10 ways to celebrate Earth Day 2014 in Ogden

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1-Volunteer with Ogden Trails Network– The OTN is a partnership between the city of Ogden and volunteers within the community. With so many great trails comes a lot of maintenance and OTN is committed to keeping Ogden’s trails beautiful.  Check out their FB page as well as Front Climbing Gyms FB page for trail dig & maintenance days. OTN also has a meetup group for staying updated on group hikes and digs.

2-Ride your bike– Whether you are running an errand or heading to work, these warm days and blue skies are the perfect time to hop on your bike.  Our very own Mayor Caldwell has vowed to bike to work every day and if we all tried it out, even once a week, we could make a huge impact together.

3-Check out Treehouse Museum’s Earth Day fun-Treehouse will be doing recycled art in the Art Garden, providing tours of the 20′ Earth Balloon between 12:30 and 2 p.m., and sharing jungle stories in the Theater. Visitors can take the recycling pledge too!

4-Celebrate with Ogden Nature Center-The Nature Center’s outdoor glen will be filled with tons of earth-friendly ideas, a native plant sale, product booths, workshops and fun activities!  All of Utah’s green gurus will be on hand with topics ranging from bee keeping, composting, and invastive weeds, to Llama cart rides and a climbing wall for kiddos!  Children always love the US Forest Service water trailer while adults enjoy taking home green ideas for their homes and gardens.  Cost: $2 per person,the use of alternative transportation or carpooling encouraged.

5-Plant a Tree– Beginning April 2, Ogden City will provide over 200 free trees for residents to plant in the parking strip areas in front of their homes. The trees will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis and are limited to one tree per household. At homes without sidewalks, residents may plant the trees five feet from the curb.A variety of trees will be available at no cost from the Ogden City nursery. The nursery, located at 1845 Monroe Blvd, at the Green Waste site, is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8:30 am to noon, excluding Saturday, April 20.Residents will need to provide information about overhead power lines, the width of their parking strip, their lot location, and be present at pick up. Proof of residency, such as a current city utility bill and a driver’s license is required.For further information call 801-629-8271.

6-Pick up trash along river parkway– Join Green The World for an Earth Day cleanup of the Ogden River Parkway.Meet at the trail head on Grant Avenue (behind Slackwater). We will be picking up all trash along the the Ogden River Parkway and then walk South over to Lucky Slice Pizza for FREE appetizers and a raffle for all who participated.  Green the World is also a great place to pick up eco friendly goods! 

7-Spring clean with Bloom Recyclers– Spring clean your house, garage or (shudder) basement and instead of tossing it all in the trash, take it to Bloom Recyclers! Use their handy coupons for a bonus on your recycled items, that’s more money in your pocket!  Kids can also color a page for their Earth Day contest.

8-Host a Swap party and donate extra goods–  I have had so much fun hosting fashion swaps with my friends and all the extra we donate to YCC. Earth day is the best time to host a fun swap and  you don’t have to limit it to clothes you can  swap craft supplies, books, music or even toys for the kiddos. Help recycle and give back to your community while getting some great new duds, it’s a win-win.

9-Attend Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah’s baby shower– Enjoy party games, bird presentations, refreshments, kids crafts a silent auction at the WRCNU’s baby shower. Bring donations from their wishlist for the animals in their care and help them continue to rescue and rehabilitate Utah animals.

10-End the month with the Ogden Trails Network shin-dig– Support Ogden Trails Network and celebrate  all your Earth Day endeavors at the annual shin-dig. There will be great food, games and a ton of swag. This is  not to be missed event that is fun for the whole family!

 

Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her 2 kiddos and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.