Five Fun, Free Things at Miami in April

Compiled by Susan Meikle, university news and communications

Miami Matters brings you five fun, free things to do at Miami each month from events on the Miami and Oxford community calendars.

wildflower-walk-posterSundays, April 7, 14, 21, 28: Wildflower Walks

1 p.m. Meet at Peffer Park Pavilion, Oxford

Guided wildflower walks take place at the Silvoor Biological Sanctuary, a five-acre home to over 60 species of wildflowers. Led by Miami University botanists Jack Keegan and Mike Vincent, wildflower expert Holly Wissing, and Amanda Bentley-Brimer, curator of the sanctuary.  

New: Stay up-to-date on what's blooming at the Silvoor Biological Sanctuary and contribute your own findings through the iNaturalist App.

seed-startingWednesday, April 10: Learn it at Lunch  - Seed Starting

Noon-1 p.m  The Conservatory, Hamilton

Get your garden growing with seeds. Learn the best tips and techniques to get your seed propagation projects off the ground (or... in the ground). Pack a lunch and bring a friend. Open to all, no experience necessary. Questions? Contact Brian Grubb, Conservatory manager, at

olivia-yokersMonday, April 15: Enjoy a night of opera, musical theatre and jazz with Olivia Yokers

7-8 p.m. Miami Hamilton Downtown

Hamilton native Olivia Yokers returns home to present an evening of musical theatre, jazz and opera. Her father, Mark Yokers, will join her on saxophone. Local musicians Alex McIntosh, John Matre and John Benjamin round out the combo. Yokers was Dayton Opera's Young Artist-in-Residence last year. In March she appeared as Mabel in their production of "Pirates of Penzance." She was the 2017 Herndon Emerging Artist with the Virginia Opera; won the Cincinnati Opera Idol competition in 2011; and won first prize in the Dayton Opera Guild Competition and the  Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Colligate Competition.

chinese-greetingsTuesday, April 23: Verity Traditions - Introduction to Chinese Greetings, Numbers, Names and More

6 p.m. Verity Lodge, Middletown

Curious about the Chinese language? Four international students from Miami University will introduce audience members to the language, covering topics such as naming conventions, numbers and counting, basic pronunciation, and greeting and parting. The many dialects of Chinese will also be discussed. 

A light meal will be served at 5:45 p.m. for the first 60 attendees. 

earthfest-logoSaturday, April 27: Oxford Community EarthFest

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Uptown Parks, Oxford. 

Celebrate Earth Day at EarthFest, a free festival featuring games, interactive booths and workshops, live music, Oxford Farmer's Market and more. 

Participating groups include the Oxford Bee City USA Committee, Miami University Conservation Team, MetroParks of Butler County, Butler Soil and Water Conservation District, MOON Co-op, Green Oxford, Oxford Farmer’s Market, Songbird Environmental, BEEPS, Miami Eco Reps, Three Valley Conservation Trust, Friends of Oxford Area Trails and others.

Sponsored by Miami's Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, the departments of biology, geography and geology and environmental earth science and other Miami organizations.