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PLEASANTVILLE, N. Y. — More than 150 high school students from schools in Westchester and Rockland counties will participate in Pace’s Environmental University Day on Thursday, October 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Kessel Campus Center. High schools that plan to attend the event include Sleepy Hollow High School, John Jay High School, Pleasantville High School, Woodlands High School, Katonah Lewisboro School for Experimental Education, Nyack High School and North Rockland High School.
Throughout the day, students will be divided into groups to participate in environmental studies mini-classes and hands-on field experiences focused around the campus’ pond, streams and nature trails. Interactive classrooms topics include Is the Water Safe to Drink?, Using Bugs to Determine Stream Health, The Influence of Religions on our View of the Environment and Its Value, The Life of the Pond and West Nile Virus vs. Spraying.
“High school students should be made aware of the effects that humans have on their environment. For example, while the West Nile Virus threatens humans and birds, spraying insecticides has benefits but can also pose health risk,” said William Ventura, Pace’s resident toxicologist and biology professor. “The goal of Environmental University Day is to help these students develop skills and knowledge and an appreciation of their role in preserving their health and the health of the environment now and in the future.”
John Cronin, former Hudson Riverkeeper and Pace resident scholar in environmental studies, will offer a special lecture on the Hudson River and environmental advocacy. The program also includes a birds of prey flying demonstration with the birds housed in Pace’s Environmental Center.
Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.