Children’s activities and informative displays about environmental issues are planned as part of the Earth Day Extravaganza on Thursday, April 22, on the Tusculum College campus.
The Pioneer Green Team is hosting the event that is free and open to the public to commemorate Earth Day. The Earth Day Extravaganza will take place 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the lawn in front of McCormick Hall (in the area that can be seen through Arch on Erwin Highway). The Pioneer Green Team is a Tusculum student-led organization that conducts a recycling program on campus and sponsors various activities throughout the year to increase awareness of environmental issues.
Groups that will have informational displays include Keep Greene Beautiful and the Middle Nolichucky Watershed Alliance.
Parents are encouraged to bring their children after school to the event, which will feature activities for youngsters to learn about the importance of taking care of the environment. The children’s activities will include earth-friendly crafts such as making bird feeders and painting ladybug rocks. Youngsters will also be able to plant a flower to take home with them.
At 2 p.m., work will begin to expand the college’s community garden that was started in an effort coordinated by the Pioneer Green Team. Students, faculty, staff and community volunteers planted trees, shrubs and flowers along with installing bird feeders to establish the garden space on Earth Day last year.
The work at the garden may extend past 5 p.m. and the public is welcome to come help. The community garden is located at the Honors House, a residential house for students in the college’s Honors Program that is located across from Doak Elementary School on West Street.
For more information about the Earth Day Extravaganza, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.