Niagara College to welcome community for free family-friendly Earth and Arbor Day celebration April 25

There’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day than to make a positive and lasting impact on the environment and  Niagara College is inviting the community to do just that at its first-ever Earth and Arbor Day celebration.

The free family-friendly event will be held on Saturday April 25 at the College’s Welland Campus (300 Woodlawn Rd.) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The college community and local residents are welcome to drop in and participate in tree-planting and a variety of environment-focused workshops and activities in celebration of Earth and Arbor Day 2015.

“It’s exciting to be able to involve the community in our sustainability efforts at Niagara College through our Earth and Arbor Day celebration” says Gina Pannunzio sustainability engagement assistant at Niagara College. “Not only will we plant trees that will serve as a windbreak for our orchard at the Welland Campus the event will include educational workshops and activities that will be fun for the whole community.”

Organized by the College’s Office of Sustainability the event will include a groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s edible orchard at 11 a.m. As part of the new biodiversity project funded by Tree Canada’s Edible Trees program (with the support of Loblaw Silk and Telus) fruit trees will be planted on the southwest portion of the campus to provide food for local food banks and be used as a living laboratory for college elementary and secondary school students.

Visitors can participate in 30-minute sustainable campus tours (beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.) fly fishing demonstrations (9 a.m. to noon) check out a variety of displays and drop into various workshops and activities (from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) where they can learn to build a seed feeder start a bean garden build a bee box and more. Advance registration is not required.

A Re-Picasso Art Competition hosted by the College’s Enactus club will challenge participants to build a structure out of recyclable materials collected on campus. The competition will begin at noon and judging will be at 2 p.m. Participants can register in groups of three or four at the registration table.

Snacks refreshments and lunch will be provided free of charge on a first-come first-served basis.

The college event is a combined celebration for Earth Day (April 22) – which aims to broaden and mobilize the environmental movement – and Arbor Day (April 24) – which celebrates the importance of trees – with a focus on community outreach education and engagement. The event is being funded by a $3520 grant the College received in March 2015 from the Niagara Community Foundation – a charitable organization that aims to improve the quality of life in Niagara through philanthropy (

More than 20 student volunteers from a variety of programs across the College are participating in the Earth and Arbor Day celebration running workshops and assisting with tree planting leading tours and more.

The event will be held rain or shine on campus grounds outside the Niagara Region’s Children’s Safety Village (workshops and activities will be held indoors in case of inclement weather). There will be free admission and free parking (in lot E2 or the gravel parking lot) for visitors.

For details and a full schedule of activities visit or contact Gina Pannunzio or Taryn Wilkinson at 905-733-2211 x. 7455.

Niagara College aspires to become a leader in sustainable development and a contributor to sustainability in the Niagara region by focusing on reducing the impacts of water energy and paper consumption as well as waste generation and greenhouse gas emissions.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences advanced technology media applied health and community safety supported by unique learning enterprises in food wine beer horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit



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