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Prescott Celebrates Earth Day In a Big Way

20 April 2017  

Saturday brings the mother of all community-wide Earth Day celebrations to Prescott.

You are going to want to completely clear your calendar for Saturday, April 22, because by the time you’re done with all the community events, the only thing you’ll have energy for is a nap.

First of all is the Annual Granite Creek Cleanup, which starts at 9 AM. Meet at Granite Creek Park along with hundreds of others who dedicate this day every year to helping keep Granite Creek cleaned up. Pre-registration is closed at this time, but you can still register on site and start picking up trash. One of these days, it is to be hoped that there won’t be anything for the 500+ people to do, but that time hasn’t arrived yet.

Alternative Earthy Activities:

Not up to picking up trash from Granite Creek and creating chalk art in a parking lot? Well, you’ve got options!

Watters Garden Center is offering a free class on “Grow Your Own Groceries” at 9:30 AM. 

Prescott Farmers Market is open from 10 AM to 1 PM at the YRMC Pendleton Center parking lot. 

Next, you might want to head a bit south of Granite Creek Park to the corner of Montezuma and Sheldon Street, where the annual Chalk It Up Festival is taking place. It’s not technically an “Earth Day” event, but it’s lots of fun anyway, and the parking lot art will completely amaze you. Grab a box of chalk (they’ll have plenty of free boxes on hand) and pick a square to share your inspiration in. (The Chalk It Up Event will continue on Sunday, April 23).

After leaving your chalky impression in the National Bank parking lot, take a slight jog half a block east to Cortez Street, and head south a couple more blocks. That’s when you’ll find yourself in the middle of the Earth Day Expo. Cortez Street will be blocked off between Gurley and Goodwin Streets for the event. 

Booths will be set up to accommodate the vendors and participants. Expect the road closure to continue throughout the day until early evening. 

More than 30 groups will be setting up booths and tents. The participants include an eclectic mix of artists, developers, organizations and political groups. Here’s the list:

  • Community Forest Trust
  • Open Space Alliance
  • Prescott Alternative Transit
  • Central Arizona Land Trust
  • Yavapai Transit Authority
  • Prescott Over the Hill Gang
  • Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance
  • Pat Warwick Art
  • CWAG
  • The Club at Prescott Lakes
  • Community Garden
  • Dorn hOmes
  • Educational Expeditions, LLC
  • Freeport McMoran geologists and water folks
  • Highland Center
  • Ironclad Bicycles
  • Jay’s Bird Barn
  • Linking Edible Arizona Forests
  • Magic Creek Beads
  • Monarch Butterfly Study
  • Mountain Oak School
  • Native Plant Society
  • Natural Grocers (with a sitting area)
  • NAU
  • Orgone Energy Devices
  • Prescott Indivisible
  • Prescott’s BikePed and Watersmart Programs
  • S.T.E.P. By Step (Save the Endangered Planet)
  • Sierra Club
  • SlowFood Prescott
  • Tara Thai Restaurant
  • Yavapai Climate Change Coalition 
  • YC Grown CSA
  • Zucker Architecture

Also on hand will be representatives from the Wildfire Expo  with Smokey Bear, antique fire engines, emergency services information and much more. There will be lots of great tips for keeping yourself and your property firewise this year. 

Both the Wildfire Expo and the Earth Day Expo will shut down around 3 PM, but if you still need some more Earth Day goodness, you can take part in the March for Science that will circle the Courthouse Square a time or two. It's supposed to start at 3. What is the March for Science you ask? Well, here’s how it’s described on the Sierra Club webslte:

"The March for Science advocates for evidence-based policymaking, science education, research funding, and inclusive and accessible science. Science plays a vital role in our health, safety, economies, and governments. Science, scientists, and evidence-based policymaking are under attack. Budget cuts, censorship of researchers, disappearing datasets, and threats to dismantle government agencies harm us all, putting our health, food, air, water, climate, and jobs at risk.

"The March for Science is an opportunity for people who support science - science advocates, science educators, scientists, and concerned citizens - to take a public stand and be counted. The march is supported by more than 170 partner organizations. The national event at The National Mall in Washington, DC is supported by over 425 satellite marches around the world. "Marchers will circulate around the square following the Earth Day celebration. We will avoid disrupting EarthDay. The March for Science will be a signifiant enhancement to Earth Day!

"March for Science is a national event organized by Sierra Club, Yavapai Climate Change Coalition, and Prescott Indivisible."

By now, you just might be ready for something a little bit different, and for that, you can hop into your air-conditioned, motorized chariot and head north to Embry-Riddle soccer field, where they are having an all-day Drone Race  with over 30 pilots in attendance. They’ll be vying for the chance to participate in a national tournament, so go cheer them on!

All in all, Saturday should be a very eventful, educational and somewhat exhausting day with something to do for everyone in the family. But never fear, because Sunday, April 23, is National Picnic Day, and you can relax on a blanket in the lovely Prescott outdoors with your basket of food.

Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder and Editor of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She asks a lot of questions! In her spare time, she loves photography, cooking and hanging out with her family.