Earth Week With EVLT | 2023
by Bergen Tjossem
Join EVLT and partners for a week of conservation, learning, connection, and camaraderie to protect the wildlife habitat and open spaces that our community depends on. As trails around our community open, we’re launching our signature Community Land Connection Series, and introducing a one-week donation matching challenge generously provided by EVLT’s board of directors – that means your Earth Week donations will be doubled during this week only!
Earth Week, which coincides with the changing of the seasons and the opening of several trails countywide, is the perfect time to get outside to enjoy the benefits of protected land in our community – the protected land that you helped make possible. We’re taking the opportunity to launch a variety of innovative new (and free!) programs with our partners throughout our community.
Schedule of Events:
Birding Tour with Jerry Fedrizzi (Full)
Monday, April 17, 2023| 8:30am – 11am @ Brush Creek Valley Ranch and Open Space (Eagle)
Join Eagle Valley Land Trust and local birder Jerry Fedrizzi to explore and discuss the rich bird life of the Brush Creek Valley. Brush Creek Ranch and Open Space is protected through a partnership between the Town of Eagle, Eagle County, and Eagle Valley Land Trust. Please RSVP.
Nature Photography Workshop with Eagle Valley Wild (Full)
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Wednesday, April 19, ,2023 | 9am – 12pm @ Brush Creek Valley Ranch and Open Space (park near the Holy Cross transfer station)
Join EVLT and local wildlife photographer Todd Winslow Pierce, with Eagle Valley Wild, for a nature and outdoor photography workshop. Todd will talk us through the basics and provide opportunities to practice what you learn in different settings. Participants are encouraged to bring whatever camera they have, including smartphone cameras. Please RSVP.
Ethnobotany Plant Tour (Full)
Friday, April 21, 2023 | 11-1 @ Colorado Mountain College Atrium (Edwards)
Join EVLT and Lynn Albers, local history and ethnobotany specialist, on a tour of our local flora. Lynn will teach us how to identify local plants and what they are used for by animals and people alike. Be prepared to be fascinated and look at the landscape around you in a new way. Lynn is a wealth of knowledge and a treat to explore with.
Restoration Project with BLM (Full)
Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 9am – 1pm @ Gypsum Community Boat Site
Spring’s arrival marks the beginning of another recreation season across the Rocky Mountains. Last year, a fire sparked west of the Town of Gypsum on public lands and burned approximately 95 acres before being contained, leaving some damage to the Gypsum Campground and Community Boat Launch. The blaze also revealed trash and debris that had previously been covered by vegetation. Colorado’s public lands often bear the brunt of the recreational cycle, and now is our chance to help clean up and restore our public lands.
This Earth Week, EVLT is teaming up with our partners at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for a restoration project at the Gypsum Campground to help restore the land after the fire. Activities will include trash pickup and native seed planting. We’re calling on you to come out, and help restore our public lands. Lunch provided! Please RSVP.
We will be encountering unpredictable weather and conditions in the field. Those interested should come prepared to spend the duration of the program outside with sun protection, water, proper layers for Colorado weather, sturdy waterproof shoes, and trekking poles, if desired. These programs are weather-dependent, please check EVLT’s Facebook page on the day of the hike for information if there is inclement weather. These programs are free and open the public but space is limited. Please RSVP. Although we love dogs, not everyone else does, especially wildlife. Please leave your furry friends at home.