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Earth Days


Earth Days

(Earth Days artwork created by JCCC graphic design students Kelly Daniels, Jessica Molina and Julie Pippin.)

Plant, swap, eat, think at JCCC Earth Days celebration in April

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Johnson County Community College has planned a (mostly) action-packed schedule to celebrate Earth Days in April.

Participants can plant trees, work on the campus farm, swap their used clothes for new and catch an earth-themed movie.

Here’s the day-by-day lineup:

Friday, April 18

Note: Due to temperatures that are hovering at the freezing point at night, organizers of the “Kansa” Veggie Plant event have decided to reschedule the planting of the earthen artwork on the west side of campus. The new time will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 25, to coincide with the Campus Farm workday already scheduled as part of the college’s Earth Days celebration.

“Kansa” Veggie Plant, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Red Barn near the Horticultural Sciences Center on campus. “Kansa,” a Stan Herd earth art installation on campus, uses plants as “paint.” This year, vegetable plants will provide the colors for the earth work, and JCCC students and friends can serve as gardener-artists by helping with the planting. Refreshments will be provided. Wear clothing suitable for planting — and don’t forget the sunscreen! The rain date is Friday, April 25. RSVPs are requested; send an email to

Monday, April 21

Reuse-apalooza, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Commons Plaza on campus. The JCCC Student Environmental Alliance will be hosting this festival that features a clothing swap, do-it-yourself projects and people-powered food. (Think smoothies in a blender powered by pedals.) It’s free! In case of rain, the event will move indoors to the lobby of the Carlsen Center.

Tuesday, April 22

“Tree JCCC,” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., baseball field. Here’s a chance to get your hands dirty doing the time-honored Earth Day activity: planting trees. JCCC students will team up with United Parcel Service employees to plant black walnut, burr oak, hackberry, northern red oak, red bud, pecan and eastern red cedar trees, courtesy of a grant provided by UPS. Wear clothing suitable for planting. Refreshments will be provided; RSVP to sustainability In case of rain, the event will be held Tuesday, April 29.

Wednesday, April 23

Campus Farm Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., first floor of the Commons Building on campus. After all that planting and paloozing, you’ve probably worked up an appetite. The campus farm lunch features a vegetarian buffet featuring foods made from local, farm-fresh ingredients. Cost is $5 per person at the door.

Thursday, April 24

Chasing Ice” screening, 12:30 or 6 p.m., room 233 of the General Education Building on campus. This visually breathtaking, multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers delivers evidence and hope to a carbon-powered planet. Refreshments will be provided. The screening is co-sponsored by Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Overland Park and Kansas Interfaith Power and Light.

Friday, April 25

Campus Farm Work Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., campus farm, located near the warehouse on the west side of campus. One last chance to get your hands dirty, this time on the JCCC campus farm. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to

Earth Days is sponsored by the JCCC Center for Sustainability and the JCCC Student Sustainability Committee. Visit the Earth Days website or email for more information.