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7 Simple Actions You Can Take Toward a Blue Planet Recycle correctly. Contamination is recycling’s biggest problem. Know what to throw out and make sure that your recyclables are empty, clean, dry and not bagged.

Buy reusable bags. Purchase a half dozen reusable bags to use everytime you go to the store. A small investment will save thousands of plastic bags in the long term.

Bring your own mug. Daily coffeeshop visitors generate about 23 pounds each of waste in disposable cups each year.

Replace lightbulbs. LED lightbulbs use just 10 percent of the energy incandescent bulbs do. When you replace, be sure to recycle them properly.

Use rechargeable batteries. This generates less waste.

Use recycled paper. The EPA says buying recycled paper helps close the recycling loop.

Buy Used. Search thrifit stores and online marketplaces for gently used items. Save 70 to 90 percent on books, clothing and home decor when you buy secondhand versus new.

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TABLE OF CONTENT: Water Conservation


Moraway Adventures


Gallatin Valley Earth Day


Recycling Guide


Events Calendar


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ozeman has a lot of things that feel infinite. The mountains, the wide open spaces, and the big sky that seems to go on forever are part of why people love Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley. But one thing that’s very important for the city is far from infinite: our water supply.

a campaign put on by the city to help educate residents on water conservation and how they can reduce their water use, said Ahsltrom. One of the most major pieces of that campaign is the free residential sprinkler assessments offered by the department.

Bozeman gets its water supply from snowpack, meaning that however much snow we get in the winter, when water use is low, is how much water we’ll have to get us through the summer, when water use is at its highest. About 40% of Bozeman’s water comes from Hyalite Creek and Hyalite Reservoir, another 40% from Bozeman Creek, and roughly 20% from Lyman Spring in the Bridger Mountains.

“We will basically run through the sprinkler system, identify any needs of repair, opportunities to increase efficiency, and then we also develop a customized watering schedule,” Ahlstrom said. “We’ve found that that is a really helpful component for a lot of residents.” In Bozeman, roughly half of the residential water use every year is used for lawns and landscapes, which makes the sprinkler assessment a big asset to those who might want to cut down on their water usage. Ahlstrom said that last summer the city used more water outside compared to the previous few summers, likely in part because it was hotter and drier than those summers, but also because Bozeman is growing so rapidly.

“Basically what we’re trying to do is just provide residents with a couple ideas, or one thing that they can do to save water,” said Jessica Ahlstrom, a water conservation specialist with the city of Bozeman. “Even doing one thing really does make a difference.” That’s the idea behind Water Smart Bozeman,

Ahlstrom said her department did a study several years ago on how much water different ages of homes use. The study showed that newer construction -- homes, townhomes and apartments built after 2009 -- actually tend to use more water than older homes built prior to 2009. Even with smaller lots and newer, more efficient plumbing fixtures, the newer construction tended to use more water because they’re more likely to have irrigation systems to water lawns and landscaping. “If I was speaking with a new resident and they bought one of the newer homes in town, I would recommend that they take some time to understand their irrigation system and look for opportunities to be more efficient with it,” she said. But conserving water used outdoors isn’t the only way to conserve water. While indoor water use is lower overall than outdoor water use, there’s still a number of ways that residents can save water - and money.

The city gives rebates for residents to replace some older water fixtures with more efficient ones. And for renters who might not be able to decide they want a more efficient toilet without layers of landlord or property management approval, Ahlstrom said keeping an eye out for leaks, which aren’t only wasteful but can also significantly rack up water bills. Renters can also make sure that they’re only doing full loads of laundry and, if they’re responsible for watering lawns or keeping landscape in shape, can try to cut back on outdoor water use. The city also offers kits to fix leaks, which renters and owners alike can pick up and use to fix leaks and save water. “We’re growing at such a fast rate that we’re basically on a fast track to the point at which we expect demand for water to exceed supply,” Ahlstrom said, “So the city is treating water conservation as a way to generate new quote on quote supplies for the future.”




hen people travel on trips planned by the new local eco-adventure tourism company Moraway Adventures, owner Christopher Moriarty wants them to make an impact.

he said. “This is going to those places that have traditionally been a little bit more inaccessible … it requires a little bit more of an adventure, a little bit more of an intrepid spirit.”

“There’s a lot of parallels between Bozeman and the greater Yellowstone ecosystem and Africa,” said Moriarty, who began Moraway Adventures in October 2020. “Looking at these amazing national parks, amazing wildlife, but the water resources are scarce, you have growing populations living on the edges of these really wild protected areas.”

And what sets Moraway Adventures apart from other adventure travel companies is its focus on helping its customers find causes local to Africa that they can support while on their trip. The organizations that Moraway partners with are run by locals and are established and known in the communities where they work.

Moraway Adventures is an adventure travel company that focuses mostly on customized travel to Africa. The company can plan full itineraries, Moriarty said -- everything from walking safaris to up close encounters at elephant reserves to mountain biking. “Adventure travel and even co adventure travel is looking at going to destinations that are a little bit more off the beaten path,”

“This is not voluntourism, this is partnering with local experts who are from these places,” Moriarty said. “They have longstanding relationships with these communities in these places and have worked really really hard to build those relationships that allow them to accurately assess community need and community desire and then work with them to help meet those needs.” The company also does its

own pre-planned trips, like the Zimbabwe conservation safari scheduled for October 2021.

and bears, it’s animals that are endemic to parts of Africa, like elephants and lions.

The focus of the Zimbabwe conservation safari is water conservation and expanding access to water resources. Those who go on the trip will be supporting efforts to update water pumps to solar or diesel and to make the access to that water more reliable and farther-reaching.

Eventually, Moriarty said, he plans to expand Moraway Adventures’ destinations beyond the content of Africa to other areas of the world, like the Galapagos, India and Patagonia.

“The goal of the people that we work with over there is to solarize and hybridize a lot of those pumps,” Moriarty said. Updating those pumps also helps keep wildlife in the national parks during the dry season, when migration to other water sources can increase human-wildlife conflict. Moriarty compared that conflict to the friction that can happen between Montana ranchers and Yellowstone wolves that can threaten cattle and the encounters that can happen between hikers and bears. But instead of wolves

“I think travelers that are drawn to Africa are also drawn to these other types of places,” Moriarty said. Those trips would also have a major focus on supporting local causes and on doing more out-ofthe-ordinary activities. “I really do believe that travel is one of those unique win win win situations,” Moriarty said. “It can be certainly good for economies in these countries we travel to and also good for the local populations as a sustainable means of income.” More information on Moraway Adventures can be found on the company’s website,




fter the long year that 2020 proved to be, with an endless onslaught of online events and Zoom calls, all Gallatin Valley Earth Day wants to do is have a safe and fun Earth Day festival. So on Saturday, April 17 on the Bozeman Public Library lawn, that’s exactly what it’ll do. “That’s sort of our kickoff for a whole week of events,” said Anne Ready, the chair of the nonprofit Gallatin Valley Earth Day. “It’s a real festival feel, so we’re going to have a band, so a little background music to make it fun, and we’re also going to have a local food cart or food truck that will be serving some local foods.” GVED hosts a slew of Earth Day events in April and year-round, and has for a couple years since the group formed in 2019. In 2020, GVED celebrated 50 years of

Earth Day with online events like online movie screenings, which it will still be hosting this year in addition to the in-person events. But there’s really nothing like people gathering in-person to celebrate the earth, Ready said. A week after its kickoff on April 17, GVED will be hosting another in-person event at Storymill Park on April 24. Sponsored by the Sacajawea Audubon Society, from 10a.m. to 2 p.m., GVED and the Audubon Society will be taking small groups out on walking bird tours in the park, pointing out the animals and their habitats to those who come along. Also on the 24th, weather permitting, GVED and the Bozeman Parks and Recreation Department are planning to have another event at the same time in the 100 Acre Park. That event

will highlight different parts of the park, and there will be prizes for kids donated by local businesses.

lawns with native, drought-tolerant plants, which use far less water than watering a grass lawn does.

Ready said that many of the inperson events are kid-focused because she and GVED feel it’s important for kids to have a foundational understanding of things they can do to protect the earth.

In addition to the potential for cutting down water usage (and, by extension, water bills), native plants also support native species of bugs and birds.

“When people are young, I think it really sets an important foundation for how they think and how they look at things and the actions that mean a lot to them when they become adults,” Ready said. “I just think it’s super important for kids to be aware of how they can feel empowered and how they can make a positive change in our world.” Even since the first GVED Earth Day event, Ready said she’s seen some changes in the Bozeman community. Some of her neighbors, for example, have replaced their

More than anything, Ready said, she wants GVED’s events to inspire hope in the people who attend and participate. “We want to be positive and upbeat and inspiring people to think about and then go ahead and plan and take action on ways to make our earth better in a timely manner,” Ready said. “It’s going to take all of us, and we each can do it in our own unique way. That’s why we have a great variety of events, different events to inspire people.”





he City of Bozeman officers single-stream curbside recycling, which means that you can just toss all your acceptable recycling into the same big green dumpster and call it a day. But that doesn’t mean you can just throw anything with a recycling sign in there -- the city doesn’t accept all plastics, and no glass at all. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can and can’t recycle in your city recycling bin. The acceptable materials are subject to change, so the most up-to-date information will be available on In the green bin: Plastics: Bottle- and jug-shaped plastics labeled #1 and #2. Metals: aluminum, tin, and steel cans are all recyclable. You don’t even need to remove the label first! Cardboard: Corrugated cardboard and other paperboard boxes are generally recyclable. Flattening them first saves you space in your bin and helps out when the boxes get to their final destination. Paper: Newspapers (like the one you’re reading right now!), magazines, catalogs, writing and office paper are all recyclable, as well as phone books and paper bags.

To the trash: Only bottle- and jug-shaped plastics are recyclable in Bozeman’s municipal bins, so even if the plastic is labeled #1 or #2, if it’s not bottle-shaped, it should go in the trash.

FREE Water Smart Landscaping Classes The City of Bozeman is partnering with landscape experts at Green Gardens Group to offer homeowners online Watershed Wise landscaping classes. Get inspired and learn to transform your yard into a water smart landscape.

Glass is not recyclable in Bozeman’s city bins, BUT you can take it to the self-serve glass recycling bin run by We Recycle Montana at 357 Recycle Way. Any recyclable materials that have been contaminated by food, like greasy pizza boxes or paper plates.

Class Schedule:

Anything that contained a toxic material, like antifreeze jugs or pesticide containers.

Watershed Wise Landscaping, Thurs., May 6, 6-7pm

Batteries and light bulbs shouldn’t go in your Bozeman recycling, nor should metal hangers.

Compost: Building the Soil Sponge, Thurs., May 20, 6-7pm

Other non-recyclable materials include juice boxes and juice pouches, styrofoam, chip bags, milk cartons, plastic bags and might want to remove it from your garden and destroy it before it infects other plants. Stay tuned for next month’s article with hints on ripening and harvesting your tomatoes.

Garden Design Workshop, Thurs., May 13, 6-7:30pm Turf: Remove, Replace, or Maintain It (Organically) Thurs., May 27, 6-7pm Irrigation Basics and Water-Use Efficiency Thurs., June 3, 6-7pm Five classes. Five dates. Sign up for one or all. To register, go to and go to ‘Our Workshops’ to register for Bozeman classes. Limited slots available. DOING ONE THING MAKES A DIFFERENCE. FIND OUT MORE AT BOZEMANWATER.COM



EVENTS CALENDAR Forwarded from Anne Ready, GVED About 2040 Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatized sequences and highend visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations. REGISTER: https://2040-april-11-18.

Implementation of Wind into our energy portfolio involves many factors including transmission capacity, land usage, environmental issues, social and political topics, and a significant amount of technical engineering work. What Robb will discuss

States. Terry was appointed chairman of the Wind Task Force committee for the Wyoming County Commissioners Association. He was Chairman of the Carbon County commissioners. Terry is a past Chairman of the Republican party for Carbon County where he served for 2 years

In this session Larson will discuss many of these wind energy-related topics, including: • How much wind energy could we produce in Montana? • What wind projects are already in place? • How can we make sure that windmills don’t freeze? • How can we make them more safe for birds?

FILM: 2040 April 11-18 On demand Gallatin Valley Earth Day and The Valley of the Flowers Project presents 2040. Filmmaker Damon Gameau explores what the future could look like by 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions that exist today. Watch the trailer: channel=MadmanFilms What others are saying “Accessible, informative and optimistic look at solutions to the climate crisis...2040 is a rare climate documentary with an optimistic message” — The New York Times “Inspiring and entertaining as educational” — The Los Angeles Times “2040 might just shift your world for the better.” --- Liam Maguren,

TALK: Wind Energy Basics On demand Watch it on the Gallatin Valley Earth Day yourtube channel! Visit to access. Join Robb Larson, MSU engineering professor, on Tuesday, April 13 at noon and learn about wind energy in Montana. Also learn about how a wind energy farm transformed the economy of Rawlings, WY from Mayor Terry Weickum. Wind Energy - the fastest growing source of energy Wind Energy is one of the world’s fastest growing sources of energy, and one that directly affects the state of Montana, the northern Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest regions, and the nation.

• What are our energy storage options and how does wind fit in with other green electric energy options on the grid? Robb Larson Robb Larson is an associate professor in the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department at Montana State University. His research interests include: Wind Energy, Renewable Energy Technologies, Snow and Avalanche Science, Composite Materials, and Instrumentation. Robb serves as the director of Montana State’s Wind and Renewables Center and has taught courses in Wind and Renewable Energy at MSU for the past 14 years. Terry Weickum Terry Weickum is the current mayor of Rawlins, WY where they are iinstalling one of the largest wind farms in the United

FESTIVAL: Gallatin Valley Earth Day Festival at the Bozeman Public Library April 17 10am - 1 pm Exhibits ~ Children’s Activities ~ Food ~ Music Clean Up Day - City of Bozeman and Bozeman Beautification Advisory Board are handling out totes for cleaning up Bozeman. The totes include vests, trash bags, gloves. Exhibits • Electric car • “Ride” an electric Harley Davidson bike on a stand/ also children size bike



• Composting • Solar panels • Native plants • Seed exchange info • Climate action • BHS Solar Schools club • Wildlife info • Water Conservation • Start from the library and follow a storybook trail to the Indreland Audubon wetlands nearby Children’s Activities • Making musical instruments from recycled materials • Montana Science Museum activity • Indreland Audubon Wetlands Science project • much more!

ridge during September and October, culminating in Bridger’s annual Raptor Fest in early October. But the Bridger range is also home to more than 30 species of songbirds. Bridger Bowl is committed to protecting its bird life - learn what you can do to support birds at home. Watch “Landscaping for Birds” Powerpoint by Paulette Epple/ Sacajawea Audubon https://www.

Bridger Bowl’s commitment to actions and policies that engender change at the local, national and global level is facilitated by our partnerships with Protect Our Winters (link), Montana Renewable Energy Association (link). Dr. Cathy Whitlock, one of the authors of the Governor’s 2017 Montana Climate Assessment presents an overview of what effects we can expect to see, here in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Music Great music from Taylor Burlage and his band members. Food Delicious food provided by The Ugly Onion

household waste. You will leave with solutions for creating a beautiful home that honors the earth. Julie Fathy For as long as Julie can remember, she’s been drawn to simple and intentional living with deep reverence given to the natural world. As part of her path, she started critically thinking about her family’s waste over a decade ago. Her approach to zero waste has been to consume less, adopt practices of making, thrifting, and mending, and eating a diet that is mostly local, home grown, and cooked from scratch. Julie is a mother to three and lives with her husband and youngest child in the mountains near Bozeman, Montana. Professionally, she founded and coowns a nutrition consulting company. When not working you can find her in the wilderness or immersed in any number of homemaking projects.

~COVID safe guidlelines will be followed ~

The Effect of Climate Change on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem” Dr. Cathy Whitlock April 19 On demand

TALK: “Bridger Bowl is For The Birds” April 18 On demand Bridger Bowl presents “Landscaping for Birds”. The Bridger mountains are a primary North American migration route for raptors. More than 15 species, including Golden Eagle and Bald Eagle, might be viewed over the course of the annual raptor count. 2021 marks the 30th year of the field work conducted on Bridger Bowl’s

Bridger Bowl presents “The Effect of Climate Change on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem” Dr. Cathy Whitlock, Phd, Research Professor, Regents Professor Emirita of Earth Sciences, Fellow of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems Watch https://www.tedxbigsky. com/portfolio/awakening-to-endlesschange/ There is no doubt that climate change is affecting skiing, whether at ski areas or in the backcountry, with changes in weather patterns and more extreme weather events occurring.

TALK: Creating Waste Home



April 19 7:00 pm Creating a Zero Waste Home with Julie Fathy Virtual talk. Learn the ins and outs of creating a zero waste household from local expert Julie Fathy. REGISTER at register/6404612765023 770123 A Zero Waste Home Learn about the zero waste lifestyle and practices you can establish at home that are environmentally thoughtful. Julie Fathy will lead you on an inspiring visual journey of her “zero waste” home. She will provide simple and affordable ideas to reduce your consumption and decrease your

BOOKCLUB: “Grain by Grain” by Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle April 20 7:00 pm “Grain by Grain”by Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle book club discussion. Bozeman Public Library book club


EARTH DAY 2021 discusses “Grain by Grain” with special guest Bob Quinn. We don’t have to accept stagnating rural communities, degraded soil, or poor health. By following Bob’s example, we can grow a healthy future, grain by grain. For more information https://www. book-clubs/bozeman-public-librarybook-club What people are saying “Holy cow! I was utterly blown away by this book. I had little expectation for what this book would be (many health related books end up very dry and hard to follow). Not this one! It’s written in a very intriguing way and blends stories, his personal experiences, science, and the history of the modern food system into a very compelling book!” - Jamie Balmet “If you live in Montana, or care about high quality food, or want to more about food systems, organic farming, the value of ancient grains, this book is a good introduction. Bob Quinn is a gem and Liz Carlisle adds her own brilliance to this book. worth your time.” - Goodreads About Bob Quinn: Bob Quinn —author of the acclaimed book, “Grain by Grain” - A a leading green businessman. He has a PhD in plant biochemistry; he is not only a leader in Montana for organic and sustainable agriculture, but a leader in alternative energy as well. He served on the first National Organic Standards Board, and has been recognized with the Montana Organic Trade Association Organic Leadership Award, and Rodale Institute’s Organic Pioneer Award. His enterprises include the ancient-grain business Kamut International and Montana’s first wind farm.

TALK: People and Wildlife: Conservation and Coexistence April 21 Noon Bozeman Public LIbrary’s Community Forum for April:

Lisa Upson, director of People and Carnivores, has worked in large carnivore conservation for 15 years, with a focus on grizzly bear and wolf coexistence. She has also worked as a mediator and taught public administration at the University of Montana. She received her Master in Public Administration at MSU. Mike Phillips is the co-founder and director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund. His work has included the reintroduction of gray wolves to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and working with the Obama administration and the U.S. Senate to pass clean energy jobs and climate change legislation. Mike is a former Montana state legislator, serving from 2006 to 2020. Library Community Forums are free and open to everyone

Join Mike Phillips, co-founder and director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund and Lisa Upson, director of People and Carnivores for this Library Community Forum on Wednesday, April 21st at noon.

REUSABLE BAG GIVEAWAY: Grocery Store’s Reusable Bag Giveaway Promotion

Zoom link:: https://us02web.zoom. us/j/81083440088

The following grocery stores will be giving away reusable bags on Earth Day, as long as supplies last!

As we know, conserving wildlife—in the Gallatin Valley, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and in public and private landscapes across Montana and throughout the West— contributes to our lives and livelihoods in many ways, some beyond imagining even 30 or 40 years ago. The central issue of wildlife conservation is coexistence, which is only being magnified by the numbers of people moving into our region. How do we conserve wildlife and promote biodiversity across large landscapes? What are local examples of projects that conserve wildlife on ranches, farms, and public lands? If coexistence with wildlife is a primary focus of conservation, how does it work? How is it working?

April 22 All Day

WHEN: April 22, 2021 PARTICIPATING STORES: • Albertson’s - 200 S 23rd Ave · In University Square Shopping Center, Bozeman • Safe way - 1735 W Main St, Bozeman • Town & Country - 1611 S 11th Ave, Bozeman • Town & Country - 219 N 19th Ave, Bozeman • Town & Country - 205 W Madison Ave, Belgrade • Walmart - 1500 N 7th Ave, Bozeman, • Rosauers - 3255 Technology Blvd. W., Bozeman,

SEED EXCHANGE: Earth Day Seed Exchange. In Person Event. April 22 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm The Gallatin Conservation District presents ~ Celebrate Earth Day in the Education and Outreach Center located in Manhattan by picking up FREE wildflower and vegetable seeds saved from our gardens! Feel free to bring your own seeds to share if you’d like. WHERE: Education and Outreach Center 123 S. Broadway Street (Next to the Garden Cafe) COST: Free This will also be another opportunity to sign up for our Gallatin Pollinator Initiative program and pick up your FREE pollinator seed mixes to start your own pollinator plots. We’ll see you in the garden on Earth Day! More information at http://


MUSIC/FILM: Earth Day Celebration with music and short films. April 22 7 pm Join Gallatin Valley Earth Day for a special Earth Day Celebration with local musicians and short films featuring our kids! RSVP: https://bozemanarts-live. com/calendar-2/ The evening includes: a vocal duo of “This Pretty Planet” performed by Kate Bryan and Betsy Wise, Taylor Burlage will play “Deep Beneath” and short films about Earth Day hero kids. KATE BRYAN Kate Bryan is a singer/musician with Kate & The AlleyKats. Her life’s mission is to inspire creativity, community and connection through music for people of all ages. She is a teacher (Early Childhood Music Together Kids Classes,, Summer Music Camp Director (Girlsing Singing, Songwriting & Art Camp, and Choir Director (Singing Souls Senior Chorus and Groovin’ Choir at Pilgrim Church). To book Kate & The AlleyKats for special events or to learn more about Kate’s community music offerings, visit https://www.

EARTH DAY 2021 BETSY WISE Betsy Wise lives a life steeped in music, teaching, songwriting, and gigging, with a strong belief in the healing, connecting, and transformative power of music through Song Bird Studio and Montana Women’s Chorus. Betsy has 25 years of experience teaching, singer/songwriter gigging, and harmony singing in the long-standing Bozeman rock band Hooligans. Playing in a most recent endeavor Betsy and Johnny with John Sanders. Her new selftitled recording Betsy Wise was released in February 2020. For more details see https:// CHELSEY TREVINO Chelsey Trevino is 29 years old and was born in Oklahoma. She moved to Montana in 2014 to attend college at Montana State University. She has been performing and writing acoustic songs for the last 14 years. Recently graduated from MSU in spring of 2020 with a bachelors in Environmental Science, she landed her dream job working for the City of Bozeman as a Water Conservation Technician in 2020. Her musical genre is hard to place but has a blues feel with meaningful lyrics to back up her unique acoustic sound filled with passion. TAYLOR BURLAGE Born and raised in Montana, Taylor Burlage has been playing and writing songs for 10 years now. Influenced by the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Josh Ritter, and Mandolin Orange, his songs are driven by simple lyricism and a deep reverence for the Montana landscape. As a student at Montana State University, he studies Film and Photography and is continuously in search of new places and opportunities to document the natural world. Taylor filmed our local children who shared their thoughts on Earth Day with us! CLAIRE VLASES Inspiring Young Heroes “Solar Makes Sense” video. Claire Vlases

tells her story in this short video, including how she came up with the idea, how they raised the money, and how the project has benefited the school and the community. The principal of SMS, Gordon Grissom, also talks about how Claire’s perseverance and hard work made such a difference in making her big dream a reality. BOZEMAN KIDS Throughout the evening, short filmed “vignettes” of the following children will be shown. In their own words, they will share with us their ideas and wishes on how we can make our earth a healthier and better place to live for both people and animals. A big thanks to Taylor Burlage (see above) for filming these vignettes and the wonderful kids who shared their thoughts and wishes with us. Thanks to our sponsors who underwrote this evenings production: Montana Mindfulness Project and Uphill Pursuits

commission by local composer Eric Funk. RSVP: https://bozemanarts-live. com/calendar-2/ With stunning cinematography by Thomas Thomas and a new recording by Montana’s premier choral ensemble, Roots in the Sky, Requiem for a Forest is a plaintive reflection on the Bridger forest fires, the state of our environment, and the inherent regrowth of a forest. This piece, premiered earlier this year by Intermountain Opera performers, will be broadcast in this new format on April 22 at 7 p.m. About Eric From 1994-2002, Eric was conductor of the Helena Symphony Orchestra in Helena, Montana. From 1994- 1999, he was also the conductor of the Gallatin Chamber Orchestra in Bozeman, Montana. Past performance venues for his works include Dvorak Hall [Prague], Lutoslawki Radio Hall [Warsaw], Symphony Hall [Riga], Carnegie Hall [NY], the Renda Theater, and the Gaudeamus International Interpreters of Contemporary Music Festival (Rotterdam). His 144 major works have earned him numerous awards and commissions, including 13 ASCAP Standard Awards, the 2001 Governor’s Award for the Arts (Montana), a 2011 Innovation in the Arts Award, a 2012 Humanities Hero Award (Humanities Montana, NEH), and three Arts Commission Fellowships. He currently teaches for the School of Music/Montana State University where he has won numerous teaching awards.

MUSIC: Requiem for a Forest April 22 7:00 pm Requiem for a Forest In celebration of Earth Day, Gallatin Valley Earth Day partner, the Intermountain Opera Company, presents a rerelease of their



ART CLASS: Drawing Together: an evening of art, wine, & cheese, and climate advocacy April 23 5:30 pm Join Butte artist, Laurel Egan, for a virtual drawing class. Art supplies will be mailed to participants, so registration closes April 16th. We’ll also email suggestions for climate friendly local wine and cheese pairings! Limit of 30 participants. Registration closes April 16th. REGISTER: LAUREL EGAN Laurel is a member of the Main Stope Gallery in Butte, Montana. She has been fortunate to enjoy a long career as a medical librarian for St. James Healthcare and recently the ability to work remotely for Kalispell Regional Healthcare. Her family now includes two very active grandchildren. Each and every family member plans on sharing their outdoors adventures with them. They hope to enjoy Montana for many generations ~ Montana Citizens Climate Lobby ~

BIRD WALK: April 24 8 am & 10 am Guided bird walk through the Story Mill Park nature preserve with volunteers from Sacajawea Audubon Society. They will take up to 16 people in two smaller groups of 8. Meet in the pavilion with the tree sculpture across from the Community Center. Masks will be required.

April 24 10 am - 2 pm Plants for Birds Garden Open House (10 am - 2 pm) Sacajawea Audubon Society will host an ‘open house’ tabling event at the Plants for Birds Garden within the Learning GardenPlants at StoryMill Park.

April 24

RUN: Gallatin Valley Earth Day Run, 2021: A Run for the Sun! April 24

11 am & 1 pm

EXHIBIT TRAIL: Earth Day Education and Outreach Center 123 in the Park S. Broadway Street, Manhattan April 24

9 am

10 am - 2 pm Exhibits. Get your kids passport stamped and turn in for a prize. Exhibits include: Electric car, electric Harley, Native Plants, Climate Action, Wildlife info, Kids activities



GARDEN TOUR: Plants for Birds Garden Open House

WORKSHOP: Vermicomposting 101 workshop (Manhattan, MT)



Run/walk to benefit the Solar Schools Club & put solar panels on our schools Gallatin Valley Earth Day, Big Sky Wind Drinkers and the BHS Solar Schools Club bring you “Run for the Sun” Location: Gallatin County Regional Park, south parking lot (off Oak Street, at Yellowstone Avenue) Event Options: In-person 5K run (limited to 125 runners), or fullyvirtual participation option (run 5K anytime, anywhere, from April 17-24) Race website: n-for-the-sun Registration: opens April 7th. Sign up at MT/Bozeman/Gallati nValleyEarthDayRun Please read and comply with all event COVID requirements listed on the race & registration website


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COST: Free CONTACT: Sarah Bowman (406-2824350) Did you know that using vermicast in your gardens can help improve soil structure, invite better plant growth, and can shield your plants from pests, pathogens, and parasites? Come learn all about VERMICOMPOSTING and how you can use WORMS to compost your food scraps, newspapers, cardboard and other materials into healthy compost for gardens.

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FILM: The Need to Grow April 24 - May 1 On demand Gallatin Valley Earth Day and The Valley of the Flowers Project presents “The Need to Grow” Watch “The Need to Grow” online at anytime, April 24-May 1. Watch the trailer: ondemand/theneedtogrow With an estimated 60 years of

farmable soil left on Earth, The Need To GROW offers an intimate look into the hearts of activists and innovators in the food movement - an 8 year old girl challenges the ethics of a beloved organization - a renegade farmer struggles to keep his land as he revolutionizes resource efficient agriculture - and an accomplished visionary inventor faces catastrophe in the midst of developing a gamechanging technology. Register at


Join BPL and Republic Services to talk trash in the form of another fun trivia night! In honor of Earth Day, this evening’s trivia will be focused on our garbage. Test your knowledge about we throw away, what happens to our trash, and the ins and outs of recycling. We hope to see you there! Registration is required: meeting/register/tZ0vfumvqT8qH dYOtUtr81VLTqEG2d2cbDMe

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As a basic principle, UU’s “respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Worship and children’s religious education Sundays, Sundays, 10:00 a.m. a.m. N. 25th, on Bozeman Live325 streaming Facebook (Live Facebook) 325streaming N. 25th, on Bozeman For more information: • 406-586-1368