado
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
UNC is also hosting a week-long series of events, including presenting a 14-foot by 14-foot cube Tuesday, with resource conservation partner McKinstry, that represented a one-eighth of a carbon ton. Saturday will be a frolf (disc golf) tournament.