EcoFest is the premier Earth Day event in Eastern Iowa, and it's GOOD GREEN FUN

EcoFest is a collaborative annual event planned by multiple local non-profit environmental groups, along with other community organizations.  The Corridor’s premier Earth Day celebration, this family-friendly festival includes the Eco-Film Fest, interactive educational activities, eco-practice demonstrations on how to reduce our consumption of resources, fun ways to reduce and reuse household items, local foods, and free live music all day!  EcoFest helps us connect our personal choices to individual, community and planetary sustainability.  Find out more at or like us on Facebook @ Ecofest CR.

Meet our Guest Speaker Stephanie Arne!

We are excited to welcome Stephanie Arne to Cedar Rapids, she is the current host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.

“Stephanie has felt a strong connection with nature. She embraces the importance of living as a part of the natural world, rather than separate from it. And she knows that sharing that connectivity is critical to protecting nature on a global scale.

She’s worked with – and learned from – biologists, conservation leaders, CEOs, farmers and fisherman in Africa, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the United States.

As a wildlife conservation professional, she’s committed to raising awareness about the disconnect between modern society and the natural world. And she’s determined to explore and share how each of us can use our specific talents and skills to bridge that gap to make our planet a healthier place for generations to come.”

Stephanie will be presenting on the topics of saving our endangered species, as well as a children’s talk.

Water Rocks!

Water Rocks! is an award-winning statewide youth band based out of Iowa State University. They focus on STEAM education and inspire all Iowans to have greater appreciation of our water resources. More information can be found on their website,

Travel to the top of Mt Trashmore

Come see the view from the top of Mount Trashmore! There’s a nearly completed scenic overlook and a trail system is being developed.  This will be the last opportunity to preview the overlook before construction work on the trails begins this spring. It’s also the last time vehicles will be shuttling visitors to the top.  When the overlook and trails are opened to the public later this summer it will be bike and hike only.

Shuttles will be available from the Geonetric parking lot to take Eco Fest patrons to the top of Mount Trashmore beginning at 10:00am with the last shuttle trip down at 3:30pm.   Shuttles will run approximately every 10-15 minutes between the parking lot and top of Mount Trashmore.  Visitors may remain at the top of Mount Trashmore as long as they like and catch a shuttle down at their discretion.  Walking and biking will not be available during Eco Fest shuttle trips, visitors must use the shuttles provided.

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