RICHLAND, Wash. — Washington State University Tri–Cities joins with other WSU locations across the state to make its campus more beautiful and celebrate the university’s history, during Cougar Pride Days, March 28-April 5.

In the Tri-Cities, Cougar Pride Days on the north Richland campus will include campus beautification and cleanup projects. Faculty, staff, students and area residents who volunteer may plant flowers, shrubs and bulbs, spread bark mulch, and pick up litter to ready the campus for spring.

“This is a tangible way people can work together as volunteers to help assure our campus is in tip-top shape,” said WSU President V. Lane Rawlins.

Cougar Pride Days in the Tri–Cities officially kicks off the morning of March 28, the 112th anniversary of WSU’s creation by the Legislature

Activities surrounding Cougar Pride Days have already begun on campus. Earlier this month, volunteers from the university and the Native Plant Society refurbished “Butch’s Garden,” the landscaped area around the bronze statue of a cougar near the entrance to the West Building.

Other activities set for Cougar Pride Days include a general campus cleanup and planting of donated flowers and landscaping maintenance in beds and landscape areas surrounding both the East and West Buildings of campus on April 5.

“Bring A Plant Days” takes place April 3 and 4, with donations of flowering perennial plants, flowering ground covers and hardy bulbs being accepted at collection points on campus. The donated materials will be planted on April 5.

Cougar Pride Days has its historic roots in Campus Days, an early tradition of WSU that included improving the appearance of the young campus and creating school spirit.