On Friday, April 22, Earth Day marks its 46th anniversary, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, along with several community partners, celebrate the milestone with what promises to become an annual event in Cody, Wyoming.
The Center’s Operating Engineer Phil Anthony is a key member of the volunteer staff committee organizing the event and remembers, “I was in grade school on the first Earth Day—the idea that our planet is important to humanity has stayed with me.” A year ago Center staffers did a clean-up of the grounds of the museum on Earth Day, and this year wanted to expand the event into the community.
Earth Day activities include a morning clean-up of land surrounding the Paul Stock Nature Trail, and an afternoon “Earth Day Roundup” at City Park in downtown Cody. This community outreach event features informational booths from several conservation and nature-oriented organizations, and a presentation with live birds of prey.
Clean-up of the Paul Stock Nature Trail, a 1.5 mile public walking and bike trail with views of the Shoshone River, is spearheaded by members of the Center of the West’s “Green Team,” and takes place from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Those who wish join the group on the clean-up may meet at the parking area at the end of Spruce Drive near River View Park (901 River View Drive) at 8:45 a.m.
The Earth Day Roundup at City Park takes place from 1 – 3:30 p.m. at the Band Shell in City Park. The several participating organizations will have booths set up to share information and visit with the public. At 2:30 p.m. in the park, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Draper Museum Raptor Experience presents its popular program featuring live birds of prey.
The following organizations and programs take part in the roundup with a booth: Bureau of Land Management, Center of the West’s Education Department, Cody Country Chamber of Commerce, Draper Museum Raptor Experience, Draper Natural History Museum, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Meadowlark Audubon Society, Park County Weed & Pest, and The Nature Conservancy.
Other organizations interested in setting up a booth are encouraged to contact the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Phil Anthony at [email protected] or 307-578-4118. For general information about the Earth Day celebration, visit centerofthewest.org/event/earth-day-celebration. To learn more about Earth Day, visit www.earthday.org.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.