2018 Nature & Environmental Programs

The following programs, presentations, and films will be held at the Edwards Family Library, 1420 Price Park Road

Environmental Films

Mon, Sept 24, 6:30-8 pm - Fresh: Sustainable Food Production in America
Hear profiles from farmers, thinkers, food experts, and environmentalists about re-inventing food production in America and how they are achieving it.
Wed, Nov 28, 7-8:30 pm - Journey of the Universe
Join us for the Emmy-award winning film by Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker which weaves a story about the role of humans and the nature of the universe combining astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity. The film is inspired by The Universe Story written by Thomas Berry and Brian Thomas Swimme.

Joint Piedmont Bird Club and T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society Programs

Thurs, Oct 18, 7-8:30 pm - Birds of Southern Africa-Habitats and Conservation
Presented by PBC members Ann Van Sant and Roberta Newton.
Sun, Oct 28, 2:30-4:30 pm - Beginning Birder Workshop: Introduction to Birds and Birding
This introduction to birds and birding, begins with a 45-minute class, followed by bird identification practice around the library. Supervised older children are welcome.

T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society Programs

Thurs, Sept 13, 7-8:30 pm - Feeding the Birds
Barbara Haralson, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, will share facts, fiction and guidelines about feeding birds in our area.
Thurs, Nov 8, 7-8:30 pm – Wild Turkeys of North Carolina
Christopher D. Kreh, Upland Game Bird Biologist for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission will speak about wild turkeys in North Carolina including grouse, quail and turkeys.

Thomas Berry Event

Sun, Nov 11, 3-5 pm - Thomas Berry Award Celebration
The Thomas Berry Award recognizes an individual(s) or organization that has implemented sustainable and outstanding environmental programs or has engaged in re-imagining the human-earth relationship through scholarship, writing, poetry, or the arts. Meet this year’s award recipient and see a new art piece installed to recognize award winners.

Green Reads (pick up a book from the branch prior to the programs)

Fri, Sept 28, 12-1 pm - Local Food Discussion
Join us for a discussion of books focusing on the local food movement and discover options for eating in our area.
Fri, Oct 19, 12-1 pm – Nature and the Brain
Join us for a discussion of the book, Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative. Discover how nature benefits our brains.
Fri, Nov 16, 12-1 pm - Thomas Berry Discussion
Nelson Stover will help lead a discussion of Thomas Berry’s book, The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future. According to Berry, “A truly human intimacy with the earth and with the entire natural world is needed.”
Fri, Dec 14, 12-1 pm – E.O. Wilson Discussion
Join us for a discussion of the books written by E.O. Wilson, and American biologist, researcher, naturalist, and Pulitzer Prize winner. Wilson has been called the “father of biodiversity.”

Triad Chapter of the NC Native Plant Society

Wed, Sept 5, 7-8:30 pm – Plants That Like Their Feet Wet
Learn about considerations of planting around and along ponds, lakes, and streams, including what species work well from Sharon Day of Mellow Marsh Farm.
Wed, Oct 3, 7-8:30 pm – Pruning
Learn about proper pruning times and techniques for trees, shrubs, and cutting back herbaceous species from Tim Hanauer of Earth Graphics Landscaping.
Wed, Nov 7, 7-8:30 pm – Plant Families
Learn about some of the many plant families of the southeastern US from Olivia Lenahan of NCSU.
Wed, Dec 5, 7-8:30 pm – Seeds
Join us to share seeds, photos from the past years observations and edible goodies (store bought) during our winter celebration.

Environmental Education Class

Fri, Oct 26, 9:30 am-4 pm
Flying Wild - Educators, parents, and youth leaders learn hands-on activities to teach youth about birds, birding and the importance of wildlife. Participants can earn EE Certification Credit and CEUs and receive the Flying WILD educator guide along with materials specifically about North Carolina wildlife.

Gardening Program

Wed, Sept 26, 7-8 pm - Discover Permaculture
Permaculture abbreviates “permanent agriculture,” an attempt to recreate the functions of an ecosystem in a human landscape. Learn how Randall Hayes, a newly certified permaculture designer, has been using these principles for the past ten years to transform his suburban yard in Guilford hills into a “food forest.”

Family Nights

Mon, Oct 29, 6:30-7:30 pm - Go Bonkers for Bats
Go batty at learning stations indoors, sample some favorite bat treats, then head outdoors with local bat experts for a bat hunt.
Mon, Nov 26, 6:30-7:30 pm - Constellations and Cocoa
Families enjoy cocoa and night sky activities indoors then venture outdoors with the Greensboro Astronomy Club to enjoy a star-studded evening with their telescopes.

Kids K-5

Sat, Sept 15, 3-4 pm - ecoExplore
Scientists need your help! The NC Arboretum of Asheville will share a cool program that children can do anytime to get outdoors, take photos, and earn prizes. Parents and children enjoy some snacks and learn about this fun citizen science program.
Wed, Sept 26, 4-5 pm - Eat Your Greens
School-aged children say hello to fall, help up plant our winter veggies using season extenders, and taste test local veggies.
Sun, Oct 14, 4:30-5:30 pm - ecoExplore Birds
Come make bird feeders to keep for your yard and learn how to attract local birds. Bring you camera to take photos of birds in the park for ecoExplore program.
Wed, Oct 17, 4-5 pm - Camp Out
School-aged children join us for campfire tales, camping how-to’s and gear demos, Leave No Trace information, and s’mores.
Wed, Nov 7, 4-5 pm - Fall Leaf Hunt
School-aged children come for a fall leaf hunt on the trails and make a placemat with your colorful finds.
Sun, Nov 18, 4:30-5:30 pm - ecoExplore Birds
Children discover our birds in Price Park through a stroll on a Bird Sleuth trail and bring your camera to take photos for ecoExplore. 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Middle School: WINGS Bird Club (to register, email melanie.buckingham@greensboro-nc.gov)

Sun, Sept 16, 2-3:30 pm - Bird Sleuth Trail
Nature loving middle schoolers come for this introductory event to our year-long birding program. Receive bird swag, enjoy some snacks, and apprentice with volunteers from The Audubon and Piedmont Bird Club.
Sun, Oct 14, 2-3:30 pm - Backyard Birds
Nature loving middle schoolers, munch on snacks, discover birds in our range, make birdfeeders to keep in your yard, and bird with volunteers from The Audubon and Piedmont Bird Club.
Sun, Nov 18, 2-3:30 pm - Habitats
Nature loving middle schoolers, nibble on some snacks, participate in Project Feeder watch, and bird in different habitats in Price Park with volunteers from The Audubon and Piedmont Bird Club.

High School (ages 15 and older): Environmental Service Learning

Earn service learning hours by participating in our program offered on Monday nights from 6-8 pm. Meet environmental experts, engage in field science, assist with library programs, attend environmental field trips, and help with environmental conservation projects in the community.
Kickoff: Mon, Aug 20th 7–8 pm.
Next meeting: Sept 10