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Earth Month

UMD events to celebrate Earth Day 2022

Earth Month Events

Earth Fest

Wed, April 20, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm, Hornbake Plaza

A fun outdoor festival with over 30 interactive exhibits from student groups and campus departments and beyond. There will be upcycling crafts, a free clothing swap, live music, activities and prizes, food and more! 

Hosted by: Office of Sustainability & SGA Sustainability Committee


Explore the calendar of events held by the UMD community in honor of Earth Day this April! 

Bike Week 2022

April 4-10 

The University of Maryland Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) and University Recreation and Wellness (RecWell) have partnered to host seven days of cycling fun during this year’s UMD Bike Week, April 4 to April 10. Bike Week is an annual event that highlights cycling programs on and around campus, builds community among university cyclists, and encourages biking as a means for commuting sustainably. “As warmer weather arrives, we invite the campus community to come outside and join us for our annual Bike Week celebration! The week is jam-packed with opportunities to dust off your bike, pick up DIY maintenance & safety tips, and explore riding paths in the area,” says Marta Woldu, who manages the Sustainable Transportation program at the university.

Healthy Literacy: Healthy Home Green Cleaning Webinar

Wed, April 6, 11:30 am- 1:00 pm, Virtual

Come learn the health benefits of green household cleaning. Participants will receive cleaning products recipes and watch a demonstration of how to make these inexpensive, environmentally-friendly products at home! Registration required. 

Hosted by Jennifer Dixon Cravens, University of MD Extension

Arbor Day Tree Ceremony

Wed,  April 6, 1:15 pm- 1:55 pm, McKeldin Mall Plaza (near Jiminez Hall)

Humbly acknowledging that schedules are committed and we have likely omitted many who should have a direct invitation, I invite you to pause for a moment in celebration of the 150th observance of Arbor Day, held in Maryland on the first Wednesday of April each year. Join us in person at the McKeldin Library Plaza, near Jimenez Hall, to dedicate this year's Arbor Day tree. Brief remarks will begin at 1:15pm with ceremonial photos at 1:30pm. No shoveling required this year given the forecast of rain before and after, but not during, our ceremony.

Hosted by UMD Arboretum

UMD Farmers Market

Wednesdays, April 6- May 11, 11am- 3pm, Tawes Plaza

Join fellow Terps at Tawes Plaza for the weekly Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 11 am - 3 pm during the spring season from April-May and fall season from August-November. The Farmers Market features producer-only local vendors from within 250 miles of College Park. Every farmer and producer selling at our market grows or makes what they sell themselves. Market Manager, Chef Larry Tumlin, offers a cooking demonstration (with free samples) at noon during each Market.

Hosted by University of Maryland Dining Services

Walk with an Arborist

Fridays, April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, 10:00 am- 10:45 am, Locations Vary

Did you know that the entire University of Maryland campus is an arboretum and botanical garden? Enjoy a morning walk around some of the highlights of our gardens and grounds with certified arborists Meg Smolinski and Scott Rupert! The route either begins at the east side of the Memorial Chapel, at the main steps OR at the sundial sculpture in the middle of McKeldin Mall. Both routes involve stairs, taking around 45-60 minutes. Questions? Email Registration required. 

Hosted by UMD Arboretum

Bike Blended Smoothies

Wed, April 6, 12 pm- 2 pm,  UMD Farmers Market - Tawe’s Plaza

The Bike Blender is back by popular demand at the UMD Farmers Market. The faster you pedal on our special stationary bike, the creamier your smoothie is! All supplies provided, except the renewable energy—you’ll supply that with your pedal power. Look for us alongside the Green Terp table and help us support sustainability on campus.

Hosted by UMD Dept. of Transportation Services & Office of Sustainability

Decorate Your Bike Helmet

Fri, April 8, 1 pm- 3 pm, STAMP (Entrance by bus slip)

Reach inward for that creative artist in you and join us for a free bike helmet and supplies to decorate it. Make it your personal expression! Show your Terp spirit! Already have a helmet? Bring it with you and use our supplies to decorate it. Registration Required, Cost: Free.

Hosted by UMD Dept. of Transportation Services

Five Senses Hike

Sat, April 9, 10:00 am- 10:45 am, Wooded Hillock

Did you know that our entire campus is a world-class arboretum with gardens and natural wooded areas? Join interns from the Integrated Life Sciences Honors Program on an intentional hike of the Wooded Hillock. This hike will utilize the five sense to encourage being present in the moment in addition to a low impact cardio workout. The trailhead is located across the street from the northwest corner of Terrapin Trail Garage. Registration required. 

Hosted by UMD Arboretum

Mountain Bike & Camp: Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield, VA

Sat, April 9 - Sun, April 10, Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield, VA

Spend an exhilarating weekend mountain biking the singletrack trails of Central Virginia’s Pocahontas State Park. Located just outside of Richmond, Pocahontas State Park is home to over 64 miles of trail and over 25 miles are dedicated to directional mountain biking. After a day of biking, you’ll be able to relax around the campfire and rest up for another day of exploring the park by bike. Amenities: Indoor restroom and shower facilities available. Travel Time: Approximately 3 hours away. Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, April 5 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Must be fully vaccinated to participate. Registration Required, Cost: $50

Hosted by UMD Dept. of Transportation Services

BikeUMD/SOA Riverside Clean-up

Sun, April 10, 11am- 1pm, Meet at Lot 11b

Join us for a first! BikeUMD is teaming with UMD’s Sustainable Ocean Alliance club to go on a bike trip to the Indian Creek riverbank in a hunt for plastic litter. Did you know that 80 percent of plastic waste gets to the oceans via small rivers? Come join us for a fun bike ride (slow with lots of stops, 5 miles max) with a purpose! All supplies furnished, snacks too. Registration Required.

Hosted by UMD Dept. of Transportation Services and Sustainable Ocean Alliance

World Of Change Concert

Sun, April 10, 3pm, Dekelboum Concert Hall

Pianist Lara Downes, percussionist Britton-René Collins and composer and multi-instrumentalist Clarice Assad present World of Change, a concert considering the changing climate and the acceleration of our device-intensive existence. In this musical exploration, the performers take a step back from political and international turmoil to consider the wider landscape of our world and to pose self-reflective questions about how we interact with it.

Hosted by The Clarice

Careers in Environmental Science Panel

Wed, April 13, 6pm- 7pm, Virtual

RESTORE, in collaboration with UCC@AGNR, is hosting a Careers in Environmental Science panel. You will have the opportunity to learn from alumni in a variety of environmental spaces and organizations including policy, tech, and wildlife. We have alumni representing The Nature Conservancy, the National Aquarium, ICF, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Registration required. RSVP on Careers4Terps.

Hosted by RESTORE and UCC@AGNR

Sustainable Food Systems Lecture Series

Tues, April 19, 6-7pm

How can agriculture and farming be more inclusive for all groups of people? Join AGNR on Tuesday, April 19 for our next Sustainable Food Systems lecture titled "Smart and Safe Urban Farming: Building a Pipeline to Sustainability for Those Who Were Left Out." The talk features the expertise of Farmer Chippy, Plantation - Park Heights Urban Garden and Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director of Water Resources Research at University of the District of Columbia. For more information and to register:

Hosted by UMD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

UMD Honey Sale

Tues, April 19 & Thurs, April 21 

UMD Honey Sale to raise funds for supporting UMD Bee Lab research and extension services. Their honey is produced from research colonies located on campus and at several Maryland farms. More than 150 colonies are utilized each year for honey bee health, epidemiological and best management research to inform both local and national beekeeping practices. Some of these apiaries are used specifically for extension and teaching, capitalizing on our expertise to share and engage with the strong community of Maryland beekeepers.

Hosted by University of Maryland Bee Lab

Earth Fest

Wed, April 20, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm, Hornbake Plaza

A fun outdoor festival with over 30 interactive exhibits from student groups and campus departments and beyond. There will be upcycling crafts, a free clothing swap, live music, activities and prizes, food and more! 

Hosted by: Office of Sustainability & SGA Sustainability Committee

NatureRx@UMD Spring 2022 Events

Fri, April 22, 2022 11am-12pm, SPH Friedgen Room 2236

NartureRx@UMD Speaker: Nature Therapist Dr. Heidi Schreiber Pan. Zoom link found here.  

Hosted by: NatureRX at UMD, School of Public Health

Earth Day for Animals

Fri, April 22, 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm, Stamp Outdoor Table

Hosted by Animals for Animals (formerly Animal Free)

ALPFA PwC Earth Day Event

Fri, April 22, 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm

ALPFA (Association of Latinx Students For America) will be partnering with the UMD Arboretum to either do a trail clean up or tree planting (will be confirmed closer to event date) and will host PwC professionals as well for recruitment opportunities. Light refreshments will be provided!

Hosted by ALPFA

Environmental Justice Panel & Film Screening: The Sacrifice Zone

Fri, April 22, 5pm, Hoff Theater, STAMP Student Union

17 for Peace & Justice will be holding a film screening! We will be viewing The Sacrifice Zone which speaks to the clustering of toxic waste facilities along Chemical Corridor in Newark, NJ. After the screening, we'll be holding a discussion with local environmental justice panelists facing similar EJ issues.

Hosted by 17 for Peace & Justice

PG County Growing Green With Pride

Sat, April 23, 8am-12pm, Across Prince George’s County

Prince George’s County will host a Countywide community cleanup program entitled "Growing Green With Pride." This event supports our Beautification Initiative to make our community cleaner by conducting individual community litter collection events, which demonstrates our shared commitment to keeping our communities appealing and attractive. Community organizations and groups are encouraged to participate. Register here.

Hosted by Prince George’s County

Stream Clean-Up with SOA, RESTORE, AEES & MANNRS 

Sat, April 23, 11am- 12pm, Meet at Lot 11b

Hosted by Sustainable Ocean Alliance

Sustainability Fund Grant Workshop

Mon, April 25, 6-8 pm, Innovation Loft- ESJ 2101

This in-person workshop is for students interested in applying for a Sustainability Fund grant. During the workshop, you will brainstorm and troubleshoot your grant proposal ideas to advance campus sustainability.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to identify proposal topics, brainstorm ideas, learn and utilize the steps of Design Thinking, connect with potential grant collaborators, and devise an action plan for developing a strong Sustainability Fund grant application prior to the deadline. This interactive session is designed for students who wish to create proposals to meet one another as well as the students and staff reviewing and awarding Sustainability Fund grant proposals. Students at all phases of the grant writing process are welcome to attend, though we recommend considering topics of interest ahead of time.

Registration is required and limited to the first 40 students who register, you will be notified by email if you are on the waiting list. Please register here by Wednesday, April 20

Hosted by: the Office of Sustainability, Sustainability Fund Student Review Committee, Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Dominion Documentary Screening

Wed, April 27, 5:30pm- 8:00pm, Thurgood Marshall Room

Hosted by Animals for Animals (formerly Animal Free)

Career Panel for Sustainability Studies Minor

Fri, April 29, 12pm-1pm

Hosted by Sustainability Studies, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Maryland Day- Sustainability

Sat, April 30, 10am-4pm, McKeldin Mall

Visit the Office of Sustainability tent at Maryland Day and learn about campus sustainability, kids activities, and more. There will be waste themed cornhole, upcycled seedling planters, games, educational displays, a sustainability photobooth, and more!

Hosted by the Office of Sustainability

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