Earth Month at UIW

UIW Earth Month


 Photos provided by Mr. John Henz, Certified Consulting Meteorologist #270



UIW will celebrate Earth Month

March 20 (equinox) to April 22 (Earth Day)

Master Navajo Weaver to Visit UIW
Beverly Allen, master Navajo weaver, will visit UIW March 20-22.  She will be available to speak to classes on a range of topics including “Women in Navajo Society,” “The Role of Weaving in Cultural Sustainability,” and “Wool Processing, Spinning, and Weaving.”  She will also demonstrate weaving on Dubuis Lawn or in the Joyce Building foyer in case of rain. Her trip is sponsored by the Modern Languages Department and the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences in honor of Women’s History Month and Earth Month.  If you would like Beverly to visit your class, please contact Dr. Sally Said with dates and times of classes by March 1 at

Schedule of events.


Sopranos Catherine Nix and LaDawn Petersen will be performing a Faculty Recital in conjunction with UIW's Earth Month celebration. 

The recital is called, "For the Beauty of the Earth:  Songs of Creation," and is free and open to the public.  The concert will feature music from a variety of genres, languages, and time periods.   There will also be an opportunity for the audience to join in singing some of their favorite hymns about the beauty of God's creation.  The sopranos will be accompanied by guest pianist Dr. Martha Saywell from Texas A&M - San Antonio.  Please join us for an uplifting evening of song in the new UIW Concert Hall on Friday, March 24 beginning at 7 p.m.  Questions?  Contact Dr. Nix at for more information.​


Near-Sighted Nature: Up-Close and Personal with Flora and Fauna’ Opening Reception
The Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO) welcomes you to this opening reception from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 24, at the RSO (9725 Datapoint Dr., 78229) in Room 301. On Display March 24 - May 12, 2017.  Dixie Lee is an award-winning nature photographer who resides in San Antonio. Her photographs are printed on metal; she will have matted works and greeting cards with her photography for sale. For info, contact Dr. Dede Rios at (210) 930-8688 or


How Trees Define the Headwaters Sanctuary

The Headwaters at Incarnate Word hosts this leisurely walk through the sanctuary from 9 – 11 a.m., Friday, March 31. The walk will cover tree identification, both native and invasive, and no prior experience is needed. The walk is limited to 12 people. For info, contact Pamela Ball at (210) 828-2224 or


SARA Headquarters- Rain Garden Workshop

April 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm $5.  Deadline to register is March 29th.

100 E. Guenther Street.

Hands-on activities:  Participants will make and take home a rain garden tool; Interactive model to demonstrate storm water impacts related to typical residential properties; live plants and activities to help plan your rain garden.


The William Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship Nominations

The William Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship was created in 2007 in recognition of grounds superintendent Bill Mulcahy’s leadership in ecological conservation and care of the land at Incarnate Word.  Each year the Earth Month Committee selects one member of the UIW community to receive this award.  Nominations are due for 2017 by Monday, April 3.  The award will be presented on Thursday, April 20, in an Earth Day observance at 12:00 noon in the AT&T Circle near the science buildings.  Please send the name of your nominee to Sally Said along with a short explanation of your nominee’s contribution to ecological preservation and/or awareness of environmental issues.


The UIW Solar House and Sustainable Living

April 4, 2017, 4:30 to 5:45 pm, the UIW Solar House.

Presentation given by Daniel Potter.  Visit the UIW Solar House which received the prestigious LEEDS certification and is a model of energy-efficiency. Learn from Daniel Potter, the Project Manager about sustainable building and how UIW engineering students under the leadership of Dr. Alison Whittemore build this center for Green education and practice.  

Maximum number of participants is 40. Additional dates and time available are April 11, 2017 Tuesday, 1:30 – 2:45 pm, and April 12, 2017 Wednesday, 12:00 – 1:15 pm.

Co-sponsored by the Sustainability Committee Sr. Martha Ann Kirk


EcoExchangeEdu Third Annual Showcase and Green Jobs Fair

April 7th , 2017  2:00 pm, William R. Sinkin Eco Centro at San Antonio College

South Texas educators will share sustainability related coursework, research, and co-curricular efforts.

Co-sponsored by the Sustainability Committee. For more information contact Kevin Salfen


A Walk with John Muir into the Wild of the Headwaters

April, 8th , 9:00-11:00 a.m.

"The natural inherited wildness in our blood runs true on its glorious course as invincible and unstoppable as stars."  John Muir

When John Muir arrived by ship off the coast of California, his great desire was to go “any place that’s wild.” Muir was a botanist, naturalist, geologist, leader in establishing the National Parks and the founder of the Sierra Club. Most of all, he was a bearer of the good tidings of the beauty and mystery of creation. This reflective walk will look at the trees, the plants, and the sacred spaces of the headwaters through the inspiring lens of the writings of John Muir who always invites us to “come and see.” Retreat leader, author and Muir enthusiast, Sylvia Maddox, M.T.S., will conduct the walk. The program is limited to 12.
For more information contact Pamela Ball 210- 828- 2224

Morning walk with a bird specialist

April 21st  8:30 – 10:30 am

The Headwaters at Incarnate Word invites you to take a leisurely walk through the Headwaters Sanctuary with a birding specialist.  This is a great opportunity for beginning or intermediate birders to develop and improve their identification skills.  Please wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and bring water.  Binoculars will be available.  Each walk is limited to 12. 

For more information contact Pamela Ball 210- 828- 2224


The William Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship

The award will be presented on Thursday, April 20, in an Earth Day observance at 12:00 noon in the AT&T Circle near the science buildings.  In the event of rain the award will be presented in the Sr. Charles Marie Frank Nursing Building lobby.

Earth Day Fair

Featuring fair booths on April 20, 11:30 to 1:30 in the AT&T Circle near the science buildings.  


San Antonio Zoo – Party for the Planet April 22nd

UIW students will be positioned at a table at SA zoo where they will be leading an educational activity.  If you are at the zoo that day be sure to stop by an see them.

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with the planet’s amazing and diverse wildlife? More than 120 of the top zoos and aquariums across North America are throwing a Party for the Planet™, making it the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America! Local AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are the perfect place to connect with nature and conservation in your community. Party for the Planet™ festivities feature environmental education activities, amazing animal encounters and fantastic family fun.


March for Science – April 22nd


SKYwarn Training Saturday, April 22nd  
Bexar County, Basic and Advanced Spotter Training, San Antonio.
April 22nd, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Location: UIW BSH 129

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program where they will learn to help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter. Training is free and typically last about 2 hours. You will learn basics of thunderstorm development, fundamentals of storm structure, identifying potential severe weather features, information to report, how to report information, and basic severe weather safety.  For more information see


Persons with disabilities needing special assistance to attend should contact the ADA coordinator at least five university business days prior to the event at or 210-829-6035