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Education Programs: Adults

Together with our partners, the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve advocates for good stewardship of our natural ecology through restoration and education. We are pleased to host the following programs:

River City Wild Ones

River City Wild Ones programs are held here at the preserve. Newcomers with an interest in native plants are always welcome to attend.

Hometown Habitat

When:       Monday, February 19, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor:  River City Wild Ones
Where:     Bunker Interpretive Center

Hometown Habitat is an environmental, education documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Featured is entomologist, Doug Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the misuse of non-native plants in landscaping sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy provides the narrative thread throughout Hometown Habitat. The message: each individual has the power to conserve resources, restore habitat for wildlife and bring beauty to their patch of earth. A shortened version of this film by Catherine Zimmerman will be shown, followed by a discussion led by RCWO member Nancy Bedell.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Rediscovering Emma Cole’s 19th-Century Grand Rapids Flora

When:       Monday, March 19, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor:  River City Wild Ones
Where:     Bunker Interpretive Center
Speakers: Garrett E. Crow, Visiting Scholar at Calvin College │ Julie Stivers, Author

In 1901 Emma J. Cole published Grand Rapids Flora, a catalogue of plants growing without cultivation in the vicinity of Kent County. Enormous changes have taken place since those “horse and buggy” days, yet her book remains the most complete account of plants specific to our area. Who was this remarkable high school teacher, world traveller, and Kent Scientific Institute botanist? Where were her favorite spots for wildflowers? Do they still exist?

Julie Stivers will speak about the life of Emma Cole. Professor Crow will describe the work he and Dr. Warners are doing with Calvin students to rediscover Emma’s haunts and assess their natural quality today. There are interesting surprises as we don our “sleuthing” hats, grab our hand lenses, and observe the changes over more than 116 years.

Reconciliation Ecology

When:       Monday, April 16, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor:  River City Wild Ones
Where:     Bunker Interpretive Center
Presenter:  Dr. Dave Warners, Calvin biology professor