Earth Day Is a Day to Recycle, Up-cycle and Reuse

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“Wise Fool” will help make puppets at this year’s Earth Day Festival. Courtesy/PEEC

By Terry Foxx

The community-wide Earth Day Festival on April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is not only fun for children and adults but also reminds us to recycle, up-cycle, and reuse. 

This year we have two student-generated projects for recycling: collecting and contributing aluminum cans and a toy exchange. 

Bring aluminum beverage cans to the Earth Day Festival to help the Mountain School Green Team participate in a competition called The Great American Can Roundup.

If they collect the most pounds of aluminum in the state, they will receive $1,000, which they will donate to the Heart and Soul Animal Sanctuary in Pecos. 

The County Environmental Sustainability Department’s Tom Nagawiecki will be on hand to weigh the cans.

Mountain Elementary School Green Team members participate in a competition called The Great American Can Roundup. Courtesy/PEEC

Earth Day Festival is the last day before the closing date for the contest. 

In addition, bring two outgrown toys to the Earth Day Festival. 

Some Aspen 5th grade GATE students are organizing a toy exchange for the Earth Day Festival. 

Kids will donate two toys that they don’t want any more and are still in good condition in exchange for one.

The extra toys will be donated to the Big Brothers, Big Sisters charity at the end of the program.

The charity was chosen by two 5th grade students because “They help kids get a better life by building a relationship with them and believing strongly that they can succeed.” (For more information go to

Kids and parents will like this program because it will get rid of extra, unneeded toys that are crowding up rooms. Plus, kids will get to pick a toy in exchange for their unwanted toys.

Aspen Elementary School students ask children to bring two outgrown, usable toys to the Earth Day Festival and pick one to take home. Courtesy/PEEC

Another recycling activity will be puppet-making by Wise Fool. 

At 12:30 p.m. at the festival, they will help the children create puppets out of recycled manila folders, fabric scraps, and other items. 

At 1 p.m. they will perform “Too Much Noise,” a fun puppet show for both children and adults.

Entertainment at the festival is sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank and includes an old favorite performing at 11 a.m. – Clan Tynker. 

At Noon, the festival-goers will enjoy the antics and music of the Los Alamos Hill Stompers.

The Earth Day Festival is full of fun and entertainment.

Come and find out about different organizations including Duck Buddies, Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera, Habitat for Humanity, Los Alamos National Bank, Sierra Club, Atomic City Transit, the Los Alamos Coop Market, and many more.

Food will be served by Taste of New York and Navajo tacos by Titan Papas Grill. 

Many sponsors and supporters help make this festival possible. 

Go to the website to see the list and to find out about the many other programs at PEEC.  

The festival is at PEEC at 3540 Orange St. 

PLEASE: Park your cars at Los Alamos High School parking lot and ride the Atomic City Transit shuttle to the site.

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