April 22 is the 47th anniversary of the first Earth Day. It is a day that is celebrated worldwide to remind us that we all share the same planet and are responsible for its well-being. Fermilab has a few activities to help you celebrate our Earth:
Monday. Hike the woods with Fermilab Natural Area’s wildflower expert. Spring is a great time to see ephemerals such as white trillium, bellwort, spring beauty, liver leaf, wild ginger, twin leaf and some very nice woodland butterflies. Bring your notepad and camera. Meet at noon sharp at the interpretive trail prairie parking lot just off of the north side of Pine Street. Sponsored by Fermilab Natural Areas.
Wednesday. Native shrub planting. 9-11 a.m. at the Lederman Science Center parking lot, just off of the south side of Pine Street. Sponsored by Fermilab Natural Areas.
Thursday. Stop by the atrium between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for this year’s Earth Week Fair. Learn about topics such as public transportation, ecofriendly stockroom items, efficient lighting, or invasive or endangered species here on site. If you have any old keys, children’s books or textbooks at home that you want to discard, SCARCE organization will be there collecting these items for recycling and reuse. During the fair, you can also step outside to the Wilson Hall horseshoe and talk with fellow employees who will have their own personal electric vehicles on display.
Remember that every day should be treated like Earth Day. Whether you are purchasing a new appliance, choosing plants for landscaping or tossing out waste, make the smarter choice for the Earth and its inhabitants.
Bridget Iverson is the Fermilab environmental protection manager.