Science for Seniors

Schedule 2015-2016

 

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November 18, 2015 - “Landscape Architecture” with Mike Rawls
Green Cay and Wakodahatchee were both developed as part of the Water Utilities Department with a lot of thought and care in their design. Learn from the Landscape Architect how the plan came together and how the landscape has changed over the years to meet the design that was planned a decade ago.

December 2, 2015 - “Take Back Our Food: Grow Something!”
Join our local organic farmer, Farmer Jay, for an engaging discussion about the need to create a sustainable local agriculture and community gardens. We need to take back our food and be aware of what goes into creating, packaging, and selling the food that we buy. Anybody can be a farmer; there are no limitations to that: Grow Something!

December 16, 2015 - “Too Close for Comfort! Wildlife Population Dynamics”
Join us to learn how wildlife population sizes and locations are affected by many factors in the environment and that the environment itself has certain qualities that determine how many individuals can reside there.

December 30, 2015 - “Nature’s Palette: The Birds of Green Cay”
View the growth of many of the birds of Green Cay from egg to adulthood and
witness the dramatic color change from chick to maturity. Learn to identify birds by their bills, shapes, and other unique markings and discover the vivid colors offered by our birds.

January 6, 2016 - “The Loggerhead Shrike’s Life Story”
Join us for an incredible photo journey detailing the life of the Loggerhead Shrike. Come and actually see why this diminutive bird is nicknamed the Butcher Bird.

January 20, 2016 - “The Birds and the Bees (And the Butterflies too!): The
Inner World of Plant Sex”

Learn about plant pollination through an engaging lecture featuring interactive
origami to learn the parts of butterflies and plants.

February 3, 2016 - “The American Alligator: A Rare Success Story”
The story of an endangered animal saved from extinction. Find out why we need alligators, how they became endangered, and what we did to save them from
extinction.

February 17, 2016 - “Opossums and Skunks
Our own “Creepy Crawly” girl is at it again with a new and exciting topic. Learn about some misunderstood and under-appreciated creatures that frequent our area.

March 2, 2016 - “From Reintroduction to Migration Tracking”
Southern Michigan Ospreys were absent for decades due to pesticide use and habitat destruction. Due to the efforts of many groups, these magnificent raptors are now flourishing and we are using high tech equipment to track their migration through Florida, with the FL Keys being their launch site to Latin America.

March 16, 2016 - “Trek Among the Tracks: Storytelling through Deciphering Animal Tracks”
Many of you have probably seen an animal track at some point, and many of you may have been able to identify that track, but were you able to figure out where that animal was going, whether it was running or walking, or what it was doing at the time? Learn not only how to identify tracks, but how to tell a story about the tracks as well.

March 30 2016 - “Ethnobotany and the Plants at Green Cay”
Ethnobotany is the study of people and plants. Ethnobotanical uses for these plants include food, fiber, medicinal, housing, construction, and miscellaneous uses (toys, tools, ceremonial, etc). We will discuss forty-one ethnobotanical plants that make up the Green Cay Wetlands. A slideshow will examine each one and after the presentation we will go outside and you will be shown these plants along the one mile boardwalk.

April 6, 2016 - “The Art of Observation”
Have you ever wondered how some photographers seem to always get the shots of the otters or the bobcats, or how they are able to spot a bird so well hidden and camouflaged in the bushes? Join us for this presentation to learn more about the patience, curiosity, and observation that goes into wildlife watching.

April 20, 2016 - “Talking Trash and Taking Action”
Join us for a brand new take on Marine Debris Awareness as we celebrate Earth Day and learn not just how you can help, but why you should.

 These easy paced programs are designed for adults 50 and over  with a desire to learn more about our environment.

Wednesdays at 1:00 pm
Cost per person / per program is $5
Reservations are required. Sign up at the front desk or call 561-966-7000.