Give back, take action – ways to celebrate Earth Day in Steamboat Springs |

Give back, take action – ways to celebrate Earth Day in Steamboat Springs

This Sunday is Earth Day. What will you do to give back?
Austin Colbert

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Pause for a moment. Take a look outside. What comes into view?

In that moment, notice the natural beauty, the mountains, the river. Earth Day is the perfect time to celebrate those moments.

Established in 1970, Earth Day is a day set aside to commemorate the planet and focus on a sustainable future for generations to come.

“Earth Day is a great reminder of our connection and dependence on our environment and natural resources,” said Sarah Jones, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council executive director. “In Steamboat, however, most people are out of town, and it is therefore hard for people to take action or give back on the actual Earth Day.”

Whether big or small, here are a few ways to make a difference and celebrate Earth Day in the Yampa Valley.

Get creative with recycling

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will be hosting “Grounded,” an evening of multimedia storytelling that will honor Colorado Public Lands Day on Thursday, May 17, and in preparation for the free community storytelling event, YVSC and the Independent Volunteer Pod Create Space group will be creating a geologic cross-section map of the Yampa Valley using recycled materials to fill in the different rock formations.

“We wanted to incorporate our local lands (the cross section of Rabbit Ears, Flat Tops and Steamboat Springs) and also make a statement about the large generation of common waste and that their environmental impact can be on a geologic scale,” Jones said.

The recycled art workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.

Green thumbs

“While it’s too early to plant in celebration of Earth Day, it’s never too early to start planning for this year’s growing season,” said Todd Hagenbuch, Routt County Extension agent. “Seeds can be started indoors at this time, if you are ordering plants, make sure you order soon for an early June planting time.”

The CSU Master Gardeners have begun their office hours, which are offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays in the Routt County Historic Courthouse Annex.

“I plan on working on sprucing up flower beds at the museum in Hayden, removing unwanted grasses and weeds and maybe adding a little compost to give the plants a nice spring feeding,” said Mary O’Brien, a local herbalist who has been studying, practicing and teaching herbal medicine since 1987. “Maybe folks can volunteer some time at other sites around town that need help in maintaining their gardens.”

Get outside this Earth Day

“This is also a great time to get down to the river,” said Mike Loots, camp director and youth program coordinator of Yampatika. The town run is looking good, and there are some decent fishing spots that haven’t been blown out by increased flows yet.

“The osprey, cranes and waterfowl are out in force and some of our songbirds have made the journey back, so earth week offers up ample opportunities for birding as well,” he continued.

Reduce carbon footprint

Jones said another people can mark Earth Day is to sign YVSC’s Climate Action Pledge to reduce their individual carbon footprint.

The Earth Day Network is focusing their 2018 Earth Day efforts on ending plastic pollution.

“That is also something that everyone can do, anywhere they are, on Earth Day and beyond,” Jones said.

Earth Day events:

Celebrate Earth Day the Natural Grocers Way

8 a.m. | Sunday, April 22 | Natural Grocers, 355 Lincoln Ave.

Natural Grocers will celebrat Earth Day by offering earth-saving tips and wallet-saving deals. Take their Ladybug Love Pledge to save beneficial insects the ecosystem, learn about local environmental issues, chat with a local beekeeper and more.

Community Yoga Practice: Earth Day Flow

10 to 11:30 a.m. | Sunday, April 22 | Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an Earth Day Flow, a 90-minute audio practice focusing on Tias Little’s “Freeing the Bird of Prana, Opening the Wings of a Yoga Practice” DVD.

Bird-Free Hay supports Earth Day

3 to 4 p.m. | Sunday, April 22 | Natural Grocers, 355 Lincoln Ave.

Did you know the city of Steamboat Springs has adjusted when it cuts hay? Why? So that the ground-nesting birds like the sandhill cranes and bobolinks do not have their nests destroyed before the fledglings have flown the nest. Listen to this story and more presented by Nancie McCormish.

Makin Noise: Earth Day 2018 Release

Noon to 10 p.m. | Sunday, April 22 | Storm Peak Brewing Co., 1885 Elk River Plaza

Makin’ Noise has partnered with Storm Peak to create a collaboration brew in celebration of Earth Day. Four other versions were made at select breweries in Colorado, made with the Westmalle yeast strain. $1 per pour will benefit various local environmental organizations. In Steamboat the benefiting organization will be Friends of the Yampa.

Spring community and commercial recycling drop-off

Saturday, May 12 | Knoll and Meadows parking lots

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Residential drop-off

2 to 4:30 p.m. | Commercial drop-off (by appointment only)

At this one-stop-drop, responsibly recycle electronics, mattresses, appliances, lightbulbs, yard waste, skis and more. A complete list of all items accepted, fees and payment methods are available online. Commercial recycling will be offered by appointment only. No paint, household hazardous waste, trash or furniture will be accepted.

Routt County Clean-up Day

8 a.m. | May 19 | Olympian Hall, 845 Howelsen Pkwy.

Individuals and community groups are invited to participate in the annual clean up of Routt County roadways. Register in advance with Heather Savalox with the Routt County Department of Environmental Health at 970-870-5588 or

For more information about all of the Earth Day, or Earth Month, activities, visit

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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