Environmental Studies
Holloway Hall

ENVR News and Events


Saturday, September 13, Living History event at Pocomoke River State Park  (events Fri, Sat & Sun)

Local historical organizations such as the Purnell Museum, Pocomoke Indian Nation (Dugout Canoe), Furnace Town, the Salisbury Zoo, Civil War-era Living Historians, the Nabb Research Center, and the Ocean City Life Guard Station Museum will be on hand to share their specialties. On Sunday the Park will host an Auto tour of the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp ruins, and some of the structures they built during the 1930s. The event will focus on Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics and  the Leave What You Find principle. 

Wednesday, September 17 Interest Meeting for Summer 2015 Bicycling class• ENVR house, 7 pm Tom and Bill would like to offer a bicycling-oriented class for 2015 Summer I, with both the Chesapeake Bay watershed and bicycle advocacy issues as its focus--if there is enough student interest. The proposed class will be physically demanding, requiring that you can ride 40-70 miles carrying all of your own camping gear. You'll also need your own touring-capable multispeed bicycle with racks and bags. If this type of course appeals to you, please attend; we'll need a core of committed students before we can create the course.

Saturday, September 20 Assateague Coastal Trust Cleanup, Assateague State Park, 8-12    ENVR will provide van transportation to this fun & important cleanup. Contact Mr Nelson wanelson@salisbury.edu for a spot in the vans!

Wednesday, September 24 • Henson 243, 7 pm  Celebrating Nature: A Conversation between a Naturalist and a Poet                                                                                                                                     Featuring Ron Gutberlet and Nancy Mitchell, Biology and Environmental Studies Department faculty Continuing the Environmental Studies tradition of pairing faculty from diverse disciplines discussing a common theme, this offering draws from the talents of poet Nancy Mitchell, and biologist Ron Gutberlet, in a discussion of the art and act of celebrating and studying nature.

Monday, September 29, 6:30 pm, Henson 103  Becoming a Bicycle-Friendly Business

Hosted by the League of American Bicyclists, Bike Maryland and Bike-Sby. Though this workshop focuses on business needs, it will be helpful for anyone wishing to help make the City of Salisbury and Salisbury University more bike-friendly.

Wednesday, October 8 • Henson 243, 7 pm Empires on Ice: Science Nature, and  the Making of the Arctic                                                                                                                                                                  Featuring Andrew Stuhl, Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities at Bucknell University Drawing on his award-winning research on the far north, including a period teaching and living among the Inuit of Canada, SU alum Stuhl speaks about the history, cultures, and prospects of one of the world’s most culturally and environmentally fragile and rapidly changing regions. 

Saturday October 11 Longhouse Open House at Handsell Mansion, Vienna    ENVR will provide van transportation: probably 10 am -3 pm

Saturday October 11 Community Nest Box-Building Workshop at ENVR House, 10-3 pm    Make your own bee nest box, bird nest box or bat roost box here at the ENVR house!

Saturday October 18 Make-a-Heron Workshop at ENVR House, 10-3 pm Form a team and enter the contest to make the most appealing Heron sculpture out of found and recyclable objects and help to promote Salisbury's "Stash Your Trash" anti-litter campaign! Winning sculptures will be selected at the November 3rd Friday.

Wednesday, October 22• Henson 243, 7 pm  Dolphins and Aquaria: The National Aquarium and its new policies                                                                                                                                                         The National Aquarium has recently decided to change their policies regarding captive dolphin performances. This colloquium will discuss these policy shifts, and its implications.

Thursday, October 23, Room TBA, 7:00 pm Environmental Economics and Water Resources                                                                                                                     Laura Grant, environmental economist and assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, researches the provision of public goods with a focus on voluntary actions and a second interest in water resources (she has an undergraduate degree in hydrology).

Saturday November 1: ENVR 102 Classes go to Pickering Creek for Service day See Mr Nelson or Dr Ransom for details

Saturday November 8 Make-a-Heron Workshop #2 at ENVR House, 10-3 pm Form a team and enter the contest to make the most appealing Heron sculpture out of found and recyclable objects and help to promote Salisbury's "Stash Your Trash" anti-litter campaign! Winning sculptures will be selected at the November 3rd Friday.

Wednesday, November 12• Henson 243, 7 pm Trees and the City                                                    Featuring Charles Murphy, of Tree Baltimore  Trees have been shown to have a number of positive impacts on cities, from regulating heat to providing habitat for insects, birds, and other animals. Murphy will discuss his experiences working to increase tree cover in Baltimore.

 Wednesday, November 19 • Henson 243, 7 pm  Panel Discussion: Environmental Regulations and the Local Farm Movement                                                                                                                                 Salisbury farmer Ted Wycall  and his Greenbranch Farm has been a leader in the sustainable local food movement.  Often held up as a model of sustainable farming practices, Wycall has nonetheless found  some environmental regulations – from storm water to nutrient  management – intended to help the cleanup efforts on the Chesapeake Bay to have unexpected and perverse impacts on his attempts to make a living growing food.  This panel will consider the relationship between environmental regulations and the local farm movement, using Wycall’s experiences as a case study.