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Go Wild: All Invited to Celebrate Natural Resources Week at USU

Thursday, Mar. 20, 2014

USU 2014 Natural Resources Week logo

Aggies are invited to participate in a variety of activities during Natural Resources Week March 22-27. Theme for the week is 'Go WILD, It's All Around You.’

Natural Resources week speaker Emma Marris

Featured Common Hour speaker for Natural Resources Week is nature writer Emma Marris. She speaks at noon Wednesday, March 26, in the Taggart Student Center Stevenson Ballroom. All are invited.

The Aggie community is invited to enjoy a variety of activities marking Utah State University’s Quinney College of Natural Resources Week March 22-27. The festivities include a nature photo exhibit, a ‘home on the range’ activity, lectures, a 5K fun run and a benefit lunch for the Cache Community Food Pantry. The week’s activities are open to all; most are free, unless otherwise noted.

Theme for the week is “Go WILD, It’s All Around You.”

“Our week has something for everyone,” says Cameron Lawrence Nielsen, QCNR student senator. “We welcome the entire USU community to join us for fun, learning and service.”

Monday through Wednesday, Aggies are invited to enjoy the annual Natural Resources Photo Contest Display in the Stevenson Ballroom lobby of the Taggart Student Center and vote for their favorite entries.

The week’s activities include:

Saturday, March 22

Aggie running enthusiasts are invited to participate in the Predator vs. Prey 5K Run starting at 9:30 a.m. at the fountains on the Taggart Student Center patio. Cost per person is $7, which includes a Natural Resources Week T-shirt. Runners may register at the event beginning at 9 a.m. or register in advance in the Natural Resources Building, Room 102.

Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and fastest times. This is a “no waste” event, so please bring your own water bottle.

Saturday evening, the college will honor its top scholars with an awards banquet.

Monday, March 24
From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the USU Range Club invites Aggies to enjoy “being at home on the range” with a plant identification activity and baby animal exhibit on the grassy, former site of the old Ag Building, south of the Biology-Natural Resources building. Enjoy a meal of Dutch oven potatoes for $1 and win a token for free Aggie ice cream.

Tuesday, March 25

Aggies are invited to attend the annual Loggers’ Ball, one of the QCNR’s longest standing traditions. The event, which features informal, flannel attire and a beard contest, begins at 6 p.m. at Café Sabor, 600 West Center in Logan. Tickets are $15 person and can be purchased in advance in the Natural Resources Building, Room 102, or at the door.

Wednesday, March 26

Nature writer Emma Marris is featured USU Common Hour speaker from noon-1 p.m. in the TSC Stevenson Ballroom. Based in Klamath Falls, Ore., Marris writes about the environment, evolution, energy, agriculture, food, language, books and film. Her 2011 book, Rambunctious Garden, discusses the challenges of conservation in an increasingly unnatural world.

At 4 p.m., Marris presents a second lecture, “Nature Writing and the Publishing Business,” in NR 105.

Thursday, March 27

Enjoy a hearty Loggers’ Breakfast on the TSC patio. A fundraiser for USU’s Forestry Club, cost is $3 per plate. Meals are served from 7-9 a.m.

From 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., all are invited to the third annual Empty Bowls Luncheon in the Natural Resources Building Atrium. For $10, select a hand-crafted bowl and receive delicious soup, along with bread and water. You keep the bowl (to remind you of hunger-fighting community efforts each time you use it.) All proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Cache Community Food Pantry.

To follow the week’s activities, visit the USU Quinney College of Natural Resources on Facebook.

The Quinney College of Natural Resources includes the academic departments of Environment and Society, Watershed Sciences and Wildland Resources.

Related link:

USU College of Natural Resources

Contact: Cameron Lawrence Nielsen,

Contact: Mykel Beorchia, 435-797-2473,

Writer:  Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,

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