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Earth Day Celebration at Gillespie Museum

EarthDay2014As part of its Science Saturday series, Stetson University’s Gillespie Museum has partnered with the Stetson Environmental Coalition to host the 2014 Earth Day: Keeping It Green at Stetson, on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Museum and the adjacent Rinker Environmental Learning Center.

This annual event showcases the ongoing work of a range of student organizations with an environmental mission, including Hatter Harvest, Stetson Cycles, Team Sandhill, the Stetson Environmental Club and the Stetson Scrappers. This year’s event introduces two new projects, the hives of Stetson Beekeepers and a newly developed Seed Library.

Along with information booths about these organizations and their work on campus and in the community, there will be Earth-friendly activities in and around the museum, including a rock swap, a recycled art corner, a natural plant tie-dye station, a walk through the organic garden, and some planting in the pollination garden. Bekah Burket ’13, pictured above, presents a natural plant tie dye to a young visitor at last year’s Earth Day at the Gillespie Museum. (Photo by Peter May)

Stetson’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity will hold its second annual birdhouse building contest, and Oxfam Stetson will make a presentation on starting community gardens. Students in the University’s Honors Program will present a series of demonstrations, on starting seeds (co-sponsored by Pauline’s Lucky Market Garden), urban wick gardening, and seed exchanges. Community partners include the DeLand Gem and Mineral Club, and Estrog: Fair Trade.

This event is free and open to the public; cultural credit is available to Stetson students. The Gillespie Museum is located on the southeast corner of the Stetson campus, at 234 East Michigan Avenue. For more information, contact the Museum at 386.822.7330 or visit www.stetson.edu/gillespie.