Dakota College at Bottineau's Earth Day Observance in 2014 will be held on April 23, 24, and 27.
On April 23, author Steven Hoffbeck will be on campus to discuss his book, Haymakers, which is the 2013-2014 selection for the DCB Campus Read Program. The book is a history of how family farmers struggle with nature and with their obligations to the land they tend. It's a story of survival and perseverance. Dr. Hoffbeck's presentations will be held at noon and at 7:00 P.M. in the Centennial Alumni Center in Thatcher Hall. They are repeat sessions with the evening session featuring a "Conversation with the Author" after the Haymakers discussion. There is no admission fee; the public is welcome.
On April 24, the DCB Conservation Award will be presented to Dennis Nelson. Mr. Nelson is a Rolette, ND, native and an alumnus of DCB. He is an internationally known water resource management and education expert and is the President and CEO of the Project WET Foundation. The presentation of the Conservation Award will take place at 10:00 A.M. in the Thatcher Hall Auditorium. Following the presentation, Mr. Nelson will deliver the Earth Day Keynote Address. At 11:00 A.M., DCB will host a reception for Dennis in the Centennial Alumni Center. All those in attendance are welcome. An Earth Day commemorative tree planting ceremony will be held at 11:45 A.M.
The afternoon of April 24 will be devoted to the "Make a Splash" water festival. Bottineau area fifth and sixth graders will be invited to campus where they will engage in hands-on water activities and investigations. For example, water olympics, water bugs, aquaculture, perch dissection, and other exercises will occur.
Dakota College's Earth Day Observance will conclude on Sunday, April 27, at 3:00 P.M. with a 5K walk/run event. The event will start at the Lumberjack Baseball Field - The Lumberyard. Registration forms for the walk/run are available at the DCB bookstore and on the DCB website.