Camarillo, Calif., April 16, 2012 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) will hold it first annual Earth Extravaganza from Friday, April 20, through Monday, April 23, on the CI campus.  The four-day event celebrating Earth Day is free and open to the public.

Nearly 300 CI students, faculty and staff are expected to participate in the weekend’s events, which include speakers, films, a guided hike, and a volunteer restoration project.  The light on CI’s Bell Tower will also glow green for the duration of the event.

The event schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 20, 8:00 p.m., South Quad
Speaker: Mike Stubblefield, former president, Sierra Club Los Padres Chapter
Movie:  Wall-E
Location: South Quad
Stubblefield will introduce the film and lead a discussion of its environmental themes afterward.

Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. – noon
Meet at the Bell Tower to participate in the Long Grade Creek restoration project with Environmental Science & Resource Management faculty and students.  Participants must be over age 18. 

Sunday, April 22, noon 
Meet at the Bell Tower for a gentle, 3-mile guided hike in University Park.  Participants must be over age 18.

Monday, April 23, 6 p.m., John Spoor Broome Library
Speaker:  Barbara Paige, Manager, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Movie:  Air
Location: John Spoor Broome Library
Paige will discuss efforts to curb air pollution in Ventura County.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers.  Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus.  Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way.  Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday.  For exact times, check the schedule at

This new annual event was organized by the Green Generation student club, with the help of CI Lecturer John Griffin and Professor Linda O’Hirok.  For more information, contact John Griffin at, or Briana Linares, President of Green Generation, at or 805-437-3514.

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