Earth Day, beginning in 1970, is a spring holiday that is meant to inspire the nation and the world that our environment is remarkable and worth protecting. Students at Gettysburg College have made their own unique traditions. From tie-dying t-shirts to film showings, G.E.C.O. celebrates Earth Day with activities that combine environmental education and fun. The annual event informs students about sustainability and the multitude of environmental education and outreach projects on campus, and invites them to get involved.
Earth Day garnered so much support that over the years it has evolved into the College’s Springfest Celebration, a hugely popular annual weekend celebration involving picnics and music.
Due to its success, Earth Day has expanded to an entire EarthWeek! This week-long event features films, music, gardening at the Painted Turtle Farm, local food, tray-less nights at the Dining Hall, and much more!