Eco April - Celebrating Our Earth
Schedule of Events
All events are free and open to the public except where indicated.
March 16 – April 19 – "7 Habitats"
Exhibit by Prince Edward Elementary School
2014 Annual Area Youth Art Month, LCVA
March 22 - Tree Give Away - Town of Farmville, HOVMG
9:00 am - noon - Walmart Garden Center
March 29-April 4 - Photo Contest: Flora or Fauna"
April 1 – Gerry Ellis, Nature Photographer, "Great Apes"
April 2, 9, 16, 23 30 - Tours of Longwood's Biomass Furnace
1:00-4:00 every Wednesday
April 4-5 – Virginia Geographic Bee (Nat. Geog. Bee)
1:00 (on the 5th) - Final Round - Jarman Auditorium
April 5-11 - Photo Contest: "Close up"
April 7 – Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods
11:00 – Nature walk with 4th graders and others
Farmville Train Station
12:00 – Lunch and Symposium (by invitation)
4:00 - Public address – Jarman
5:00 - Tree planting and reception
7:00 - Higher Ed Env Ed Professionals (by invitation)
April 9 - Longwood's new Environmental Education Center
4:00 ground breaking ceremony - LU North Campus
April 12-18 - Photo Contest: "Hand of Man"
April 16 – Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, Carl Lombardi
Theatrical performance with audience participation
Molnar Auditorium, Wygal Hall – 7:00 p.m.
April 19-25 - Photo Contest: "Patterns, Shapes or Textures"
April 21-23 - Exhibits on the Lankford Mall
Photo Contest: "Capturing the Natural World..."
Different topic each week
April 22 - EARTH DAY
Announcement of Bird House competition winners
Local foods presentations - TBA
April 25 - ARBOR DAY
12:00 - Tree planting and Rain Barrel Workshop
April 26 - "Tree Talk" with David Fowlkes & Al Lookofsky
10:00 on the Sarah Terry Trail at Wilke Lake Park
April 28-May 2 - Photo Contest - Display and Awards
"Passion does not arrive on videotape or on a CD; passion is personal. Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young, it travels along grass- stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature." — Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder
"Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance." - Theodore Roosevelt
"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people." - Franklin Roosevelt
"Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine- cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets. And any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education." — Luther Burbank (American horticulturalist and botanist, 1849 – 1926)