April 16 - 23, 2016

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The cardboard canoe race is a highlight of Earth Day events at Unity College.
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Unity College will celebrate Earth Week with music, lectures, hands-on activities, games, and community activities that emphasize the nurturing, sustainability-oriented spirit of the founding of Unity College in 1965 and the original Earth Day in 1970.

Headlining the week of events is a community discussion about sustainable agriculture with local growers, and a case study in the rehabilitation of an extremely rare species of bird as told by a Unity College alum who now works as a federal wildlife official.

Here’s the lineup of activities for Unity College Earth Week, April 16-23:

Saturday, April 16

  • Earth Week Haiku Contest, Enter up to 3 nature or environment themed haikus for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the Belfast Co-Op and an eco-friendly water bottle. Email Judy Williams jwilliams@unity.edu for more information and entry. Entries due by 4/20
  • Unity College Sugar Maker Club annual breakfast, 7 to 11 a.m., Student Activities Center. RSVP to Holden Poirier, hpoirier15@unity.edu or visits the web page for more information.
  • Unity College 5-K, race begins at 9:30 a.m., Tozier Gymnasium. $10. Register starting at 8 a.m. Visit the web page for more information.
  • Unity College Campus Clean-Up 2 to 4 p.m. around the immediate campus. A catered dinner will follow for all volunteers in the Student Center at 4:30 p.m. Register with the Student Activities Board.
  • New Student Experience: Themed Tours starting at 2:15 p.m. Students may learn about campus energy, the campus forest, or McKay Farm and Research Station.
  • Upcycled Craft Fair, 6 p.m., UCCPA ESS student display their creations. Visit the craft fair and have an opportunity to win a $25 gift certificate to Dunkin Donuts! For more information, visit the Facebook page

Monday, April 18

  • Meet the Growers: Growing Together For You, 4:30 to 6 p.m., McKay Farm and Research Station, 54 Greenhouse Lane, Thorndike. See what's growing in our community greenhouse with an evening of conversation and community. Link to event web page.
  • Dean’s Cup Recycling Competition Begins, Residence Halls. Sponsored by Student Activities. Contact Kimi Glynn for more information.
  • Earth Week Scavenger Hunt Begins, Campus-wide. Clues will be released over two days and winners announced on Friday. Patagonia gift cards and other prizes for individuals and pairs who submit photos of the clues or attend events. See the Sustainability Facebook page for more information.
  • Environmental Trivia Night, 7:30 p.m., Student Activities Center. Check the Student Activities Facebook page for updates.
  • Open Climbing, 7 to 9 p.m., Willard Climbing Wall, Tozier Gym.

Tuesday, April 19

  • Fishbowl colloquium. “Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker: Lessons in the Conservation of an Extremely Rare Species,” 11 a.m. to noon, Parsons Wing Room 204, Student Activities Center. Jon Andrew ’78, a federal conservation official and Unity College alum, will tell the story behind the story of the rediscovery of a species once thought to have gone extinct.
  • DIY Project: Cardboard Solar Ovens, 7:30 p.m., Student Activities Center. Check the Student Activities Facebook page for updates
  • Earth Week Poetry Slam, 7 p.m., Student Center. Each participant will perform three original poems of no longer than three minutes each for cash prizes. Open mic for all poets starts the night.
  • Challenge Course, 7 to 9 p.m., Willard Climbing Wall, Tozier Gymnasium.
  • Environmental Board Games, 7 p.m., Wyman Commons. Come play CO2, Terra and more environment themed games.

Wednesday, April 20

  • Weigh the Waste events, lunch and dinner, Student Activities Center.
  • Earth Person concert, 7 p.m., Student Activities Center. Free. A genre-bending musical project based in the rugged countryside of mid-coast Maine. The music of Earth Person is always in transition, weaving folk, psychedelia, pop, and sample-based beat making. Check the Student Activities Facebook page for updates.
  • Open Climbing, 7 to 9 p.m., Willard Climbing Wall, Tozier Gym.
  • Earth Week Haiku Contest Ends, email Judy Williams jwilliams@unity.edu for entry.

Thursday, April 21

  • Weigh the Waste events, lunch and dinner, Wyman Commons.
  • Fire Pit Work Event 3 to 5 p.m., Work time for students to lay field stone for fire pit renovation. SGA sponsored. Meet at the fire pit ready to work! Bring your own gloves.
  • Bonfire 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with Primitive Skills Club. Enjoy good company. Contact Michael Rossi for more information.
  • Black Light Night, DIY Chalk Bag, and Leave No Trace for the Rock Climber, 7 to 9 p.m., Willard Climbing Wall, Tozier Gym.
  • Upcycle Fashion Show 8 to 10 p.m., Student Activities Center. ESS class project open to any fashion entries using discarded items. Cash prizes $25-$75. Contact Melanie Melanie Jackson, Collin Nafziger, or Justin Dickenson for more information.

Friday, April 22

  • Earth Day Fair, Noon to 2 p.m. at the lawn area near Unity Rocks. Beginning with the Dean’s Cup Big Wheel Tricycle Race, there will be tie-dyeing and painting, survival bracelets, Scavenger Hunt award presentation, alpacas from Northern Solstice, Unity College Heritage Livestock Barn animals, wellness table, club tables, smoothie blender bike and food, Captive Wildlife Care & Education Capstone Course activity tables, student resource exchange item swap. Check the Sustainability Facebook page for updates. Sponsored by Student Activities and the Sustainability Office.
  • 4th Annual Cardboard Kayak Race, 2 p.m., Near Unity Rocks and the Unity College “pond”.
  • Fire Pit Work Event 3 to 5 p.m., Work time for students to lay field stone for fire pit renovation. SGA sponsored. Meet at the fire pit ready to work! Bring your own gloves.
  • Wildlife Identification Bowl 6:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., Student Activities Center. Check the Student Activities Facebook page for updates.
  • Dean’s Cup Recycling Competition Ends, winners announced the following week.

Saturday, April 23

  •  Trip to Acadia National Park. Contact Kimi Glynn for more information. 

Sunday, April 24

  • All-day Trail Cleanup  Campus. Trails maintenance work party.