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Photo Courtesy of Claire Coté Community member Nancy Parker and Questa Honor Society students cleaning up the Questa Park in honor of Earth Day in 2023

Community Earth Day Celebration April 22

On Monday, April 22, Earth Day, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., all community members are invited to join Questa Junior-Senior Honor Society students, LEAP (Land, Experience and Art of Place), and Taos County solid waste department members for a community-wide clean-up and beautification effort.
All are invited! Let’s come together in solidarity with thousands of other communities around the world to celebrate Earth Day and community connection.


The day will include trash pickup in the center of town and around Eagle Rock Lake, led by the Questa Junior-Senior High School Honor Society and Taos County Solid Waste folks. At the Questa Municipal Park there will be trash pick-up, invasive plant species removal, irrigation repair, and more, led by LEAP.
Cleaning and beautifying is our goal, but equally important is staying safe, having fun, strengthening friendships, and coming together to shape the collective future vision we want for our community. The Earth Day clean-up is also in solidarity with the Village of Questa beautification committee’s efforts; they host regular monthly cleanup days, which have started again with the return of warmer weather.
Bring a water bottle, a hat and sun protection, and if you have them—work gloves, and yard cleaning tools. Wear layers for changing weather. We will have additional tools and trash clean-up supplies on hand as well.


The first Earth Day was celebrated 54 years ago on April 22, 1970. This holiday was created by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, to mark the importance of keeping our planet healthy and clean, and for people to renew their commitment to make positive changes in their communities.


Community Connection Days are collaborative, intergenerational days of community give-back and celebration in and around Questa, initiated by LEAP and collaborators in 2021. Each gathering is an opportunity to connect with friends and make new ones, to care for and improve our public spaces and envision together what we want for our community.


This effort is made possible by collaborators: Questa Junior-Senior High School Honor Society, Taos County solid waste department, LEAP, Village of Questa, Localogy, and community volunteers. LEAP’s clean-up and beautification efforts at the Questa Municipal Park is funded by Chevron Grants for Good through Taos Community Foundation, as well as individual donors.


We look forward to beautifying Questa with you on Monday, April 22! Thanks to everyone involved for making this community effort possible. Next month, join in the May Community Connection Day in downtown Questa to prepare for the Memorial Day holiday opening of the Questa Farmers Market, Questa Visitor Center, in the Village Center.

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  • Claire Cote

    Claire holds a Bachelors in Fine Art and Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Mexico (summa cum laude, 2004) and a Masters in Art and Ecology from Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England (distinction, 2008). Claire's anthropological training and global travels inform her work. Her respect for the diversity of planetary ecology and the geo-socio-cultural particularities of Place are the basis for her commitment to environmental and social justice and life-long learning.

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