A continental breakfast with coffee, juice, and tea are included in the fee. Feel free to bring your own coffee mug or travel container. Participants are encouraged to join in a “coffee talk” after and share stories of wildlife encounters and anything nature related.
May 4 – Ferns of the Quad-City Region: Bob Bryant (retired director/naturalist of the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center and fern enthusiast) will conduct a mini-fern workshop. Using his PowerPoint program, “Ferns of the Quad-City Region” and pressed fronds, the following topics will be briefly covered: field guides and keys, morphology, life cycles, identification, distribution, uses, folklore, and photographing ferns.
June 1 – Pollinator Citizen Science for Pollinators: Citizen Science for Pollinators: Citizen Science is a great way to help the science community gather data across the globe. From bumblebees to monarchs, there are many monitoring projects that help gather critical data for pollinators. In this presentation, you will learn about the projects out there and how you can help conserve our pollinators.
July 6 – Native Pollinators: Pollinators play a very important role in the habitats in which they are found and in people’s lives. They are responsible for the flowers that grow and the food we eat. Students will learn about pollination and the pollinators found in Iowa and Illinois.
August 3 – Native Fruit and Nut Trees: There are dozens of native fruit and nut-bearing trees that are indigenous to the Midwest. In this class, we will learn about the vast variety and how they are beneficial to wildlife.
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