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2023 Earth Month at Knox College


Tina Hope

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Galesburg, IL 61401



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Earth Month Events

Each year Knox celebrates Earth Day (April 22) with a month of activities, lectures, workshops, and more - all leading up to the annual Earth Day Festival. Led by Students for Sustainability, with the collaboration of other student organizations, and the Office of Sustainability, all these events and activities provide us more opportunities of learning and putting into practice ways of engaging environmental and social responsibility.

This year we are offering a mix of virtual and in person events. All times listed are for Standard Central Time. Please view Knox's Event Calendar for additional details and links to virtual events. Check back, as more events may be added!

Mondays and Fridays in April

Volunteer at the Knox Farm

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Volunteer with the Knox Farm crew to begin preparing our garden beds, making and sowing seeds in soil blocks, transplanting seedlings, and nurturing each other in community while we hang out with friends, learn new skills, and enjoy being outside!

Wednesday, April 5

Recycled Art

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Ferris Lounge

Join Cellar Door, Quiver, Catch, and S4S for a gathering of creating Blackout Poetry and Collages using Old Literary Magazines.

Thursday, April 6

Herb & Flower Planting/Container Decorating

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Gizmo Patio

Mark your calendar for meeting with the Students for Sustainability to reuse and repurpose materials in the waste stream for planters. Transplant Knox Farm grown seedlings and other flowers for your own home enjoyment and beautification.

Tuesday, April 11

Make Terrariums with Botanical House

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Botanical House

Join Botanical House and S4S in making terrariums to construct mini ecosystems inside repurposed and used glass bottles!

Wednesday, April 12

Film Screening and Discussion w/ Dr. Pilar Eguez Guevara, Earth Month Keynote Speaker

8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Round Room, Center for the Fine Arts

Please join us for a FREE documentary film screening of TARPUNA: GUARDIANS OF THE COCONUT AND THE MANGROVE. This episode of the series Tarpuna, by the Seed Savers of Ecuador, features stories of struggle and survival of the guardians of the mangrove and coconut forests in the tropical coastal region of Esmeraldas, in Ecuador. The guardians are people of African descent telling stories of what farming has done to coconut palms and are home to their ancestral food source, until the shrimping farms devastated nearly 90% of the forest. 

Dr. Pilar Eguez Guevara is an Ecuadorian anthropologist based in the United States, a published author, public speaker, and award winning film-director.

Thursday, April 13

Denim Painting

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Taylor Lounge

Hone your creative skills with Students against Sexism in Society (SASS), and Students for Sustainability (S4S) in designing and painting denim for Denim Day! Bring your own denim or choose from repurposed Denim materials from the Knox Share Shop.

Saturday, April 15

Looks to DIY For

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Gizmo Patio

QTPOCC and S4S invite you to join them for a DIY Fashion Show highlighting repurposed materials from the Share Shop and non gendered closet, as well as other places where clothing is thrifted!

Monday, April 17

Growing Together

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Knox Farm

Together with staff and volunteers from The Knox Farm, this is a self-care event where participants can be immersed in seed-planting and transplanting, with a focus on calendula, a favorite flower to grow at The Knox Farm with multiple benefits in the garden and when made into herbal remedies. We will end with a short group reflection on how working with the Earth intersects with well-being.

Wednesday, April 19

Potato Stamps and Botanical Prints

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Gizmo Patio

All are invited to join us for a fun time of carving potatoes and stamping from linoleum carved prints made by some of our local student artists. Design your own printed masterpieces on repurposed t-shirts, bags, and other materials from the Share Shop!

Thursday, April 20

Herbal Skincare Workshop

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., HRC (building next to Knox Farm)

Join Tina Hope, community herbalist, in making your own natural herbal moisturizer and/or sunscreen, featuring organic calendula infused oils made with herbs from the Knox Farm! RSVP on Engage.

Saturday, April 22

Earth Day Festival

12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m., South Lawn

Celebrate Earth Month with us on the South Lawn! Enjoy live music, by different Knox students and faculty, check out the cool activities and projects that student clubs are engaging in, create fun and sustainable arts and crafts, get a tune up for your bike with the student Bike Shop mechanics, and so much more!

Join us for this annual event sponsored by the Students for Sustainability (S4S) in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability and many other clubs on campus!

Wednesday, April 26


8:30 p.m., SMC Observatory

Join KOAC, S4S and Dr. Nathalie Haurberg in learning about the cosmos together! This event is weather dependent.

Thursday, April 27

Bike Repair Workshop

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Knox College Bike Shop (basement of Old Jail)

Join Professor Deidre Dougherty for a review of bike anatomy, basic repairs: such as how to fix a flat tire, do minor adjustments to shifters and brakes, and how to maintain your bike.

Friday, April 28

Arbor Day Herbal Guild Planting

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Knox Farm

Celebrate Arbor Day with us at the Knox Farm! We welcome all those interested in planting and cultivating a new perennial herbal guild in our growing edible forest landscape. Help us propagate plants on campus and plant them in a new herbal fruit tree guild!

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