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Eco April - Earth Month

Celebrating our Earth

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
       7:00 Bedford Auditorium
       "The Broken Mirror: Reflections on Great Apes Extinction"

April 2, 9, 16, 23  30 - Tours of Longwood's Biomass Furnace
       1:00-4:00 every Wednesday

April 4 – Virginia Geographic Bee (Nat. Geog. Bee)
      1:00 - Final Round - Jarman Auditorium

April 5-11 - Photo Contest: "Close up"

April  7 – Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods
      10:30 – 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 – Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary
      9:00-3:00 – Workshops: "Operation Respect and
                        Environmental Respect," Moton Museum
      7:00 p.m. – Concert, Moton Museum
                   Funding in part by the Albert I. Pierce Foundation.

April 21-23 - Exhibits on Brock Commons     
                   Sustainability Initiative
                   Environmental Club    

April 22 - EARTH DAY
Announcement of Bird House competition winners

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 Wilk's Lake Park

April 28-May 2 - Photo Contest - Display and Awards

Bluebells Virginia Bluebells. Photograph by Cynthia Wood

Longwood to celebrate Earth Month with Serious and Fun Activities

Stars of Eco April to appear at Longwood University

Photo Contest: "Capturing the Natural World..."
     Different topic each week

Dogwood Virginia Dogwood. Photograph by Cynthia Wood


"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)