This year’s Earth Day event at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West takes place on Saturday, April 21, the day before the official date of Earth Day. Programs and activities for the celebration—along with the Cody Lions Club’s annual tree giveaway—run from noon – 4 p.m., while the Center extends free admission to visitors for the whole day. In conjunction with the event, the Center shows a free film the evening before.
The 2nd annual recycled vehicle race, featuring participant-created cars made from found materials and powered by gravity, is a highlight of the day. Participants must bring their completed car—built between March 1 and April 21, 2018—to the event and register it on-site between 1 and 1:45 p.m. Racing begins at 2 p.m. Vehicles must conform to specific guidelines to be eligible; find out all the requirements at centerofthewest.org/recycled-vehicle-race.
The recycled vehicle race is open to all, with two age classes (10 years of age and younger / 11 years of age and older). The winner of each class receives a $100 prize. The car deemed to display the most creative use of found materials and that best represents the spirit of the competition receives a $100 prize as well.
Additional activities and programs scheduled for the Earth Day event include:
- The live birds of the Draper Museum Raptor Experience on view.
- Behind-the-scenes access to the Draper Discovery Laboratory.
- Family fun activities including our Migration Obstacle Course (noon–1 p.m.) and the Dynamics of Flight (1–2 p.m.).
- Buffalo Bill Museum Curator Dr. Jeremy Johnston presents Presidential Preservation: Theodore Roosevelt and America’s National Parks, 3 – 3:30 p.m.
The Center’s Kuyper Dining Pavilion hosts exhibitor booths from several organizations. These include Audubon Rockies, Bureau of Land Management, City of Cody Recycling Center, Cody Lions Club, Draper Museum Raptor Experience, Nature Conservancy, Northwest College Biology Department, Park County Weed and Pest, Science Kids, Shoshone River Farms/Farmer’s Market, Stone Soup Studios, U.S. Forest Service, Wild West Electric Vehicles, Wyoming Game & Fish, Wyoming Rising Northwest, and Yellowstone National Park.
Other organizations interested in participating as exhibitors may contact the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Lee Haines at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-578-4033.
The free film takes place Friday, April 20 at 6 p.m. in the Center’s Coe Auditorium. Chasing Ice, a 75-minute, award-winning documentary which debuted on the National Geographic channel in 2013, won the 2014 News and Documentary Emmy® award for Outstanding Nature Programming.
For more information about the Center’s Earth Day celebration, visit centerofthewest.org/event/earth-day.
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 more information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page. #100YearsMore
Images by Center volunteer Woody Searles:
- The Draper Museum Raptor Experience’s diminutive saw-whet owl, Remington (on evergreen branch), appeared at the Center’s 2017 Earth Day celebration.
- Contestants test out their recycled vehicles on the track at the Center’s 2017 Earth Day celebration.