Earth Week Events

DMACC’s third annual ‘Earth Week’ celebration is coming up.

Earth day isn’t just about conservation. It’s about saving energy, public policy, and choosing less damaging products for cleaning and personal care.

Craig Dilley, a professor of environmental science, is coordinating the event.

“Every aspect of our life has an impact, and we need to become aware of that. We’re trying to connect the dots to our personal activities to the environment,” Dilley said.

Earth Week will feature events every day. The kick-off is on Monday April 15. The Bass Pro Shop will have a fly fishing demonstration at the pond, and Pella Wildlife is bringing wildlife species native to the area. A bobcat could be on display.

“The purpose of earth week is to raise awareness about being better stewards of our environment,” Dilley said.

The Department of Natural Resources will have a walk through trailer, and environmental science students will have an educational display on Monday as well.

On Tuesday, students can participate in an environmental poetry slam in Building 5 on the stage. There will be cash prizes for the best performances. Students can register for the 5K, as well.

Wednesday, April 17, is the Student Activities Council’s Fountain Fest, which will have a luau theme this year.

“The students can enjoy the weather, enjoy the campus, and just have fun,” said Erin Wheat, student activities coordinator.

Thursday, April 18, will have costume canoe races in the campus lake. If students or faculty want to participate, costumes are recommended. Prizes will be awarded for fastest race (first and second place), and best costumes. Sign up for the water race is in the SAC office.

The weekend of April 20, students can volunteer to help in the Neil Smith Refuge rehabilitation, or student groups can send student volunteers to the SAC’s Campus Clean-up on April 22.

The SAC will be giving groups that participate in one or both events incentive in the form of group money.

“Any student can participate. We’ll provide rakes, bags and gloves,” Wheat said. The monetary incentive, however, is for club participation only.

“I hope all the events inspire somebody in different way. I look forward to having people exposed to these ideas,” Dilley said.

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