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Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, April 27

Posted Apr. 11, 2014

Kent State University at Stark commemorates Earth Day 2014 with the presentation of events to inspire the awareness of environmental responsibility and to improve the appreciation for our planet’s natural resources. In addition to being a proud partner of the Earth Day Network, Kent State Stark has partnered with the following local sponsors to present this event: The Repository, Cain Toyota, The Print Shop, Haymaker Tree and Lawn and Brewer-Garrett. The event, which will take place at Kent State Stark, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township, is free and open to the public.
On Sunday, April 27 from 1 – 4 p.m., Kent State Stark will present the Earth Day Celebration in the Campus Center parking lot and at the Pond/Wetland area.

Attendees will enjoy a family-friendly afternoon filled with environmental educational activities, entertainment, demonstrations, crafts and displays for all ages. The event schedule includes:
Children’s Area: 
Face painting, tie-dye t-shirts, mock fossil dig, crafts, coloring contest and much more. Children may enter the coloring contest for a chance to win a backpack filled with prizes. Print the coloring page from and bring the completed artwork to the event. Winners will be selected and contacted during the week following the event.
Tree-Planting Ceremony: 
Kent State Stark Dean Walter Wagor and members of the campus grounds crew will plant a new sapling near the event as a commemorative rededication of the Stark Campus’ commitment to preserving and protecting our environment.
Singer Foster Brown:
Foster Brown will perform original children’s nature songs and stories while he accompanies himself on the guitar, banjo, fiddle, dulcimer and various percussion instruments. He encourages the audience to participate in the lively songs with hand motions, call-and-response and sing-alongs.
Tree Campus USA Presentation: 
The Arbor Day Foundation will formally honor Kent State University at Stark as a 2013 Tree Campus USA University for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. This is the fifth consecutive year that Kent State Stark has received this distinction.
Bugs Unlimited:  
Entomologist Jim Smolka will display his extensive collection of mounted insects other invertebrates from around the world, as well as live specimens that include spiders, scorpions, centipedes and millipedes. He will provide information about the natural history of each of the animals and answer questions.
Guided Nature Walk: 
Kent State Stark Biology Professor Robert Hamilton will provide a guided tour around the pond/wetland area, including an informative talk about the plants and animals that reside at the site, which the National Wildlife Federation officially named a Certified Wildlife Habitat.   
Throughout the event, Kent State Stark student organizations and contributing groups will conduct demonstrations and discuss how to positively impact our world. Participating organizations include: Stark Parks, Canton Audubon Society, Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District, Stark County Department of Health, ODNR Division of Forestry, Canton Country Day School, College Advantage, Project Coyote, Stark Soil and Water Conservation District, The Ohio State University Extension, the Vegetarian Club of Canton, Earth Philosophy, Kent State University’s Environmental Health and Safety, Kent State University’s Environmental Conservation Group, the Wildlife Habitat Conservancy and various Kent State University at Stark Student Organizations. A Toyota Prius, courtesy of Cain Toyota, will be on display, as well as Kent State Stark’s security vehicle, a Ford Escape Hybrid.
For more information on Kent State Stark’s Earth Day Celebration, call 330-499-9600 or visit