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Mather Point lookout at the Grand Canyon.

Courtesy photo

Grand Canyon National Park invites the public to celebrate the 48th anniversary of Earth Day during National Park Week fee-free day on Saturday, April 21. Visitors can participate in Grand Canyon's Earth Day celebration at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza near Mather Point from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All Earth Day activities are free and open to the public.

This year's Earth Day celebration will feature displays with information about current park conservation efforts and initiatives including water conservation, waste, recycling, composting, dark skies, smart transportation and biofuels. Participating organizations include Grand Canyon's Green Team, Sierra Club, National Weather Service, Grand Canyon Trust, Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition, Roots Composting, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, NuCor Steel, and Coconino Community College. At the Visitor Center Plaza an interactive display, Ribbons of Stewardship for a Healthy and Sustainable Grand Canyon National Park, will allow visitors the opportunity to reflect and think about what they love the most about Grand Canyon.

A special live interpretive demonstration of the Grand Canyon Railway Steam Engine featuring the use of biofuels will take place at the South Rim Train Depot between 1:45 and 2:20 p.m. Visitors can also participate in various litter clean-ups throughout the park. Scheduled clean-ups are as follows:

Friday, April 20

  • 9-11 a.m.: Grand Canyon Visitor Center
  • Noon-2: Recreation Center
  • 3-5 p.m.: Backcountry Information Center

Saturday, April 21

  • 8:30-10:30 a.m.: South Rim Train Depot

Visitors who arrive at Grand Canyon April 21 will be allowed to enter the park free of charge. The fee-free designation does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours or use of concessions. Interagency Senior and Annual Passes are available for purchase at the park's entrance stations. Those who plan to spend time in the park beyond April 21 will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay. The next fee-free days will be Sept. 22 for National Public Lands Day and Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

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