Since 1982, SAS has suspended regular classes for one full day each April for learning and fun in celebration of the environment. The annual festivities include guest speakers, mini-classes, field trips, and a noontime picnic feast.
This year’s Earth Day celebration will kick off on the evening of Wednesday, April 21 with an outdoor showing of Wall-E on followed by a moderated discussion led by students in the Environmental History class. On Thursday, April 22, the day begins with a 7 a.m. outdoor yoga class led by community yoga instructor Alexis Murphy. At 8:45 a.m., seniors will gather in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts and the rest of the school will Zoom in for a talk by writer and former SAS faculty member Patrick Dean. Dean is the author of A Window to Heaven: The Daring First Ascent of Denali: America's Wildest Peak and Executive Director of the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance.
Regular classes are suspended for the morning so that students and faculty members may participate in Earth Day workshops. This year’s workshop topics include waste management, writing about the outdoors, trail maintenance, sustainability, environmental policy and ethics, art and environmental activism, gardening, edible plants, and birdhouse building as well as hikes, caving, and cycling adventures.
After a mid-day picnic feast, art sale, and thrift fair, students will reconvene by grade level for afternoon activities and refreshments.
“At SAS, we are outside every day making the most of the beauty, adventure, and learning opportunities provided by our natural world,” said Outdoor Education & Place-Based Learning Coordinator Michael Short. “Earth Day gives us a chance to pause to celebrate just how fortunate we are to have these astounding resources right at our fingertips and to give back to the environment that nurtures us.