Colorado State’s Environmental Learning Center Celebrates Earth Day with Earth Fest April 13-22

Colorado State University’s Environmental Learning Center will celebrate Earth Day during the annual Earth Fest from April 13-22. "Earth Fest 2006: The Poudre Runs Through It" will include activities for youth, families and outdoor enthusiasts.

Earth Fest events will focus on how nature has taught and influenced humanity throughout history as well as conservation and environmental protection. Some events are geared toward students and Girl Scouts, while other activities are designed for families and adults.

The Full Moon Program on April 13 brings Native American storytelling to the banks of the Poudre at the ELC.

At the "Great School Escapes: Totally Buggin’!" event April 14, students can explore the icky, sticky small world of the ELC. Students will get down and dirty like worms as they dig, climb and crawl to investigate small creatures.

Girl Scouts can enjoy a full day of exploring the outdoors at the "Girl Scout Walk on the Wild Side!" event on April 15. Scouts will learn about how to take care of themselves and others in nature through playing games, developing friendships and participating in fun activities.

"Seize the day!", and a little mud, at the annual service day as students, kids, adults, scouts and volunteers of all ages and abilities join together for the biggest work day this side of the Poudre River from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 22.

All programs take place at the Environmental Learning Center’s East Drake site, 2400 Ziegler Road, and require an RSVP by e-mailing or by calling (970) 491-1661.

The Environmental Learning Center consists of 212 acres of land and trails along the Poudre River. It offers more than 180 environmental education programs for 3,000 children and individuals of all ages each year.

The ELC is also conducting its annual fund raisers, including the Rubber Duckie River Race, on June 24, and its Adopt an Acre campaign. All donations made between now and June 24 will include an entry in the rubber duck in the race, and will go directly toward funding ELC’s educational programs. Call the ELC office at (970) 491-1661 or visit their Web site at for more information about fund raisers and program at the ELC.

The Earth Fest schedule follows.

April 13 – Daisy troops are out at the ELC from 4-5 p.m.

April 13 – Full Moon Program- Native American Storytelling 7-8p.m.

April 14 – Poudre School District Great School Escapes: Totally Buggin’! 8:30 a.m.-

3:30 p.m. Free for ELC members, $30 for non-members

April 15 – Girl Scouts come out to learn! Brownies 9 a.m.-noon and Juniors (1-4 p.m.) -Walk on the Wild Side

April 18 – Moore Elementary 5th graders learn about plants 9-11 a.m.

April 20 – Boltz Junior High Service project

April 20 – Olander Kids Care Club Service Project 3:45-5 p.m.

April 22 – Carpe Diem! A big service day to get the ELC ready for summer. The Service Crew will lead the way.

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