Jamestown Community College Plans Annual Earthfest

Jamestown Community College’s annual Earthfest celebration is planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday on the Jamestown Campus.

Earthfest promotes the understanding, celebration, and stewardship of the Earth and its resources. Weather permitting, the event will span the central campus walkways near the pond and the Student Union. Local environmental organizations, student groups, and public agencies bring educational and informational displays and exhibits while eco-friendly businesses provide an assortment of earth-friendly items for purchase.

Local acoustic musician Jamie Haight will perform live guitar music during the event.

From noon to 1 p.m. featured presenter Jeff Musial of Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics will show some of his animal ambassadors to audience members in the Student Union. Musial and his exotic animals have appeared on NBC, CBS, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

The JCC Earth Awareness Club will hold a tree seedling adoption made possible by The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, and a chance auction. The club will donate proceeds from the event to The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and The Invasive Species Centre.

Andy Pitoniak, assistant professor of Biology at JCC, looks forward to the event every year.

“We enjoy having everyone come together in recognition of the intricate dance of life on this planet,” Pitoniak said. “With Earthfest comes an opportunity to appreciate our planet and recognize our responsibility to preserve and protect it for future generations.”

JCC’s Earth Awareness Club began holding Earthfest in the 1990s. The event is also sponsored by the College Programming Committee and JCC Student Senate.


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