COOKEVILLE – The Second Annual CHEC Earth Day Celebration will feature educational exhibits, a Green Market, artists, live music, local food vendors, and learning activities for all ages. Students, faculty, and staff at the Cookeville Higher Education Campus (CHEC) are organizing the free public event, which will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the campus in Cookeville. Earth Day has become an international event celebrated across the globe during the last week of April.
“This year’s national theme is Protect Our Species,” said Vol State Biology instructor and event organizer Mark Green. “We have focused our event on endangered Upper Cumberland species, such as the Gray Bat (Myotis grisescens), Rock Gnome Lichen (Gymnoderma lineare), and the Cumberland Darter (Etheostoma susanae). As a community, we must become aware of our impact on the ecosystems that surround us.”
CHEC is located at 1000 Neal Street. It is the site of classes for Volunteer State Community College, Tennessee Tech and TCAT Livingston, all of which are participating in the Earth Day event. For more information call 931-520-0551 or visit the CHEC Facebook page for information and updates: www.facebook.com/cookevillehighereducationcampus/