Corvallis Earth Day Events

In a town like this, where big brick buildings and white pillars of education intersect rural fields and farm animals, there’s bound to be no shortage of reasons to celebrate the Earth. In fact, community members will probably tell you they celebrate it every day. But Earth Day is fast approaching—Saturday, April 22—and Corvallis is not about to miss out on partying with the world to save the planet. Here’s the who’s who and what’s what of how Corvallis plans to do just that.

March for Science
April 22, 1 – 3 p.m.

Citizens will March for Science at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on April 22 to take a stand against the erasure of science from government and policy, and the risks it means for us and the planet. Across the country, over 425 satellite marches are also taking place, Corvallis being one of them. Corvallisites will march from the Benton County Court House starting at 1 p.m.

For more information, visit http://sciencemarchcorvallis.org

Earth Ball – Corvallis Environmental Center
April 22, 7:30 p.m
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The Corvallis Environmental Center will host their annual Earth Ball at Sky High Brewing and Pub. This year’s live music will be from LMNO, who will bring some earth-inspired anthems to your corn-hole games and raffle drawings. If you’re a parent grappling with a babysitter this time, the CEC is also hosting a Kids’ Earth Ball at the Avery House Nature Center where you can drop your kids off for the evening.

For more information, visit http://www.corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org/2017earthball/

OSU Earth Day of Service
April 22, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

If you’re an OSU student, family, or faculty member, Student Leadership and Involvement is holding their annual Earth Day of Service with volunteer projects around the community ranging from gardening projects to habitat restoration to site cleanups. Last year, OSU tallied at least 360 service hours for the Earth. The day kicks off their Beyond Earth Day two-week celebration that includes events every day educating the community on how to celebrate the Earth in day-to-day life. Pre-registration is required.

For more information, visit http://earthday.oregonstate.edu/event/earth-day-of-service-2/.

Mary’s Peak Earth Day Tour
April 22, 1 – 5 p.m.

The Mary’s Peak Group of the Oregon Chapter Sierra Club has planned a tour of Kalapuya heritage and indigenous history around the Mary’s River and Corvallis. OSU Assistant Professor Natchee Barnd will lead the tour. Pre-registration is required. 

For more information, visit http://oregon2.sierraclub.org/marys-peak.

Climate-Friendly Food
April 17 -23

350 Corvallis has taken action and asked that restaurants around town serve more plant-based foods during the week leading up to Earth Day. They’re calling it the “Climate Friendly Special,” because plant-based foods all around use fewer water, land, and GHG emissions. Participating restaurants include Bombs Away Cafe, Delicias Valley Cafe, Interzone, Nearly Normals, Magenta, Tarn Tip, and more.

For more information, visit http://350corvallis.org.

OSU Hoo Haa
April 22, 3 p.m. – dark

OSU’s Organic Grower’s Club is hosting their annual Hoo Haa celebration at the student farm to celebrate Earth Day and kick off the two-week-long Beyond Earth Day Celebration. If you’re looking to learn about soil work and compost, this is your spot. The event will feature free food, free music, and free… bubbles? Transportation is provided from the OSU campus.

For more information, visit http://earthday.oregonstate.edu/events/2017-04-22/

By Regina Pieracci

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