Planting the way to a campus-wide Nature Club

Seton Hill faculty, administrators and students gather to make boxes and plant seeds in preparation for Earth Day. Photo by A.Meyers/Setonian.

On April 21, after the Junior Class Tree Planting Ceremony, the Nature Club held a seed planting event on the front lawn of the Administration Building to promote plant growth on campus. After the planting of the crimson maple tree for the junior class, dedicated to the first 100 classes of Seton Hill, the Nature Club provided students and faculty with take-home boxes and seeds to plant in honor of Earth Day on April 22.

“Originally we were planning on doing a trash pick up today, but we changed it to be seed planting to coincide with the junior tree planting ceremony,” said Lindsey Mifsud, secretary of the Nature Club and junior biology major with a concentration in environmental science. She thought it was important for individuals on campus to be aware of the impact they have on the environment and “what they can do to keep Seton Hill and our earth clean and beautiful.”

“We thought it’d be fun for students to have plants in their rooms to remind them not just on Earth Day, but to care for the environment and enjoy it,” said club president Madeleine Robbins, a junior English literature major. She noted the event “helped spread the word about Nature Club” and “the people who came planted hundreds of seeds.”

Robbins was glad to see the attendance growing with faculty members and administrators also there planting seeds. Since the club is still new, once known as the Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection Club (LEAP), Robbins commented on the growing atmosphere of the event and club name by mentioning how “the club is still getting their name out there” as Nature Club, but how “they had a good number of people participate.” Robbins hoped the participants in attendance “enjoy the flowers they planted and that the flowers remind them to enjoy nature everyday.”

Club President Madeleine Robbins (right) and Secretary Lindsey Mifsud (left) of the Nature Club prepare boxes for seed planting before fellow Setonians make some themselves. Photo by A.Meyers/Setonian.

With a new name and leaders, it may not be as well known to students and faculty on campus. Robbins hopes the people who came “enjoy their little plants, beautify their homes and our campus and love nature a little bit more.”

Mifsud said it’s important the students and faculty on campus are “aware of the effects they have on the environment and what they can do to keep Seton Hill and our earth clean and beautiful.”

“It’s a great way to help not only plant flowers, but also plant the seed of environmental stewardship in the students and faculty around campus,” she added.

William Hoover, a junior biochemistry major who was in attendance, felt it was an event the faculty and students should be aware of.

“It’s nice to have something green and living that you can take with you and nurture,” he said. Hoover was happy to see so many in attendance and enjoyed planting seeds.

Robbins hoped the participants in attendance “enjoy the flowers they planted and that the flowers remind them to enjoy nature everyday.”

For more information about the tree planting ceremony, click here to read an article by Haley Carnahan in our May 2017 Magazine.

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