SOU Celebrates Earth Week 2015

(Ashland, Ore.) — Earth Day 2015 will be marked around the world with events, activities, and other forms of recognition next Wednesday, April 22. At Southern Oregon University, though, just one day of recognition won’t do: SOU has planned an entire week of activities, beginning with a rideshare meet and greet Monday, April 20, and culminating with a volunteer day at the SOU Campus Arboretum.
The main Earth Day celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 22 in the Stevenson Union Courtyard. This celebration will include a compost demonstration, information on how your diet impacts the planet’s food resources, a booth with activities from campus groups and community non-profits, and much more.
Activities throughout the week will include a workshop on natural skin care, a group hike, bike ride, lectures, a musical performance and a pollinator walk and talk that will provide information on the University’s pollinator gardens and landscaping, beehives, and sustainable farm.
SOU will also leverage its new status as the nation’s first Bee Campus USA to offer a number of informational activities related to bees and other pollinators, including Family Day with the Birds, Bees, Bats, and Butterflies on Sunday, April 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the University’s family housing complex; an opportunity to build a “Wild Bee Hotel” on April 20; and much more.
All activities are free and open to the public, and a full schedule of events plus more information is available online at
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