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Celebrate Earth Week with Seminole State April 17-22

Seminole State College of Florida is celebrating Earth Week with a number of events spread across all four campuses. From April 17 through April 22, the College’s Office of Student Life, Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium, Biology Department and more will present events that will unleash the conservationist in you.


The Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State is presenting a number of activities scheduled for all ages. On April 18, at 7 p.m. Dark Horizons: Saving the Night from Light Pollution Panel will be dedicated to combatting light pollution. This panel will feature experts from the International Dark-Sky Association, the Central Florida Astronomical Society and the town of Harmony, Florida. Panelists will discuss the importance of preserving our night skies.

The Stellar Speaker Series events will take place on two nights: April 19, featuring Dr. John Werner, professor of geology and Earth sciences at Seminole State, and again on April 20 with Dr. Daniel Britt from the University of Central Florida who will discuss the geological history of our planet. The Planetarium will also present two shows: “Terra,” which takes visitors back to the beginnings of Earth, as well as an all-new show, “Two Degrees: Earth on the Edge,” which explores climate change and global warming.

“Terra,” will be shown April 21 at 8:30 p.m., and “Two Degrees” will be featured on April 22 at 7 and 8:30 p.m.

The Dark Horizons event and the Stellar Speaker Series are free and open to the public. Show prices for the planetarium are as follows:

  • Adults - $6
  • Seniors (55+) - $4
  • Non-Seminole State students - $4

Admission to planetarium shows is free for Seminole State students, faculty, and staff with a valid Seminole State ID. The planetarium is location in building B (B-117) on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the planetarium website, or call 407.708.2360.

Student Life

The Office of Student Life, in partnership with the Environmental Initiative Club, will host two days of activities focusing on the planet beginning Tuesday, April 18. These events will bring awareness to environmental community organizations, as well as give student the opportunity to create live plant terrariums, hug a cactus and get creative with trash-to-treasure art.

Tuesday, April 18

  • Oviedo: Noon to 2 p.m. on the Patio.
  • Altamonte Springs: Noon to 2 p.m. on the lawn.                                           
  • Heathrow: 4-6 p.m. in the Atrium.

Wednesday, April 19

  • Sanford/Lake Mary: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the Student Center Green

All activities will include free food for students.

Biology Colloquium Series 

The Biology Department and the Environmental Initiative Club on April 19 and will welcome naturalist, explorer, author and award-winning wildlife filmmaker Paul Rosolie to the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus as part of the Biology Colloquium Series. Rosolie will discuss his memoir, Mother of God, which gives readers a view of his life in the Amazon and how to protect the most biodiverse wilderness on Earth.

The presentation will include a Q&A period, with a reception and book signing following. For more information, please visit seminolestate.edu/biology/speaker.

About Seminole State College of Florida: Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves nearly 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded more than 100,000 credentials, from bachelor's degrees to high school diplomas, and offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit seminolestate.edu, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/seminolestate and follow us on Twitter: @seminolestate.

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