OREGON CITY – Clackamas Community College will bring turtles, birds of prey, music and the community together in a series of Earth Day events, April 20-22, on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave.
CCC’s English Department kicks off the festivities, April 20, noon-1 p.m., in the Environmental Learning Center’s Lakeside Hall with a free open mic to honor the earth. The public is welcome to read and listen to writings inspired by the earth. At 7:30 p.m., there will be an Earth Day themed Music Performance Technology concert in the Niemeyer Center.
The celebration continues April 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Environmental Learning Center. The community is invited to this free celebration where they can:
- See birds of prey courtesy of the Audubon Society
- Learn about Willamette Valley turtles and get up close to live specimens
- Hear about gardening for wildlife from the National Wildlife Federation
- Understand human impact on the watershed from Clackamas River Water Providers
- Learn how mosses are important from CCC staff Kirill Ignatyev
Choral music will be performed by CCC students led by Dr. Kathleen Hollingsworth and participants can make a special art project with painting instructor David Andersen and his students.
About the Environmental Learning Center
In 2014, CCC received an $863,432 Metro grant to help fund redevelopment of the ELC into a regionally significant outdoor learning laboratory that showcases innovations in stormwater management, an outdoor amphitheater, a natural play area and more.
This summer, Clackamas Community College will embark on its restoration. The timeline includes pavilion improvements, excavation and stormwater controls this summer; trail improvements, plantings and new bridges this fall; and completion in the winter of 2018.
For more information about the ELC, visit www.clackamas.edu/Environmental_Learning_Center.aspx. For more information about the Earth Day celebrations, contact Renee Harber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-594-3015.