City, USD planning Earth Day activities by David Lias The Vermillion community, the Sierra Club, the Native American Cultural Center and The University of South Dakota will join forces to celebrate Earth Day Tuesday, April 22. Activities begin at 10 a.m., with a clean-up of the USD campus that's scheduled to last until 2 p.m. Participants will receive free food and T-shirts.
The film Keeping the Earth will be shown by the Union of Concerned Scientists in the Coyote Student Center Tuesday morning. A discussion of the film will be led by the Rev. Charles Allen, an alum of USD.
Visitors to campus will have an opportunity to test drive a hybrid car in the CSC parking lot from 12 to 6 p.m.
A program titled "Celebrating Mother Earth" will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Native American Center, 409 E. Clark Street.
Activities planned at this event include storytelling and wisdom sharing. "Earth Cake" and other refreshments will be served. Music will be provided by Kickland, Johnson & Martin, joined by Nikki Abourezk.
People will have an opportunity to fly kites Tuesday afternoon on the USD campus green (weather permitting), and free seed packets will be distributed by the community's Master Gardeners.
The day will end with a 7 p.m. lecture, "Birds of the Prairie," by Paul Johnsgard at the I.D. Weeks Library. Johnsgard, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present the talk as part of a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute.