Fermilab celebrates Earth Day with week of events

Fermilab employees plant trees in 2010 in honor of Earth Day/Arbor Day.

Fermilab will offer a series of opportunities this week for employees to get their hands dirty in honor of Earth Day.

“We decided to group together some of the environmental and land management events that we do throughout the year to send a message about how important it is to be a good land steward,” said Ryan Campbell, Roads and Grounds environmental consultant.

Between Tuesday, April 19, and Friday, April 22, Fermilab will host tree and seed plantings, clean-up opportunities, an ES&H Fair and a talk about the impact that Fermilab Natural Areas, a not-for-profit group, has made on the site.

Typically, Fermilab only celebrates Earth Day in combination with Arbor Day by hosting a tree planting event in May. That event will still take place this year on May 3.

A schedule of events is below.

Tuesday, April 19
Director’s Woods native-tree planting
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Meet at the lower level east side entrance to Wilson Hall for bus to Director’s Woods.
This event will help to fill in the slight gaps created by felled ash trees.

Wednesday, April 20
Prairie-seed planting
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Meet at Interpretive Prairie Trail, westbound Pine Street

Thursday, April 21
ES&H Earth Day Fair
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wilson Hall atrium

Third Thursday Clean-up
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Meet at Wilson Hall’s eastside entrance. Cleaning gear provided, picnic lunch served afterward.

Friday, April 22
Earth Day talk: “FNA as a Restoring Force”
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Fermilab’s Wilson Hall, One West conference room
Roads and Grounds environmental consultant Ryan Campbell will discuss the impact the group has had on the Fermilab site.

For more details on these events, please click on the items in the Fermilab Natural Areas calendar.