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Earth Month 2018 

Earth Day is April 22nd, but we are going to celebrate the entire month of April! Below is a complete list of Earth Month activities! These events are being organizied by departments, organizations, and groups both on and off campus. For more details or to be put in contact with the host organization you can call 618-453-2846.


Earth Month Calendar



Thursday April 5

Saluki Green Action Team

11 am –2 pm

Student Center, North Escalators, 1st floor

Join the Saluki Green Action Team today! The Saluki Green Action Team encourages the SIU Community to take action and make an impact through sustainable actions and choices.


Thursday April 5

Spring 2018 Seminar Series

Zoology, Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory, and the Center for Ecology

LSIII Auditorium at 4:00, refreshments at 3:30

Jim Lovvorn, Zoology Department, Southern Illinois University

Title: Delineating critical habitats for eiders in a changing Arctic


Thursday April 5

Clay Flower Pot Workshop

5-6:30 pm

Student Center Craft Shop

Roll out the clay, hand-build a flower pot, whilst thinking about how spring showers bring May Flowers!

Sign up at the craft shop or call 618-453-3636 to reserve a spot.

Cost $6.00


Friday April 6

First Friday Green Tour


Sustainability Hub

See the Green Fee in action! Visit Green Fund sites such as the solar powered picnic table and the green roof on the top of the Agriculture Building.


Friday April 6

Feed Your Neighbor 5k Fundraiser

Sponsored by the Neighborhood Food Co-op

Registration 4pm, Race at 6pm

Turley Park

The Neighborhood Co-op sponsors an annual "Feed Your Neighbor" 5k fundraiser. The course is certified and professionally timed. All monies raised will be donated to the Good Samaritan House of Carbondale. In addition, they are asking for participants and community members to donate non-perishable goods to be donated to the SIU Food Pantry. There will be music and great raffle prizes.


Saturday April 7

The Big Event: A Saluki Day of Service

Morning and afternoon shifts available

Student Center Ballroom

Visit to sign up for a volunteer slot and also for more details.


Sunday April 8

Green Dawgs Day


Touch of Nature

Green Dawgs Day is a FREE event from 10am – 4pm on Sunday, April 8 funded through the SIU Green Fund that welcomes students to Touch of Nature to be immersed in nature and learn about recreational and environmental opportunities on campus. Transportation will be provided for students leaving from the student center; Once on-site, students will be welcomed by sustainability and environmentally minded departments and organizations at SIU as well as the surrounding Southern Illinois community. This will give students the opportunity to network with professionals for internships and volunteer opportunities at SIU and across the region. In addition, Touch of Nature staff will be available throughout the entire program to facilitate various FREE activities for students such as canoeing, hiking, zip lining, rock climbing, and much more! Environmental Education will also be hosting a Project WILD training workshop!

Touch of Nature Trailbuilding: More dates include, April 15, 22, and 29



Monday April 9


Student Center, front entrance

4:45 – 6 pm

The Recreation Center and Sustainability are joining forces to promote personal fitness and planet health through a new fitness craze that started in Sweden, called “Plogging”. Think jogging and litter pick-up (“plocka upp” is Swedish for “pick up”).

If you are a runner, jogger, or even a dog walker, join us at 4:45pm on April 9 to stay fit and help our planet. Bags and a glove will be provided.


Tuesday April 10

We are all Here: Animal Appreciation

Morris Lawn


The SIU Housing and Sustainability Office Ecoreps are hosting the first “We are all here” event highlighting the many relationships between human and animals.  Learn more about he Saluki Service Dawg RSO and talk to representatives. The Zoology department will also bringing snails and discussing their role in the environment. Want to learn about wildlife rehabilitation? The director of Free Again will be on site to let you know about volunteer opportunities.


Wednesday April 11

Timber Stand Improvement Day

Meet at the Agriculture Building Breezeway


Join the Society of American Foresters for a timber improvement project in the woods surrounding Campus Lake. We will be removing invasive species, which is the first step to site restoration! Boots, long pants, sleeves and a water bottle are recommended. All tools and gloves will be provided. Meet at the breezeway at 12 pm and the group will walk to the designated spot.


Thursday April 12

Spring 2018 Seminar Series

Zoology, Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory, and the Center for Ecology

LSIII Auditorium at 4:00, refreshments at 3:30

Anthony Giordano, S.P.E.C.I.E.S Monterey, CA

Title: Conservation status of the jaguar (panther onca) in the Gran Chaco of Paraguay: insights from a noninvasive genetic sampling framework


Saturday April 14

Rocky Ledges 5k

Touch of Nature

8 am

Saturday April 14


Join the SIU Student Recreation Center and Touch of Nature Environmental Center for the 6th Annual Rocky Ledges 5K Trail Run. The event will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018. This exciting race will be held on the beautiful grounds at Touch of Nature. Gather all your friends and sign up for the race!


Saturday April 14

Beautiful Southern Ride

Carbondale Middle School

Start 7-4 pm


This is a bicycle ride through Southern Illinois! Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Carbondale Breakfast, the Beautiful Southern Ride Bicycle is a fundraising event to benefit the philanthropies of the Rotary Club of Carbondale such as Carbondale Boys and Girls Club and also to support the ride. Bicycle riders have the choice between a 30 mile, a 62 mile, and a 75 mile ride. All rides start at the Carbondale Middle School. Registration is from 7-9 am and all races should plan to finish by 4pm. Register online, registration prices vary.


Saturday April 14

Bike Rodeo

Carbondale Middle School

10 am - 12pm

The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale and the Rotary Club of Carbondale Breakfast are hosting a Bike Rodeo on Saturday, April 14th from 10:00am-12:00pm at Carbondale Middle School.  At this event, kids and adults will bring their bikes and have the opportunity to register them with the Carbondale police department, try out a safety and obstacle course, have their bike repaired, check that their helmets are properly fitted, decorate their bikes, participate in a bike parade, etc.



Tuesday April 17

Tree Planting

Tree Campus USA Committee

Communications Building, South Side, by parking lot 4

9-11 am, 12-2 pm

SIU has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA for three years in a row!  Assist in planting several native trees on campus. Please wear long pants and comfortable work shoes (boots preferred) that you don't mind getting dirty. Bring work gloves if you have them. No experience required - we'll teach you everything you need to know! Hours are eligible for the Environmental Ambassador Award. Sign up beforehand is encouraged. Email


Wednesday April 18

Design Open House for Sustainable Eco-Recreation

12:00pm-2:00 pm

Location: TBD


Wednesday April 18

Volunteer Day at the SIU Sustainable Vegetable Farm


Vermicompost Center, 3373 W. Pleasent Hill Rd., Carbondale IL

Come out, get your hands dirty and see what is growing at the SIU Sustainable Vegetable Farm!


Wednesday April 18

Farm to Fork Dinner

Grinnell Commons


The 2018 Farm to Fork Dinner will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in Grinnell Commons on the upper level. Participants will enjoy locally grown food prepared by two chefs from University Housing Culinary & Nutrition Services. We are proud to partner with the SIU Sustainability Office; SIU Department of Animal Science, Food & Nutrition; and SIU Fermentation Science Institute on this event. *** Tickets are on sale now and recommended to purchase in advance. Visit the SIU Housing webpage for the event here: 


Wednesday April 18

Water for the World: Bringing Campus and Community Together To Address the Future of Water

7 pm

Guyon Auditorium

Hosted by the United Nations Association of Southern Illinois, the University Honors Program and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute


Thursday April 19

National Bicycle Day & Free Bike Repair

Student Center, North entrance

11am – 1pm


Celebrate National Bicycle Day by having your bike tuned up for summer! The Student Center Craft Shop will be at the north entrance of the Student Center for repairs and to register your bicycle! This is a FREE event!

Thursday April 19

Spring 2018 Seminar Series

Zoology, Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory, and the Center for Ecology

LSIII Auditorium at 4:00, refreshments at 3:30

David Blehert, National Wildlife Health Center, USGS, Madison, WI

Title: Emerging Wildlife Disease: Expect the Unexpected.


Thursday April 19

Foodworks Chef Talk

Scratch Brewing Company


Join Food Works Thursday April 19th for an evening celebrating local food & foraging with James Beard semifinalist and author of Acorns & Cattails; A Modern Foraging Cookbook of Forest, Farm & Field Chef Rob Connoley. Connoley is a joy to hear as he describes adventures in foraged food recounted from decades of experience. He will share the history of acorns as food presenting three small plates, each paired with Scratch Beer. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The event is in the Snake Room at the acclaimed Scratch Brewery in Ava, IL at 264 Thompson Rd..
A silent auction will raise funds to support Food Works' programs.
Tickets are $25 for the public; $20 for Food Works members.
Get tickets early. Space is limited.


Thursday April 19th

Compost Bin Workshop

Morris Library Lawn

2 – 5 pm

4- 5pm Composting 101 talk with a Q and A


This hands-on composting workshop is sponsored by SIU's Environmental RSO S.E.N.S.E. (Students Embracing Nature, Sustainability and the Environment) and the Sustainability Office. Students can make a small outdoor cedar compost bin for your home, learn about other styles of compost bins, and talk to experts. Materials are limited, first come first serve! The talk is open to the public, but you must be a student to take home a bin.


Friday April 20

Geography Seminar Series and Green Tour

Dr. Kelli Larson, Associate Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, SIU Alum

Tour: Noon at the Sustainability Hub

Lecture: 1:30pm, Lawson 161


Title: Social-Ecological Dynamics in Residential Landscapes of the U.S., Implications for Urban Sustainability

Focusing on Phoenix, AZ and other cities across the U.S., this presentation will illuminate the complex social-ecological dynamics associated with land management in urban ecosystems. Research findings specifically reveal decision tradeoffs, counterintuitive relationships between residents’ values and choices, as well as legacy effects in decision making. Professor Larson will also discuss the motivations and constraints for land management, along with the implications for sustainability.


Saturday April 21

Spring Cleanup and Recycling Day

Keep Carbondale Beautiful

Turley Park

9 am –12pm


This is the annual city-wide cleanup.   T-shirts provided to first 200 volunteers.  More info at


Saturday April 21

Rag Rug Workshop

The Student Center Craft Shop

1pm –3pm


How to Make a colorful Round Amish Knot Rag Rug! Work from recycled fabric. The workshop will get you started on the basic rag rug and all the knots. The class time will provide enough time to make a rag hop pad, but this could be turned into a rug outside of class time. Materials provided. Cost $6.00


Sunday April 22

All Species Earth Day Parade

LIFE Community Center

11 am

Will you fly, crawl, wave in the wind or swim? Join the Beloved Puppetistas for Community Puppet making workshops and more! Workshop dates included April 5 (6-9pm Brews Brothers Tap Room), April 7 (10-2pm, Train Depot, Carbondale Main Street), and April 14 (10-2, Train Depot, Carbondale Main Street). The parade will gather at 11:00am and kick off at 11:30 am.


April 22

Jazz for Earth Night

Balcony Theater, Varsity Center for the Arts


The New Arts Jazztet (NAJ) will present its annual spring concert in celebration of Earth Day! The concert will be held in the newly renovated Balcony Theater at the Varsity Center for the Arts. Tickets are $7.00. For more information visit: 

April 24-26

Native Plant Giveaway

Faner Breezeway

12 pm- 4pm

Hosted by SIU’s Environmental club S.E.N.S.E



Thursday April 26

Paper Making, plant pots, and seed bombs

Student Center Craft shop



Make paper, plant starters and seed bombs. from recycled paper and other natural found fibers.  Reserve a spot at the Craft shop or call 61-453-3636  Fee $5.00


Friday April 27

Sustainability Celebration

Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library

9:30 -10:15 formal ceremony

10:15- 11 tables and refreshments


The Sustainability Council will announce Green Fund awardees and the Chancellor will recognize those receiving the Environmental Ambassador’s Award. After the formal ceremony, there will be an interactive area with tables and displays.  Light refreshments provided.


Saturday April 28

45th Annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta

SIU Campus Lake Boat Dock

10am –4pm


The 45th Annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta will take place Saturday April 28th on the Campus Lake at the Southern Illinois University. Registration will begin at 10:00 am and races will start at 1:00 pm.

Kid Friendly


Monday April 30

Moonlight Canoe

SIU Campus Lake Boat Dock

6 –9 pm


Join the experienced Outdoor Pursuits staff for an evening of instruction and exploration! This free event gives students information about canoeing, rentals, and courses provided by SIU. S’mores and slacklining will also be provided. Participants must bring a valid SIU Student ID.



Earth Month 2017

At SIU, we like to celebrate the Earth year-round! However, April 22nd is Earth Day, April 28th is Arbor Day, and we treated the entire month of April as Earth Month! Since events occured campus wide and in the community, the Sustainability Office created a calendar to help you know what happened! 

earth month poster


----------------------------------------------- EXTENDED CALENDAR -----------------------------------------------
April 1
THE BIG EVENT: A Saluki Day of Service
See for more info
April 2
TOUCH OF NATURE Trail Stewardship
Touch of Nature Environmental Center
April 3
(A Green Fee Funded Project)
Morris Library, 3rd Floor
April 5
Innovation & Sustainability Hub
April 6
MAKE YOUR OWN Holographic Image Projector
Student Center Craft Shop
Innovation and Sustainability HUB
LATE NITE at the Rec
Look for SIU Sustainability at the event.
April 8
Touch of Nature Environmental Center
April 9
TOUCH OF NATURE Trail Stewardship
Touch of Nature Environmental Center
April 11
MAKE YOUR OWN Home Hyrdoponics
Student Center Craft Shop
April 13
Student Center Craft Shop
April 16
TOUCH OF NATURE Trail Stewardships
Touch of Nature Environmental Center
April 17
“BEFORE THE FLOOD”: Film & Discussion
Guyon Auditorium
April 18
Grinnell Hall
Student Center Craft Shop
April 19
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: Land & Water Panel Discussion
Museum Auditorium
April 20
Talk with Michael Kuo
Life Sciences III Auditorium
April 21
Talk with Michael Kuo
Life Sciences II Auditorium
SIU Student Garden
3373 W. Pleasant Hill Rd.
April 22
Spring Cleanup & Recycling Day
The location of this event has been changed to Attucks Park.
10:30A.M., Kickoff at 11A.M.
Life Community Center
April 23
10 W. Pinewood Dr.
TOUCH OF NATURE Trail Stewardships
Touch of Nature Environmental Center
April 27
Announcements, Environmental Ambassadors
Awards, and more!
Morris Library Guyon Auditorium/First Floor Rotunda
PAPER MAKING WORKSHOP (Sustainable Workshop)*
Student Center Craft Shop
MAKE YOUR OWN Solar Eclipse Viewing Glass
Student Center Craft Shop
April 28
Tree Planting in celebration of Arbor Day
9 -11A.M., 12:30-2:30P.M.
to sign up to volunteer!
Type "Tree Planting Volunteer" in the subject line.
April 29
Town Square Pavilion
120 N. Illinois Ave.
Look for SIU Sustainability at the event.
April 30
TOUCH OF NATURE Trail Stewardships
Touch of Nature Environmental Center