Earth Month Calendar

Week 1

Monday, April 1

Earth Negotiations: Can Nations Agree to “Save” the Planet? - A Discussion with Professor Nicholas A. Robinson
2:30pm - 3:20pm
Environmental Classroom, Pleasantville campus

All Members of the United Nations are right now locked in tough negotiations about whether or not to recognize “The right to a healthy environment.” Six months of negotiations in Nairobi (Kenya) will climax in May. France’s President rushed to Nairobi last March to support adopting strong environmental rights in international law. Why do Russia, the USA, Iran, and Saudi Arabia oppose the right to the environment, disagreeing with France and many other UN Members? What difference would it make if the UN adopted the right in a “Global Pact for the Environment?” What should New York, or Westchester, or Pleasantville or Pace do to recognize environmental rights? How could each Earth Month event at Pace implement environmental rights?

Wednesday, April 3

Animal De-Stress
12:10pm - 1:10pm
Dean's Lounge, Kessel Student Center
, Pleasantville campus

Come and meet some of the Nature Center’s animals in the Dean’s Lounge in the Kessel Student Center.  James Eyring, Assistant Director of the Nature Center will have on hand something for everyone. “Dot” the Border Collie, “Elvis” the Falcon, and “Harley” the Dwarf Hog Island Boa will be happy to meet everyone.

Friday, April 5

Honors College Visit
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Environmental Classroom
, Pleasantville campus

Honors Students visit the Nature Center and attend a program with James Eyring. 

Week 2

Monday, April 8

Evergreen Poems
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Environmental Classroom
, Pleasantville campus

Poet Ira Joe Fisher, author of Songs From An Earlier Century, Some Holy Weight in the Village Air, and Remembering Rew --- will share his own poems and those of others.

Thursday, April 11

Fit Walk
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meet at the Environmental Classroom
, Pleasantville campus

Get outside for some exercise while enjoying the natural beauty on campus! James Eyring will lead us on a hike through the Fitness Trail.  This is the wooded area at the back of the Pleasantville campus, which consists of several hills and is surrounded by many varieties of plants and wildlife.  Appropriate clothing would be hiking boots or sneakers, long pants and layers according to weather/temperature. Sunscreen and drinking water is also suggested. For more information contact Kathi Reczek at

Earth Day at Pace: Then and Now
4:30pm - 5:15pm
Nature Center Pavilion
, Pleasantville campus

Graduate students from the Childhood Science Teaching Methods course group will be coming to the Nature Center to learn about Earth Day and Pace’s involvement over the years.  All are welcome to join them for a brief history of Earth Day, an overview of Pace’s Earth Month programs over the years and a tour of the Nature Center.

Sunday, April 14

Invasive Tree Removal Project
11:00am - 1:00pm
Rockefeller State Park Preserve - Meet in front of Goldstein Gym at 10:45am

We will be visiting Rockefeller State Park to volunteer and preserve the area. There are Japanese Angelica trees that are invasive to the other trees and need to be cut down. The goal is to cut as many as possible along with invasive vines.  Everyone should wear long pants (preferably jeans) and boots or sneakers. Dress for the weather. Bring extra layers if it is cold. RSVP on OrgSync.

Week 3

Monday, April 15

Bee Aware 
1:30pm - 3:15pm
Environmental Classroom/Nature Center Pavilion
, Pleasantville campus

In this program, you will learn all about honeybees and some the environmental issues that have decimated their populations.  The program will begin with the award winning documentary “Silence of the Bees” explaining some of the reasons bees are in trouble.  Following the film, Maggie Schwed, beekeeper at the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, will give a presentation with live honeybees. Our own James Eyring will be on hand to answer questions about our on campus apiary. Demonstration is weather permitting.

Wednesday, April 17

Nature Center Open House
11:00am - 3:00pm
Dyson College Nature Center
, Pleasantville campus

Visit the Dyson College Nature Center! Come and explore our nature trails, view our gardens, watch the activity at our songbird feeding station, visit the animals and come watch our new baby chicks hatch! Activities will be scheduled from 11:00am-3:00pm and will include tours and animal presentations. Refreshments will be provided!

Thursday, April 18

"Get Dirty" - Gardening Workshop
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Pleasantville Organic Garden
, Pleasantville campus

If you are interested in learning about gardening, come to this workshop in the Pace’s organic vegetable garden. Learn about some of the regenerative garden principles we apply, how we prepare the soil and how things get planted. All experience levels are welcome. Come ready to get dirty and have some fun! Preregister by sending an email to

Week 4

Monday, April 22

Falconry Demonstration
2:45pm - 3:15pm
Nature Center Pavilion
, Pleasantville campus

Join James Eyring for an unforgettable demonstration with hawks, owls and falcons. Learn about the role these predators play in a healthy natural community and the Nature Center’s work with birds of prey. Be prepared as several of these raptors zoom past you in free flight! Cancellation is possible if rain or inclement weather is predicted.

Tuesday, April 23

NATURE Tree Planting
Dyson College Nature Center
, Pleasantville campus

Help the NATURE club plant a tree on the Pleasantville campus. More details to come. 

Wednesday, April 24

Meet the Animals of the Nature Center
11:00am - 3:00pm
Dyson College Nature Center
, Pleasantville campus

Visit the animals who call the Nature Center home. A guided visit will introduce you to the Nature Center and the places you can go to visit the animals, including pigs, goats, sheep, birds of prey, chickens, turkeys, bees, and more!

Thursday, April 25

Bring Your Children to Work Day
11:00am - 11:45am
Environmental Classroom
, Pleasantville campus

Join James Eyring for a close encounter with some of the resident animals at the Nature Center.

Friday, April 26

Breakfast with the Birds
7:00am - 9:00am
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
, Pleasantville campus

Pace University and Rockefeller State Park Preserve would like to invite you to come enjoy Breakfast with the Birds. We'll have coffee and bagels at 7:00AM before heading out with a naturalist on the carriage roads of the Preserve to see what birds are active in the woodlands, fields, and wetlands. Bring your binoculars and a field guide to birds for a fun morning of birding.  Some binoculars will be available to borrow. The Preserve is located only about three miles from Pace, and directions will be provided. Please register by emailing

Sunday, April 28

Campus Clean Up
11:00am - 2:00pm
Meet at the Alumni Hall Classroom
, Pleasantville campus

Students, staff and faculty are invited to join NRHH (National Residence Hall Honorary) as they clean up around the residence halls and help keep our campus beautiful! Volunteer hours are also available. Meet at the Alumni Hall Classroom at 11am. Lunch will be provided.

Week 5

Monday, April 29

Yoga at the Farm
12:10pm - 1:00pm

Nature Center Pavilion, Pleasantville campus

Come practice yoga at the farm. All levels are welcome. Yoga mats will be provided but participants should wear a workout outfit or comfortable clothes.

Photography in the Park
1:20pm - 3:00pm
Meet in the Environmental Classroom
, Pleasantville campus

Join students from a class titled "Nature Exposed" to take photos at Rockefeller State Park.  We will meet in the Environmental Classroom and take a bus from there to the park just down the road, where we will spend our time engaged in nature photography.  Bring your camera and any equipment you have!  We will be back on campus by 3:20p.m. Please register by emailing  

Tuesday, April 30

Earth Month Reception and GreenPace Awards
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Environmental Classroom
, Pleasantville campus

Celebrate with all those who made Earth Month a success. The winners of the GreenPace Awards will be honored and Nature Photo Contest winners will be announced.

Wednesday, May 1

Student Photo Show
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Mortola Library
, Pleasantville campus

Students from a class titled "Nature Exposed" will be showing their photographic work exploring "Man's Intrusion into Nature."  Selected photos will be mounted and hung in the Mortola Library for public viewing.  Join us for an opening reception with refreshments.

Saturday, May 4

Spring Hike
Details to come

Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Pleasantville campus

Take a guided hike of Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Be sure to eat a good breakfast, bring water and wear comfortable shoes. Sponsored by Residence Life.



Become involved in Earth Month this April by entering the first Nature Photo contest.
All Pace students, staff and faculty are eligible.

Contest begins 3/1/19 and ends 4/22/19 at midnight. 


  • Contest is restricted to Pace students, faculty or staff. Faculty teaching photography classes are not eligible.
  • Two winners will be selected. One student and one faculty/staff person.
  • Photos must have a theme of nature.
  • Photos can be color or black and white.
  • All photos must be taken on a Pace University campus.
  • There will be one submission allowed per person.
  • Winners will receive a large (approximately 13” x 19”) professional print of their photo on high quality photo paper. Print can be made smaller if winner desires. The winning photos will also be displayed on the @dysonenv Instagram account.
  • Winners will be announced at the Earth Month reception on April 30, between 3:00-4:00 pm.
  • All entries will be projected as a PowerPoint that will be shown during the Earth Month reception.
  • Submissions can be sent starting March 1, 2019 but must be in by April 22, 2019 (Earth Day!) by midnight.


  1. Take a creative photo depicting an interesting image of a natural element on any Pace campus. Examples include wildlife, plants, insects, landscapes, abstract images, people enjoying nature, etc.
  2. Send a note to stating you have a photo you would like to enter in the contest. You will receive back an acknowledgement and an entry form to fill out.
  3. Send the photo as an attachment in JPG format along with the completed entry form. One entry per person.
  4. All submissions will be considered and judged by a student team consisting of members from the photography club and a photography class.
  5. Attend the Earth Month reception on April 30, where the winners will be announced and the winning photo prints will be awarded.