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Watch artists capture the landscape in real time as you walk the trails, and complete some art projects of your own!
Activities included for adults and children. Vote for your favorite artist, and a panel of judges will select one winning piece to print on a postcard in the Owl's Nest Gift Shop.
Are you an artist interested in signing up? Check out our website for information about artist registration: www.gpnc.org
Inspired by native ecosystems, researchers at The Land Institute are building new agricultural systems that feature perennial grains grown in diverse mixtures. Like the work recounted in Hope Jahren's Lab Girl, this long-term effort is a story of persistent plant science.
Aubrey Streit Krug (Director of Ecosphere Studies) and Tim Crews (Director of Research) at The Land Institute will reflect on the surprising insights and urgent questions that emerge from their research community's study of human relationships to crop plants.
There is an admission fee for this program: $9 general admission, $8 for seniors age 62+; Bring a copy of Lab Girl and receive a $2 discount off your admission fee. Lunch is served from 11 a.m-12:15 p.m. (optional) for $8.
Children of all ages will enjoy listening to a reading of the Big Read companion title Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson, along with other stories and activities at Botanica's Garden Story Time in the Children's Library. After storytime, families are welcome to take a stroll through the gardens and play in the Downing Children's Garden.
Botanica's general admission fees apply: $6 for youth ages 3-12, $9 for ages 13-61, and $8 for seniors age 62+ and military.
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Outdoor enthusiasts, arborphiles, homeowners – anyone, in fact, who lives and breathes on our planet – will find a forest of information at TreeFest about the economic and environmental benefits trees provide. Learn from arborists, foresters, and nursery specialists under the historic autumnal canopy in Sumner County. Hardy Kansas trees will be for sale, including: Bald Cypress, Loblolly Pine, Willow Oak, Oklahoma Redbud, River Birch, and Sycamore. Arborists will be on hand to answer questions and give tours. Nature crafts and activities provided for children.
In addition, we are happy to announce that John Cowan will perform at 4 p.m.; we were able to reschedule his concert that was canceled last spring. As the lead singer and bass player for legendary progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival, John will bring his talented Nashville tribe of bluegrass all-stars to our Loblolly Stage.
Arboretum tours by steward Robin Macy and Soil Sisters/Brothers. Admission $10. Wee ones free if under wing. Pack a picnic or purchase provisions from local food trucks on site. Please leave the pooch at home.
In Lab Girl, Hope Jahren shares some of her joys and challenges as a woman scientist. This panel discussion is your chance to learn more from local women scientists and engineers about their experiences working in this field. Topics to be discussed include funding of science research, work-life balance, the contributions of women to science, and much more. Panelists include:
Laurel Zhang, Director of Education at Exploration Place, will facilitate the panel discussion. Q&A will follow the panel discussion. The panel discussion is free. For those who bring their Lab Girl book, museum admission will be discounted by $2 (per person for up to four people in the group).
Meet Dr. Nancy Jaax and Dr. Jerry Jaax, two Kansas State University veterinarians whose response to an Ebola-related outbreak in 1989 inspired the recently released National Geographic series, The Hot Zone. The limited series is based on the 1994 bestseller by Richard Preston.
Dr. Nancy Jaax and Dr. Jerry Jaax are from Kansas. Both graduated with veterinary medicine degrees from K-State and served in medical defense with the U.S. Army, during which time they became involved in the events depicted in The Hot Zone.