The Office of Sustainability facilitates Wake Forest’s annual Earth Month celebration from mid-March to late April. Join us and our campus partners each year in celebrating Earth Day and highlighting Wake Forest’s sustainability strides through engaging events, experiences, and a renewed sense of community along the way. 

Signature annual events hosted by the Office of Sustainability include the Spring Equinox celebration, the Champions of Change Celebration, and Earth Talks. We invite all Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff to host programs and events during Earth Month. For Earth Month 2024, our kickoff event will be on March 24 and events will take place through April 26.

Earth Month 2024 Calendar

Programs and events will be added as they are submitted.

πŸ„ = Fungi Fest event. 🌳 = Office of Sustainability signature Earth Month event.

Wayward Fashion x dEaCO Clothing Manchester Market Clothing Swap

Friday, March 22 from 11:00am – 4:00pm | Manchester Plaza Stage
Bring some clothes, take some home! dEaCO and Wayward are collaborating to host a clothing swap! Come with clothes to exchange and have fun crafting sustainable jewelry…

Take advantage of the chance to refresh your wardrobe while embracing eco-conscious fashion practices. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a stylish impact and connect with like-minded individuals at the Wayward x dEaCO clothing swap.

Spring Equinox Celebration (Earth Month Kickoff!) 🌳

Sunday, March 24 from 4:00 – 6:00pm | The Campus Garden (1141 Polo Road)
The Spring Equinox Celebration is an annual festive gathering of people, plants, and animals hosted at the Wake Forest Campus Garden (1141 Polo Road)…

All members of the Wake Forest University community (students, faculty, staff, & families) are invited to welcome the transition to spring and kick off Earth Month 2024 with live music, crafts led by campus and community organizations, plant-forward food, and furry and feathered friends. Join us as we welcome the budding life of spring and the blossoming energy of longer days on Sunday, March 24. Bring a friend and see you there!

Queer Gardening Documentary
Film Screening

Monday, March 25 @ 4:00pm | LGBTQ+ Center (Benson 311)
Join the LGBTQ+ Center for a thought-provoking film screening of Queer Gardening. Delve into the captivating world of queer feminist ecologies…

Follow the journeys of 24 LGBTQ+ individuals, exploring how they’re reshaping the narrative of ecology and their connections to the natural world. Through intimate discussions and profound insights, this documentary offers a unique perspective on queerness, identity, and environmental stewardship. Don’t miss this opportunity to broaden your understanding and celebrate the diversity within our ecosystem.

Deacon Dialogue: Let’s Talk Climate Justice

Thursday, March 28 @ 5:00pm | SJI Lounge
The climate crisis is multifaceted and requires collaboration, innovation, and collective action for change…

In honor of Earth Month, join the Office of Civic and Community Engagement for a conversation about who is most impacted by the climate crisis, and how we can work toward building solutions that prioritize both people and the planet. A plant-forward dinner will be provided to those in attendance.

Grayson Highlands Intro to Backpacking

Saturday, March 30 – Sunday, March 31
Ready to get outside this Earth Month? Embark on an unforgettable overnight backpacking journey to Grayson Highlands with Outdoor Pursuits, tailored specifically for beginners eager to explore the outdoors and delve into the world of backpacking…

With all food, gear, and transportation provided, this adventure offers a seamless introduction to backpacking. Discover stunning vistas, encounter wild ponies, and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. OP’s experienced guides will teach essential outdoor skills, from setting up camp to cooking in the backcountry, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all. This trip is not just about exploring the wilderness, but also about learning new skills and forging lasting connections with fellow adventurers. This trip is open to all students.

Birding Meeting

Sunday, March 31 @ 3:00pm | Reynolda Trails Trailhead
Join the Wake Forest University Birding and Conservation Club for our Weekly Birding Meeting, a gathering that brings together bird enthusiasts, conservationists, and nature lovers…

Every week, the WFU Birding & Conservation Club explores our beautiful campus and surrounding areas, engages in meaningful conservation efforts, and fosters a diverse community of enthusiasts! All WFU students, faculty, and staff are invited to join.

Canary: The Indiana Jones of Climate Science Film Screening and Q&A with Climate Scientist, Lonnie Thompson

Wednesday, April 3 @ 11:00am | ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404)
Meet the real-life “Indiana Jones” of climate science at the screening of this film in the ZSR library. Dr. Lonnie Thompson will answer questions with directors Danny O’Malley and Alex Rivest virtually following the film screening…

The film will run until approximately 12:45pm. Stick around afterward for the Q&A session starting at 1pm, also in the auditorium. Can’t make it for the film screening that morning? All WFU students, faculty and staff are able to view Canary on their own devices through ZSR’s Kanopy database from April 1-5.

The Queerness of Fungi πŸ„

Wednesday, April 3 @ 5:00pm | WFU Women’s Center
What do fungi and queerness have in common? For most of human history, both have been regarded with fear and apprehension simply for being branded as “other”…

In this discussion, we will dive into the peculiar similarity between LGBTQ+ and fungal sex, how myco-phobia and homophobia share key principles of discrimination, and what fungi can teach us about human sexuality. There will be snacks!

Co-sponsored by the Women’s Center and the LGBTQ+ Center. This event is part of Fungi Fest πŸ„, an event series organized by senior Una Wilson.

The Science of Spores πŸ„

Thursday, April 4 from 4:00 – 5:00pm | Patio of Farrell Hall
Ever wondered where all those mushrooms growing in your backyard come from? Or perhaps, why do fairy rings exist? How can I tell if a mushroom is edible or not? Come learn!…

Before you go taste testing, stop by to hear Mycology professor Dr. Tague give a lecture on the science of fungi, spore-printing, and what lies at the root of all fungal life.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Biology. This event is part of Fungi Fest πŸ„, an event series organized by senior Una Wilson.

Spore-Printing Workshop πŸ„

Thursday, April 4 @ 5:00pm| Patio of Farrell Hall
Hang around after Dr. Tague’s spore science lecture to create your own spore-printed ink design on an old t-shirt or tote bag. Now everybody will know you’re a really fun-guy!

Co-sponsored by Wayward Fashion and the Business School. This event is part of Fungi Fest πŸ„, an event series organized by senior Una Wilson.

Sustainable Event Planning Workshop

Friday, April 5 @ 2:00pm | Benson 344
Explore practical event planning tips for shopping, catering, waste management, and more! This workshop is open to all students. RSVP at the link below.

Join us for a workshop for useful and practical tips on how to incorporate sustainability into your event planning! In collaboration with the Office of Sustainability, let’s turn your events into a celebration for both your group and the planet!

This workshop also counts as one of the requirements for the Student Leader Workshop Series.

Sustainability & Mindfulness: Guided Crafts for Grounding

Tuesday, April 9 @ 1:00pm | Manchester Plaza Picnic Tables
This Earth Month, when caring for the environment, take time to care for yourself! Join the UCC & Safe Office in learning more about mindfulness in a hands-on way…

Participate in a guided mindful craft geared towards focusing on the present, creativity, and connection with the earth led by Nationally Board Certified Art Therapist Jessica Bass, LCMHCS, ATR-BC, NCC. The opportunity to take home resources on sustainability and mental health will also be available.

11th Annual Champions of Change Campus Sustainability Awards 🌳

Tuesday, April 9 @ 3:00pm | Green Room, Reynolda Hall
Celebrate this year’s Champions of Change for sustainability at the 11th annual campus sustainability awards…

At the awards ceremony, EVP/CFO Jackie Travisano and Provost Michele Gillespie will recognize the award-winners as well as those who have gone above and beyond in their everyday sustainability efforts and actions. All WFU students, faculty, & staff are invited to join and celebrate this year’s winners and nominees. A reception will follow the announcement of this year’s award winners.

Reynolda Trails Cleanup

Wednesday, April 10 @ 5:00pm | Reynolda Trails
Preserve the green spaces around Wake Forest and help our neighbors in Reynolda Village by doing a litter clean up on the trails’ flood zone…

Join student leaders for a clean up of the Reynolda Trails. All litter collection tools will be provided. Meet at the Reynolda Trails trailhead and explore its winding paths together as you beautify this special area that connects us to the historic Reynolda Village.

Dine and Discover: Plant-Forward Catering

Thursday, April 11 @ 6:00pm | Benson 409
Enjoy a free dinner and tasting of Plant-Forward Catering Options hosted by our campus caterer, Under the Oaks Catering! Discover innovative ways to incorporate more plant-based and inclusive options into your events and taste different menu combinations…

Don’t miss out on this chance to level up your event game while helping the planet! This workshop also counts as one of the requirements for the Student Leader Workshop Series.

This event is offered in partnership with Harvest Table Culinary Group and the Office of Student Engagement.

Can Fungi Inspire Social Change? πŸ„

Thursday, April 11 @ 6:00pm | Palmer Hall 126
Join in the Fungi Fest fun for a chat with New York City journalist and author of the book In Search of Mycotopia, Doug Bierend, to explore how fungi can influence social change…

From cleaning up pollution to inspiring equitable economic systems to increasing food access, we will interrogate how humans can work with fungi to better live with natureβ€”and with one another.

Co-sponsored by the ENV Program. This event is part of Fungi Fest πŸ„, an event series organized by senior Una Wilson.

Climate Fresk (Update: Postponed)

Want to deepen your understanding of climate science? Join this hands-on workshop designed to empower participants with knowledge through games, collective intelligence, and systems thinking…

Climate Fresk is a 3-hour workshop designed to empower participants with a deeper understanding of the fundamental science behind climate change. This engaging experience is a gamification of the IPCC reports, utilizing cards and tapping into collective intelligence and systems thinking. The workshop is intentionally inclusive, welcoming people of all ages and backgrounds. During the workshop, participants engage in a puzzle phase, followed by an opportunity to debrief and discuss their emotions and potential ways forward. Over a million people from 150 countries have participated.

This workshop will be led by Alex Guevel, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering. NOTE: The workshop is postponed for now until a new date is determined.

Mushroom ID Hike with OP πŸ„

Saturday, April 13 @ 10:00am | Reynolda Trails
Join OP for a walk through campus and the Reynolda Trails to learn the basics of identifying the fungi that grow right beneath our feet! Meet together at Outdoor Pursuits before making the trek.

Co-sponsored by Outdoor Pursuits. This event is part of Fungi Fest πŸ„, an event series organized by senior Una Wilson.

4th Annual Earth Talks 🌳

Tuesday, April 16 @ 5:00pm | Pugh Auditorium
Hear from your fellow Deacs as they share their knowledge, research, experiences, and passions on a variety of sustainability topics…

Earth Talks is an annual series of short, student-led presentations that are focused on sustainability topics. Each talk is led by a Wake Forest student or group of students who are eager to share their knowledge, passions, and/or research with others in the WFU community. The fourth annual Earth Talks will take place on Tuesday, April 16 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in Pugh Auditorium. We kindly ask that you register at the link below if you plan to attend.

Sustainable Event Planning Workshop

Wednesday, April 17 @ 6:00pm | Greene Hall 321
Explore practical event planning tips for shopping, catering, waste management, and more! This workshop is open to all students. RSVP at the link below.

Join us for a workshop for useful and practical tips on how to incorporate sustainability into your event planning! In collaboration with the Office of Sustainability, let’s turn your events into a celebration for both your group and the planet!

This workshop also counts as one of the requirements for the Student Leader Workshop Series.

Spring Clean Out: Buy Nothing Sale

Friday, April 19 from 11:00am – 7:00pm | Courtyard between Bostwick and Johnson
Calling all students! Do you have items you know you want to part with before the summer? Want to swap out your items for something new? Participate in the spring clean out buy nothing sale…

Anytime from 11:00am – 7:00pm on Friday, April 19, bring your unwanted items to the open courtyard between Bostwick and Johnson Residence Hall. Take what you want; leave what you don’t! Plan ahead for move-out, reduce waste, and break the stigma of using second-hand items. All unclaimed items at the end of the day will be donated to Goodwill through the DeacsDonate program. 

Tour a Local Mushroom Farm πŸ„

Friday, April 19 @ 3:00pm | Benson Circle
Curious about the homegrown mushroom cultivation process? Join the Fungi Fest crew for a tour of Cobblestone Market vendor (and WFU alumni) White Family Farms to learn all about their micro-mushroom farm!

Meet at 3:00pm outside of Benson to carpool to White Family Farms together!

This event is part of Fungi Fest πŸ„, an event series organized by senior Una Wilson.

Piedmont Earth Day Fair

Saturday, April 20 from 10:00am – 4:00pm | Winston-Salem Fairgrounds
Join Piedmont Environmental Alliance for the biggest Earth Day celebration in North Carolina, the Earth Day Fair! This annual fair is a can’t-miss event for everyone in the Triad…

Hosted by the Piedmont Environmental Alliance (PEA) at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, this event attracts 8,000+ people each year. The Fair will feature live music, local organizations, interactive exhibits, food trucks, and more. There’s fun for all ages. The Earth Day Fair is FREE and open the public. See you there!

S’mores x ‘Shroom Outdoor Movie Night πŸ„

Sunday, April 21 @ 7:00pm | The Campus Garden (1141 Polo Rd.)
Want to watch a movie under the stars? Bring your favorite blanket and curl up at the Campus Garden for an outdoor film screening of the Netflix documentary Fantastic Fungi…

Grab a friend and join us beneath the stars for a screening of the hit documentary film Fantastic Fungi and learn all about the fungal networks beneath our feet! S’mores and camp chairs will be provided. All students are welcome.

This event is part of Fungi Fest πŸ„, an event series organized by senior Una Wilson.

Earth Day Fungi-Forward Garden Party πŸ„

Monday, April 22 from 11:00am – 2:00pm | The Pit
Swing by a fungi and garden themed party outside of the Pit on Earth Day to explore fungi-forward foods and learn about the human and environmental health benefits of incorporating mushrooms into one’s diet…

Enjoy a plant-forward menu featuring smoked oyster mushrooms and meet a variety of local vendors highlighting seasonal produce!”

Co-sponsored by Harvest Table Culinary Group. This event is part of Fungi Fest πŸ„, an event series organized by senior Una Wilson.

Virtual Lecture: The Water Cycle in a Changing Climate, Dr. Brian Soden

Tuesday, April 23 @ 11:00am | Zoom or join the viewing party at Wake Downtown 3506
Join the Lowman Environmental Dynamics Lab for a Distinguished Lecture given by Dr. Brian Soden, Fellow of the American Geophysical Union…

Dr. Soden’s talk, The Water Cycle in a Changing Climate, will explore the fundamental physical principles that govern the water cycle and detail how those simple principles help us understand climate projections, making predictions of how the water cycle will change under a warming climate. Join via Zoom here. Or, if you’d like to watch in person with others, join the viewing party at Wake Downtown room 3506.

Hosted by: Nick Corak and David Carchipulla-Morales from the Lowman Environmental Dynamics Lab, Physics PhD students, and the Sabin Center.

Scrappy Smoothies at the Pit

Wednesday, April 24 @ 11:00 am | Outside of the Pit
Don’t let good food go to waste! Learn how to make a scrappy smoothie out of all components of the produce items you have on hand. Walk away with a smoothie to try…

Join HTCG in front of the Pit to learn how you can reduce food waste by making tasty smoothies.

Wake Forest Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, April 24 from 2:00 – 5:00pm | Farrell Hall
Stop by a farmer’s market featuring produce and items from local vendors on the brick walkway in front of Farrell Hall.

Organized by students Berkeley Scharf (’25) and Kayla Peale (’25) and co-sponsored by the WFU School of Business.

Lecture & Reception: The Political Economy of Environmental Protection and the Partial Takings Debate

Thursday, April 25 @ 4:00pm | Palmer Hall Room 126
Come to this celebratory lecture in honor of the retirement of Dr. Frederick Harris, Professor of Economics and Finance in the School of Business…

Dr. Harris’ interest in this topic comes about from (1) one of his three doctoral fields in Financial Economics, Game-Theoretic I.O./Mechanism Design, and Political Economy at UVA, (2) his teaching in Law and Economics over several decades, and (3) a recently completed book manuscript in mechanism design.

Reception to follow. This event is co-sponsored by the Environment & Sustainability Studies Program, the Department of Politics & International Affairs, the Sabin Center for Environment and Sustainability, the Graduate Program in Sustainability, and the Office of Sustainability.

Arbor Day Celebration & Weed Wrangle (Culminating Earth Month event!) 🌳

Friday, April 26 @ 3:00pm | South Residence Hall
This beloved campus tradition is BACK! All WFU students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate Arbor Day at our culminating event of Earth Month. Signature Earth Month t-shirts — with our new branding — will be provided to all who attend…

Join us for a tree planting ceremony at South Residence Hall and help wrangle the English Ivy crawling up trees in the surrounding wooded areas. This longstanding tradition, formerly known as Campus Beautification Day, is a chance to bring students, faculty, and staff together to honor and celebrate our campus trees and the services they provide. It’s also a chance to look back at Earth Month and celebrate the blossoming of spring together. This event is co-organized by The Office of Sustainability, Residence Life & Housing, and Facilities & Campus Services Landscaping Team.

Grow-Your-Own Culinary Mushrooms Workshop with Gnomestead Hollow πŸ„

Saturday, April 27 @ 2:30pm | The Campus Garden (1141 Polo Rd.)
Dive into the exciting world of mushrooms at the Campus Garden! The Garden is partnering with experts from Gnomestead Hollow Farm and Forage to bring a mushroom cultivation workshop to Wake Forest…

Join us in learning the basics of growing your own mushrooms! Registration is requested.

This event is part of Fungi Fest πŸ„, an event series organized by senior Una Wilson.

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