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How to celebrate Earth Day in Colorado Springs on Saturday

By: Chhun Sun
April 20, 2017 Updated: April 20, 2017 at 11:52 am
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Katy Henderson (right), 12, a sixth-grader at Manitou Springs Middle School, and her teacher Patty Breece (left) plant flowers at the school to commemorate Earth Day on Tuesday April 23, 2002. Breece's sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students spent Monday and Tuesday sprucing up the landscaping at their school. Jay Janner/The Gazette

Organizers of the Pikes Peak Partners Great American Cleanup aren't asking for much from their volunteers.

All they need to do is roll back their sleeves and put on some gloves to help beautify the region by picking up litter at parks, along streambeds, rights-of-way and other public spaces.

On Saturday, Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup - the nation's largest community improvement program - once again hit the Colorado Springs area. The national movement takes place each year from March 1 through May 31 and in many cities, it coincidences with April's Earth Day observances.

The regional efforts begin 9 a.m. Saturday at 24 sites, from Monument to Fountain and Manitou Springs to Calhan.

Last year, about 800 volunteers showed up to the cleanup locations.

To find a site, visit http://www.gacppp.com/event-sites2.html.

Other Earth Day events Saturday in Colorado Springs include:

- the 20th annual Earth Day Celebration at Garden of the Gods Park, 1805 N. 30th St., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The event features arts and crafts, a chemical magic show and live animals.

- Recycle, Reuse, Re-Love: Earth Day at Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The event features demonstrations on rainwater harvest, vermiculture and gardening.

- Earth Day Drum and Singalong at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The event features drumming and songs, as well attendees are asked to wear a hat, mask or costume "to represent what you love and want to preserve," according to its Facebook event page.

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