Earth Days 2024

LVC’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee will celebrate the 54th Anniversary of Earth Day by hosting events throughout the month of April.

Earth Days 2024 Events

9–10 a.m. | Neidig-Garber 203

Ryan Reed and Andy Brought will talk about the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry works to ensure the long-term health, viability, and productivity of Pennsylvania’s forests and to conserve native wild plants. DCNR is looking for the next generation of DCNR Bureau of Forestry pros!

Co-sponsored with the Breen Center

6:30 p.m. | Annville Free Library

In this talk, Quittapahilla Watershed Association President (and LVC Professor Emeritus of History)  Michael Schroeder will discuss the QWA’s efforts to improve the water quality of Quittapahilla Creek and its tributaries; to raise public awareness about the watershed’s importance to the local quality of life and to the Chesapeake Bay watershed; and to encourage citizens, organizations & businesses in Lebanon County to help maintain the health & viability of the watershed’s streams & ecosystems.

12–12:50 p.m. | NG-312

  • Ilyssa McLaughlin & Hannah Horengic -Internship with Quittapahilla Watershed Association & Lebanon Valley Conservancy 
  • Emily Sausser – Research on the spotted lanternfly 
  • Abby Sausser – Research on water quality 
  • Ellamay Cassidy – Internship with Oceans of Fun at Hershey Park

11 a.m. | Mund Underground

Come join the Environmental Club at the annual sustainability luncheon. We will have speakers from campus and the community. We will discuss sustainability issues around campus over lunch.

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1 p.m. | Meet near the cow at facilities

Invasive plants spread aggressively, outcompete native plant species, and can reduce habitat for wildlife. Join the Conservation Biology class as they conduct invasive plant removal throughout LVC’s natural areas and learn about invasive plant biologyLong pants and sturdy footwear are recommended. Contact: Rebecca Urban ( 

12–12:50 p.m. | NG-312

9 a.m.–12 p.m. | Quittie Creek Nature Park

Volunteers will meet at the Swingholm Pedestrian Bridge in Quittie Creek Nature Park in Annville at the southern end of Bachman Rd.—a short walk from the LVC campus—and be divided into work crews to spread mulch, clear trails, remove invasive species, pick up trash, and in general spruce up the Nature Park for the coming summer. Work tools and work gloves will be provided. Please bring your own water, and, if desired, snacks. Long pants and sturdy footwear are recommended. Join us!

7 p.m. | Leedy Theater

Matt Royer with the Conewago Watershed Association will discuss his involvement with the Conewago Watershed Association and the partnerships that have developed through their workThe Lebanon Valley Conservancy will also award the Richard H. and Karen R. Light Memorial Scholarship at the start of this event. 

This event is co-sponsored by LVC’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee, The Biology Department, and The Lebanon Valley Conservancy.

Create a piece of artwork out of trash to enter into Metz’ Trash Art Competition. Grub Hub $1 donation to save the trees.  

1 p.m.

Everyone is invited to join Jon Schach and Sam Hanmer, arborists with Goods Tree & Lawn Care, on a walking tour of LVC’s campus treesLearn about the ecological roles, practical uses, and unique features to different campus treesInterested participants should meet outside the front entrance of the Neidig-Garber Science Center.

12–12:50 p.m. | Neidig-Garber 312

Speaker: Abbey Corbin (ENVI ’18), Project Support Specialist with Colorado State University’s (CSU) Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML)

CEMML teams support military installations throughout the country to manage cultural and environmental resources for the different branchesAbbey Corbin will discuss the importance of sustainable land management on military lands to support resource stewardship, military readiness, and federal compliance.

Metz will showcase the dining hall’s sustainability during lunch. Vote to choose a winner for the Metz Trash Art Contest.

10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Meet in the Annville Town Square next to the fountain at the only traffic light in town. Pick up trash around town. Bags, gloves, safety vests, and maps provided. Bring your own water and, if desired, snacks. Sturdy footwear is recommended.

Organized by the Quittapahilla Creek Garbage Museum in partnership with the Quittapahilla Watershed Association, the Quittie Creek Nature Park Committee, Celebrate! Annville of the Friends of Old Annville, and the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee.