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Thursday Night Nature Summer 2024 Discount Bundle

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Thursday, July 11 7:00 pm
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Thursday, July 11 8:00 pm

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Summer savings are coming to you for Thursday Night Nature! The full class bundle is available for an extra discounted price of $90, which equals two free lectures.

The Preserve is proud to announce the continuation of Thursday Night Nature. In the same vein as our popular Winter Lecture Series, the Preserve will host a guest lecturer 7 pm – 8 pm every Thursday for eight weeks, beginning July 11. Using Zoom Webinars these all-virtual lectures will feature an impressive list of experts from across the country.

All programs will be recorded and shared for a short time with all registrants. If you can’t join us LIVE, register and watch when you can during the allowed time.

Online registration for this program bundle closes on July 11 at 5:00 pm.

Additional Information: Online registration for this program closes at 5:00 pm on the date of the program. Zoom invitations will be sent out after this time to the email used to register for the event. The link will come from lauricella@bhwp.org OR education@bhwp.org.

The series features presentations by regionally renowned experts who address a wide range of topics related to natural history, biodiversity, ecological gardening, native plants and native wildlife.

All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom.

Thursday Night Nature: Climbers and Creepers: Vines with Ethan Kauffman (July 11, 2024)

Give your garden more dimension by adding native vines. These climbing, creeping or trailing plants can become a textural backdrop for other plants and can be used in a variety of ways. Bonus: many vine species offer food for birds and other wildlife.

Ethan Kauffman currently serves as Natural Lands’ first director of Stoneleigh: a natural garden and 42-acre former estate located in Villanova, PA, which opened to the public in 2018. He developed his love of the natural world exploring the Susquehanna River hills in Southeastern PA. He cultivated his horticultural perspective over two decades of gardening in the deep South, including as director of Moore Farms Botanical Garden, where he led the transition from a private pleasure garden to a public botanical garden. Drawing on influences from both regions, Kauffman enjoys creating a garden experience at Stoneleigh that inspires others to garden for beauty, biodiversity and the health of our planet.

 

Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom. They will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers for a short time.

Original price was: $15.00.Current price is: $12.99.

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Thursday Night Nature: Soils and Natives 101 What is the nature of their relationship? with Mark Brownlee (July 18, 2024)

Soil and native plants are an inseparable pair supporting each other literally and metaphorically. How does this relationship work? Join ecologist and botanist Mark Brownlee for an up-close look at this relationship. We will discuss simple approaches to improve your soil and your success with native plants.

Mark Brownlee is a principal with ArcheWild, a science-based ecological restoration firm. He also functions as the head ecologist for WildLawn, a regional firm dedicated to applying ecological restoration principles in the home landscape. Brownlee frequently provides training to landscape architects and civil engineers throughout the mid-Atlantic. He holds a B.S. and an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon.

Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom. They will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers for a short time.

Original price was: $15.00.Current price is: $12.99.

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Thursday Night Nature: Transforming a Suburban Yard into Native Habitat with Kirsi Bhasin (July 25, 2024)

Winner of Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s 2024 Land Ethics Symposium Award for Individual Best Effort, Kirsi Bhasin shares a 3-year journey of transforming her property into a haven for native plants and wildlife. She will take us through the metamorphosis of removing seven truckloads of invasives and 40+ trees (only one was healthy), installing a native plant meadow and planting over 1,000 additional native plants.

Kirsi Bhasin is the winner of Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s 2024 Land Ethics Symposium Award for Individual Best Effort. She is currently completing the Rutgers environmental steward program and became a member of her local township’s environmental commission last year. She is an author deeply attached to all the native, some rare or endangered, wildlife and plants that call her property home.

Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom. They will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers for a short time.

Original price was: $15.00.Current price is: $12.99.

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Thursday Night Nature: Honoring our Past, Protecting Our Future with Melissa Davis (August 01, 2024)

The Davis Croft Farm, aka Faraway Farm, has a long history dating back to the 1700s. Neighboring the Preserve’s land, much of the farm’s rich history was unearthed for the first time while working to restore its 110-acres. Today the challenges of restoring and preserving this space —scenic roadway, preserved agricultural lands and protected ecosystems— from being lost to time and the invasive species that have run rampant are underway. Come and explore the journey of the past as we work to ensure its future.

Melissa Davis is a senior managing director at Accenture. With more than 25 years in the industry, she previously worked at PCC and GE Aviation across the supply chain and manufacturing functions, globally. Having gained a dual master’s at Tufts University in urban and environmental policy and hazardous materials engineering, Davis also brings deep expertise in both EH&S and sustainability. New Hope is the family’s 14th move and with it their largest restoration project to date.

Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom. They will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers for a short time.

Original price was: $15.00.Current price is: $12.99.

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Thursday Night Nature: Symbiosis in Flight: The Butterfly-Host Plant Connection with Grace Lenart and Meryl Callaway (August 08, 2024)

Every summer, the Preserve is proud to offer internship opportunities to some up-and-coming industry professionals. Each comes to the Preserve with a unique set of skills and interests. Throughout the summer they experience the full gamut of the Preserve’s offerings and mesh their interest with their learnings. In their installment of Thursday Night Nature, they will explore how butterflies and plants interact throughout their life cycle and why it’s important for the ecological community. Learn how to support this symbiosis through plant selection and placement in your garden between butterfly species and host plants at the Preserve, such as pipevine swallowtail butterflies (Battus philenor) and Dutchman's pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla) as well as Baltimore checkerspot butterflies (Euphydryas phaeton) and white turtlehead (Chelone glabra).

Grace Lenart is a consistently soil-laden horticulturist, artist and devotee to all things verdant. Before arriving at the Preserve, she received a B.S. in horticulture with a minor in horticultural therapy from Temple University. She facilitated nature-based wellness groups for students on campus, conducted research on environmental divers of herbaceous distribution across a disturbed forest at the Temple Ambler Field Station and worked as a student gardener at the Ambler Arboretum. Using her background in plant identification, passion for art and interest in advocating for others, Lenart aims to make a meaningful impact on the Preserve that will benefit visitors for years to come.

Meryl Callaway is an environmentalist and avid nature lover from Yardley, PA. Before joining the Preserve, she graduated with a degree in environmentalscience from the University of Vermont, concentrating in conservation biology and biodiversity and minoring in geospatial technologies. Through her research, Callaway worked to quantify the spatial extent of biological hotspots and their relationship with preserved forest areas of VT. At the preserve, she looks forward to furthering her understanding of ecosystem dynamics and becoming more closely involved in the New Hope community.

Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom. They will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers for a short time.

Original price was: $15.00.Current price is: $12.99.

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Thursday Night Nature: Introduction to Phenology, Citizen Science, and Nature's Notebook with Samantha Brewer (August 15, 2024)

As the seasons progress, we observe changes in the natural world. Phenology is the study of the patterns of these seasonal changes. Derived from the Greek word meaning “to show or make appear,” Phenology studies the first observance each year, be it the emergence of the leaves in the spring, the return of the migratory birds or when our amphibians lay their eggs. We will discuss the study and applications of phenology, how phenology data is collected and what you can do to help researchers learn more about how climate change affects the natural life cycles in the United States.

Samantha Brewer is the volunteer engagement coordinator for the USA-National Phenology Network. She has earned her master's degree in biology from Northern Arizona University and has been an environmental educator for over 12 years. She coordinates with local phenology leaders to strengthen their programs and assist in volunteer recruitment and retention strategies. She also works to identify communities that are underrepresented in the scientific field and offers guidance for them to develop their own local phenology programs that fit the needs of their organizations and produce quality data. Brewer leads the local phenology leader certification course and supports the local phenology leader community of practice.

Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom. They will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers for a short time.

Original price was: $15.00.Current price is: $12.99.

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Thursday Night Nature: Sent-sational Connections with Rowan University (August 22, 2024)

With direct links to emotion and memory, our sense of smell establishes evocative relationships between people and place. Plants use scents to repel predators and aid in critical ecosystem functions like pollination. Fragrant native plants are also integral to the rich ethnobotanical heritage in the Delaware Valley. Many of the aromatic compounds plants emit, when inhaled, support human health and wellness. Located on Rowan University’s main campus in Glassboro, NJ, Westby Wilds, A Native Plant Smell Garden is dedicated to exploring the critical role of scent for people, plants and wildlife. Join us to learn about our creative methods for engaging public audiences about their sense of smell with fragrant native plants.

Located on Rowan University’s main campus in Glassboro, New Jersey, “Westby Wilds, A Native Plant Smell Garden” is dedicated to exploring the critical role of scent for people, plants, and wildlife. This new educational garden creatively links bioregional stewardship and wellness practices through a ‘nose-first’ approach to rewilding our campus. Visitors are invited to savor the fragrance of native plants (stop and smell the Virginia Roses!), ultimately linking the wellbeing of people, plants and wildlife. Join us to learn about our creative methods for engaging public audiences about their sense of smell with fragrant native plants. "

Jennifer Kitson, Ph.D., associate professor of Rowan University, is a cultural geographer who studies social and environmental issues through sensory and aesthetic experience. Kitson’s recent scholarship centers on olfactory geographies, considering the nexus of smell, memory and environmental change.

Donna Sweigart, associate professor and department chairperson of Rowan University, is an artist whose
research ranges from 3D modeled and printed functional object installation to large-scale
body adornment and fashion. Her current scholarship focuses on collaborative methods for engaging concepts of the body and space, including as a vehicle for revealing forgotten histories.

Aedan Rosolia is an undergraduate student at Rowan University double majoring in geography and art with a minor in music. He is currently engaged in an ecological gardening certificate from Mt. Cuba Center. Going forward, he hopes to blend art and the environment in landscape design and education.

Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom. They will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers for a short time.

Original price was: $15.00.Current price is: $12.99.

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Thursday Night Nature: PokéPolinators and What Makes the World Go Round with PikaScience (August 29, 2024)

Several franchises of pop culture have derived inspiration from the natural world. The world’s highest-grossing media franchise, Pokémon, is no exception. The cast of PikaScience will explore the plants and pollinators of our world and their fictional counterparts, the inner workings of pollination and why this process is so important. Bring your beekeeping suits, gardening trowel, favorite seeds and PokéBalls as well as dive into more than just the birds and the bees.

The PikaScience Podcast channel is home to several podcasts all focused on looking at the intersection of gaming and science. This includes the flagship show PokéScience, the child-focused and child-made Lyla's Lessons, the Dungeons and Dragons show BenRichten's Guide to Monsters and Lore, the econ-focused PokEnomics, the ecologists' favorite EcologyXP and more. The cast interviews experts from across the globe and works to educate listeners on a variety of topics. Going into its seventh birthday, the show has presented at Fan Expo, DragonCon, ColossalCon, Wizards Con, Galaxy Con, Metrocon and many more conventions across the country.

Brittany Morrison received her RN, BSN and BA in psychology from Kent State University. She is currently pursuing an MSN in forensic nursing at Aspen University. She has worked as a nurse for 10 years and has spent the last seven years with a focus in emergency medicine.

Jared Beuschlein’s background focuses on invasive species and botany. He has a BS in biology with a focus on ecology and conservation and a MS in crop science, focused on invasive species management in prairie grasslands.

Chelsea Conner is a herpetologist, artist and graduate student at San Francisco State University from the Commonwealth of Dominica in the Caribbean. She has worked on the diet overlap between the native and invasive species of anole on her home island as an undergrad and is excited to continue her work as a grad student looking at Caribbean biogeography and Lesser Antillean reptiles. Conner loves anoles and as a science communicator has co-founded #BlackBirdersWeek with BlackAFinSTEM.


Maddison Collins is finishing her third Master's in education administration and has a background in cognitive psychology. She's the executive producer and co-founder of PikaScience (previously PokeScience) and is involved in various nonprofit and political work. A mother of two little girls—one who is part of the PikaScience cast—and the dungeon master (creative director) for the Flaming Dice Podcast, she prides herself in creating inclusive spaces for all.

Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom. They will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers for a short time.

Original price was: $15.00.Current price is: $12.99.

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Program Fee: $90 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

Additional Information: Online registration for this program closes at 5:00 pm on the date of the program. Zoom invitations will be sent out after this time to the email used to register for the event. The link will come from lauricella@bhwp.org OR education@bhwp.org.

The series features presentations by regionally renowned experts who address a wide range of topics related to natural history, biodiversity, ecological gardening, native plants and native wildlife.

All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom.