Earth Day essay contest and open house at Walking Mountains

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What: Earth Day open house and film.

Where: Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon.

When: 4 to 6:30 p.m. on April 22.

Cost: Free.

More information: Call 970-827-9725, or email

AVON — Walking Mountains Science Center is encouraging more people to be part of the Earth Day celebration this year and is offering a valley-wide essay content for students, as well as discounted home energy assessments and an evening movie. Grand prizes will be awarded for the most thoughtful and practical ideas in each age division (grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12), including a one-of-a-kind Walking Mountains snowboard from Weston for the high school winner and tablets for the younger groups.


Students are asked to answer the following question in essay form:

“Describe your vision for new and creative ways to help your community live in harmony on planet Earth. Think big, but practical — what kinds of changes would you like to see that could really make a difference in our valley?”

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Submissions for the contest are due at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11. Essays can be sent to or dropped off in person at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon. All essays must include name, contact email, phone number, school and grade. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, you do not need to be present at the event to win.


You can also stop by the Energy Resource Center on April 22 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. to learn more about how new light bulbs and simple fixes at home can reduce your energy use as well as increase comfort. It is offering half off energy assessments for everyone who signs up at Walking Mountains Science Center, so please visit us to learn more.


A film featuring environmentalists and their groundbreaking stories will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on April 22 at Walking Mountains Science Center.

“A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet,” part of the Sustainable Community Film Series, sponsored by the town of Avon, features the stories from pioneers of the environmental movement as they share their trials and tribulations.

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