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Tween: Plant-A-Pot

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room

Tweens (Ages 9-13):  Plant-A-Pot.  Take one flower pot, add soil, water, and a plant or two, and what do you get?  Instant springtime, and maybe a great early Mother’s Day gift!

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Teen: Plant-A-Pot

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room

Teens (Ages 13-18):  Take one flower pot, add soil, water, and a plant or two, and what do you get?  Instant springtime, and maybe a great early Mother’s Day gift!

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North to Alaska

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Huber Heights
Meeting Room

North to Alaska: Cruising the Inside Passage - When naturalist John Muir first visited Glacier Bay in Alaska in 1879 he had no words to describe the beauty of the landscape that he saw.  The sheer magnificence of the snow covered mountains and gleaming icy glaciers that surrounded him helped John see that he truly was in a special place of sanctuary.

 Tom Hissong, retired Education Manager for the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, had the opportunity of a lifetime to visit Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve on a cruise in Alaska’s spectacular Inside Passage.  Tom traveled and worked for two summers as Guest Alaskan Onboard Naturalist on Holland America’s MS Noordam cruise ship.  Starting at the Port of Vancouver Tom traveled north to Alaska through some of the most beautiful waterway passages in the world.  The cruise offered the opportunity to stop at several Alaskan ports including Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Haines and Seward.  Tom observed and photographed a rich diversity of wildlife including Bald Eagles, Humpback and Killer Whales, Moose, Alaskan Brown Bear, Black Bear, Sea Otters, and more.  Join Tom when he shares his Alaskan experiences through a colorful PowerPoint presentation and his stories.  

 

Tom Hissong has been an Interpretive Naturalist/Environmental Educator in Dayton area for nearly 41 years.  He retired from his position as Education Manager at the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm in 2017.  Previously he worked with Five Rivers MetroParks and the Dayton Museum of Natural History.  Tom graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. degree in Environmental Education/Field Biology in 1976.  He is well known throughout the Dayton area for his expertise in ornithology and bird watching, and for his enthusiasm in teaching classes on natural history topics to all ages.  


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Conservation Kids Connecting with Living Libraries

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Belmont
Meeting Room
Conservation Kids is a family based program designed to get families out in nature. This time, however, we are bringing nature to you. It might seem like a strange idea to bring nature into a library but where else can everything to know about nature be found? Libraries and Conservation Kids help us to learn about nature. They show us why and how we should help. They give us the power to make the world we live in a better place.
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Cafe Sci

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
The Eichelberger Forum, 1st Floor
Explore science in a relaxed atmosphere with friends and neighbors from the Miami Valley.  Increase your science savvy and join an open discussion following the topic introduction.  

Dr. Ryan McEwan of the University of Dayton will share about "Rewilding Suburbia."

Suburbia in the United States is a huge and growing landscape that receives little attention from those interested in sustainability and the outdoors who often remain stuck with an old fashioned idea of nature being "pristine" and "out there" - the indelible mountains, hidden rainforests and sacred seas.  I believe that suburban landscapes are places with tremendous potential for ecological rejuvenation and rewilding that can both benefit the planet and transform perceptions of the natural world.  Rewilding Suburbia places the ability to "do something about biodiversity" into the hands of citizens and creates the possibility for shifting conversations and consciousness.  In this talk I will argue for my vision for Rewilding Suburbia and, through a series of case studies, show ways this is already happening around us, here in the Miami Valley.

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Rain Barrels, Native Plants & Pollinators, oh my!

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Brookville
Community Room

The services the Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District provides is one of the best kept secrets in the area!  Come find out what it has to offer you with rain barrels, native plants  & pollinators to beautify your yard while helping the environment!  We'll discuss where to find what you need, how rain barrels help you save water and money, and how to invite butterflies and other pollinators to your yard!

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The World of Native Plants and Birds

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Huber Heights
Meeting Room

Birds use native plants for food resources, nesting materials, nest placement, year-round habitats to live in and much, much more.  In turn, birds provide plants with a means to spread their seeds, protection from hungry caterpillars and insects, and other factors of ecological importance. The many interesting connections between plants and birds are strong and well developed.  Tom Hissong, Education Coordinator at the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, will present a colorful PowerPoint program on the fascinating relationships between native plants and birds and how often times one group could not exist without the other.  A special discussion will focus on the use of native plants to enhance our home landscapes for birds.  

Tom Hissong has been an Interpretive Naturalist/Environmental Educator in Dayton area for nearly 41 years.  He retired from his position as Education Manager at the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm in 2017.  Previously he worked with Five Rivers MetroParks and the Dayton Museum of Natural History.  Tom graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. degree in Environmental Education/Field Biology in 1976.  He is well known throughout the Dayton area for his expertise in ornithology and bird watching, and for his enthusiasm in teaching classes on natural history topics to all ages.  


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Animals Alive

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room
Get up close and personal with animals from the Boonshoft Museum's Live Animals Department. Learn about their habits and behaviors during this fascinating conservation-based presentation. This program is appropriate for children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade.
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Wild Edibles and Foraging Class

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Belmont
Meeting Room
Edible Plant Basics:  For over 2 million years humans have fed and healed themselves by harvesting plants. Learn to identify and harvest local wild edibles. Visual and hands-on identification will help you feel confident in correctly locating and utilizing our natural bounties. Start tasting what you're missing while improving your self-sufficiency in the wild. Join David Harper Jr, an American naturalist, tracker, survivalist and author from Dayton, Ohio where he runs the Elk Trail School of Self Reliance.
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Animals Alive

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Children's Creativity Space, 1st Floor
Get up close and personal with animals from the Boonshoft Museum's Live Animals Department. Learn about their habits and behaviors during this fascinating conservation-based presentation. This program is appropriate for children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade. 
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Hunters of the Sky

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
West Carrollton
Community Room
Have you ever looked up to the sky and wondered what birds you saw zooming overhead?  In this program, learn about three types of Ohio native raptors, a hawk, falcon, and owl and meet live educational ambassadors from the Glen Helen Raptor Center up close.  Be sure to bring your camera!
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Conservation Kids Connecting with Living Libraries

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Burkhardt
Meeting Room
Conservation Kids is a family based program designed to get families out in nature. This time, however, we are bringing nature to you. It might seem like a strange idea to bring nature into a library but where else can everything to know about nature be found? Libraries and Conservation Kids help us to learn about nature. They show us why and how we should help. They give us the power to make the world we live in a better place.
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Owl Babies

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Electra C Doren
Conference Room
Whoooo is that owl?  Meet two live owls from the Glen Helen Raptor Center, and listen to a story about owls you may find in your very own backyard during this fun filled story time program.  
(suggested 2-10yrs)  
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Conservation Kids Connecting with Living Libraries

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Northwest
Community Room B
Conservation Kids is a family based program designed to get families out in nature. This time, however, we are bringing nature to you. It might seem like a strange idea to bring nature into a library but where else can everything to know about nature be found? Libraries and Conservation Kids help us to learn about nature. They show us why and how we should help. They give us the power to make the world we live in a better place.
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Conservation Kids Connecting with Living Libraries

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Children's Creativity Space, 1st Floor
Conservation Kids is a family based program designed to get families out in nature. This time, however, we are bringing nature to you. It might seem like a strange idea to bring nature into a library but where else can everything to know about nature be found? Libraries and Conservation Kids help us to learn about nature. They show us why and how we should help. They give us the power to make the world we live in a better place.
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Conservation Kids Connecting with Living Libraries

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Huber Heights
Meeting Room
Conservation Kids is a family based program designed to get families out in nature. This time, however, we are bringing nature to you. It might seem like a strange idea to bring nature into a library but where else can everything to know about nature be found? Libraries and Conservation Kids help us to learn about nature. They show us why and how we should help. They give us the power to make the world we live in a better place.
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The World of Native Plants and Birds

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Northmont
Council Chambers

Birds use native plants for food resources, nesting materials, nest placement, year-round habitats to live in and much, much more.  In turn, birds provide plants with a means to spread their seeds, protection from hungry caterpillars and insects, and other factors of ecological importance. The many interesting connections between plants and birds are strong and well developed.  Tom Hissong, Education Coordinator at the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, will present a colorful PowerPoint program on the fascinating relationships between native plants and birds and how often times one group could not exist without the other.  A special discussion will focus on the use of native plants to enhance our home landscapes for birds.  

Tom Hissong has been an Interpretive Naturalist/Environmental Educator in Dayton area for nearly 41 years.  He retired from his position as Education Manager at the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm in 2017.  Previously he worked with Five Rivers MetroParks and the Dayton Museum of Natural History.  Tom graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. degree in Environmental Education/Field Biology in 1976.  He is well known throughout the Dayton area for his expertise in ornithology and bird watching, and for his enthusiasm in teaching classes on natural history topics to all ages.  


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Conservation Kids Connecting with Living Libraries

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
East
Meeting Room
Conservation Kids is a family based program designed to get families out in nature. This time, however, we are bringing nature to you. It might seem like a strange idea to bring nature into a library but where else can everything to know about nature be found? Libraries and Conservation Kids help us to learn about nature. They show us why and how we should help. They give us the power to make the world we live in a better place.
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The World of Native Plants and Birds

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Burkhardt
Meeting Room

Birds use native plants for food resources, nesting materials, nest placement, year-round habitats to live in and much, much more.  In turn, birds provide plants with a means to spread their seeds, protection from hungry caterpillars and insects, and other factors of ecological importance. The many interesting connections between plants and birds are strong and well developed.  Tom Hissong, Education Coordinator at the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, will present a colorful PowerPoint program on the fascinating relationships between native plants and birds and how often times one group could not exist without the other.  A special discussion will focus on the use of native plants to enhance our home landscapes for birds.  

Tom Hissong has been an Interpretive Naturalist/Environmental Educator in Dayton area for nearly 41 years.  He retired from his position as Education Manager at the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm in 2017.  Previously he worked with Five Rivers MetroParks and the Dayton Museum of Natural History.  Tom graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. degree in Environmental Education/Field Biology in 1976.  He is well known throughout the Dayton area for his expertise in ornithology and bird watching, and for his enthusiasm in teaching classes on natural history topics to all ages.  


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Owl Babies

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Northmont
Community Room
Whoooo is that owl?  Meet two live owls from the Glen Helen Raptor Center, and listen to a story about owls you may find in your very own backyard during this fun filled story time program.

(suggested 2-10yrs)  
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Conservation Kids Connecting with Living Libraries

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Electra C Doren
Conference Room
Conservation Kids is a family based program designed to get families out in nature. This time, however, we are bringing nature to you. It might seem like a strange idea to bring nature into a library but where else can everything to know about nature be found? Libraries and Conservation Kids help us to learn about nature. They show us why and how we should help. They give us the power to make the world we live in a better place.
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