Earth Week 2021

Earth Week Keynote - Tues, Apr 20 @ 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

Leah ThomasA conversation with Leah Thomas, founder of Intersectional Environmentalist. Hosted by CSB and SJU Senates and Outdoor U. Facilitated by Crystal Diaz (CSB '22) and Sean Fisher (SJU '23).

View Recording (CSB/SJU credentials required)

Group size is limited for in-person events. Register early to reserve your spot!

Sunday, April 18

  • 4:00 p.m. CSC Day Kickoff: LLAS Conference Keynote, "Afro-descendants, Crises, and Resistance in Latin America" with Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour

Monday, April 19

Tuesday, April 20

  • 1:00-3:00 p.m. EcoChallenge Tabling, Gorecki, CSB
    • The EcoChallenge is a competition between MN colleges to see who can be most sustainable for two weeks, April 12-25. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome to participate. (Also tabling Fri, April 16 at SJU).
    • Hosted by Sustainability Alliance
    • Register for the EcoChallenge Now
  • 4:45-5:45 p.m. Tell Me More: Nature & Religion, BAC Outdoor Amphitheatre, CSB
  • 5:00 p.m. Nature Journaling, SJU
  • 5:00 p.m. Taste & See Sustainability, Krewe Restaurant, St. Joseph
    • EVENT IS FULL. Contact [email protected] to be added to a waitlist.
    • A talk and tasting with executive chef and owner, Mateo Mackbee. Learn how Krewe's focus on heritage foods preserves cultures, enhances inclusive communities, empowers local food growers and reduces the meal's carbon footprint.
    • Hosted by The McCarthy Center. Read more on their event website.
  • 7:00 p.m. KEYNOTE: Green Girl Leah Thomas Interview, Virtual
    • A conversation with Leah Thomas, Crystal Diaz (CSB '22) and Sean Fisher (SJU '23) about intersectional environmentalism.
    • Hosted by  CSB and SJU Senates and Outdoor U
    • View Recording. CSB/SJU credentials required.
  • 7:00 p.m. Saint Ben's @ Home Series, Virtual

Wednesday, April 21

  • 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. St. Joe Clean-Up, CSB
    • We will be leading a clean-up of the streets of St. Joe. Gloves and supplies will be provided; bring your own smiles and good vibes! Meet at the CSB koi pond.
    • Hosted by CSB and SJU Senates
    • Register Now
  • 10:00-11:30 a.m. Tree ID Walk, SJU
    • Explore and learn how to identify the trees in the Abbey Arboretum. Meet at the Abbey Bell Banner. No experience necessary. Dress for the weather.
    • Hosted by the CSB/SJU Biology Club and Outdoor U
    • Register Now
  • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Vegetarian & Vegan Eating @ Gorecki, CSB
    • A tabling event with resources on vegetarian and vegan meals offered in Gorecki, as well as info on environmental benefits of a plant-based diet. A Gorecki chef will be available to answer questions and take suggestions.
    • Hosted by the CSB Senate
    • No registration required. Just stop by!
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Equity Bike Ride, Wobegon Trail
    • Bike to the old train station off the Wobegon Trail; learn about sustainble transportation. Bikes and helmets available to rent if you don't have your own. Meet at the bike station between Sexton and Mary Hall.
    • Hosted by SJU Health Initiative and the Outdoor Leadership Center
    • Register Now
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FullCircle Greenhouse Tour and Harvest, CSB
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m. Nature Bathing, CSB

Thursday, April 22 - Earth Day

  • Breakfast/Lunch. Plant-Based Meal Options @ the Reef, SJU
  • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Nature's Narratives Tabling, CSB
    • Join us in Gorecki to learn about the Nature's Narratives project, view current submissions, have conversations about how you can share your nature story.
    • Hosted by  CSB and SJU Senates and Outdoor U
    • No registration required. Just stop by!
  • 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Nature's Narratives Tabling, SJU
    • Join us in Sexton to learn about the Nature's Narratives project, view current submissions, have conversations about how you can share your nature story.
    • Hosted by  CSB and SJU Senates and Outdoor U
    • No registration required. Just stop by!
  • 6:00 p.m. Leave No Trace Campfire Chat, SJU
    • Learn the seven Leave No Trace principles for recreating responsibly outdoors and how to apply those ethics to your regular life. Meet at the OLC (across from Sexton bus stop) to walk out to Watab together. No experience necessary; dress for the weather.
    • Hosted by the Peer Resource Program
    • Register Now
  • 6:00 p.m. Golden Hour Nature Photography, SJU
    • A guided nature photography hike in the Abbey Arboretum to learn how to share photos to foster empathy and inspire action. Meet outside the OLC (across from Sexton bus stop). No experience or camera necessary. Dress for the weather.
    • Hosted by Spirituality & Social Justice and Outdoor U
    • Register Now
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m. Nature Poetry, CSB
    • 6-7 p.m. "Secret Garden" poetry reading. Bring your favorite spring/Earth/secret poem to share!
    • 7-8 p.m. Forest Heart poetry reading from CSB/SJU English professor Betsy Johnson's latest book. Participate in a facilitated poetry writing session.
    • Meet in HAB courtyard. No experience necessary!
    • Hosted by The Writing Center and Outdoor U
    • Register Now
  • 7:45 p.m. LN3 Film: Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe in Resistance , Pellegrene, SJU

Friday, April 23

  • 12:30-3:30 p.m. Plant Giveaway, Melancon Greenhouse, SJU
    • Pick up free plants for yourself, friends, and family! Plants will be set up on a table in Pengl 2nd floor southeast stairway (near classroom 229). First-come, first-served.
    • Hosted by the Melancon Greenhouse
    • No registration required
  • 4:00 p.m. (SJU) and 4:30 p.m. (CSB)Earth Week Bike Ride, between campuses
    • A relaxed bike ride on the Wobegon Trail between CSB/SJU. Choose the campus where you want to start (and end). Bikes/helmets available to rent if needed.
    • Hosted by the CSB/SJU Cycling Club
    • Register Now
  • 6:30 p.m. Eco-Community 'Be Wild' Event, SJU
    • Celebrating the Earth and its wildness through a community mural painting. Music, bonfire, and an outdoor showing of the movie Into the Wild. Meet in Flyntown courtyard across from McKeown. Bring blankets or chair for the movie.
    • Hosted by SJU Eco-House and CSB Eco-Community
    • Register Now

Saturday, April 24

  • 12:30-3:45 p.m. "The Future Is" Summit, Virtual
    • A series of facilitated discussions, panels, and conversations led by environmental justice leaders. Hopes to show that an inclusive, systemic approach to environmentalism is achievable.
    • Hosted by Intersectional Environmentalist
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. Small Talk - DIY Micro-Gardening, Zoom
    • The FullCircle education team will lead a discussion on micro-gardening, sustainable gardens, different ways to grow, and more!
    • Hosted by FullCircle Greenhouse
    • Join the Zoom call. No registration required.
  • 7:00-10:00 p.m. Bonfire & Stargazing, CSB Monastic Woods

Sunday, April 25