Activities planned in celebration of Earth Day

Earth Day, a nationally recognized holiday that is celebrated each year on April 22, is a day to show support for environmental protection.

Penn State Schuylkill and the campus EPICS Committee (Envision, Plan, Implement, Change, Sustain), have several free events planned throughout the day, and invite the campus and local community to attend.

An Eco-Fair will be held on the campus mall walk from noon to 1:30 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the environment and sustainability from local companies, organizations, and student groups, and then take home some environmentally-friendly giveaways.

There will be a Sustainability Symposium with presentations from Dr. Harold Aurand and his student, Cindy Drazenovich, on "Understanding the coal region landscape," at 2:00 p.m., and from Dan Lynch of the Pennsylvania Game Commission at 3:00 p.m. on "Renewable natural resources: hunting and habitat management." Both programs will be held in the John E. Morgan Auditorium.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Community Garden at 5:30 p.m. in the grassy area north of the Ciletti Memorial Library.

In addition, Porcupine Pat will conduct an interactive presentation on "Ways of Wildlife" at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium. The entire family can enjoy learning about the local environment and the Schuylkill County Conservation District.

All of these programs are free and open to the public. For additional information on how to get involved with either with the Eco-Fair or the Community Garden, contact Julie Meyer at 570-385-6054.