North Central College celebrates Earth Day, plants native garden

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North Central College will celebrate Earth Day on April 22 at the College’s Oesterle Library. Read the full release below.

North Central College invites the community to join in a special celebration of Earth Day at noon, Tuesday, April 22, at the College’s Oesterle Library.
 
The event is the culmination of a yearlong fellowship for North Central senior Heidi Goetsch, who was presented a grant from the National Wildlife Federation to design and plant a native plants garden for the College. Members of the community are invited to join in the planting of this garden at the north and south entrances of the College’s library, located at 320 E. School St., as a celebration of Earth Day. Tools for the project will be provided by the College.
 
At noon, before the planting, a representative from the Conservation Foundation will award North Central College with Conservation@Work certification. This prestigious certification recognizes local businesses and schools that have implemented sustainable land management practices, such as conserving rainwater, removing invasive species, reducing chemical use and watering, and increasing the amount of native plants on campus. The College has implemented all of the sustainability requirements necessary for this certification, including installing permeable pavers and rain gardens in the Sesquicentennial Walkway, planting native gardens in other areas around campus, and creating a native plant garden outside the library.
 
In case of rain, the ceremony will be held inside Oesterle Library in the Dr. Lora L. Tyson Education Curriculum Resource Center and planting activities will take place at noon Thursday, April 24.
 
For more information about this event please contact Brittany Graham, North Central’s sustainability coordinator, at bdgraham@noctrl.edu or 630-637-5623.

 

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