2021 Live Green! Earth Month Calendar of Events

 

 

In celebration of Earth Month 2021, the Office of Sustainability has compiled a number of opportunities to be sustainably engaged in the Ames community and beyond, during the entire month of April. These opportunities cover the three facets of sustainability -- environmental, economic and social. 

Know of another event this month that we haven't included? Email us at livegreen@iastate.edu so we can include it!

 

Facets of Sustainability Key

 

Throughout April        April 1-7      April 8-14      April 15-21      April 22-27      April 28-30      


Throughout April

Live Green! Earth Month Challenge 

April 1-30, all hours, all days

Join the Live Green! Earth Month Challenge. Engage in various sustainable challenges supporting social, economic, and environmental sustainability for a chance to win one of ten grand prizes. Learn more and sign up on the Earth Month Challenge Sign-up Page.

 

Iowa Arboretum Volunteer 

Hosted by Iowa Arboretum

Location: Iowa Arboretum

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available at the Iowa Arboretum. There are indoor and outdoor opportunities available for groups or individuals.

 

Reiman Gardens Volunteer 

Hosted by Reiman Gardens

Location and Time: Reiman Gardens

Individuals and groups can volunteer at Reiman Gardens, although group opportunities are limited due to COVID-19. Volunteers can get involved with gardening projects or other existing opportunities. 

 

YSS Mentor 

The YSS Mentoring Program is unique in the communities we serve, with 20 years of successfully matching children and mentors, creating life-changing—and often life-long—relationships. School-Based and Community-Based Mentoring options available. There are in-person and virtual options available depending on the comfort level of the student and the volunteer. 

 

Kill-a-Watt Challenge 

Hosted by Iowa State University Department of Residence

The Kill-a-Watt Challenge is a competition between the residence halls on campus to see which one can reduce their energy usage the most during the month of April. The residence hall that is able to save the most energy each week will be eligible for small weekly prizes, and the overarching winner at the end of the month will receive several energy-themed prizes for each resident. The Sustainability Committee and FP&M will be measuring the energy usage for each residence hall weekly, and will email residents with the results at the end of each week. This event is being held by the Sustainability Committee of Student Government in partnership with IRHA and FP&M and is only available for Iowa State University students living in on-campus housing.

 

Earth Day Run/Walk Challenge 

Hosted by City of Des Moines

The goal of the Earth Day Virtual Challenge (24,901 Miles) is simple. The goal is that during the month of April (Earth Day Month) we will collectively see how many times we can run the distance of the equator 24,901 miles! Log your miles throughout the month to contribute to the overall goal. Join the challenge for FREE!  You can also upgrade your registration and you'll get the Earth Day official t-shirt, the super cool commemorative medal to brag to your friends and show off your challenge accomplishment, and an eco-friendly stainless steel drinking straw. We'll even include an Earth Day pack of wildflower seeds so you can help make a difference! 

 

Adopt-A-Flower Garden Program 

Hosted by City of Ames

Location: Varies

Each summer, Ames Parks & Recreation sponsors an "Adopt a Flower Garden" program. This program is an effort to get public involvement in ongoing park beautification. Last year over 50 gardens were planted with over 20,000 flowers donated by Holub's Garden and Greenhouses of Ames. The Parks and Recreation Department prepares the beds, supplies the bedding plants and water. Volunteers are needed to design, plant and care for the flower gardens during the entire growing season. We thank Holubs Garden and Greenhouse of Ames for their generous donation of over $7,000 worth of flowers each year to help beautify Ames. To get involved in this program or request more information, please contact Joe Newman, Principal Clerk at 239-5341 or e-mail joe.newman@cityofames.org

 

Spring (and Year-Round) Rebates from the City of Ames 

Hosted by City of Ames

Location and Time: N/A

The city of Ames is offering cost-share rebates for various projects. Eligible projects include native tree planting, native landscape installation, rain barrel installation, rain garden installation, soil quality restoration, and composting.

 

Volunteer for the Ames Adopt-A-Stream/Watershed Stewards Program 

Hosted by City of Ames

Location and Time: Varies

Consider joining efforts with a local group to adopt a portion of a local stream or river. When you Adopt-A-Stream you will help keep the stream clean by removing trash during scheduled events 2-3 times per year. The City of Ames will provide you with special garbage bags that can be dropped off at Resource Recovery. Cleanups would occur twice per year. A sign that recognizes your group will be posted near your adopted portion of the stream. Contact Liz Calhoun at 515-239-5575 for more information.  

 

Rummage Rampage Furniture and Large Household Item Collection Trailer 

Hosted by City of Ames Resource Recovery Plant

Location and Time: Ames Resource Recovery Plant (110 Center Street), Monday - Friday: 7:30am – 3:30pm, Saturday: 8am – noon

Ames Resource Recovery is offering a collection drop-off option for unneeded furniture and larger household/move out items for storage until the Rummage Rampage event (July 30-August 7) offering these items for sale (as a fundraiser for local non-profits and student organizations). There is a per carload charge for this drop-off option, which covers storage and transportation to the Rummage Rampage event. Furniture and household items from moveout are not beneficial to the “waste to energy” process at the Resource Recovery Plant and are landfilled if put into the trash. For any questions or additional information, contact Lorrie Hanson (515-239-5136 or lorrie.hanson@cityofames.org)

 

 April 1, Thursday


One Sustainable Iowa Earth Month Symposium Kickoff with Campus Updates 

Hosted by One Sustainable Iowa

Location and Time: 10-11:30 am via Zoom

Tune in to this virtual webinar to hear updates from OSI partner schools regarding sustainability projects and initiatives at their university. This event kicks off a full month of Earth Month-related events!

 

Climate Change - The Facts 

Hosted by IPTV

Location and Time: 7-8 pm on IPTV

Scientists explore the impact of climate change and what could happen if temperatures rise.

 

Extinction - The Facts 

Hosted by IPTV

Location and Time: 8-9 pm on IPTV

David Attenborough explores extinction of species and how this crisis has consequences for us all.

 

Reiman Gardens Pop-Up Plant Sale 

Hosted by Reiman Gardens

Location and Time: 10am-4:30pm Front Lobby of Conservatory Complex, Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd

Bring a new plant home with you! A variety of tropical houseplants will be available to purchase including orchids, sansevierias, clivias, bromeliads, tropical fruit trees, and succulents, ranging in price from $1-$35.

 

 April 2, Friday

Mini Meteorologist- Pint Sized Science 

Hosted by Story County Extension and Outreach

Location and Time: Story County Extension 1421 S. Bell Ave Suite #107 Ames, IA 50010

Participants will enjoy a day exploring weather! Learn tools meteorologists use and create your own weather instruments. Explore wind, precipitation, and much more! This program is made available in collaboration with the Iowa STEM Council and the Science Center of Iowa. Cost: $25 per participant; $15 per additional sibling

 

Climate Change - The Facts 

Hosted by IPTV

Location and Time: 7-8 pm on IPTV

Scientists explore the impact of climate change and what could happen if temperatures rise.

 

Extinction - The Facts 

Hosted by IPTV

Location and Time: 8-9 pm on IPTV

David Attenborough explores extinction of species and how this crisis has consequences for us all.

 

Fridays Around Campustown 

Hosted by Campustown in Ames, IA

Location & Time: 8 am-businesses closed, Campustown, Ames

Campustown merchants will offer special deals all month long. New deals will be announced each Friday and be good for one week. Each Friday will feature one of our partner organizations in Campustown Court for even more fun. Using a mobile phone app, players will follow clues that lead to special deals at participating businesses. Complete the tasks, get great deals and earn points. Prize winners announced weekly.

 

 April 3, Saturday

Geocache Egg Hunt 

Hosted by Social County Conservation

Location and Time: 10 am-12 pm, McFarland Park

Your family will love this new-age way of hunting eggs! Learn how to use a GPS, then go search the woods to find the Conservation Bunny's nests of hidden treasures. Collect prizes and candy and discover some of nature's wonders along the way. Be sure to keep a watchful eye as you may come across a "golden egg" worth a special prize! Spots are limited; register early. Fee of $5 per collector (any child 3-14 years old) is required with registration by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 29. Each family group will share one GPS; if your group is 8 people or more, you may want to register as two groups. There are also volunteer opportunities available for this event.

 

Lawn Alternatives for Low-Impact Gardening 

Hosted by Reiman Gardens

Location and Time: 10:30-11:30 am at Reiman Gardens

These days, home owners are also looking at ways to garden that will provide beautiful spaces while reducing or even improving ecological impact. Turf lawns, for example, are one of the least sustainable practices; there are more earth friendly alternatives. Join Director Ed Lyon as we examine this and other examples of low impact gardening practices – low impact on the environment, and low impact on maintenance! Space is limited, and pre-registration is required for this in person program, along with masks covering nose and mouth. $20 Members, $25 General Public, $17 ISU Students.

 

Iowa Cities, Towns, and Waterways 

Hosted by IPTV

Location and Time: 2-2:30 pm on IPTV

Explore how Iowa's largest cities and smallest towns are often defined by waterways, flooding and environmental challenges in the 21st century.

 

Growing a Greener World 

Hosted by IPTV

Location and Time: 8:30-9 am

Growing a Greener World blends the latest trends in eco-friendly living with traditional gardening know-how. The series highlights the diverse people, organizations and events that seek to raise environmental awareness and encourage better stewardship of the planet. In this episode, host Joe Lamp'l installs several fruit trees and shrubs on the GGW Garden Farm, while sharing tips.


 April 4, Sunday

 

 

 April 5, Monday

Monday Monologues 

Hosted by Cantamus

Location and Time: 12 pm on Parks Library front steps, livestreamed on Cantamus Instagram account

Nationally recognized ISU women’s ensembles, Cantamus and Count Me In, present music that speaks to our souls: how they have yearned, struggled, danced, worried, and loved through this year. This live performance on the steps of Parks Library is another way the groups are using non-traditional performing spaces and new opportunities to drive creative work and cutting-edge programming during COVID-19 times.

 

 April 6, Tuesday

EcoChat: Trees 

Hosted by Ames Public Library

Location and Time: 7-8 pm via Zoom

City Forester Paul Tauke and tree expert Zach Burhenn will make presentations discussing last summer’s derecho, proper tree trimming and pruning, and why to plant native trees.Attendees will be eligible to receive a native tree seedling and other prizes.

 

Spring Fever Symposium 

Hosted by Iowa Arboretum

Location and Time: 6-7:30 pm via Zoom

Karen Chapman will explain key components of good garden design and analyze three areas where they play an important role. She will explore the use of containers, structures, water features and artistic sculptural elements as focal points and discuss how to frame and enhance these with interesting foliage to create a memorable vignette. With ideas for budgets and gardens of all sizes, you will quickly gain the confidence and knowledge to transform your own landscape into a cohesive series of eye-catching scenes. Tickets are $20.

 

O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Souls) 

Hosted by Story County Conservation

Location and Time: 10-11 am via Zoom

Located off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is the world’s fifth largest island and known as a hotspot for biodiversity with animals like lemurs, fossas, chameleons, and flying fox bats. With 80% of its natural forests now gone, Madagascar is one of the fastest disappearing ecosystems on our planet. Jess will share stories and photography chronicling her month-long excursion through Madagascar’s unique landscapes, cultures, and wildlife. This program is free, but registration is required by 4:30 pm on Sunday, April 4. Registrants will be emailed the Zoom link prior to the program date. O.W.L.S programs are designed for “boomers” or older- but anyone can attend.

 

Vegetable Gardening Best Practices 

Hosted by Reiman Gardens

Location and Time: 6-7 pm at Reiman Gardens

Celebrate Earth Month by getting a head start on your own summer vegetable garden, with a discussion on best practices by Reiman Gardens’ Horticulturist, Sharon Rink. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Monday, April 5. Pandemic precautions may still be in place.$16 Members, $20 General Public, $13,60 ISU Students. Registration is available at https://www.reimangardens.com/events/

 

Rooting for a Sustainable Future: Native Plants and Prairie Restoration 

Hosted by One Sustainable Iowa

Location and Time: 2-3 pm, via Zoom 

Did you know the tallgrass prairie roots were once so dense that pioneers’ plows couldn’t cut through the Iowa soil? Did you know Iowa has a native tortoise, the Ornate Box Turtle? Come to this event to learn more about the tallgrass prairie ecosystem and the natural history of Iowa. Led by student intern Megan Lenss, this event will discuss the benefits and services of native plants and their importance in building a sustainable future. Each participant will receive a free native plant field guide!

 

 April 7, Wednesday

Travel Ames 

Hosted by Ames Public Library

Location and Time: 12-1 pm via Zoom

If you are new to the Ames area, this event will teach you useful vocabulary and expressions, share some amazing local restaurants, shops, and parks, and connect you to useful places to know!

 

Conversations about Carbon 

Hosted by Bioeconomy Institute

Location and Time: 12-12:45 pm via Zoom

We will host a virtual discussion with an expert who will take on key questions about carbon reduction, removal, and repair. The overall goal is to help move research, education, and extension forward on how agriculture can play a role in mitigating climate change. This week’s featured guest is Dr. Bill Gutowski, Professor of Geology and ​Atmospheric Sciences Chair of the University​ Sustainability Committee. Registration is free and not required, but is recommended.

 

Renewing a Human Rights Agenda: The Climate Crisis 

Hosted by One Sustainable Iowa

Location and Time: 12-1 pm, via Zoom  

In this webinar, we will explore the human rights impacts of climate change, particularly on marginalized communities. In addition, we will discuss why there is reason for hope despite the fact that the U.S. has so far failed to respond adequately to the crisis.  Speakers: Dr. Louise Seamster, Stratis Giannakouros, and Dr. Maureen McCue.

 

Supporting Underrepresented Students in Sustainability 

Hosted by One Sustainable Iowa

Location and Time: 7-8 pm, via Zoom 

Join us to learn how your institution can support underrepresented students in sustainability! Students Hallie Lartius and Julia Krist created the UI Office of Sustainability's Underrepresented Students in Sustainability (USS) Program in 2019. A year later, the program has provided mentoring and funding to over 25 students and future leaders in sustainability. In this presentation, we will offer a guide on how to create similar programs at your institution and share our own students’ experiences on underrepresentation in sustainability.


 April 8, Thursday

Self-Care for Activists in 2021 and Beyond 

Hosted by Iowa State University Lecture Series

Location and Time: 7-8 pm via Webex

Aisha Moore is an entrepreneur with a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Ms. Moore has been providing self-care programs since 2014 to businesses, foundations, nonprofits and colleges, and has recently completed training in Health Coaching. Ms. Moore began a company called Self-care by Aisha where she maintains a blog, and organizes speaking events. Her work has also been featured in the book "The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout".

 

 April 9, Friday

Stash the Trash 

Hosted by City of Ames Resource Recovery Plant, Iowa State University Office of Sustainability, and more!

Location and Time: April 9 & 10, varying times depending on weather and location

Join the Volunteer Center of Story County, friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to form teams and clean up public places as the snow melts in and around Ames and Story County. Due to COVID-19, this event will NOT start and end at Reiman Gardens. Volunteers are encouraged to go out and clean their adopted area(s) on their own. Dumpsters will be located in the parking lot S5 between Reiman Gardens and Jack Trice Stadium April 9-11. You may dispose of your items here or somewhere else, but please dispose of all items appropriately. Please contact the Volunteer Center of Story County to record the number of volunteers, trash bags collected, hours served, and how you disposed of the trash afterwards. 

 

Stash the Trash | Electronics Recycling 

Hosted by City of Ames Resource Recovery Plant, Iowa State University Office of Sustainability, and more!

Location and Time: April 9 & 10, Lot S5

As part of Stash the Trash, ATEC Recycling will be located in Lot S5 (between Reiman Gardens and Jack Trice Stadium) to collect computer monitors, televisions, CPU, printers, and fax machines. Fees apply. Laptops, extension cords, electric cords, cellphones, cellphone batteries, and vehicle/lawn mower batteries will be collected and recycled free of charge.  

 

Fridays Around Campustown 

Hosted by Campustown in Ames, IA

Location & Time: 8 am-businesses closed, Campustown, Ames

Campustown merchants will offer special deals all month long. New deals will be announced each Friday and be good for one week. Each Friday will feature one of our partner organizations in Campustown Court for even more fun. Using a mobile phone app, players will follow clues that lead to special deals at participating businesses. Complete the tasks, get great deals and earn points. Prize winners announced weekly.

 

Student Government Cabinet Application Deadline 

Hosted by Iowa State University Student Government

Location and Time: Applications due by 11:59 pm

Student Body President Elect, Julia Campbell, and Vice President Elect, Megan Decker are excited about your interest in the Student Government Executive Cabinet! Members of Cabinet must be able to work independently and be passionate about improving the student experience at Iowa State. Applications for all positions are due at 11:59 pm on Friday, April 9th. Required time commitments will be weekly Cabinet meetings at 8:00 PM on Sundays. Attendance at the Senate meetings on Wednesday evenings is not required, although it is strongly encouraged. Cabinet members may be assigned duties not listed in the descriptions below by the President and Vice-President. If you plan on applying for multiple positions, please fill out one application. Information about each position as well as the application can be found online at the ISU Student Government Website.

 

Lawnmower Service Days 

Hosted by Agriculture Systems Technology Club

Location: Sukup Hall, 1-6 pm

The Agriculture Systems Technology Club will hold its annual lawn mower service days Friday, April 9 (1 to 6 p.m.), and Saturday, April 10 (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.), at Sukup Hall on the west side of campus. Routine service includes an oil change, a new spark plug, blade sharpening, air filter cleaning, deck cleaning and a power wash. Pricing is $35 for a push mower, $50 for a riding mower and $15 for a weed eater. Pickup and delivery (Ames only) is available for $15 and $20; call (515) 708-8672 or send an email request to astservicedays@gmail.com

 

Target Car Seat Trade-in 

Hosted by Target

Location and Time: All Target stores during open hours, including Ames Store, 320 South Duff

Guests who trade in their old car seats will receive a 20% off coupon toward a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller or select baby home gear. Select baby home gear includes playards, high chairs, swings, rockers and bouncers. Guests must be enrolled in Target Circle to participate in the trade-in and receive a coupon. Boxes for unwanted car seats will be located by Guest Services.

 

 April 10, Saturday

Stash the Trash 

Hosted by City of Ames Resource Recovery Plant, Iowa State University Office of Sustainability, and more!

Location and Time: April 9 & 10, varying times depending on weather and location

Join the Volunteer Center of Story County, friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to form teams and clean up public places as the snow melts in and around Ames and Story County. Due to COVID-19, this event will NOT start and end at Reiman Gardens. Volunteers are encouraged to go out and clean their adopted area(s) on their own. Dumpsters will be located in the parking lot S5 between Reiman Gardens and Jack Trice Stadium April 9-11. You may dispose of your items here or somewhere else, but please dispose of all items appropriately. Please contact the Volunteer Center of Story County to record the number of volunteers, trash bags collected, hours served, and how you disposed of the trash afterwards. 

 

Stash the Trash | Electronics Recycling 

Hosted by City of Ames Resource Recovery Plant, Iowa State University Office of Sustainability, and more!

Location and Time: April 9 & 10, Lot S5

As part of Stash the Trash, ATEC Recycling will be located in Lot S5 (between Reiman Gardens and Jack Trice Stadium) to collect computer monitors, televisions, CPU, printers, and fax machines. Fees apply. Laptops, extension cords, electric cords, cellphones, cellphone batteries, and vehicle/lawn mower batteries will be collected and recycled free of charge.  

 

Ames Main Street Farmer’s Market: Online & Winter Market 

Hosted by Downtown Ames

Location and Time: 9 am-1 pm 500 Main Street Ames, IA, 50010

Fresh fruits, veggies, meats & breads. Hand crafted goods. Family entertainment. The Ames Main Street Farmers' Market has it all! Located at 500 Main Street in the old Hy-Vee Drugstore, the Indoor Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market brings local food and fun to the heart of Ames. Shop online Monday, April 5 - 10:00 pm Thursday, April 81. Curbside pickup for items will be Saturday morning, April 10 from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm during the Indoor Market.

 

Growing a Greener World 

Hosted by IPTV

Location and Time: 8:30-9 am

Growing a Greener World blends the latest trends in eco-friendly living with traditional gardening know-how. The series highlights the diverse people, organizations and events that seek to raise environmental awareness and encourage better stewardship of the planet. This episode will focus on container gardening, which is very useful for small spaces.

 

Frederiksen Court Cleanup 

Hosted by Iowa State Sustainability Committee of Student Government

Location and Time: Frederiksen Court Apartment Complex, Iowa State Campus 10 am-2 pm

This event will focus on the revitalization of the Frederiksen Court grounds. Resident volunteers will assist with collecting trash to improve the overall appearance of Frederiksen Court. This project will be a great way for residents to make meaningful connections with other residents and have a sense of community while practicing social distancing and other health protocols.

 

Lawnmower Service Days 

Hosted by Agriculture Systems Technology Club

Location: Sukup Hall, 1-6 pm

The Agriculture Systems Technology Club will hold its annual lawn mower service days Friday, April 9 (1 to 6 p.m.), and Saturday, April 10 (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.), at Sukup Hall on the west side of campus. Routine service includes an oil change, a new spark plug, blade sharpening, air filter cleaning, deck cleaning and a power wash. Pricing is $35 for a push mower, $50 for a riding mower and $15 for a weed eater. Pickup and delivery (Ames only) is available for $15 and $20; call (515) 708-8672 or send an email request to astservicedays@gmail.com

 

Target Car Seat Trade-in 

Hosted by Target

Location and Time: All Target stores during open hours, including Ames Store, 320 South Duff

Guests who trade in their old car seats will receive a 20% off coupon toward a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller or select baby home gear. Select baby home gear includes playards, high chairs, swings, rockers and bouncers. Guests must be enrolled in Target Circle to participate in the trade-in and receive a coupon. Boxes for unwanted car seats will be located by Guest Services.

 

Winter Gardening Fair: Square Foot & Raised Bed Gardening 

Hosted by Indian Creek Nature Center

Location and Time: 9-10 am, virtual

No space for a garden? You can plant enough vegetables in a 4’ X 4’ garden to feed two people for the season or a family of four, using only 4’ X 8’ in space. Hate the weeding and bug control? Having trouble getting up from the ground? Raised bed gardening is for you. Pass on the fun of gardening to your children and grandchildren. Deb Walser has been gardening in raised beds for thirty years. Come see her gardens and learn. Registration is required, cost is $5. 

 

 April 11, Sunday

April Food Dispersal Event 

Hosted by Ames Pet Food Pantry and Iowa Home Consulting

Location and Time: 12-2 pm at 915 N 4th St, Ames, IA 50010

If you or someone you know needs help feeding their cat or dog, stop by to pick up some supplies. Families are asked to stay in their cars and wear masks in observation of COVID-19 precautions. 

 

Target Car Seat Trade-in 

Hosted by Target

Location and Time: All Target stores during open hours, including Ames Store, 320 South Duff

Guests who trade in their old car seats will receive a 20% off coupon toward a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller or select baby home gear. Select baby home gear includes playards, high chairs, swings, rockers and bouncers. Guests must be enrolled in Target Circle to participate in the trade-in and receive a coupon. Boxes for unwanted car seats will be located by Guest Services.

 

DMSO at Home Live Premiere: Jonathan Sturm 

Hosted by Des Moine Symphony Orchestra

Location: 7 pm, virtual

Join Concertmaster Jonathan Sturm for the premiere of a new recital featuring an evening of works for violin, viola, and piano by women and African American composers. The program includes the music of Rebecca Clarke and Amy Beach as well as William Grant Still, one of this country’s most respected African-American composers in the classical tradition. Dr. Sturm will perform with Iowa State University senior and pianist Michael Banwarth. RSVP to be notified when we go live. You can watch the concert on our Facebook and YouTube pages, or right on our website! The link will go live at 7PM on Sunday, April 11.

 

 April 12, Monday

Monday Monologues 

Hosted by Greenlee School of Journalism

Location and Time:

This Monday Monologue kicks off ISU’s annual First Amendment Days celebration (April 12-16). Tune in in-person or virtually to hear ISU community members recount their experiences assembling with others in order to question authority and to shake up campus. 

 

The First Amendment and the Civil Rights Movement: Our History, Our Present, Our Future 

Hosted by Greenlee School of Journalism

Location and Time: 5:30 pm, https://youtu.be/xGAzq0ej_jA

The era of the civil rights movement is as relevant today as when it was unfolding. Join two leading experts in the First Amendment and the Civil Rights movement as they discuss the immense potential and actual power of our First Amendment freedoms to fuel positive change in society.

 

Emerging Issues in Global Markets and Trade 

Hosted by Iowa State University Lecture Series

Location and Time: 7-8 pm, link TBD

Dhamu Thamodaran, retired executive vice president, chief strategy officer and chief commodity hedging officer for Smithfield Foods, has been a respected global leader in the agricultural industry for more than 30 years. Thamodaran’s expertise in understanding world agricultural markets, macroeconomics and the pork value chain make him a sought-after speaker nationally and globally at food and agricultural industry events. 

 

Handmade Basket Pop Up 

Hosted by Memorial Union Workspace

Location and Time: Memorial Union Workspace, 2-9 pm

Support women in Kamuli, Uganda by purchasing a handmade basket created by members of the Tusubila Crafts Group. Baskets are made with dried raffia and banana leaves, and the money from sales goes directly toward supporting the artist's family with food, school fees, and other needs. This initiative began through the Iowa State University Uganda Program. Students were purchasing baskets and saw that the market access was often very limited for the artists. Thus, the Uganda Alliance Club was formed. Students work with the Tusubila group to bring baskets over, sell them in the United States, then send the money back to the artists. The Uganda Alliance is making a difference and bringing tusubila (hope) to women in Uganda. The Workspace is proud to support this effort by hosting this pop up sale. 

 

Target Car Seat Trade-in 

Hosted by Target

Location and Time: All Target stores during open hours, including Ames Store, 320 South Duff

Guests who trade in their old car seats will receive a 20% off coupon toward a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller or select baby home gear. Select baby home gear includes playards, high chairs, swings, rockers and bouncers. Guests must be enrolled in Target Circle to participate in the trade-in and receive a coupon. Boxes for unwanted car seats will be located by Guest Services.

 

 April 13, Tuesday

Walk the Trails Series 

Hosted by Story County

Location and Time: 9-11 am, Hertz Family Woods & Nature Reserve

Join a naturalist as we walk the trails in our county parks. This is a great opportunity for adults to explore new places, meet new hiking pals, and have the opportunity to ask a naturalist nature or park questions. Participants can walk at their own pace. Route at this park is approximately 1 mile. This walk is free, but registration is required by 9am on April 12. Walks are intended for adults. COVID-19 guidelines include social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and face coverings mandatory when social distancing is not possible or while indoors. 

 

Corporate Social Responsibility 

Hosted by One Sustainable Iowa

Location and Time: 5-5:45 pm, via Zoom 

Courtney Moline leads the sustainability team at HN. She advises product engineering teams on new materials to explore, as well as evaluating product sustainability. Learn about HNI's work in corporate social responsibility and future sustainability efforts.

 

Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America 

Hosted by Iowa State University Lecture Series

Location and Time: 7-8 pm via Webex

Bonnie Siegler founded and runs the multi-disciplinary award-winning design studio Eight and a Half. Clients include Saturday Night Live, HBO, Participant Media, The Criterion Collection, Brooklyn Public Library and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Bonnie has taught at the graduate level at the School of Visual Arts and Yale University and she has written two books: Dear Client, which is a guide to working with creative people, and Signs of Resistance, which is a visual history of protest in America. She has given lectures at museums and libraries and conferences around the world.

 

Ignored Racism 

Hosted by Ames Public Library

Location and Time: 7-8 pm via Zoom- link to be shared at a later date

Dr. David A.M. Peterson, Lucken Professor of Political Science, discusses how White Americans’ perceptions and attitudes about Latinos shapes the way they think about politics. 

 

Panel Discussion: The Changing Face of Iowa Farming 

Hosted by Iowa State University Museums

Location and Time: 1-2 pm via Zoom

Join a panel of experts as they discuss the changing face of farming in Iowa. Panelists will include academics and practicing Iowa farmers who will examine the history and future of indigenous, queer, and female farmers working the land while developing more sustainable farming practices in Iowa. Building upon the meditation on the landscapes, environments and peoples from the exhibition Compelling Ground, this discussion will be moderated by Associate Curator Adrienne Gennett. Participants are asked to register in advance.

 

Handmade Basket Pop Up 

Hosted by Memorial Union Workspace

Location and Time: Memorial Union Workspace, 2-9 pm

Support women in Kamuli, Uganda by purchasing a handmade basket created by members of the Tusubila Crafts Group. Baskets are made with dried raffia and banana leaves, and the money from sales goes directly toward supporting the artist's family with food, school fees, and other needs. This initiative began through the Iowa State University Uganda Program. Students were purchasing baskets and saw that the market access was often very limited for the artists. Thus, the Uganda Alliance Club was formed. Students work with the Tusubila group to bring baskets over, sell them in the United States, then send the money back to the artists. The Uganda Alliance is making a difference and bringing tusubila (hope) to women in Uganda. The Workspace is proud to support this effort by hosting this pop up sale. 

 

Target Car Seat Trade-in 

Hosted by Target

Location and Time: All Target stores during open hours, including Ames Store, 320 South Duff

Guests who trade in their old car seats will receive a 20% off coupon toward a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller or select baby home gear. Select baby home gear includes playards, high chairs, swings, rockers and bouncers. Guests must be enrolled in Target Circle to participate in the trade-in and receive a coupon. Boxes for unwanted car seats will be located by Guest Services.

 

Iowa Recycling Association Resume & Interview Guidance 

Hosted by Iowa Recycling Association

Location and Time: 3:30-5 pm

This webinar will help students and recent graduates who are entering the workforce prepare for resumes and interviews. You will find out what recruiters are looking for in a resume and learn how to structure it to give you the best chance of earning an interview. These unprecedented times have changed the hiring process with less in person contact and more virtual communication. This webinar will help guide you through the virtual interview process and explain the etiquette needed for these conversations. You will be set up for success and ready to nail your virtual interview! Registration is required.

 

 April 14, Wednesday

Art of Resistance at Iowa State: A Virtual Exploration 

Hosted by Greenlee School of Journalism

Location and Time: 12-1 pm, via YouTube

The First Amendment’s right to assemble and to petition is not the only path toward change. Art can be a highly effective form of resistance. Join the experts from University Museums on a virtual exploration of works of art on campus that seek to challenge the status quo. Questions from the audience will be encouraged.

 

Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship 

Hosted by Iowa State University Lecture Series

Location and Time: 7-8 pm via Webex

Nadine Strossen is a Professor of Constitutional Law at New York Law School and the first woman national President of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she served from 1991 through 2008. A frequent speaker on constitutional and civil liberties issues, her media appearances include 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, Today, Good Morning America, The Daily Show, and other news programs. Ms. Strossen will be introduced by the ACLU of Iowa's Executive Director, Mark Stringer. 

 

Iowa Climate Action Planning 

Hosted by Ames Public Library

Location and Time: 7-8:30 pm via Zoom 

Ames is starting a climate action planning process this year! What is a climate action plan? Why do cities create climate action plans? What might Ames’ greenhouse gas reduction goals look like? How can we make sure to center equity in our climate action planning process?

 

Handmade Basket Pop Up 

Hosted by Memorial Union Workspace

Location and Time: Memorial Union Workspace, 2-9 pm

Support women in Kamuli, Uganda by purchasing a handmade basket created by members of the Tusubila Crafts Group. Baskets are made with dried raffia and banana leaves, and the money from sales goes directly toward supporting the artist's family with food, school fees, and other needs. This initiative began through the Iowa State University Uganda Program. Students were purchasing baskets and saw that the market access was often very limited for the artists. Thus, the Uganda Alliance Club was formed. Students work with the Tusubila group to bring baskets over, sell them in the United States, then send the money back to the artists. The Uganda Alliance is making a difference and bringing tusubila (hope) to women in Uganda. The Workspace is proud to support this effort by hosting this pop up sale. 

 

Target Car Seat Trade-in 

Hosted by Target

Location and Time: All Target stores during open hours, including Ames Store, 320 South Duff

Guests who trade in their old car seats will receive a 20% off coupon toward a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller or select baby home gear. Select baby home gear includes playards, high chairs, swings, rockers and bouncers. Guests must be enrolled in Target Circle to participate in the trade-in and receive a coupon. Boxes for unwanted car seats will be located by Guest Services.

 

 April 15, Thursday

One Sustainable Iowa Student Sustainability Forum 

Hosted by One Sustainable Iowa

Location and Time: 10 am-12 pm via Webex

This discussion forum is intended for students from different universities to discuss what exactly sustainability looks like at their respective school. Topics for discussion will include working with university administration, engaging people who are apathetic about sustainability initiatives, environmental justice and how to implement it in a university setting, successful and unsuccessful projects, turning sustainable ideas into action, and many more!

 

Asking Your Legislators to Take Climate Action: A Guide to Meeting with Your Elected Officials 

Hosted by Central College

Location and Time: 6-8 pm, virtual

Our elected officials represent us and should therefore act on the opinions of their constituents. In order to do that, they have to know what their constituents want. One of the best ways to let them know if through conversation. However, meeting with an elected official or one of their staff can be incredibly intimidating. This workshop will give you tools to make the process a little easier. Registration is required.

 

Swim Party VIP Watch Party 

Location and Time: 7 pm, Virtual

Join Iowa PBS in honoring Autism Acceptance Month with a VIP Watch Party featuring POV: Swim Team on Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. With an inspiring look at the power of community to transcend disability, this award-winning documentary follows the parents of a boy on the autism spectrum as they form a competitive swim team, recruiting diverse teens on the spectrum to compete with them. Over the course of a year, the film chronicles the rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, the struggles they face and the triumphs they achieve as they strive for independence, inclusion and a life that feels like winning. The event is free but registration is required.
 

First Amendment Days Depth and Dialogue Sessions 

Hosted by Greenlee School of Journalism

Location and Time: Virtual, various sessions from 11 am-3 pm

Virtual sessions exploring various First Amendment topics will take place throughout the day. Sessions include Activism in the Music Industry, Think Like A Journalist, A Protest is Worth 1,000 Pictures, and Journalist-Turned Protestor.

 

Handmade Basket Pop Up 

Hosted by Memorial Union Workspace

Location and Time: Memorial Union Workspace, 2-9 pm

Support women in Kamuli, Uganda by purchasing a handmade basket created by members of the Tusubila Crafts Group. Baskets are made with dried raffia and banana leaves, and the money from sales goes directly toward supporting the artist's family with food, school fees, and other needs. This initiative began through the Iowa State University Uganda Program. Students were purchasing baskets and saw that the market access was often very limited for the artists. Thus, the Uganda Alliance Club was formed. Students work with the Tusubila group to bring baskets over, sell them in the United States, then send the money back to the artists. The Uganda Alliance is making a difference and bringing tusubila (hope) to women in Uganda. The Workspace is proud to support this effort by hosting this pop up sale. 

 

Plant Walk: Spring Bulbs and Ephemerals 

Hosted by Reiman Gardens

Location and Time: Reiman Gardens, 11-11:45 am

What IS that plant? Get to know the works of art in our living museum from the expert herself – join Lindsey Smith, Reiman Gardens’ Plant Collections Curator, for a peaceful walking tour of the spring bulbs and other ephemerals popping up this spring! Registration with prepayment is required- $5 Members/ISU Students, $12 General Public, FREE for RG Tour Docents

 

Target Car Seat Trade-in 

Hosted by Target

Location and Time: All Target stores during open hours, including Ames Store, 320 South Duff

Guests who trade in their old car seats will receive a 20% off coupon toward a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller or select baby home gear. Select baby home gear includes playards, high chairs, swings, rockers and bouncers. Guests must be enrolled in Target Circle to participate in the trade-in and receive a coupon. Boxes for unwanted car seats will be located by Guest Services.


 April 16, Friday

First Amendment Workshop 

Hosted by Greenlee School of Journalism

Location: Virtual, various sessions from 9 am-12 pm

Sign up for one, two or all three sessions led by First Amendment experts. Sessions include You Can’t Say That! Cancel Culture and the First Amendment, Free Assembly in a Time of Polarization, and Making Free Speech an Ally on Campus.

 

Fridays Around Campustown 

Hosted by Campustown in Ames, IA

Location & Time: 8 am-businesses closed, Campustown, Ames

Campustown merchants will offer special deals all month long. New deals will be announced each Friday and be good for one week. Each Friday will feature one of our partner organizations in Campustown Court for even more fun. Using a mobile phone app, players will follow clues that lead to special deals at participating businesses. Complete the tasks, get great deals and earn points. Prize winners announced weekly.

 

Handmade Basket Pop Up 

Hosted by Memorial Union Workspace

Location and Time: Memorial Union Workspace, 2-9 pm

Support women in Kamuli, Uganda by purchasing a handmade basket created by members of the Tusubila Crafts Group. Baskets are made with dried raffia and banana leaves, and the money from sales goes directly toward supporting the artist's family with food, school fees, and other needs. This initiative began through the Iowa State University Uganda Program. Students were purchasing baskets and saw that the market access was often very limited for the artists. Thus, the Uganda Alliance Club was formed. Students work with the Tusubila group to bring baskets over, sell them in the United States, then send the money back to the artists. The Uganda Alliance is making a difference and bringing tusubila (hope) to women in Uganda. The Workspace is proud to support this effort by hosting this pop up sale. 

 

Target Car Seat Trade-in 

Hosted by Target

Location and Time: All Target stores during open hours, including Ames Store, 320 South Duff

Guests who trade in their old car seats will receive a 20% off coupon toward a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller or select baby home gear. Select baby home gear includes playards, high chairs, swings, rockers and bouncers. Guests must be enrolled in Target Circle to participate in the trade-in and receive a coupon. Boxes for unwanted car seats will be located by Guest Services.

 

Waste Sort 

Hosted by Engineers for a Sustainable World

Location and Time: General Services building, lower level Campus Services loading zone, 8 am-3 pm

Engineers for a Sustainable World has expanded their composting pilot project to include compostable take-out containers from campus dining facilities. Volunteers are needed to sort waste, composting, and recycling in order to gauge the progress of the food waste diversion project. One-hour shifts are available, and PPE such as gloves and other protective gear will be provided. 

 

Innovation Happens Here 

Hosted by Iowa State University Student Innovation Center

Location and Time: Varies, 4:30-9 pm

Welcome to Innovate at Iowa State’s inaugural Ignite Innovation Showcase, where we’re celebrating the energy of innovation blazing across Iowa State University’s campus. This is your ticket to being a part of that innovation, so prepare as we embark on eight days of invention, insight, and wonder. Today will feature a tour of the Student Innovation Center, the 2021 Fashion Show hosted by the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management, and a keynote address by Dennis Muilenburg, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of New Vista Acquisition Corporation and owner, president and CEO of DAM CyFly Consulting, LLC. Registration is free and required. 

 

 April 17, Saturday

Wild & Scenic Film Festival 

Hosted by Iowa Environmental Council

Location and Time: 1-4 pm unsure of location

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival inspires environmental activism and a love for nature through film. Wild & Scenic shares an urgent call to action, encouraging festival-goers to learn more about what they can do to save our threatened planet. There are a limited number of free tickets available!

 

TLC Earth Day/Spring Work Day 

Hosted by Threshold Learning Center

Location and Time: 10 am-5 pm 13143 710th Ave. Zearing, IA 50278

We will be Spring Cleaning the Barn Dormitory, Weeding/Gardening/Planting, clearing trails damaged by the Derecho, chopping wood, and tackling several building projects. We start at 10 am and go until 5pm. You can stay all day, until your project is finished, or just for an hour or two. We will feed you lunch if you RSVP and let us know you are coming. Volunteers should be at least 10 years old and wear work clothes. This event will take place rain or shine; there are plenty of things to be done indoors and out. Volunteers should register by April 16.

 

Growing a Greener World 

Hosted by IPTV

Location and Time: 8:30-9 am

Growing a Greener World blends the latest trends in eco-friendly living with traditional gardening know-how. The series highlights the diverse people, organizations and events that seek to raise environmental awareness and encourage better stewardship of the planet. This episode will focus on creating paradise through a shared passion for gardening.

 

Handmade Basket Pop Up 

Hosted by Memorial Union Workspace

Location and Time: Memorial Union Workspace, 2-9 pm

Support women in Kamuli, Uganda by purchasing a handmade basket created by members of the Tusubila Crafts Group. Baskets are made with dried raffia and banana leaves, and the money from sales goes directly toward supporting the artist's family with food, school fees, and other needs. This initiative began through the Iowa State University Uganda Program. Students were purchasing baskets and saw that the market access was often very limited for the artists. Thus, the Uganda Alliance Club was formed. Students work with the Tusubila group to bring baskets over, sell them in the United States, then send the money back to the artists. The Uganda Alliance is making a difference and bringing tusubila (hope) to women in Uganda. The Workspace is proud to support this effort by hosting this pop up sale. 

 

Target Car Seat Trade-in 

Hosted by Target

Location and Time: All Target stores during open hours, including Ames Store, 320 South Duff

Guests who trade in their old car seats will receive a 20% off coupon toward a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller or select baby home gear. Select baby home gear includes playards, high chairs, swings, rockers and bouncers. Guests must be enrolled in Target Circle to participate in the trade-in and receive a coupon. Boxes for unwanted car seats will be located by Guest Services.

 

Student Powered Innovation 

Hosted by Iowa State University Student Innovation Center

Location and Time: Varies, 7:45 am-7 pm

Our students are constantly pushing the boundaries of convention and making a difference in the world around them. Learn from more than 100 student designers and engineers who are building the next generation of theme park rides and watch as students display fantastic creations during the student-sponsored Fashion Show. There’s so much to see, and you get a backstage pass to the behind-the-scenes action! Today will feature the Ride Engineering Competition, Tech Talks, and presentation from student engineers that have developed their own theme park ride models. Registration is free and required.  

 

Iowa State Block and Bridle Animal Learning Day 

Hosted by Iowa State Block and Bridle Club

Location and Time: Iowa State University Jeff & Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center (2508 Mortensen Rd Ames, IA 50011), 9 am-1 pm

Join the Iowa State Block and Bridle for Animal Learning Day! There will be free food, animal interactions, and free admission to the public. All COVID-19 protocols will be followed. Masks and social distancing will be required.

 

 April 18, Sunday

Performance Driven Arts 

Hosted by Iowa State University Student Innovation Center

Location and Time: Varies, 12:45-9 pm

The next generation of Performing Artists is taking over! Join our watch party, no matter where you are located, and experience virtual theatre and opera productions created by ISU Theatre and Music students throughout the last year. Enjoy diverse stories and engage with the creators in real-time. Don’t forget the popcorn! Today will feature virtual watch parties for various performances hosted by the Department of Theatre, including student-produced work! Registration is free and required.  

 

 April 19, Monday

One Sustainable Iowa Conversation on Climate Science, Policy, and Justice with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson 

Hosted by One Sustainable Iowa

Location and Time: 7-9 pm via live streamed lecture

Join us for an evening of conversation with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, founder of Urban OceanLab and Ocean Collectiv. This will be a moderated discussion.  

 

Monday Monologues 

Hosted by ISU Department of Music & Theatre

Location and Time: 12 pm on Parks Library front steps

Hear selected songs from ISU Theatre’s final show of the academic year.  Songs for a New World blends elements of pop, gospel and jazz as characters face a moment in time: about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, take a stand, or turn around and go back.   

 

Handmade Basket Pop Up 

Hosted by Memorial Union Workspace

Location and Time: Memorial Union Workspace, 2-9 pm

Support women in Kamuli, Uganda by purchasing a handmade basket created by members of the Tusubila Crafts Group. Baskets are made with dried raffia and banana leaves, and the money from sales goes directly toward supporting the artist's family with food, school fees, and other needs. This initiative began through the Iowa State University Uganda Program. Students were purchasing baskets and saw that the market access was often very limited for the artists. Thus, the Uganda Alliance Club was formed. Students work with the Tusubila group to bring baskets over, sell them in the United States, then send the money back to the artists. The Uganda Alliance is making a difference and bringing tusubila (hope) to women in Uganda. The Workspace is proud to support this effort by hosting this pop up sale. 

 

Start Something- Fueling Entrepreneurship 

Hosted by Iowa State University Student Innovation Center

Location and Time: Varies, 7:30 am-1:30 pm, 10 am-4 pm

Start something at Iowa State, where we are constantly fanning the flame of both innovation and entrepreneurship. Our students turn their dreams and ideas into solutions and businesses, and we’re featuring a series of competitions where they will pitch their way through whatever we throw their way! Today will feature an interview with the Director of the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, the live announcement of the 2021 CYstarters Cohort, and an improv pitch competition from 10-4 pm for each of the six colleges at Iowa State. Registration is free and required.  


 April 20, Tuesday

One Sustainable Iowa Motivation From Innovation 

Hosted by One Sustainable Iowa

Location and Time: 1-2 pm

As we all know, sustainability work can be stressful and we need to find ways to keep ourselves motivated for moving forward! If you need a motivation boost, attend this session to learn about some innovations that are happening now and are having a true impact. Let’s remind ourselves that our work does matter and that if other people are making an impact, so can we.

Registration TBD

 

Walk the Trails Series 

Hosted by Story County

Location and Time: 9-11 am, Christiansen Forest Preserve

Join a naturalist as we walk the trails in our county parks. This is a great opportunity for adults to explore new places, meet new hiking pals, and have the opportunity to ask a naturalist nature or park questions. Participants can walk at their own pace. Route at this park is approximately 1 mile. This walk is free, but registration is required by 9am on April 19. Walks are intended for adults. COVID-19 guidelines include social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and face coverings mandatory when social distancing is not possible or while indoors. 

 

Handmade Basket Pop Up 

Hosted by Memorial Union Workspace

Location and Time: Memorial Union Workspace, 2-9 pm

Support women in Kamuli, Uganda by purchasing a handmade basket created by members of the Tusubila Crafts Group. Baskets are made with dried raffia and banana leaves, and the money from sales goes directly toward supporting the artist's family with food, school fees, and other needs. This initiative began through the Iowa State University Uganda Program. Students were purchasing baskets and saw that the market access was often very limited for the artists. Thus, the Uganda Alliance Club was formed. Students work with the Tusubila group to bring baskets over, sell them in the United States, then send the money back to the artists. The Uganda Alliance is making a difference and bringing tusubila (hope) to women in Uganda. The Workspace is proud to support this effort by hosting this pop up sale. 

 

Interdisciplinary Innovation: Arts, Environment, & Sustainability 

Hosted by Iowa State Ignite Innovation Showcase

Location and Time: Varies, 8:30 am-8 pm

Art, like innovation, creates connections and transcends disciplinary boundaries. Our student artists showcase inventive approaches to imagining and communicating human relationships with the environment. Registration is required. 

 

 April 21, Wednesday

One Sustainable Iowa Roundtable Discussion on Underrepresentation in Sustainability 

Hosted by One Sustainable Iowa

Location and Time: 7-8 pm, via Zoom 

Join the student-interns behind UI's Underrepresented Students in Sustainability program for this round table discussion on underrepresentation in sustainability. All students are welcomed to attend and share their thoughts on how underrepresentation affects the student experience in sustainability. Students will have a chance to speak among themselves, and staff from each university will be in attendance to hear and respond to your thoughts and ideas.

 

End of Year Clothing Donation Collection 

Hosted by Sustainability Committee of Student Government

Location and Time: 12-3 pm at the West Staircase Organization Tabling Area on the first floor of the Memorial Union

Fast fashion has a HUGE impact on the environment, but donating clothing is one way to reduce your carbon footprint by ensuring that your clothing is worn again even after you’re done with it! Stop by the Memorial Union and drop off any gently used clothing you want to part with and it will be collected for donation.

 

Handmade Basket Pop Up 

Hosted by Memorial Union Workspace

Location and Time: Memorial Union Workspace, 2-9 pm

Support women in Kamuli, Uganda by purchasing a handmade basket created by members of the Tusubila Crafts Group. Baskets are made with dried raffia and banana leaves, and the money from sales goes directly toward supporting the artist's family with food, school fees, and other needs. This initiative began through the Iowa State University Uganda Program. Students were purchasing baskets and saw that the market access was often very limited for the artists. Thus, the Uganda Alliance Club was formed. Students work with the Tusubila group to bring baskets over, sell them in the United States, then send the money back to the artists. The Uganda Alliance is making a difference and bringing tusubila (hope) to women in Uganda. The Workspace is proud to support this effort by hosting this pop up sale. 

 

Conversations about Carbon 

Hosted by Bioeconomy Institute

Location: 12-12:45 pm via Zoom

We will host a virtual discussion with an expert who will take on key questions about carbon reduction, removal, and repair. The overall goal is to help move research, education, and extension forward on how agriculture can play a role in mitigating climate change. Conversations about Carbon is a biweekly virtual series of conversations about the potential for carbon reduction, removal, and repair.  

 

Symposium on Undergraduate Research 

Hosted by Iowa State University Student Innovation Center

Location and Time: Varies, 8:30 am-4 pm

Throughout the day, undergraduates from all disciplines will have an opportunity to share their research through conference-style oral presentation. Join the livestream events, organized by a variety of research topics, to learn more about the work being done in each of ISU’s colleges. Registration is free and required.  

 

 April 22, Thursday

Natural Capital Conversations: Climate-Smart Coastal Planning and Sustainable Development 

Hosted by Stanford University

Location and Time: 12-1:30 pm via Zoom

Coastal communities worldwide are facing a growing number of severe coastal hazards due to warming oceans, extreme heat, and other effects of climate change. The Caribbean shores of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras are no exception to these threats, but they also hold a diverse and productive natural environment that can help buffer impacts to communities. The region is home to the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere—just one example of key natural capital that can help reduce disaster risk, secure local food resources, and support economic development. But for people to benefit from nature, coastal management decision-makers must consider climate impacts and investments in natural infrastructure. In this session, government leaders, practitioners, and academics will discuss recent initiatives and scientific advancements in Latin America and the Caribbean that can serve as examples for climate adaptation and sustainable development efforts globally. Registration is required.

 

Earth Day Event 

Hosted by Live Green! Office of Sustainability

Location and Time: 10 am-2 pm on South Library Lawn

This event will feature displays from sustainability-focused student and community organizations and businesses. This is a great opportunity to network with people who share a passion for creating a sustainable future, learn something new about sustainability in our community, celebrate sustainable achievements, and get involved! Attendees will also have the opportunity to win sustainable prizes at the event and to get their bikes tuned-up, courtesy of ISU Outdoor Recreation. To stay up-to-date on event details, tabling organizations, and to access the digital prize card, check out our Earth Day Facebook event page.

 

End of Year Clothing Donation Collection 

Hosted by Sustainability Committee of Student Government

Location and Time: 12-3 pm at the West Staircase Organization Tabling Area on the first floor of the Memorial Union

Fast fashion has a HUGE impact on the environment, but donating clothing is one way to reduce your carbon footprint by ensuring that your clothing is worn again even after you’re done with it! Stop by the Memorial Union and drop off any gently used clothing you want to part with and it will be collected for donation.

 

Extended Hours to See the Tulips 

Hosted by Reiman Gardens

Location and Time: Reiman Gardens, 4:30-8:30 pm

Plan a visit to see our stunning tulips as well as thousands of other spring blooms. The Gardens will offer extended weekend hours for the public to see the tulips at their prime. The Gift Shop will also stay open until 7:30 p.m., but the Butterfly Wing still closes at 4:30. No preregistration required. Free for members and ISU students. Price of admission for the general public.

 

Civic Innovation- Community Change Making 

Hosted by Iowa State University Student Innovation Center

Location and Time: Varies, 8:45 am-3 pm

Our students aren’t waiting until graduation to make a difference in the world – they are already working hard every day to leave their marks! Watch and listen as the next generation of changemakers and artists propose projects and programs that will cause a spark and influence their communities! We also are announcing the launch of the College of Design’s online magazine featuring work in civic innovation from all areas of the university and all corners of the world.Registration is free and required.  

 

 April 23, Friday

Community Campfire 

Hosted by Story County

Location and Time: 7-8:30 pm at McFarland Park

Campfires have been bringing people together for centuries, and the feeling of togetherness has never been more important. These fires symbolize a community gathering place where folks are able to share experiences and knowledge. Join us as we tell stories, sing songs, and build connections. Come celebrate the end of the day. You are welcome to stay after the event and enjoy the night! This program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. COVID-19 guidelines include social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and face coverings mandatory when social distancing is not possible or while indoors. Registration is required by 4:30 pm on 4/21. 

 

Fridays Around Campustown 

Hosted by Campustown in Ames, IA

Location & Time: 8 am-businesses closed, Campustown, Ames

Campustown merchants will offer special deals all month long. New deals will be announced each Friday and be good for one week. Each Friday will feature one of our partner organizations in Campustown Court for even more fun. Using a mobile phone app, players will follow clues that lead to special deals at participating businesses. Complete the tasks, get great deals and earn points. Prize winners announced weekly.

 

End of Year Clothing Donation Collection 

Hosted by Sustainability Committee of Student Government

Location and Time: 12-3 pm at the West Staircase Organization Tabling Area on the first floor of the Memorial Union

Fast fashion has a HUGE impact on the environment, but donating clothing is one way to reduce your carbon footprint by ensuring that your clothing is worn again even after you’re done with it! Stop by the Memorial Union and drop off any gently used clothing you want to part with and it will be collected for donation.

 

Handmade Basket Pop Up 

Hosted by Memorial Union Workspace

Location and Time: Memorial Union Workspace, 2-9 pm

Support women in Kamuli, Uganda by purchasing a handmade basket created by members of the Tusubila Crafts Group. Baskets are made with dried raffia and banana leaves, and the money from sales goes directly toward supporting the artist's family with food, school fees, and other needs. This initiative began through the Iowa State University Uganda Program. Students were purchasing baskets and saw that the market access was often very limited for the artists. Thus, the Uganda Alliance Club was formed. Students work with the Tusubila group to bring baskets over, sell them in the United States, then send the money back to the artists. The Uganda Alliance is making a difference and bringing tusubila (hope) to women in Uganda. The Workspace is proud to support this effort by hosting this pop up sale. 

 

Innovation Everywhere 

Hosted by Iowa State University Student Innovation Center

Location and Time: Varies, 7:45 am-5 pm

Innovation is everywhere at Iowa State University, and our students continue to raise the bar every day. Our colleges are featuring some of their most accomplished student innovators. There are various events throughout the day, organized by their respective college. Don’t miss our awards ceremony at the end of the day, hosted by Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen and featuring Student Innovation Fellows Gold and Cardinal candidates as well as our Innovation Fund Challenge winners. The Iowa State Marching Band will also close the Ignite Innovation Showcase with a special performance. Registration is free and required. 

 

 April 24, Saturday

Prairie Habitat Restoration 

Hosted by Story County

Location and Time: 9 am-12 pm at the corner of Y Avenue and 170th Street, west of Gilbert

SCC recently acquired a new greenspace and we need your help to start some habitat restoration! Celebrate Earth Day by giving back to the land. Join us for a morning of cedar removal at this unnamed property. Volunteers should wear long sleeved shirts and pants, and closed-toed shoes. Bring a water bottle and work gloves. Tools will be sanitized and provided, but volunteers may bring their own if they prefer. 

 

A Thousand Thunderbolts: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre 

Hosted by Department of Music and Theatre

Location and Time: 7:30-8:30 pm

The Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra will commemorate the victims of one of the worst chapters of racial violence in the United States: the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The title of the concert is taken from a speech given by Black civil rights advocate Joseph C. Price in 1890 in Minneapolis, in which he wished for a thousand tongues, each representing a thousand thunderbolts, each representing a thousand voices, with which to advocate for the Black people of America. The concert will exclusively feature music written by Black composers from the United States, including Florence Price, George Walker, Mary Watkins, Jessie Montgomery, and William Grant Still. Each work will be preceded by a short video of a Black civil rights leader, icon, or advocate to illuminate the history and lasting effects of race relations in the United States from personal perspectives.

 

Growing a Greener World 

Hosted by IPTV

Location and Time: 8:30-9 am

Growing a Greener World blends the latest trends in eco-friendly living with traditional gardening know-how. The series highlights the diverse people, organizations and events that seek to raise environmental awareness and encourage better stewardship of the planet. This episode will focus on creating paradise through a shared passion for gardening.

 

Earth Day Appreciation 

Hosted by KHOI FM 90.1 Radio

Location and Time: 8 am-5 pm on radio

 

Extended Hours to See the Tulips 

Hosted by Reiman Gardens

Location and Time: Reiman Gardens, 4:30-8:30 pm

Plan a visit to see our stunning tulips as well as thousands of other spring blooms. The Gardens will offer extended weekend hours for the public to see the tulips at their prime. The Gift Shop will also stay open until 7:30 p.m., but the Butterfly Wing still closes at 4:30. No preregistration required. Free for members and ISU students. Price of admission for the general public.

 

Youth Programs Symposium 

Hosted by Iowa State University Office of Risk Management

Location and Time: 8:30 am-1 pm, virtual

The virtual symposium will provide information, support and inspiration for youth program leaders and other interested faculty and staff who work with youth programming at Iowa State. Check back for more details as they become available- registration TBA.

 

Extended Hours to See the Tulips 

Hosted by Reiman Gardens

Location and Time: Reiman Gardens, 4:30-8:30 pm

Plan a visit to see our stunning tulips as well as thousands of other spring blooms. The Gardens will offer extended weekend hours for the public to see the tulips at their prime. The Gift Shop will also stay open until 7:30 p.m., but the Butterfly Wing still closes at 4:30. No preregistration required. Free for members and ISU students. Price of admission for the general public.

 

Iowa Butterfly Survey Network Training 

Hosted by Reiman Gardens

Location and Time: Reiman Gardens, 10 am-12:30 pm

Become a citizen scientist and an active conservationist through the Iowa Butterfly Survey Network (IBSN) with this training from our entomology staff. Learn butterfly survey techniques to monitor populations, provide data to identify potential threats, show effectiveness of habitat restoration, and give an annual snapshot of butterfly population health in Iowa. This event is free for all who wish to attend, but pre registration and face masks are required as this event is in person.


 April 25, Sunday

Garden Social and Auction 

Hosted by Iowa Arboretum

Location and Time: April 25 8 am-April 29 7 pm online

This year’s auction is moving online. Bid on the great gifts you are accustomed to during the Garden Social and Auction from the comfort of your home. You will be able to register as a bidder on the Arboretum’s website. Discover Garden Décor, Restaurant Gift Cards, Garden Tours, Plants, Artwork, Jewelry & More! Shop the Spring Plant Sale when you pick up your items (April 30 is Early Bird Bidders Day Only for shopping the plant sale).  

 

 April 26, Monday

Garden Social and Auction 

Hosted by Iowa Arboretum

Location and Time: April 25 8 am-April 29 7 pm online

This year’s auction is moving online. Bid on the great gifts you are accustomed to during the Garden Social and Auction from the comfort of your home. You will be able to register as a bidder on the Arboretum’s website. Discover Garden Décor, Restaurant Gift Cards, Garden Tours, Plants, Artwork, Jewelry & More! Shop the Spring Plant Sale when you pick up your items (April 30 is Early Bird Bidders Day Only for shopping the plant sale).  

 

 April 27, Tuesday

Garden Social and Auction 

Hosted by Iowa Arboretum

Location and Time: April 25 8 am-April 29 7 pm online

This year’s auction is moving online. Bid on the great gifts you are accustomed to during the Garden Social and Auction from the comfort of your home. You will be able to register as a bidder on the Arboretum’s website. Discover Garden Décor, Restaurant Gift Cards, Garden Tours, Plants, Artwork, Jewelry & More! Shop the Spring Plant Sale when you pick up your items (April 30 is Early Bird Bidders Day Only for shopping the plant sale).  

 

Walk the Trails Series 

Hosted by Story County

Location and Time: 9-11 am at Peterson Park East

Join a naturalist as we walk the trails in our county parks. This is a great opportunity for adults to explore new places, meet new hiking pals, and have the opportunity to ask a naturalist nature or park questions. Participants can walk at their own pace. Route at this park is approximately 1.5 miles. This walk is free, but registration is required by 9am on April 26. Walks are intended for adults. COVID-19 guidelines include social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and face coverings mandatory when social distancing is not possible or while indoors. 

 

 April 28, Wednesday

Garden Social and Auction 

Hosted by Iowa Arboretum

Location and Time: April 25 8 am-April 29 7 pm online

This year’s auction is moving online. Bid on the great gifts you are accustomed to during the Garden Social and Auction from the comfort of your home. You will be able to register as a bidder on the Arboretum’s website. Discover Garden Décor, Restaurant Gift Cards, Garden Tours, Plants, Artwork, Jewelry & More! Shop the Spring Plant Sale when you pick up your items (April 30 is Early Bird Bidders Day Only for shopping the plant sale). 

 

Ames History Museum Lecture Series: Secessionitus in West Ames: The 4th Ward 'Independence Movement,' 1914-1920 

Hosted by Ames Public Library

Location and Time: 7-8:30 pm via Zoom

On October 20, 1916, a petition was filed in District Court declaring the intention of residents in the area south of the Iowa State campus to separate from Ames and become a separate town. Biggs will chart the beginning rumblings of this action in 1914, the complaints leveled at city leaders about inequities in services and the resolution of this colorful chapter in local history. Advance registration is required.

 

Weedin’ Out Wednesdays 

Hosted by Story County

Location and Time: 9-11 am, location TBD

Help us weed our conservation areas! Every Wednesday we will be pulling garlic mustard or using hand tools to cut honeysuckle -- two invasive plants that are taking the place of more valuable native plants. Work locations are to be determined as the weather plays a role in plant emergence; we'll email you the location the week prior. Registration is required; sign up by the Sunday before each week’s event. Participants ages 15 and under need an adult present. 

 

Nature Adventure Wednesdays: GPS & Geocaching 

Hosted by Story County

Location and Time: 1-3 pm, McFarland Park

Take a break from your screen and go on a field trip with a naturalist! These are our favorite school field trips offered instead for families. While all ages are welcome, please note the suggested grades for each field trip. Programs will take place outdoors and will be canceled in the event of severe weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult; no more than five children per adult. Bring a blanket for your group to sit physically distanced; masks are required. Registration and $5 per group is required by the Monday before each field trip. 4/28 GPS & Geocaching (designed for grades 4 & up): Understand how to use a GPS to find a location based on latitude and longitude, find a location using new coordinates, and learn the sport of geocaching.

 

 April 29, Thursday

Garden Social and Auction 

Hosted by Iowa Arboretum

Location and Time: April 25 8 am-April 29 7 pm online

This year’s auction is moving online. Bid on the great gifts you are accustomed to during the Garden Social and Auction from the comfort of your home. You will be able to register as a bidder on the Arboretum’s website. Discover Garden Décor, Restaurant Gift Cards, Garden Tours, Plants, Artwork, Jewelry & More! Shop the Spring Plant Sale when you pick up your items (April 30 is Early Bird Bidders Day Only for shopping the plant sale). 

 

Music Walk 

Hosted by Downtown Ames

Location and Time: 5-8 pm 304 Main St, Ames IA 50010

Music Walk is a free family-friendly event showcasing downtown businesses on Main Street as well as local musicians. Downtown businesses will feature musicians performing on the sidewalk and within stores. Music Walk is the perfect opportunity to experience the many things Downtown Ames has to offer!

 

Extended Hours to See the Tulips 

Hosted by Reiman Gardens

Location and Time: Reiman Gardens, 4:30-8:30 pm

Plan a visit to see our stunning tulips as well as thousands of other spring blooms. The Gardens will offer extended weekend hours for the public to see the tulips at their prime. The Gift Shop will also stay open until 7:30 p.m., but the Butterfly Wing still closes at 4:30. No preregistration required. Free for members and ISU students. Price of admission for the general public.


 April 30, Friday

Fridays Around Campustown 

Hosted by Campustown in Ames, IA

Location & Time: 8 am-businesses closed, Campustown, Ames

Campustown merchants will offer special deals all month long. New deals will be announced each Friday and be good for one week. Each Friday will feature one of our partner organizations in Campustown Court for even more fun. Using a mobile phone app, players will follow clues that lead to special deals at participating businesses. Complete the tasks, get great deals and earn points. Prize winners announced weekly.

 

Ready to Run Iowa 

Hosted by Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics

Location and Time: Virtual, 8:30am-3:30pm

Ready to Run® Iowa is a nonpartisan campaign training program to encourage women to run for elective office, position themselves for appointive office, work on a campaign or become involved in public life as leaders in their communities. Registration opens on March 30th. 

 

Extended Hours to See the Tulips 

Hosted by Reiman Gardens

Location and Time: Reiman Gardens, 4:30-8:30 pm

Plan a visit to see our stunning tulips as well as thousands of other spring blooms. The Gardens will offer extended weekend hours for the public to see the tulips at their prime. The Gift Shop will also stay open until 7:30 p.m., but the Butterfly Wing still closes at 4:30. No preregistration required. Free for members and ISU students. Price of admission for the general public.