Date(s) & Time(s)::
July 31, 2014 at 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM
August 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 South Calhoun St.
Bring your lunch and join us for an entertaining “garden moment” at the Conservatory on the last Thursday of each month. Speakers offer interactive programs on a variety of botanical or ecological topics. Free coffee and tea will be provided. Regular Conservatory admission applies. Members and volunteers are free.
Plants & Their Living Relatives
Thursday, July 31, 12 – 1 pm
As you hike in the woods or follow a meandering stream, you’ll likely discover clumps of ferns and clusters of horsetail along the water’s edge. Go back in your time machine to the Coal Age (Carboniferous Era) some 300 million years ago, and relatives of these diminutive plants would tower over you as giants of the forest. Coal Age species no longer exist, but their fossil remains are abundant in coal deposits around the world. Join Dr. Larry Yoder from Goshen College and examine examples of fossilized roots, stems and leaves of Coal Age plants and compare them with living relatives. Included will be photos from a fossil dig in eastern Kentucky that revealed nearly 20 feet of Lycopod root. Can't wait to see you there! Bring a sandwich or stop in at the Bagel Station Café. Free coffee and tea. A Conservatory program fee applies at the door: $5 for an adult, $3 for a child age 3-17, Conservatory member or volunteer.
Thursday, August 28, 12 – 1 pm
Within the past 15 years, Conrad Getz has attracted over 1,000 people to his bird sanctuary and educated them about these warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates. A bird of particular interest is the bluebird. Related to the American Robin, bluebirds are part of the Thrush Family and about the size of a small sparrow. Learn when and where to place bird feeders in your backyard to attract bluebirds, the dos and don’ts of raising them and how to properly monitor a nest with eggs. Any general questions regarding birds can also be taken during this presentation. Can't wait to see you there! Bring a sandwich or stop in at the Bagel Station Café. Free coffee and tea. A Conservatory fee applies at the door: $5 for an adult, $3 for a child age 3-17, Conservatory member or volunteer.
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