BENNINGTON >> This spring, One World Conservation Center on Route 7 in Bennington has a number of activities scheduled to bring residents closer to the natural landscape around them.

This year will mark the beginning of a new "Third Thursday" lecture series at the center, according to Director Holly Betit. The series began last week with a talk by Bennington native Jack Irons entitled, "An Intimate Evening with Jack Irons: Travels in Alaska (with apologies to John Muir)," where he shared his experiences about the Alaskan wilderness and the amazing biodiversity that can be discovered there. On April 21, The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance and the Northeast Recycling Council will present "Take a Bite out of Food Waste," which will take a look at Vermont's Universal Recycling Law (Act 148), and other related topics.

On May 19, Brittany Dunn of 350VT will deliver an "Environmental Update" to help people keep up to date on local and global environmental happenings. "In the Green Mountain State, we're uniting a mass movement for bold solutions that both lift up Vermonters and cut down carbon — to be a national and global example for solving the climate crisis," reads 350VT, which gets its name from 350 parts per million, the safe upper limit for carbon in the atmosphere, "We believe that everyone has a right to a secure, healthy and ecologically sound environment. Yet, our world is presently facing an economic, ecological, and social crisis of proportions never before seen in human history. The survival of life as we know it is at imminent risk from global climate change.


The times demand that we build broad and unified social movements that are strong enough to confront and overcome the systems which have created this crisis, while assuring that this human right is reflected in policy and on the ground at the state and local level. This means acting in solidarity with the communities most immediately affected by the climate crisis, working for a just transition to a renewable society, and challenging inequalities rooted in race, class and gender dynamics, both internationally and in our own communities."

All lectures will be held at the center, at 413 US Route 7S in Bennington, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until approximately 8 p.m. Please call the center at 802-447-7419 for more information.

In addition to the Third Thursday series, the center will also be hosting an Earth Day Open House on Friday April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be music, refreshments, activities for kids, and a presentation from Mark Raymaker on the basics of plug-in vehicles.

One World also continues their Homeschool Science Toolkit series, which is taught by Mary Batcheller. For more information on this or anything else about the center, you can call, or visit their website at

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.