For the City Times
STEVENS POINT — Free educational and entertaining environmental events will be held as the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point marks Earth Day throughout the month of April.
Events including an eco-fair, concert and various speakers, films and activities will be offered to the public, free of charge unless otherwise noted.
The Eco Fair will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the Laird Room of the Dreyfus University Center (DUC). Student and community organizations committed to sustainability will provide eco-friendly crafts, raffle baskets and engaging activities that connect the organization’s mission and environmental actions to this year’s Eco-Fair theme “Discover Your Community: What’s in your Backyard?”
The student organization Environmental Educators and Naturalists Association (EENA) has sponsored the fair since the 1970s. EENA also is also hosting a free eco-fair concert Wednesdayfrom 8-11 p.m. in the DUC Encore.
The Office of Sustainability is hosting photo contest to support this year’s Eco Fair theme. For details, see the Office of Sustainability Instagram or Facebook pages.
Additional Earth Week presentations and activities include:
- Friday, April 13
o Schmeeckle Appreciation Day, 1-5 p.m., Schmeeckle Reserve clean up, meet at Visitors Center, 2419 Northpoint Dr., Stevens Point
- Monday, April 16
o Presentation: Farming with Friends: Worker Cooperative Farm Start Ups, 6-7:30 p.m. Laird Room north, DUC
o Presentation: Food Waste Awareness and Dumpster Diving 101, 7:30-9 p.m., Trainer Natural Resources (TNR) room 170
- Tuesday, April 17
o Auction: Re-fined eARTh recycled art, 6-8:30 p.m., Encore Room, DUC
o Speaker: Sustainable Agriculture, Nate Johnson, 5-6:15 p.m., TNR room 120
- Wednesday, April 18
o Speaker: “Wisconsin Green Fire-Voices for Conservation,” Bob Martini, 5:30-7 p.m., Collins Classroom Center room 101
o Discussion: Environmental Intersectionality: Race and the Environment, 7 p.m., College of Professional Studies room 116
- Saturday, April 21
o Centertainment Earth Day activities, 10 a.m.-noon, Encore Room, DUC (free with a UW-Stevens Point I.D. or $5 without)
o Presentation: Celebrations of Courageous Conversations, 3-6 p.m., Laird Room, DUC
- Sunday, April 22, Earth Day
o Presentation: Joan Maloof, Cathedral Pines Old Growth Dedication in Lakewood, Wis. Transportation to the event leaves campus at noon. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org information.
- Monday, April 23
o Speaker: “Old Growth Forests,” Joan Maloof, 6:30-8 p.m., Laird Room, DUC
- Tuesday, April 24
o Film screening: “Age of Consequences,” 6:30-8 p.m., Theatre, DUC
- Friday, April 27
o Babbler’s Bike Festival: 8 a.m.-9 p.m., DeBot Center fields, presentations, bike/part swap, training, rides, music, games, brewery tours. Sponsored by UW-Stevens Point Adventure Tours, www.babblersbikefest.com
Earth Day was founded on April 22, 1970, by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin as a peaceful teach-in to raise environmental awareness and protection.