Earth Day is an important opportunity to celebrate and strengthen UGA’s commitment to research, teaching, and service focused on healthier people, stronger communities, and a more secure future. We all depend on a healthy environment, and we can all contribute in meaningful ways.



Ongoing Events

April 1 – 15Exhibit: Natural Engagement: Where Earth Meets Sky | Paintings by Rachel Evans GrantMon/Wed: 11:30am – 1:30pm

Tue/Thur: 9:30am – 2:00pm

Fri: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Jackson Street Building Circle GalleryEvent Details
April 1 – 30Exhibit: Georgia Trailblazers: Honoring the 60th Anniversary of Desegregation at UGA7:30am – Midnight dailyMain Library First FloorEvent Details
April 1 – 30Exhibit: Making Space: Fighting for Inclusion, Building Community at UGA8:00am – 5:00pm dailySpecial Collections Library Hargrett GalleryEvent Details
April 5 – 9Greek Goes Green – Swap Shop Collection DriveDailyUGA Greek organizationsDetails will be posted on Greek Goes Green at UGA
April 5 – 17Love Your Mother (Earth) CampaignWeekly activities for a prize!Engage the campus and communityDetails on @sustainableuga Instagram
April 7, 14, 21, 28Farm to Campus Markets11:00am – 3:00pmMiller Learning Center South LawnDetails posted on UGA Farmers Market Friends
April 16 – 23GATHER Film ScreeningWatch the film at your leisure and tune into the panel discussion on April 23 at 3pmVirtualDetails and Registration
April 26 – May 13Dawgs Ditch the Dumpster and DonateDuring extended move-outMultiple UGA Housing locationsDetails at UGA Housing Sustainability

Individual Events

April 1Special Ecology Seminar: The Network Trophic-Dynamic Aspect of Holoecology, by Regents’ Prof. Emeritus Bernard Patten4:00 – 5:00pmVirtualEvent Details
April 11Landscaping Through the Eyes of Pollinators1:00 – 5:00pmVirtualDetails and Registration ($50)
April 13Indoor Jungle by UGA Engagement, Leadership, and Service10AM-NoonTate PlazaLearn about native plants and ways to get involved with the State Botanical Gardens and Office of Sustainability!
April 13CED/Environmental Ethics Film Discussion: Cultivating the Wild, film discussion with producer, Dorinda Dallmeyer, celebrating the legacy of William BartramVirtualDetails TBA
April 15UGArden Student Farmers Market4:30 – 6:00pmUGArden, 2510 S. Milledge AvenueDrop by (with a mask) and purchase student-produced veggies, herbal products, and tomato starter plants!
April 15Earth Day Art Challenge – Submission DeadlineMidnightVirtualEvent Details
April 19Take-and-Make: Air Plants10:00amTate PlazaJust show up to get your own air plant!
April 19Concrete Jungle – Edible Campus Walk5:00 – 6:30pmUGA Ethnobotanical GardenDetails and Registration
April 20CED/Environmental Ethics Lecture: Jenny Hoffner,  “Advancing Locally-led Climate Adaptation through Collective Impact Water Management”5:30-7:00pmVirtualDetails and Registration
April 21Farm to Campus Market and Earth Day Fair11:00am – 3:00pmTate West LawnAll are welcome. Masks and social distancing required.
April 21UGA Global Clean Up / Debris Tracker Webinar7:00 – 7:30 pmVirtualEvent Details
April 22 (Earth Day)Earth Day Art Challenge – ExhibitNoonVirtualOnline Exhibit
April 22 (Earth Day)GATHER Film Screening & Panel Discussion3:00pmVirtualDetails and Registration
April 22 (Earth Day)2021 Global Georgia Initiative Conversation: Land, Water, Sky – Photographers Address the Environment on Earth Day 20214:00pmVirtualEvent Details
April 22 (Earth Day)UGA Earth Day Signature Event: Resource Fair, Live Stream with Bill Nye, and Movie Night with WALL-E6:00-8:00pm Resource Fair

8:00-9:00pm Bill Nye!

9:00-11:00pm Movie: WALL-E

Tate Plaza, Tate Theater, and/or Virtual  Live Stream with Bill NyeRegister for Bill Nye Live Stream
April 22 – 23UGA Pollinator Census12:00 – 4:00pmUGA Athens CampusEvent Details
April 22 – 25UGA Global Community Cleanup“Choose your own adventure” at any time during 4/22-25

Campus Cleanup Events –  Friday 4/23

Athens-Clarke County Community Cleanup Event – Saturday 4/24

Anywhere in the worldEvent Details
May 1 (bonus!)UGArden Spring Plant Sale & Market9am – 3pmUGArden (2500 S. Milledge Avenue Athens, GA )


On April 22, 1970, Earth Day was observed for the first time across the United States. Conceived in the wake of environmental disasters like the Cuyahoga River catching fire and a massive oil spill off the coast of California, Earth Day harnessed growing public alarm about pollution to put environmental protection on the national agenda. Students and faculty at the University of Georgia took part in the nationwide event, organizing a daylong, public teach-in on the environment featuring lectures, discussions and exhibitions. After more than 50 years, UGA remains committed to ensuring healthy people, strong communities, and a secure future for all.