Gardiner, Montana - On April 25, Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone Environmental Coordinating Committee (YECC), and community partners from the Gardiner, Mont. area will celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day at the Gardiner School with community clean-ups, waste collection and recycling opportunities, demonstrations, youth presentations and activities, information on local food and environmental initiatives, and much more.

The schedule includes:

  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: “Trash Amnesty Day” at the Gardiner Green Boxes. No household hazardous waste will be accepted. Call 406-223-2135 for details or to arrange a free pick up.
  • 10am-Noon: Community Clean-up opportunities
  • Compost give-away (bring your own bag or bucket!) at the Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center.
  • Noon: Free community BBQ at Arch Park music, including songs from local children.
  • Noon-3:00 p.m.: Educational and local vendor displays, including student presentations on solar oven designs, research projects on environmental issues, and an eco-pledge photo booth hosted by the High School Senior Student Council.
  • 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Youth Activities at the Yellowstone Association including recycled crafts, puppet show, story time, and face painting—in addition to a Junior Ranger talk co-hosted with NPS staff.
  • 2:00 p.m.: Ribbon cutting for a new solar energy installation at the Gardiner School, hosted by Onsite Energy Inc. 
  • 3:00 p.m.: Raffle prize drawings for Earth Day participants.
  • The G-Town Thrift shop will be open accepting clothing donations and the Community Closet from Livingston will have a truck for donating other household items.

All Earth Day activities are free of charge and will take place in and around Arch Park in Gardiner, Mont. For updates and to learn more go to: and bookmark related social media with the tag #GardinerEarthDay.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please call Rebecca Owens at (307) 344-5566.

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