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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.

Inspired by Nature

When:           Monday, February 16, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Sponsor:       River City Wild Ones
Where:          Bunker Interpretive Center
The Living Green, a film about Danish born Jens Jensen, will be shown. Jensen’s influence on the American landscape helped pioneer the beginnings of the conservation movement. He designed over 600 landscapes for notable clients such as Henry Ford and Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Web of Life Beneath our Feet

When:           Monday, March 16, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor:       River City Wild Ones
Where:          Bunker Interpretive Center
This program will be led by Mike Klug, PhD, retired faculty of MSU Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and former Resident Director of the Kellogg Biological Station.

Mason Bees and Their Houses

When:        Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Sponsor:    River City Wild Ones
Where:      Bunker Interpretive Center
Fee:           $15
This mini program will have you quickly buzzing with success in raising the amazing pollinator mason bees. Bees pollinate 1/3 of our food supply. Historically, we have relied primarily on the troubled honey bee for this job. As science works to help this stressed bee, we can increase the population of gentle-natured, solitary bees like mason bees to provide pollination. This is not a beekeeping program and no prior knowledge of bees is required. Each participant will receive a mason bee house and tube inserts.
Registration is required: e-mail meribethbolt@aol.com and put "mason bees" in the subject line.

Current Threats to our Great Lakes and Wetlands with Some Solutions

When:           Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Sponsor:       River City Wild Ones
Where:          Bunker Interpretive Center
This program will by led by Alan Steinman, PhD. Dr. Steinman is Director and Professor at the Annis Water Resources Institute at GVSU. He has published over 100 scientific articles, with research interests in nutrient cycling in aquatic ecosystems and restoration and algal ecology.