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Fall ENVR Seminars, Speakers and Activities

Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21: help Stash Your Trash at the Wicomico County Fair. We’ll be promoting Stash Your Trash at the fair all weekend and would appreciate help from anyone who can spare a few hours to help (hu)man our tables (Saturday 10 am – 10 pm and Sunday 11 am – 6 pm). Contact Bill Nelson wanelson@salisbury.edu if you can help.

Saturday August 27, 10 am-2 pm Get Outdoors Day kayak rides at the Hazel Outdoor Discovery Center. If you can paddle and are interested in giving rides to kids who don't normally get a chance to kayak, please contact Bill Nelson at wanelson@salisbury.edu. It's a great day! When you're not giving kayak rides you can check out the other events--archery, target shooting, fishing, using a real fire hose, etc. Free lunch provided. We need seven people to give rides; I'll have the kayaks and the van.

Wednesday September 7, 5:30 pm Henson 243 Working with Wild Animals: Then and Now. Bill Nelson, Hannah Murphy and Parker Hudson explore changing cultural assumptions and regulations regarding wild animals via Bill's experiences with wild animal rehabilitation in the 1970s and Hannah and Parker's current work developing the new River Otter exhibit at the Delmarva Discovery Center.

Saturday September 17, 9 am - noon Assateague Coastal Trust Beach Cleanup at Assateague National Park. Come fly your ENVR colors and help clean up this regional gem! Contact Bill Nelson at wanelson@salisbury.edu if you are interested; I'll provide the van(s).

Wednesday September 21, 7 pm Holloway Great Hall Seeking Grace in a World of Wounds: Environmental Sustainability as Spiritual Calling with James Hatley. All too often the call to live sustainably has involved treating the earth merely as a renewable resource for our all-too-human convenience. Turning to various spiritual traditions, leanr how the responsibility to live sustainably requires our acting with humility and reverence in the face of humans sharing a more-than-human living world.

Date TBA: probably a Sat in Sept Float for the Coast kayakactivism event, Ocean City. The Assateague Coastal trust is once again gathering a flotilla of kayaking environmentalists, this year advocating for drinkable/swimmable/fishable water. ENVR will provide kayaks (16 spaces available) and transportation: contact Bill Nelson at wanelson@salisbury.edu if you wish to go.

Saturday October 1, 11-2 pm: Jefferson School Science Fair We need five ENVR students to run our "make a bird feeder" and "make a bee nest box" booths at the Jefferson School fair. Help k-8 students and their parents make bird feeders out of bagels or pine cones and/or help them drill boring bee nest holes for their bee boxes. The fair is a lot of fun, it's great working with the little kids, and it'll be great to have an SU ENVR presence there. Please email Mr Nelson @ wanelson@salisbury.edu if you can help out.

Saturday October 8, 10 am - 5 pm Vienna, MD Nanticoke Jamboree (theme: Games. see https://nanticokeriverjamboree.com/about/) Partake in hands-on fun with a variety of sporting and leisure activities that American Indians, African American men and women and English Colonists engaged in during three centuries in America. Through living history presentations the Jamboree will show you how our fore-bearers took time out from their hard-working days to have moments of relaxation, competition, skill-building, and enjoyment. Try your hand at lacrosse, hoops, board games, cards, baseball, kites and puppets! (No vans available: you'll need to provide your own transportation.)

Wednesday October 12, 5:30 pm Henson 243 Hybrid Ecologies & Relational Ontologies: Toward a Hopeful Environmentalism. Christian Hunold, Drexel University Dept of Politics, discusses the proliferation of hybrid ecologies as one of the defining social-ecological features of this ear. This transformation has caused countless ecological disasters but also creates opportunities for rethinking the meaning of nature, revising conservation practices and reimagining environmental policies.

Saturday October 15, 9 am-noon downtown Salisbury Wicomico River Cleanup. Come join the Chamber of Commerce, Stash Your Trash and ENVR department to help clean up our beleaguered Wicomico River! ENVR will be down at the city boat ramp (off Riverside Drive, across from Brew River). Please contact Bill Nelson wanelson@salisbury.edu if you are interested (boats/seats limited).

Friday October 21, 5-8 pm downtown Salisbury Trash Monster sculpture judging. Help decide the winning contestant for year's Stash Your Trash sculpture contest theme, "trash monsters"!

Wednesday November 9, 7 pm Henson 243 Culture & Resource Management on the Chesapeake Bay. Michael Paolisso, U Md College Park Dept of Anthropology, discusses interactions between culture and resource management on the Chesapeake Bay, and how cultural models can be used to improve intra- and inter-stakeholder understanding, dialog and collaboration in addressing environmental issues.

 

 

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