West Virginia State University (WVSU) will celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, April 20, with a full day of activities taking place in and around the James C. Wilson University Union.

The celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will include presentations, movie screenings and a host of exhibitors. All events are free and open to the public.

From 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. a variety of environmental and community groups will have tables and displays setup throughout the hallways of the University Union providing information about the environment. Exhibitors will include the West Virginia Highland Conservancy, the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition, the West Virginia Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the West Virginia Citizens Action Group, the Coal River Group and the WVSU Recreation and Tourism Program.

From 11:30 a .m. to 12:20 p.m. in room 135 of the University Union WVSU students and faculty will be providing participants with a variety of hands-on learning activities, including presentations on water conservation, climate change, carbon footprint and bees.

At 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Davis Fine Arts Building there will be a 30-minute presentation of excerpts from the play, “Marcellus Shale.” Following the excerpts of the play at 1:10 p.m. in the Davis Fine Arts Building auditorium, WVSU President Anthony L. Jenkins will accept and acknowledge the University’s designation for the third year in a row as a Tree Campus USA.  WVSU is the only university to have achieved this designation within the state of West Virginia.

Also during the Earth Day celebration at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. the film “The Flight of the Butterfly” will be shown in room 131 of the University Union. The 44-minute film tells of story of the migration of the Monarch Butterfly across three nations of North America to their winter home in the mountains of central Mexico.

The entire eighth grade class from Stonewall Jackson Middle School will be touring the WVSU campus that day and attending Earth Day events.

The Earth Day celebration is supported by the WVSU Cultural Activities Committee and the WVSU College of Professional Studies.

For more information, contact Professor Brenda Wilson at (304) 766-3246 or wilsonbr@wvstateu.edu.

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