The 2017 Earth Day Service Day is Saturday April 22. Registration is now open! Be rooted in your community! The annual Earth Day of Service invites Oregon State students, staff, faculty, and their children/dependents to celebrate planet Earth through community projects focused on environmental conservation and restoration.

Projects include gardening, trail and habitat restoration, litter clean ups, invasive species removal, native plantings, and more!

We no longer are in need of site leaders. Please register for one of the projects! Thank you!!! We are in need of site leaders to help with leading and driving volunteers to projects. Please sign up here to site lead for the 2017 Earth Day of Service on Saturday April 22, 2017!

Go Beyond Earth Day and attend one of the many other campus events in celebration of Earth Day!

“The division between ecology and human rights was an artificial one, that the environmental and social justice movements addressed two sides of a single larger dilemma. The way we harm the earth affects all people, and how we treat one another is reflected in how we treat the earth.” -- Paul Hawken

Registration is now open! Check-in for all projects will occur in the MU Lounge. 2017 projects include:

Trail Fun at Beazell Memorial Forest with Benton County Natural Areas & Parks, 4 participants needed, MU Lounge Check-In at 8:00am, Estimated campus return time at 12:30pm

Join your friends and fellow classmates for some fun trail work in the beautiful Beazell Memorial Forest. Volunteers will walk the gorgeous trails and make them clear for all the hikers that enjoy the park! Light refreshments will be provided. This project is for ages 18 and older

Garden Work Party with Produce for the People, 20 participants needed, MU Lounge Check-In at 8:20am, Estimated campus return time at 12:15pm

Planting, preparing garden beds, up-potting seedlings, turning compost, and mulching leaves. This project is for All Ages.  Guardian must be present for any youth participant.

Spring Cleaning at Sunset Natural Area with Corvallis Parks & Recreation, 36 participants needed, MU Lounge Check-In at 8:20am, Estimated campus return time at 12:10pm

Corvallis has many fascinating riparian habitats. Sunset Natural Area features an example along Dunwai Creek. This preforms several functions; flood control, erosion reduction, and improving water quality. It also provides important habitat for wildlife and native plant species. To facilitate passive recreation in this habitat and preserve its natural integrity, we'll do trimming, clean-up, invasive removal, and more along the creek. This project is for ages 12 and older.  Guardian must be present for any youth participant.

Spring Gardening with SAGE, 20 participants needed, MU Lounge Check-In at 8:15am, Estimated campus return time at 12:15pm
Volunteer activities include harvesting, weeding, planting, garden clean-up, soil building, composting, bed preparation, path maintenance, sheet mulching, children’s garden and community garden maintenance, and special garden projects. This project is for All Ages.  Guardian must be present for any youth participant.

Enhancing Butterfly Habitat at Beazell Memorial Forest with Institute for Applied Ecology, 30 participants needed, MU Lounge Check-In at 8:00am, Estimated campus return time at 2:00pm

Volunteers will be working at the Beazell Memorial Forest and taking a short hike to a large meadow that hosts the endangered Taylor's checkerspot butterfly. Once volunteers arrive at the meadow they will learn about the forest, meadow, and the butterfly. Work to improve the butterfly habitat will include hand and mechanical pulling of scotch broom, an invasive shrub, from the meadow. Other work may include removal of small Douglas-fir and hand weeding false brome, a highly invasive grass. This project is for All Ages. Guardian must be present for any youth participant.

Stream Stewardship Activity with Greenbelt Land Trust, 10 participants needed, MU Lounge Check-In at 8:40am, Estimated campus return time at 12:45pm

Help restore a familiar creek in a popular conservation area! Alongside Oak Creek on Greenbelt Land Trust's Bald Hill Farm Conservation site, volunteers will roll up old barbed wire fence that is a hazard to wildlife and remove weeds that threaten young native shrubs. These actions support habitat for cutthroat trout and other native species. The project involves moderate physical work at your own pace and hiking up to a mile on uneven natural terrain. This project is for ages 12 and older.  Guardian must be present for any youth participant.

Cigarette Butt & Litter Clean-up, 10 participants needed, MU Lounge Check-In at 9:45am, Estimated campus return time at 12:00pm

Volunteers will be picking up cigarette butts and other litter along a predetermined route on the OSU campus. This project is for ages 18 and older.

SEC (Student Experience Center) Food Forest, 10 participants needed, MU Lounge Check-In at 9:40am, Estimated campus return time at 12:00pm

This event is targeted towards SEC occupants, but your friends are welcome to join us! We Will chop some weeds, plant some berry bushes and a fig tree, and spread a fresh layer of wood chips on the soil to keep the place looking fresh. No experiences is necessary, so come serve your fellow students by putting some love into this uniquely edible landscape. This project is for All Ages.  Guardian must be present for any youth participant.

March for Science, 20 participants needed, MU Lounge Check-In at 12:15pm, Estimated campus return time at 4:15pm
Please join us on Saturday April 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm as Corvallis joins the global movement as part of the March for Science. We will march through downtown Corvallis to Central Park to show our support for science and intellectual freedom during this trying time of factual repression. This project is for All Ages.  Guardian must be present for any youth participant.

The Earth Day of Service strives to uphold holistic sustainability through focusing on social connection and bridge building between OSU students, faculty, and staff and Corvallis area community agencies, completing environmental conservation and restoration service projects aimed at addressing community need, and economically allowing community agency resources to go farther through the utilization of volunteer energy, time, and talents. Bike brigades for projects that are 2.5 miles or less from campus are also offered to reduce carbon emissions.

The Earth Day Hoo Haa is OSU’s long-standing Earth Day Celebration and is ALWAYS celebrated ON Earth Day!  April 22nd @ The OSU Student Farm – The OSU Organic Growers Club.  The event is family friendly (non-alcoholic and please leave the dogs at home).

Free Transportation!. Free Hot Supper! Free Live Music!!! – Wild Hog in the Woods. Free Giant Bubbles for all!!!

Earth Day!  Hoo Haa! – April 22nd, 3:00pm to dark. For more details visit the OSU Organic Growers Club website

 

The 2016 Earth Day of Service Projects took place on Saturday April 23rd. We were able to send 110 volunteers from the OSU community to 9 different service project sites, completing a total of 360 service hours!

Here is a summary of each project for Earth Day of Service 2016:

  • Campus Tree Planting with Student Sustainability Initiative and Campus Landscaping: 10 trees planted with compost, mulched with wood chips and staked
  • Pollinator Garden Creation with Student Sustainability Initiative and Campus Landscaping: Planted a variety of shrubs and herbaceous plants attractive to pollinators, spread a seed mix of pollinator-friendly plants, mulched plants, watered, and cleaned the site
  • Land Conservation with Greenbelt Land Trust: 22 rolls of fencing and a lot of barbed wire removed, clean-up and preparation of compost areas for future conservation projects
  • Craft N’ Care for Meals on Wheels: One grocery bag full of decorated paper lunch sacks, about 30 painted flower pots
  • Oak Creek Invasive Species Removal with OSU Office of Sustainability: About 400 sq. feet of space covered, removed blackberry bushes and ivy on ground and wrapped around trees, pile about 4 feet high and 2.5 feet diameter stacked of invasive species removed, litter picked up in area
  • Park Clean-Up with Corvallis Parks & Recreation: Distributed 20 cubic yards of mulch, used mulch and cardboard to create a pesticide-free area of the park
  • Daytripper with Wetlands Conservancy: 1 truckload of garbage picked up on Oregon Coast, 6 trees “de-ivyfied”
  • Smoke Free Campus Clean-up with OSU Student Health Services: 2,808 butts cleaned up, 19 bags of other litter
  • Forest Restoration with the Diverse Perspectives in Forestry Group and Institute for Applied Ecology: 2.5 acres of meadow habitat restored through invasive species removal.

Collaborating organizations included the College of Forestry/Diverse Perspectives in Forestry Group, the Student Sustainability Initiative, and SOLVE.

Earth Day is April 22nd each year. Make every day Earth Day.

Earth Day is an annual day when events are held worldwide to increase awareness, appreciation, protection, and conservation of the Earth's natural environment. Now Earth Day is coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. Learn more about the Earth Day Movement.

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