Public star party

Engaging the Community

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, a public urban garden, is open 365 days a year and offers educational workshops, children's storytime, guided tours, plant sales, and special events.

The John C. Wells Planetarium offers Saturday shows, monthly star parties, public science talks, and summer youth space camps.

The JMU Mineral Museum features over 600 crystal and gemstone specimens from around the world.

The JMU Lifelong Learning Institute provides affordable, not-for-credit, intellectual, cultural, and social experiences to adults in the central Shenandoah Valley.

The Sphere Theater contains Science On a Sphere (SOS), which uses computers and projectors to display data onto a 68 inch diameter sphere. 

Alternative Break Program
Engaging Students

JMU supports a variety of environment-related majors and minors that are part of a larger hub of academic and applied environmental initiatives.

The Office of International Programs provides, supports, and facilitates international experiences for students, faculty, and staff, some of which are environment related.

The Alternative Break Program offered by the Community Service-Learning Office provides experiential learning opportunities to JMU students and staff learning partners participating in spring break trips, some of which are focused on the environment.

There are over 300 student clubs and organizations on campus, some of which have a focus on environment or sustainability.

Water sampling
Engaging Faculty

Faculty can request environment-related tours and access to facilities data for educational purposes.

The Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability offers travel grants for students who are presenting environment-related work at professional conferences.

Greening Your Office Training is available to faculty and staff.

The "Environment Interest Group" is a listserv managed by the Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement that provides communication between faculty with interest in environmental topics regarding courses, events and announcements. To subscribe, faculty should contact Kristi McDonnell.

Faculty Staff Picnic
Engaging Staff

Greening Your Office Training is available to faculty and staff.

Stewardship Flags
Engaging Everyone

Campus environmental stewardship initiatives offer many opportunities for individual

JMU supports alternatives to driving alone, such as walking, biking, taking the bus,
car-sharing and ride-sharing. Information and resources for getting to and from campus, around Harrisonburg and in the region are available through The JMU Transportation Portal.

JMU has comprehensive recycling and composting programs supported by JMU Facilities Management and Dining Services.

JMU has adopted a stormwater management plan with guidance on how individuals can help improve water quality and reduce stormwater pollution.

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