Brown Family Environmental Center announces new Earth Day festivities

GAMBIER, Ohio — Kenyon College and the Brown Family Environmental Center are celebrating the roots of Earth Day with a new month long schedule of events. A variety of events and activities hosted by various Kenyon departments will highlight different aspects of Earth Day objectives.

The month of activities will culminate with a festival and athletic events during Earth Day weekend. The Brown Family Environmental Center (BFEC) hosts “Keep It Wild,” an Earth Day celebration, on Saturday, April 22, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the BFEC, 9781 Laymon Road.

During the family festival, guests will have up-close encounters with animals from the Ohio Bird Sanctuary, the Ohio Wildlife Center, the Columbus Zoo and the Midwest Biodiversity Institute. Guests will be able to build bluebird boxes, bat houses and bug hotels that they can take home to help the wildlife in their backyards. Guests also will have the opportunity to dissect owl pellets, explore animal skins and skulls and enjoy guided nature hikes. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Knox County Parks, and OSU Extension Master Gardeners and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists will be on-site with a variety of other hands-on activities.

Trucking Delicious, a local food truck, will offer an innovative menu of delicious food options to festivalgoers. Matt Sullivan and Mark Sims will provide live music.

On Sunday, April 23, at 8 a.m., the Kenyon Athletic Center, 221 Duff St., will hold the Earth Day Challenge Half-Marathon and 4-Miler.

Local businesses, organizations and individuals interested in participating in any of the events listed below should email Jill Kerkhoff, facilities and volunteer coordinator, at kerkhoffj@kenyon.edu. All activities are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

The full list of events:

March 30: “Climate Change: What Is It and Can We Stop It?” Director of Green Initiatives David Heithaus shares his expertise at 7 p.m. at the Brown Family Environmental Center, 9781 Laymon Road.

April 1: Electronics recycling in partnership with the Village of Gambier. Bring electronics to be recycled to the Village of Gambier Community Center, 115 Meadow Lane, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 6: “Climate Change: What Is It and Can We Stop It?” Director of Green Initiatives David Heithaus shares his expertise at 7 p.m. at the Wright Center, 400 S. Main Street, Mount Vernon.

April 18: “Visits: Renewable Energy and Climate.” This event is part of the “Visits” series that facilitates discussions between Kenyon and the Knox County community that explore the character of rural life. 7 p.m. at the Wright Center, 400 S. Main Street, Mount Vernon.

April 22: “Keep It Wild” Earth Day Family Festival. Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities, music, a food truck and more. 2-5 p.m. at the Brown Family Environmental Center, 9781 Laymon Road.

April 23: Earth Day Challenge: Run a half marathon, a 4-miler, or just come to cheer on the runners. 8 a.m. at the Kenyon Athletic Center, 221 Duff Street. To register for the half-marathon or 4-mile race, visit https://www.racepenguin.com/events/earthdaychallenge/.
For more information, contact Noelle Jordan, manager of the Brown Family Environmental Center, at 740-427-5052.