By NICOLE HURBAN
As the spring semester comes to an end, warm weather and outdoor fun is on mostly everyone’s minds. If you want to enjoy the fresh air and help the environment, Cumberland County College’s environmental club, 2nd Nature, is the group you need to get in contact with.
In the 2014 spring semester they have held events such as the Earth Fair, Movie under the Starts and Tree Planting.
The Earth Fair was held on April. 22., from 11a.m. to 2p.m. in the center of campus. The fair was created to inform and inspire the students and faculty to become conscious of the decisions they are making and what they can do to help improve and preserve our environment. Environmentally friendly organizations, companies, and non-profit groups were brought in to set up tables, and speak with students, faculty, and staff. Their mission was to inform and inspire, all in attendance, through explaining what each specific group’s environmental mission was. Those who attended learned how to efficiently conserve energy, and how each and every one of us can proactively protect the earth.
A fun addition 2nd Nature included in the festivities of the fair was the living bee hive. Those who attended were able to learn about bees, how they run their hive, and the environmental benefits bees provide for us and our environment.
The last benefit of coming to this event was the ability to purchase seeds. The seeds available were basil, lavender, and cilantro just to name a few! If you had the opportunity to take advantage of their sale, your garden is definitely off to a great start.
Next, they held an event called Movie under the Starts. This open community event was held on April 24. from 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 p. m. on the CCC soccer field. The, free of charge, environmentally geared movie night showed a film called Trashed. The movie explained and exposed what the garbage we create does to our planet, and how we need to make a change for the better.
On April 25. , at 8 a.m. in Parking Lot A, the Tree Planting and Clean-Up project began. Millville Shade Tree Commission partnered with the members of 2nd Nature to help plant new trees and do a thorough cleaning of the area. It was a way to give back to nature, and also make the CCC campus more green, and cleaner in the long run.
2nd Nature will also be holding a Service Learning Event, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on April 29. at CCC. The club has, once again, partnered with Barse Elementary School to give a group of second graders the opportunity to learn about the environment with college students! Throughout the day, they will rotate through a variety of stations such as, story and craft time, to planting and a nature scavenger hunt. Volunteers are always welcome to help with the event.
(Above) Local landscapes in Vineland, NJ.
Photos Courtesy of Nicole Hurban