Earth Day Celebrations in Sedona, Grand Canyon and National Parks
There are going to be some fun events for you and your family in Northern Arizona on April 22nd in honor of Earth Day.
Earth Day Celebrations
National Park Week
Celebrate Earth Day in the parks!
Take the time on April 22 to get outside to a national park and celebrate all the wonders and magical places that our planet has given us! During National Park Week 397 of your national parks are offering free admission all week long including Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, Montezuma Castle National Monument, and the Grand Canyon National Monument…See More
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Red Rock State Park
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than a guided Geology Hike at Red Rock State Park. Visitors can join a volunteer on Earth Day and learn why the rocks are red, where they came from, where they are going, and more. This hike includes the Eagle’s Nest Trail for a great view of the Park and the surrounding area. It’s more than a guided hike. It’s an interpretive experience for the beginner as well as the advanced geologist. The hike lasts for two to two and a half hours and has a 250 feet elevation climb. Please call 928.282.6907 to make reservations. To learn more about this hike or other activities at the park please visit Red Rock State Park.
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|Sedona International Film Festival
Special showing of “AVATAR”
April 22nd, 2012
Join the Sedona International Film Festival at the Sedona Performing Arts Center for a community celebration with a special showing of “AVATAR”, maybe the most fun “green” adventure film ever created! The event will start at 4:00 pm with displays in the lobby of the Sedona Performing Arts Center featuring local groups and green businesses. There will also be food catered by Heartline Café. Participate in the “Great Green Raffle” for a chance to win an installed SolarWorks Hot Water Solar System and other great green prizes, like a Sedona Adventures float trip down the Verde River and more. Tickets are just $5.00 each with proceeds going to fund environmental education at local schools. For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.
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Solar Astronomy Workshops
Spend Earth Day viewing the sun through telescopes!
Join others for this unique experience of viewing the sun and its solar flairs through the lens of a telescope. J D. Maddy, President of Astronomers of the Verde Valley, will guide participants through this daytime astronomy workshop. From noon until 1:00 p.m. participants will be able to view the sun through three different telescopes. There will be a night time scope fitted with a solar filter, a Hydrogen Alpha telescope and a Calcium K telescope that only sees the ultra violet spectrum of visual light. At 1:00 p.m. there will be a mini lecture for 45 minutes followed by more time to look through the scopes. The lecture will cover topics related to the sun, such as it’s composition, cycles, mythology as well as information about the upcoming Annular Solar Eclipse on May 20. Please reserve your spot at this workshop by contacting the Parks and Recreation Department with your RSVP at 928. 282.7098. For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.
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Grand Canyon National Park
Earth Day Celebration
Join in the fun at the Grand Canyon’s Earth Day Celebration taking place April 22, 2012. There will be demonstrations, games, information on local and national environmental initiatives and much more. All Earth Day activities are free of charge and will take place at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center near Mather Point between the hours of 10:00 am. and 2:00 pm. The Grand Canyon will recognize National Park Week by waiving entrance fees April 21 – 29, 2012. For more information please visit the Grand Canyon National Park .
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Grand Canyon Railway
Steam In the 21st Century
Join the Grand Canyon Railway in a special round-trip run to the Grand Canyon using steam locomotive No. 4960 fueled by recycled vegetable oil. The steam locomotive also makes several eight-mile trips on special days throughout the year with a single class of service in the train’s historic 1923 Harriman cars. Regular Grand Canyon Railway daily train pricing will apply. For more information please visit the Grand Canyon Railway .