Earth Week activities, film series held at UW-Stevens Point


 A variety of activities, from speakers on global resource use to an eco-fair and movies, will mark Earth Week, April 21-26, at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  

On Monday, April 21, a “colorful collaboration” eco-fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Laird Room of the Dreyfus University Center. College of Natural Resources student organizations will have hands-on activities. Pizza, soup and T-shirts will be for sale. It is sponsored by the UW-Stevens Point Environmental Education and Naturalists Association.  

At 8 p.m. Monday, Dan Dieterich, who leads the Central Wisconsin Chapter of Citizen Climate Lobby, will talk about climate change in Room 116, College of Professional Studies, 1901 Fourth Ave.  

A film series continues, sponsored by UW-Stevens Point’s Office of Sustainability. The following begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Dreyfus University Center Theater at no cost:

  • April 22: Chasing Ice – includes visually stunning glacial footage

On Wednesday, April 23, a popular speaker on global resource use, Nate Hagens, will present “Humans and Planet Earth: Transitioning from Teenagers to Adults as a Species.” He will speak at 6 p.m. with a question-answer discussion at 7 p.m. in the Laird Room North, Dreyfus University Center.  

Hagens will discuss the opportunities and constraints in transitioning away from fossil fuels. A popular speaker, he explores the connection between energy and the economy, focusing on fossil energy, human behavior and resource consumption. He founded and edited The Oil Drum and previously held leadership roles with investment firms. 

On Friday, April 25, Tyrone Hayes, an amphibian researcher from the University of California-Berkeley, will give a presentation at 4 p.m., sponsored by Save the Frogs. A benefit concert for Save the Frogs, featuring Paradigm Blue, will be held at 6 p.m. Both events are free, open to the public and in the Dreyfus University Center.  

On Saturday, Hayes will speak at the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership convention at the Holiday Inn in Stevens Point. Several programs that day are geared toward first-time participants.  For more details, go to

As part of the lakes convention, a hands-on workshop for junior and senior high school students will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station. Activities include a field survey for frogs and salamanders, frog and toad identification basics and habitat analysis. A bus will shuttle participants, who are asked to preregister. The cost is $15.  UW-Stevens Point students, Save the Frogs chapter and Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development will lead it.  

Earth Day was founded on April 22, 1970, by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson as a peaceful teach-in to raise environmental awareness and protection.




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