Earth Week and Earth Day in Pagosa Springs

By Pauline Benetti

Earth Day in Pagosa Springs falls on Saturday, April 22. This day has undergone a Rocky Mountain conversion, expanding into Earth Week (Monday through Saturday) as Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS) promotes six days of community events to celebrate this most auspicious day.

Beginning at week’s end with Earth Day itself, Saturday April 22:

This is a day full of activities starting at 8am with the Audubon Bird Walk and Identification River Walk meeting at the Community Center; at 9am, Step Outdoors meets at the Archuleta Fairgrounds for a 5K Trash Walk; from 10am to 2:30pm, the activity centers on Pagosa High School, with the SOS Earth Day Fair supporting Environmental and Climate Literacy with seven speakers presenting a variety of point of view… sure to interest.

10:30 – Tom Dahmer is a wildlife biologist who works in China. He will talk about efforts to restore wildlife habitat there, and the importance of preserving America’s wildlands.

11:00 – Addie Deupree is a high school science teacher. She will speak about science education today in our schools.

11:30 – Matt Tuten is a forester with the U.S. Forest Service Pagosa Ranger District. Matt will relate how climate change is affecting Colorado’s National Forests.

12:00 – Bill Trimarco is the Southwest Colorado Firewise County Coordinator. Bill’s talk is titled “Living with Wildfire.”

12:30 – John Scahill is a retired scientist with the U.S. Department of Energy. John will describe how electricity is produced in a biomass plant, and the benefits of biochar.

1:00 – Herb Grover is a Professor of Environmental Science. His talk is titled “Renewable Energy: Trends in Wind and Solar.”

1:30 – Becky Herman is President of the Weminuche Audubon Society. Becky will explain why The Audubon Society is about much more than birds.

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Western Bluebirds; Photo courtesy Kaia Noonan,

In addition, there will be booths representing 16 participating organizations with interests such as green energy, healthy living, organic gardening, public land stewardship, and including science experiments, kids activities, food and music.

The day will culminate with the 2:30pm March for Science, part of the International March for Science which will meet at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

Information tables are still available; contact Leslie at

Participating Organizations: San Juan Outdoor Club, Archuleta County Weed & Pest, Growing Spaces, USFS ForestEd/Pagosa Ranger District, CSU Archuleta County Extension Office, FireWise, San Juan Headwaters, Pagosa Springs Community Gardens, Earth Sense Herbals, Audubon Rockies, Goal Academy, Friends of Renewable Energy (FORE), Fifth Grade Worm Project, Kids Coloring and Activity Table, Weminuche Audubon Society, Citizens Climate Lobby, Indivisible Pagosa, Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership. And last but not least, Southwest Organization for Sustainability.

Now here’s a recap of some of the events occurring during the week leading up to Earth Day. For more events with specific details about time and place, please visit the SOS website ( home page where you will find links to detailed schedules.

All week
Free Recycling at the County Transfer Station and displays at the Ruby Sisson Library;

UU Fellowship trash pick-up meets at Pagosa Brewing Parking lot at 9am

Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership Dome Tour & Plant Sale, Centennial Park, 11am-4pm

Mountain High Gardeners Plant Sale and Garden Expo at County Extension Building; 10am-12noon

Film, Watershed at the Liberty Theater sponsored by San Juan Water Conservancy District and SOS, 5:30pm.

Audubon Society Bird Walk and Identification meets at Four Mile Ranch Guest House, 8:30am

Loaves and Fishes share a community meal at the Parish Hall on Lewis Street 11:30am-1pm

Life Long Learning Series, Climate Reality Project: Meeting the Challenge Head on, Holly Metzler presenting at the Ruby M Sisson Library, 5:30-7pm

Tree Planting, everyone welcome, Town Parks and Rec Dept, Yamaguchi Park, 9:30am

Our motivation for this Earth Day Celebration is found in these words by Margaret Mead:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has…


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