The City of Arvada held an Earth Day celebration on April 22 at the Majestic View Nature Center, attended by 89 individuals, 18 teen volunteers, 10 MVNC volunteers and 9 Arvada city staff members.
The festivities ran from 9 a.m. to noon and included educational booths put on by organizations including Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge and the Arvada Forestry Department as well as a litter pickup contest and a poster contest.
The event is the first of four events the Nature Center is hosting to celebrate its 20th anniversary, with Arvada Trails day set to follow on June 4, a pollinator garden event set for June 18 and a 20th anniversary party scheduled for Aug. 6.
The winner of the litter pickup contest received a free rain barrel, while the top three poster-makers in the Earth Day Poster Contest got a free tree to be planted in the Arvada school or park of their choice.
Anna Hoover, the Nature Center’s Director, said that celebrating Earth Day highlights the importance of helping take care of the environment.
“The importance of celebrating Earth Day is to make sure people are aware of the amazing resources we have and how we all have to have some impact on protecting it. Whether it’s picking up after your dog at Arvada parks or getting more hands on, it doesn’t matter what level of engagement you have,” Hoover said. “…We all have to engage in our environment, otherwise it’s going to disappear.”