Earth Day isn't until Wednesday, but a series of activities in Lawrence and at Kansas University begin today to mark the event.
``This year, there has been a campuswide effort among most of the environmental groups here at KU to organize a variety of Earth Day events,'' said Victoria Silva, KU's recycling coordinator and a staff member at the Office of Resource Conservation & Recycling (RCR).
The following is an RCR calendar of KU and Lawrence events:
- Panel discussion on composting, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union. The panel will focus on vermi-composting for apartment dwellers and backyard composting techniques.
- Ray Pierotti, KU systematics and ecology professor, will speak on wildlife, wolves and Native Americans at 7 p.m. in 2023 Haworth. Sponsored by Students for WildCare.
- Clinton Lake Cleanup, 9 a.m., Overlook Park. Contact Jim Franz, 843-7665 to register your group.
- Baker Wetlands field day, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enter the wetlands at Haskell Avenue and 35th Street. Sponsored by Baker University's biology department, Earth We Are and Jayhawk Audubon Society.
Monday-Friday next week
- "Adopt-a-Sidewalk" campuswide cleanup. Contact Silva, 864-2855, to "adopt" a stretch of campus.
- Xeriscaping at Burt Hall. Participants will plant two xeriscape beds using native plants and lots of imagination to reduce turf and beautify Burt Hall. Xeriscaping refers to low water usage. Contact Silva or any other RCR staff member at 864-2855 to volunteer.
Wednesday (Earth Day)
- Earth Day Open House, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kansas Union. Sponsored by Student Union Activities (SUA) and the Kansas & Burge Unions.
- Talk by filmmaker and environmentalist Doug Peacock, author of ``The Grizzly Years -- In Search of the American Wilderness.'' Peacock will discuss protection of the wilderness, research with grizzlies and his books. This event will be held in the Kansas Union Ballroom at 7 p.m.
- Panel discussion on Baker Wetlands and South Lawrence Trafficway, 7 p.m., Lawrence Senior Center, 745 Vt. Sponsored by Baker/Haskell Environs.
- ``Earth Day Planet Party,'' noon to 6 p.m., South Park. A celebration of Earth Day that will include workshops for young and old on papermaking, custom bird houses, music, games, information booths on alternative house and yard products, and more.
- Kaw River Cleanup, 9:30 a.m., beginning at Constant Park along the river to Burcham Park. For more information, contact Chris Foster at 838-4689.
- Earth Day bike ride through the area countryside that will include a lunch provided by sponsors. Contact Todd Simmons, 838-4673, for information on registration and the ride. There will be an entry fee.
- ``Spring '98 Move Out: What can I do with all this stuff?'' 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union. A panel discussion to provide advice and resources on how students can donate household goods rather than throwing them away.
- Xeriscaping and Water Conservation, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union. A panel discussion on how to landscape with native and drought-tolerant plants and conserve water.
- An Internet website with this calendar can be found at http://www.ehs.ukans.edu/recycling/earthday.html.