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Group focuses on kids at Earth Day Expo

NEW CASTLE, Colorado ” A new organization with a goal to educate area schoolchildren about responsible environmental practices and green technology will open its classroom to a larger audience at Saturday’s third annual Earth Day Expo.

The Green Sprouts Foundation, based in Carbondale, was started last year to raise funds to promote green education programs in four area school districts (Roaring Fork, Garfield Re-2, Aspen and Gunnison Watershed).

Green Sprouts will be in charge of the children’s education section at the expo, offering a variety of kid-friendly displays for the event sponsored by the New Castle Environmental Advisory Committee.

The expo takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Community Center, located at Fourth and Main streets in downtown New Castle. The free event will feature interactive and informational displays, advice from local experts, children’s activities, giveaways and free refreshments for all ages.

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Exhibits will range from test drives of electric dirt bikes and scooters, to a working model of a tankless hot water heater, to solar electricity demonstrations.

“We’re touching on as many aspects as we can for children to understand why it’s so important to live a sustainable, green lifestyle,” said Jennifer Tuggle, one of the Green Sprouts Foundation co-founders along with Courtney Kleager and Elizabeth Murphy. “We present it at a level that kids can understand.”

Look for the Seeds of Change adventure, which explains the importance of plants and trees for the environment, as well as interactive exhibits on composting, paper recycling and water conservation.

“We will be doing a tree planting expo as well, and will have small seedling trees available,” Tuggle said. For more information about the organization, visit

Children and adults alike are invited to learn and ask questions about conserving natural resources and saving money during the expo, which is billed as Garfield County’s largest gathering of environmental educators and experts.

“It’s probably one of the best gatherings of information regarding the environment throughout the whole valley,” said organizer Eileen Wysocki, a member of the New Castle Advisory Committee, as well as the town’s Climate Action Advisory Commission.

“Anyone who has any concern about the environment can learn something by coming (to the expo),” she said.

The event is organized completely on a volunteer basis with local business sponsor support. The Governor’s Energy Office awarded a $250 grant to help with event this year.

Other participants will include Mountain Utility Electric Vehicles of Carbondale, which will have electric scooter and bicycle test drives.

Paper Wise will also be on hand to shred sensitive documents and take electronics for recycling, for a fee. Alpine Bank New Castle is covering some of the cost.

Contact John Stroud: 384-9160

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