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Celebrating Earth Day from Home

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! The theme of this year’s celebration is Climate Action. Oakton is supporting this theme with a Zoom presentation by Jeff Green from Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Join us on Wednesday, April 22 at 9:30am cst to learn more about the organization and their mission. Their message is twofold: They will begin with a review of the causes and effects of climate change and then move on to a discussion of a piece of legislation they believe is critical to addressing global warming. This is an excellent way for us to all become engaged, even in this period of isolation. Please email dkutska@oakton.edu for the invitation link if you are interested in participating!

Even though this year’s celebration may look a little different, there are still many ways to celebrate Earth Day! If you are looking for other ways to engage, check out some of these options available to you:

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Oakton Campuses Closed through April 25: Earth Week Events Cancelled

Oakton Community College’s campuses are closed to the public, including students, through Saturday, April 25. All classes will be transitioned to a remote format starting March 30, and no face-to-face instruction will take place for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. The college is working to provide support services remotely through at least April 25, with dates subject to extension. Decisions on whether to re-open our campuses to students and the public to access student services and other resources after April 25 will be communicated at the appropriate time. For more information about Oakton’s plan related to the COVID-19 outbreak: (www.oakton.edu/coronavirus ).
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As a result of these closures, we have cancelled all of our Earth Week events. We hope that you are able to take advantage of many existing opportunities to engage positively with the Earth during this period.

Forest Preserves of Cook County are still open for hiking and exploring, just continue to practice social distancing: https://fpdcc.com/

Also, there are a ton of online resources right now for learning and exploring from your own home. Some suggestions from Live Science:

“Take a virtual field trip! More than 2,500 museums around the world have made their collections accessible online through Google Arts and Culture; you can also use Google to access virtual tours of national parks in the U.S. 

There are 10 live webcams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where you can peek at sharks, sea otters, penguins and more. The San Diego Zoo has 11 animal webcams, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute has four animal webcams, and there are six webcams at the Houston Zoo

And if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can visit the surface of Mars in a spectacular high-resolution, 360-degree photo tour, created from images captured by the Curiosity rover.”

Take care and be well during this time.


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Creating Justice: A Celebration of Art in People’s Movements, April 20

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 1 – 8 p.m., Oakton Community College, Des Plaines Campus

  • Workshops, presentations, and art making from 1 – 6:30 p.m. (Ten Hoeve Center)
  • Free dinner and live music show by ¡ÉSSO! from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Oakton Cafeteria)
  • This event is free and open to all. Please register! Full schedule coming soon.

Presentations, workshops and performances:

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Earth Week 2019, Session Descriptions

Visit here for a calendar of events.

Bird Walk: Paul Gulezian, assistant biology professor (Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.) Walk the grounds of the Des Plaines campus and discover what birds are living near us or visiting for the season. Binoculars and field guides will be provided.

Wildling Kin: Chicago’s More-than-Human Worlds:Gavin Van Horn, Director, Cultures of Conservation at the Center for Humans and Nature Stories provide a bridge between the sciences and the humanities, offering a critical means of communicating and reflecting upon urban wildlife issues. Join Gavin Van Horn, the author of The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds (University of Chicago Press, 2018), in exploring the importance of story as a means to knowing the city and its nonhuman denizens. Van Horn will highlight his recently published book as well as the “City Creatures” project, which he leads for the Center for Humans and Nature. Comprised of an interdisciplinary collective of authors and artists, this project utilizes the power of art, poetry, and personal narrative to draw attention to urban animals and our shared urban habitats. Van Horn will draw examples from the City Creatures Blog; the edited volume City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness (University of Chicago Press, 2015); and The Way of Coyote to illustrate the ways in which stories can deepen appreciation for the ways in which our lives are entangled with urban wildlife. Funding provided by a grant from the Oakton Educational Foundation to the Environmental Studies Concentration.

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Oakton’s Earth Week 2019 Events Announced!

Event Descriptions can be found here.

**Please note, an earlier version of this calendar showed that Creating Justice Symposium would be held on Saturday, April 27. The actual date is April 20. More details will be posted here when available.**


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Earth Week 2018–Session Details

For a quick, shareable pdf of our Earth Week events, click earthweekpstr18LR. For details about each of the sessions, see below!

Earth Day 2018 Event Descriptions:

Events are open to the public, unless otherwise noted, no RSVP required*

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Earth Week at Oakton, 2018 Events

We are so pleased to announce our 2018 Earth Week events here at Oakton Community College. Check out the calendar below and visit here for details on each session. All of these events are free and open to the public, though we do ask for pre-registration for a couple of them. Please share with your friends and colleagues!

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