On Friday, April 22, the University of Notre Dame celebrated the 46th anniversary of Earth Day with events and activities to engage the campus community in celebrating the natural world and being good stewards of our common home.
Seed Packet Giveaway-
The celebration started early with seed packet giveaways on all campus shuttle routes. Each shuttle had flower seed packets that riders were invited to take home and plant. The flowers that bloom will help support natural pollinators across Michiana.
Campus Dining food specials-
Throughout the day Campus Dining offered Earth Day food and drink specials in campus eateries and dining halls. Specials featured local and veg-centric options, including roasted squash strudel, vegan carrot cake, and bison burgers.
Yoga on the dock
A free yoga class was offered at the St. Joseph Beach dock from 12-1pm. Led by Megan Smedley from the McDonald Center for Student Wellness, the class was an opportunity for employees to enjoy the beauty of Notre Dame’s campus while also firmly planting themselves both mentally and spiritually.
A guided walking tour of some of campus' best known, award winning, and interesting trees was also offered by Barbara Hellenthal, curator of the Museum of Biodiversity and Greene-Nieuland Herbarium, and author of Trees, Shrubs, and Vines on Notre Dame’s Campus.
Announcement of winners of the Children's Sustainability Art Contest-
Earth Day also included the announcement of the winners of the Children’s Sustainability Artwork Contest. Open to all young family members of Notre Dame’s faculty, staff, and students, the contest invited children to portray what sustainability means to them by submitting original artwork that focused on the theme of “planting it for the planet”.