April 20 Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat
Saturday April 20th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Presenters: Steve Dunlap of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Susan Jones, Adaire Krementz
Imagine a fun day in the forest when Blue Bells, Trilliums, Lily of the Valley, Wild Orchids, Jacob’s Ladder, Woodland Poppies, and other woodland flowers are in bloom! Spend a day exploring a woodland forest and adjoining butterfly garden with binocular to identify birds and their preferred habitats, and look for signs of life (rabbits and squirrels, etc.). Learn to identify trees, butterflies, and their host plants via a fun scavenger hunt. Plant “Fire Pinks” ( Silene virginica) and “Blue Phlox” (Phlox divaricata ) among the trees and learn about the other flowering shade plants unique to Arkansas and how native plants fit into the forest ecosystem and tie in with Arkansas History. Learn to incorporate Common Core objectives through activities such as writing a poem using all senses in the forest setting and the fine arts through activities such as printing shirts with collected leaves dipped in paint, to help remember names of trees.
Sign up for this workshop at T.G. Smith Elementary, 3600 Falcon Road, Springdale, AR by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org Bring a sack lunch and a T-shirt For more information visit the website at http://springdalesmith.sharpschool.net/our_school/outdoor_classroom
June 9-14 and June 16-21 Arkansas Audubon Society’s Halberg Ecology Camp -
Is there an 11 or 12 year old in your life who might enjoy hands-on, outdoor study of birds, bugs, snakes, mammals, plants, and rocks? If so, please remember that every summer AAS offers two one-week, sleepover ecology camps at Camp Clearfork in the Ouachita Mountains west of Hot Springs.
Details on Audubon website at www.arbirds.org or contact Executive Director Liz Fulton at email@example.com or 501-663-9380.
September 21-22, 2013 Arkansas Audubon Society’s Adult Natural History Workshop
Mark your calendars for a weekend (Saturday-Sunday) workshop at beautiful Ferncliff Camp in Ferndale, just west of Little Rock. Three of the 2012 workshops will be back by popular demand: Insects in the Scheme of Things with Norm and Cheryl Lavers, Fall Wildflowers with Don Culwell, and Native Tree ID with Eric Sundell. A fourth workshop is brewing—TBA. Registration starts April 1st; meanwhile, save the date: September 21-22, 2013.
Details on the Audubon website at www.arbirds.org or contact Barry Haas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-821-4097.
September 21, 2013 Arkansas Grasslands (and flora) talk by Theo Witsell
Saturday, 4 pm, at the Historic Arkansas Museum. It’s part of the Arkansas Times “Festival of Ideas”. It’s free but apparently you have to register ahead of time. Here is a link for the event: http://www.arktimes.com/general/splash/festival_of_ideas/festival_of_ideas2013.html And one to register for that talk: http://theowitsell-eorg.eventbrite.com/
October 31st thru November 2, 2013 Central South Native Plant Conference
Every three or four years since 1991, gardeners, landscape architects and plant enthusiasts have been treated to one of the most extensive seminars in the nation, the Central South Native Plant Conference.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens will host the conference this year in Birmingham, Alabama.
Over the course of two days, the conference will feature speakers from across the nation, early morning birding, field trips to some of Alabama’s unique outdoor educational spaces and an event at the Birmingham Zoo.
A number of good speakers will be on the program with concurrent sessions, so there is almost always a program that you will find of interest.
For additional information visit: www.bbgardens.org/csnpc