Earth Month Calendar

Week 1

Wednesday, April 4

Honors College Visits the Nature Center
12:15PM-1:15PM, Environmental Classroom, PLV 

Honors students are invited to visit the Nature Center and attend a program with assistant director of the Dyson College Nature Center James Eyring.

Sustainability and Microbes
1:20PM-2:10PM, Willcox Lecture Hall, 
PLV

Are microbes part of the problem or part of the solution?  Join Professor of Biology Charlene Hoegler, PhD, for a discussion of the role of microbes as they relate to our quest to become a more sustainable society.

Thursday, April 5

Falconry Demonstration
10:00AM-10:30AM, Nature Center Pavilion, PLV

Join James Eyring for an unforgettable morning with hawks, owls and falcons. Learn about the role these predators serve in a healthy natural community and the Nature Center’s work with birds of prey. Be prepared as several of these raptors zoom past you in free flight! Cancellation is possible if rain or inclement weather is predicted. For more information contact James Eyring at jeyring@pace.edu or 914-773-3169. 

Saturday, April 7

Setters Service Day
9:45AM, Meet in Kessel Gottesman Room, PLV

Pace University's second annual Spring Day of Service. We will be working with a variety of projects in nature at Teatown Lake Reservation, Westchester Land Trust, Friends of Westchester Parks, and special events on campus! RSVP at bit.ly/settersday18.

Week 2

Monday, April 9

Evergreen Poems
2:00PM-3:00PM, Environmental Classroom
, PLV

Poet Ira Joe Fisher author of Songs From An Earlier Century, Some Holy Weight in the Village Air, and Remembering Rew --- will share his own poems and those of others as Pace turns green with hope as part of our 13th “Earth Month” celebration.

Tuesday, April 10

Your Environmental Rights
9:15AM-10:20AM, Environmental Classroom
, PLV

Distinguished Professor of Law Nicholas A. Robinson discusses the rights citizens have to the environment, and how we each have a unique chance to help our State Legislature in Albany enact a constitutional right to the environment for all New Yorkers. 

Pace Fit Trail Clean Up
1:00PM-4:00PM, Meet at the Environmental Classroom
, PLV

The Fit Trail is located at the far end of the Dyson Nature Center, and is a great place to run, stroll, and take pictures, especially when the plants start blooming!  Come help clean the trail that is close to home and welcome spring time with the Pace community.

Wednesday, April 11

Fit Walk
11:30AM-12:30PM, Meet in the Environmental Classroom
, PLV

Get outside for some exercise while enjoying the natural beauty on campus! James Eyring will lead us on a hike through the Fitness Trail.  This is the wooded area at the back of the Pleasantville campus, which consists of several hills and is surrounded by many varieties of plants and wildlife.  Appropriate clothing would be hiking boots or sneakers, long pants and layers according to weather/temperature. Sunscreen and drinking water is also suggested. For more information contact Kathi Reczek at kreczek@pace.edu.

"Terra" Film Screening and Discussion
6:00PM-8:00PM, W504, NYC

How did man become aware of the world around him, and how has this vision evolved over thousands of years to the current state of unconsciousness? How do we now wish to interact with other species that live around us? The power of Terra, a visually stunning documentary that reflects human's relationship to other species on Earth as humanity becomes more and more isolated from Nature, resides in this very question. Join CCAR for a screening of Terra and discussion on how our own image and representation of nature has always been decisive in human history, and how it can still change the course of events to come. Follow up discussion will be led by Dr. Mary Ann Murphy, Communication Studies Professor and Director of the Center for Community Action and Research.

Thursday, April 12

Research Lecture Series with Dr. Melanie DuPuis
3:30PM-4:30PM, PLV: Miller Hall M16, NYC: Civic E319

Based on Dr. DuPuis’ archival research, she will show how Atkinson had an essential role in the creation of cheap labor systems in the US, both in agriculture and wage labor.  His invention of the “Aladdin Cooker” (an early version of the Crock-Pot) represented the emergence of cheap food policies as a response to worker wage unrest.

Friday, April 13

Invasive Species Removal on Campus
10:00AM to 4:00PM, in 2-hour blocks, Environmental Center Garage, PLV

We'll join members of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management to find and remove invasive plant species on campus. We'll be working from 10AM to 4PM, but you can join at any time. Head to the Environmental Center Garage, and check the board near the main doors to find a note about where we are. We'll be staging from the garage at 10AM, 12PM, and 2PM. The rain date for this event is April 20.

Week 3

Monday, April 16

"Bee Aware"
1:30PM-2:30pm, Nature Center Pavilion
, PLV

Did you know approximately one third of all the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honeybee pollination?  Learn more about these amazing creatures and some the environmental issues that have decimated honeybee populations.  The program will begin with demonstrations by beekeeper DJ from Bedford Bee Honeybee Service, and our own James Eyring.  Joining DJ and James will be thousands of Pace honeybees from our apiary. After that, for anyone interested in the award winning documentary "Silence of the Bees," it will be shown in the Environmental Classroom, explaining some of the reasons bees are in trouble. Demonstration is weather permitting.

Racing Extinction Movie Screening
4:00PM, W523, NYC

In this documentary, a team of artists and activists exposes the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet. Pizza will be served. 

Tuesday, April 17

Climate Change and Political Advocacy
9:15AM-10:15AM, Environmental Classroom
, PLV

Mothers Out Front volunteer Sarah Smiley will discuss grassroots efforts to increase renewable energy using the context of other campaigns to fight the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure as well as New York State's clean energy goals.  Discussion will include the importance of civic participation and the power of constituent voices to impact policies that will preserve a livable climate.

Annual Tree Planting Ceremony
3:00PM-4:00PM, Meet at the Environmental Classroom
, PLV

What better way to embrace a month dedicated to the Earth than planting a tree? Come and join NATURE, the Pleasantville environmental club, for their annual tree planting celebration.  Share in the fruit tree planting that will stand by the trees planted from years previous.

Teach-in on Animal Rights
6:00PM-7:30PM, E306, NYC

Come learn about the ethical and factual background of animal rights, the laws that are and are not in place to protect animals from labs to farms to puppy mills, and discuss how Pace students can work to make a difference! This discussion will be facilitated by Delcianna Winders, 2018 Haub Visiting Scholar at the Pace Law School and Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for the PETA Foundation’s Captive Animal Law Enforcement division. Refreshments will be provided!

Wednesday, April 18

Nature Center Open House
11:00AM-3:00PM, Dyson College Nature Center
, PLV

Visit the Dyson College Nature Center! Come and explore our nature trails, view our gardens, watch the activity at our songbird feeding station, visit the animals and come watch our new baby chicks hatch! Activities will be scheduled from 11:00am-3:00pm and will include tours and animal presentations. Refreshments will be provided!

Friday, April 20

Pace NYC Student Visit Day
11:00AM-2:00PM, Dyson College Nature Center
, PLV

Students from Pace NY will spend part of the day getting to experience the Nature Center on the Pleasantville campus.  Activities planned will include a tour of the Center, animal presentations, nature walks and interactive programs. NATURE club, staff and faculty will also be on hand to meet and greet students during a prepared lunch.  RSVP to Ashley Kuenneke at akuenneke@pace.edu.

Saturday, April 21

Westchester Walk for World Water
9:30AM, Meet at the Kessel Student Center, PLV

Pace University’s Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment is partnering with the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation to host the Westchester Walk for World Water.  Participants will walk approximately one mile through Pace’s Pleasantville campus with buckets of water on their heads to simulate the trek that many people, largely women and girls, around the world make each day to collect water. Register here

Sunday, April 22

Earth Day Hike with NYC Urban Park Rangers
11:00AM-12:30PM

NYC Urban Park Rangers will lead a hike to Inwood Hill Park. 

Week 4

Monday, April 23

Photography in the Park
1:30PM-3:00PM, Meet in the Environmental Classroom
, PLV

Join students from a class titled "Nature Exposed" to take photos at Rockefeller State Park.  We will meet in the Environmental Classroom and take a bus from there to the park just down the road, where we will spend our time engaged in nature photography.  Bring your camera and any equipment you have!  We will be back on campus by 3:20p.m. Please register by emailing aspillo@pace.edu.  

Tuesday, April 24

Butterfly Garden
1:00PM-4:00PM, Meet at the Environmental Classroom
, PLV

Our butterfly/hummingbird garden will help restore pollinator populations (both insects, and birds) while providing the Pace community with a beautiful garden. Help NATURE club plant the garden while creating a great place to sit and talk with friends or admire the plants and the animals it will attract. Come lend a hand and help create Pace's newest floral addition.

Spring Garden Prep
2:00PM-4:00PM, Meet at the Environmental Classroom, PLV

It’s time to clean and prep our organic vegetable garden.  All are invited to come and pull out old plants and dig up the soil to make ready for the new seedlings already springing up in our greenhouse.  Join in anytime between 2:00 and 4:00.  We’ll provide the tools, gloves and pizza!

Wednesday, April 25

Meet the Animals
11:00AM-3:00PM, 
Dyson College Nature Center, PLV

Come visit the animals who call the Dyson College Nature Center home.  A guided visit will introduce you to the Nature Center and the places you can go to visit the animals, including pigs, goats, sheep, birds of prey, chickens, turkeys, bees, and more!

Student Photo Show
2:30PM-3:30PM, Mortola Library
, PLV

Students from a class titled "Nature Exposed" will be showing their photographic work exploring "Man's Intrusion into Nature".  Selected photos will be mounted and hung in the Mortola Library for public viewing.  Join us for an opening reception with refreshments.

Falconry Demonstration
6:30PM-7:30PM, Nature Center Pavilion, PLV

Join James Eyring for an unforgettable evening with hawks, owls and falcons. Learn about the role these predators serve in a healthy natural community and the Nature Center’s work with birds of prey. Be prepared as several of these raptors zoom past you in free flight! Cancellation is possible if rain or inclement weather is predicted. For more information contact James Eyring at jeyring@pace.edu or 914-773-3169.  
Thursday, April 26

Take Our Children to Work Day
11:00AM-11:45AM, Environmental Classroom
, PLV

Join James Eyring for a close encounter with some of the resident animals at the Nature Center.  James will provide an up-close view of some of our farm animals and birds of prey.

Earth Month Reception and GreenPace Awards
3:00PM-4:00PM, Butcher Suite, PLV

Celebrate with all those who made Earth Month a success. The winners of the GreenPace Awards will be honored.  

Friday, April 27

Breakfast with the Birds
7:00AM-9:00AM, Rockefeller State Park Preserve, PLV

Pace University and Rockefeller State Park Preserve would like to invite you to come enjoy Breakfast with the Birds. We'll have coffee and bagels at 7:00AM before heading out with a naturalist on the carriage roads of the Preserve to see what birds are active in the woodlands, fields, and wetlands. Bring your binoculars and a field guide to birds for a fun morning of birding.  Some binoculars will be available to borrow. The Preserve is located only about three miles from Pace, and directions will be provided. Please pre-register by sending an email to aspillo@pace.edu.

Volunteer at Added Value
8:00AM-12:00PM, NYC

Join CCAR Student Leader in Service Duke Huang for a morning of service at Added Value Farm! Volunteers will help with composting at the largest community composting program in the United States that runs entirely on renewable resources - human power or solar power - with over 1,900 volunteers/year. You'll get a free gym workout, help the Farm compost local organic material that includes GrowNYC's Greenmarkets collections, create the "black gold" that grows healthful food locally for the Red Hook neighborhood, and support the environment by recovering organics that are otherwise trucked far away - good exercise, community building, and environmental justice on a 2.75 acre block. RSVP required! Sign up by emailing th32219n@pace.edu by Monday, April 23rd!
Sunday, April 29

Rockefeller State Park Hiking Trip
9:30AM, Meet at Goldstein Fitness Center, PLV

Take a guided hike of Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Be sure to eat a good breakfast, bring water and wear comfortable shoes. RSVP to cturco@pace.edu by April 25. Sponsored by the department of Environmental Studies and Science and the Pforzheimer Honors College.