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Wayne State College Earth Day Events to Celebrate Groundwater in Nebraska

Published: 4-14-2011 2:00 pm

The public is invited to attend a number of events at Wayne State College as part of the annual Earth Day Celebration April 20-21.

The Wayne Majestic Theatre will host 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. screenings of the landmark movie Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time on April 20.  The first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, Green Fire highlights Leopold's extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land. The screenings are sponsored by the WSC School of Natural and Social Sciences, Department of Life Sciences, and Biology Club, and admission will be free of charge.
Events will also include a presentation on groundwater in Nebraska by Groundwater Foundation President Jane Griffin from 12:30 to 2 p.m. April 21 in the Gardner Auditorium on the WSC campus. Based in Lincoln, the Groundwater Foundation is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate people and inspire action to ensure sustainable, clean groundwater for future generations.

Griffin's background includes a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College in Northampton, and a master of arts degree and diploma from the Universita' Internazionale dell'Arte in Florence, Italy. Griffin's professional experiences reflect her awareness of the need to educate people to create knowledge of the world around us. Griffin also works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska, the Nebraska Art Association Board.

The WSC Earth Day celebration on April 21 will include Environmental Education programming in the Wayne Community Schools provided by the WSC Biology Club; a cleanup of the Nature Trail on the WSC campus; a special show in the college planetarium; and a bike ride on the community Bike Trail.

For information: Dr. Ronald Loggins at (402) 375-7045 or Dr. James O’Donnell at (402) 375-7394


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