Planning is under way for volunteer efforts at WSU regional campuses as part of the Cougar Pride Days annual spring spruce-up event. Activities on the WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities and WSU Vancouver campuses may be on dates different than the university and City of Pullman event set for March 22-April 4.

At WSU Spokane, tentative plans include picking up litter on undeveloped areas of campus and along the Spokane River bordering campus, said Jon Schad, facility operations director. If weather is frost free, flowers may be planted in beds along Spokane Falls Boulevard, which runs through campus.

WSU Tri-Cities will host Cougar Pride activities starting the week of April 3. The campus will partner with the City of Richland in kicking off “Earth Month.”

Its “Cougar Pride in the Community” events will begin with an Earth Month proclamation signing and news conference with all Tri-Cities mayors on the campus Monday, April 3. Events planned for that week include a campus cleanup day, restoration and replanting of garden areas, cleanup of the campus riverside bike trail and a cleanup of a section of Highway 240, as part of the Adopt-a-Highway program.

Later in the month, campus staff, faculty and students will participate with city staff in cleaning up and performing yard work at homes of elderly area residents who can’t get out and do it on their own.

“Our students and staff really enjoy taking our Cougar pride out into the community, helping out and making a difference in someone’s day,” said Jerry Massey, facility operations manager.

Reminding students, staff and faculty of current recycling measures on campus and in the community also will be a goal.

Activities at WSU Vancouver may include shrub bed maintenance; blackberry and brush removal; upholstery and office cleaning; hiking trail cleanup and construction; and disc golf course modification, said Bill Kelley, facilities operations manager. Washing campus motor pool fleet vehicles may be highlighted by daycare preschool children washing the campus public safety squad car. Included in the event will be a barbecue with prize drawings for volunteers.