Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

GLAMR Earth Day Celebration

Join Us for a Special GLAMR Earth Day World Explorations Lecture and “Bee Happy” Family Program!

The Chico State GLAMR (Galleries Libraries Archives, Museums and Reserves) have come together again to recognize the 41st annual Earth Day in a week-long celebration during the week of April 18-24, 2021. While the campus museums, libraries, and reserves have their individual focal points that are unique, their collective purpose is to educate, entertain and enlighten the North State. GLAMR aligns itself with this year’s Earth Day theme: RESTORE OUR EARTH. The programs are designed to be both provocative and restorative. Programs include lectures, art installations, and family activities in both live zoom meetings and asynchronous virtual experiences. Some of these will nudge us further in our understanding our planet’s health and needs and others will restore our sense of love and purpose. Meet people from the community who express themselves through powerful truths, important research, careful observation, provocative art, harmonizing connections, and love of the natural beauty that surrounds us. The variety in programs will connect us with the sustaining stories of our times.

Interwoven Well-Being: Me, the Environment, and Others

With Special Guest Speaker Anna Lenaker
Sunday April 18th from 4-5 pm

“Let’s come together and think about our relationships to the earth, what we can do to protect and heal the earth, and how best to take care of ourselves in the midst of the climate crisis.” ~ Anna Lenaker

Interwoven Well-being flyer featuring Anna Lenaker.

On Sunday, April 18th from 4-5 pm, local author Anna Lenaker will share reflections from her forthcoming memoir, Able to Be Otherwise, an intimate account of the author’s life experiences with climate change, poverty, and addiction. Anna wrote the memoir with the hope that her story would bring more compassion and understanding to conversations. She enters these conversations with lived experience and will share her reflections on grief and California wildfires, her mom’s addiction, and what it was like to attend an Ivy League University as a first-generation and low-income student who grew up poor.

Anna spent many of her high school years exploring the woods of Paradise and Magalia, California on foot. Before she studied climate change or experienced its harsh realities, the woods were her instructors and her friends. In this talk, Anna is interested in exploring what it means to build intimacy with one’s local environment and how one’s well-being is tied up with the well-being of others and the well-being of the environment. Anna will also share the impact that the Camp Fire had on her life and what it has been like to grieve for the loss of a place she loved.

Above all, Anna hopes to impart her conviction — that the current state of the planet is not permanent, nor unchangeable—but Able to Be Otherwise.

World Explorations is a free lecture series sponsored by the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology. The talk is open to the public.

You are invited to attend Interwoven Wellbeing – A Talk With Anna Lenaker – A Special Earth Week World Explorations
When: April 18th @ 4 :00 – 5:00 pm via Zoom
Zoom registration required for this FREE virtual event.

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“Bee Happy” on Earth Day
Virtual Learn and Paint @ Bees

SATURDAY, April 24 10-11 am via Zoom

A free program for whole family from VLSMOA!

Bee Happy Earth Day event poster.

Come delight in the world's most important pollinator.

1. Learn about Bee’s with a Bee Researcher!

2. Paint a Bumble Bee in a Step-by-Step Painting Lesson with a Local Artist.

3. Bring Your Own Supplies:
Nothing Fancy Required! Water Colors, Paper & Brushes.

You are invited to BEE HAPPY - Earth Week Event
When: Apr 24, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Zoom registration required.

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Earth Day Celebration poster. April 18th-24th, 2021.

All programs are free of charge. Some require registration.
Brief Calendar of Campus GLAMR Earth Week Programming:

  • Sunday April 18 4-5pm World Explorations presented by Valene Smith Museum of Anthropology. Interwoven Well-Being: Me, The Environment and Others. (Zoom registration required.)
  • Monday, April 19 Live YouTube Storytime with Gateway
    Join curiosity guide, Morgan, from Gateway read a children’s book.
  • Wednesday, April 21 7-8pm Gateway’s Museum Without Walls Lecture
    What’s Happening with SGMA in My Backyard? Christina Buck, Ph.D. Asst. Director, Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation. (Zoom registration required.)
  • Saturday, April 24 10 am BEE Happy presented by Valene Smith Museum of Anthropology. Travel to Asia to see how bees and humans cooperate to make honey. Then join a step-by-step lesson in watercolor painting of bees. (Zoom registration required.)

Learn more about other GLAMR Earth Day Activities.