by Julie Ehresmann
Posted on 4/17/2014
Join in Iowa Central’s Earth Day Celebration on Tuesday, April 22 at 4 pm. The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform. This year, Earth Day will be celebrated on the Iowa Central campus with a geocaching activity. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Come join us find treasures and celebrate the planet! Contact Julie Ehresmann (574-1222) with questions.
Happy Earth Day!!
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