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Earth Month 2018

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We're in full bloom for #PaceEcoMonth! You’re invited to celebrate the coming of spring, nature conservationism, and environmental sustainability with four weeks of incredible events. Step outside the classroom and make surprising discoveries!

Prelude

Thursday, March 29

Environmental Internship Panel and Networking Session
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Willcox Multi-Purpose Room
Find out about open internships and the skills needed to land those positions! This panel will include representatives from local environmental organizations including Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, the Green Business Partnership, Teatown Lake Reservation, and the Student Conservation Association. There will be a free lunch and informal networking session after!


Week 1

Wednesday, April 4

Honors College Visits the Nature Center
12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | Environmental Classroom
Honors students are invited to visit the Nature Center and attend a program with Assistant Director of the Nature Center and master falconer James Eyring.

Sustainability and Microbes
1:20 p.m.–2:10 p.m. | Willcox Lecture Hall
Are microbes part of the problem or part of the solution? Join biology professor Charlene Hoegler, PhD, for a discussion about the role of microbes as they relate to our quest to become a more sustainable society.

Thursday, April 5

Falconry Demonstration
10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. | Nature Center Pavilion
Join James Eyring, assistant director of the Dyson College Nature Center, 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, email James Eyring or call at (914) 773-3169.

Spring Garden Prep
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Meet in the Environmental Classroom
Spring is here and that means it’s time to clean and prep the organic vegetable garden! Come pull out old plants and dig up soil to make ready for the new seedlings already springing up in the greenhouse. Tools, gloves, and pizza will be provided!


Week 2

Monday, April 9

Evergreen Poems
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. | Environmental Classroom
Ira Joe Fisher, author of Songs from an Earlier Century, will share his own poems and those of others as Pace turns green with hope as part of the 13th Earth Month celebration.

Tuesday, April 10

Your Environmental Rights
9:15 a.m.–10:20 a.m. | Environmental Classroom
Professor Nicholas A. Robinson, JD, will give a lecture on the rights citizens have to the environment. As we fight to cut back on pollution in our drinking water and streams, cope with climate change, and work to save species from extinction, the right to the environment would give each person a leg up. This Earth Day, we each have a unique chance to help our State Legislature in Albany enact a constitutional right to the environment for all New Yorkers. Robinson will discuss how in this session.

Pace Fit Trail Clean-Up
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Meet at the Environmental Classroom
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 your fellow Setters.

Wednesday, April 11

Fit Walk
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Meet at the Environmental Classroom
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 PLV 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, email Kathi Reczek.

Thursday, April 12

Research Lecture Series with Melanie DuPuis, PhD
3:30 p.m.4:30 p.m. | Miller Hall, M16
Based on 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
10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m. | Meet at the Environmental Center Garage
Pace is teaming up with the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management to find and remove invasive species from the PLV Campus. They'll be working from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 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 they'll be. The rain date for this event is Friday, April 20.


Week 3

Monday, April 16

Bee Aware
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Nature Center Pavilion
Did you know that approximately one-third of all the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honeybee pollination? Learn more about these amazing creatures! The program will begin with demonstrations by beekeeper DJ from Bedford Bee Honeybee Service, and our own James Eyring. After, there will be a screening of the documentary Silence of the Bees. Demonstration is weather permitting.

Tuesday, April 17

Climate Change and Political Advocacy
9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m. | Environmental Classroom
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
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Meet at the Environmental Classroom
What better way to embrace a month dedicated to the Earth than planting a tree? Come and join NATURE, the PLV environmental club, for their annual tree planting celebration. Share in the fruit tree planting that will stand by the trees planted from years previous.

Wednesday, April 18

Let's Plant a Solar Tree!
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. | Nature Center Pavilion
Conceptualized by students for students, the Solar Tree will serve as a central location for everyone to collaborate, convene, and learn on the PLV Campus. Stop by the GreenPace tabling event to learn more! You can also donate to help fund the solar tree initiative.

Nature Center Open House
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. | Dyson College Nature Center
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 watch our new baby chicks hatch! Activities will include tours and animal presentations. Refreshments will also be available.

Friday, April 20

Pace NYC Student Visit Day
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. | Dyson College Nature Center
NYC students: you’re invited to experience all the Nature Center has to offer. Activities planned will include a tour, animal presentations, nature walks, and interactive programs. Lunch will be served. To RSVP, email Ashley Kuenneke.

Saturday, April 21

Westchester Walk for World Water
9:30 a.m. | Meet at the Kessel Student Center
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 PLV 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 in order to collect water. Register to walk.


Week 4

Monday, April 23

Photography in the Park
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. | Meet in the Environmental Classroom
Join students from the Nature Exposed class to take photos at Rockefeller State Park! They’ll meet in the Environmental Classroom and take a bus to the park just down the road. Bring your camera, any equipment you have, and your love of nature! To register for this feathery photo-op, please email Angelo Spillo.

Tuesday, April 24

Butterfly Garden
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Meet at the Environmental Classroom
Our butterfly/hummingbird garden will help restore pollinator populations (both insects and birds) while providing the Pace Community with a beautiful garden. Help the 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.

Wednesday, April 25

Let's Plant a Solar Tree!
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. | Nature Center Pavilion
Conceptualized by students for students, the Solar Tree will serve as a central location for everyone to collaborate, convene, and learn on the PLV Campus. Stop by the GreenPace tabling event to learn more! You can also donate to help fund the solar tree initiative.

Meet the Animals
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. | Dyson College Nature Center
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. They're popular with the entire Pace Community, giving smiles, helping to relieve stress, and in some cases, providing substitutes for pets left at home.

Student Photo Show
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. | Mortola Library
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
6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. | Nature Center Pavilion
Join James Eyring, assistant director of the Dyson College Nature Center, for another 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, please email James Eyring or call at (914) 773-3169.

Thursday, April 26

Take Our Children to Work Day
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. | Environmental Classroom
Join Assistant Director James Eyring for a close encounter with some of the resident animals at the Nature Center. Eyring will provide an up close view of some of the farm animals and birds of prey.

Earth Month Reception and GreenPace Awards
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Environmental Classroom
Celebrate with all those who made Earth Month a success! The winners of the GreenPace awards will be honored at this special event.

Friday, April 27

Breakfast with the Birds
7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. | Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Come enjoy breakfast with the birds! Coffee and bagels will be served at Rockefeller State Park Preserve before you head out with a naturalist along carriage roads to see what birds are active in the woodlands, fields, and wetlands. Bring your binoculars 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 for this outing by emailing Angelo Spillo.

For an accurate, up-to-date list of events, please see the Dyson Earth Month calendar.

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