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

Tue/Thur: 9:30am – 2:00pm

Fri: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Jackson Street Building Circle Gallery Event Details
April 1 – 30 Exhibit: Georgia Trailblazers: Honoring the 60th Anniversary of Desegregation at UGA 7:30am – Midnight daily Main Library First Floor Event Details
April 1 – 30 Exhibit: Making Space: Fighting for Inclusion, Building Community at UGA 8:00am – 5:00pm daily Special Collections Library Hargrett Gallery Event Details
April 5 – 9 Greek Goes Green – Swap Shop Collection Drive Daily UGA Greek organizations Details will be posted on Greek Goes Green at UGA
April 5 – 17 Love Your Mother (Earth) Campaign Weekly activities for a prize! Engage the campus and community Details on @sustainableuga Instagram
April 7, 14, 21, 28 Farm to Campus Markets 11:00am – 3:00pm Miller Learning Center South Lawn Details posted on UGA Farmers Market Friends
April 16 – 23 GATHER Film Screening Watch the film at your leisure and tune into the panel discussion on April 23 at 3pm Virtual Details and Registration
April 26 – May 13 Dawgs Ditch the Dumpster and Donate During extended move-out Multiple UGA Housing locations Details at UGA Housing Sustainability

Individual Events

April 1 Special Ecology Seminar: The Network Trophic-Dynamic Aspect of Holoecology, by Regents’ Prof. Emeritus Bernard Patten 4:00 – 5:00pm Virtual Event Details
April 11 Landscaping Through the Eyes of Pollinators 1:00 – 5:00pm Virtual Details and Registration ($50)
April 13 Indoor Jungle by UGA Engagement, Leadership, and Service 10AM-Noon Tate Plaza Learn about native plants and ways to get involved with the State Botanical Gardens and Office of Sustainability!
April 13 CED/Environmental Ethics Film Discussion: Cultivating the Wild, film discussion with producer, Dorinda Dallmeyer, celebrating the legacy of William Bartram Virtual Details TBA
April 15 UGArden Student Farmers Market 4:30 – 6:00pm UGArden, 2510 S. Milledge Avenue Drop by (with a mask) and purchase student-produced veggies, herbal products, and tomato starter plants!
April 15 Earth Day Art Challenge – Submission Deadline Midnight Virtual Event Details
April 19 Take-and-Make: Air Plants 10:00am Tate Plaza Just show up to get your own air plant!
April 19 Concrete Jungle – Edible Campus Walk 5:00 – 6:30pm UGA Ethnobotanical Garden Details and Registration
April 20 CED/Environmental Ethics Lecture: Jenny Hoffner,  “Advancing Locally-led Climate Adaptation through Collective Impact Water Management” 5:30-7:00pm Virtual Details and Registration
April 21 Farm to Campus Market and Earth Day Fair 11:00am – 3:00pm Tate West Lawn All are welcome. Masks and social distancing required.
April 21 UGA Global Clean Up / Debris Tracker Webinar 7:00 – 7:30 pm Virtual Event Details
April 22 (Earth Day) Earth Day Art Challenge – Exhibit Noon Virtual Online Exhibit
April 22 (Earth Day) GATHER Film Screening & Panel Discussion 3:00pm Virtual Details and Registration
April 22 (Earth Day) 2021 Global Georgia Initiative Conversation: Land, Water, Sky – Photographers Address the Environment on Earth Day 2021 4:00pm Virtual Event Details
April 22 (Earth Day) UGA Earth Day Signature Event: Resource Fair, Live Stream with Bill Nye, and Movie Night with WALL-E 6:00-8:00pm 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 Nye Register for Bill Nye Live Stream
April 22 – 23 UGA Pollinator Census 12:00 – 4:00pm UGA Athens Campus Event Details
April 22 – 25 UGA 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 world Event Details
May 1 (bonus!) UGArden Spring Plant Sale & Market 9am – 3pm UGArden (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.