Grand Canyon National Park Has Plans To Celebrate Earth Day

A weekend of activities is being planned at Grand Canyon National Park to mark Earth Day next month. NPS photo.

A film on the work of conservationist Aldo Leopold is just one of the highlights of the Earth Day celebration planned at Grand Canyon National Park next month.

The park will also mark the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day during the weekend of April 19 – 21 with a keynote presentation by author Mary Ellen Hannibal, and a day of fun and educational activities.

A free screening of the film, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, will kick off the weekend on Friday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Canyon Visitor Center theatre. This award-winning, one-hour documentary recounts the life and legacy of Aldo Leopold and explores the many ways in which his land ethic and philosophy shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement.

On Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., Grand Canyon’s Green Team is proud to host environmental author Mary Ellen Hannibal, who will be talking about recent studies of landscape connectivity as well as her new book The Spine of the Continent. Ms. Hannibal’s free presentation will explore the critical nature of wildlife corridors that include natural habitats found within national parks along the Rocky Mountains and into the Southwest. She will also review the history of America’s native wildlife habitats and share what scientists are doing to combat the gradual loss of these important lands along the spine of the continent.

On Sunday, April 21, the weekend will culminate in an open-house style event at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Agencies and organizations from throughout northern Arizona will join park staff, partners and concessioners in offering educational activities, demonstrations and games, samples, and information on local and national environmental initiatives. From demonstrations of composting and grinding coffee using a bicycle-powered generator, to informational handouts and samples of sustainable foods, there will be activities for all ages.

“Grand Canyon became a Climate Friendly Park in 2010, and the community here is continually working to decrease its environmental footprint. Earth Day is an excellent opportunity for park staff, concessioners and partners to share their hard work in making Grand Canyon a greener more sustainable place to live, work and play,” said Superintendent Dave Uberuaga.

All of the weekend’s activities are family friendly and free of charge.