Interesting Programs for High School Age & Up

Interesting Programs for High School Age & Up

Science for Everyone

Science for Everyone is a lecture series to engage, educate and increase public awareness regarding a wide variety of science, history and environment related topics. The programs are for the curious of high school age and older. The presenters give lectures that will both educate and entertain. Beginning January 2017: Science for Everyone will be held the 3rd Tuesday of every month with Riveredge hosting the odd months and Lac Lawrann hosting the even months.

This program is a partnership between Lac Lawrann Conservancy, Riveredge Nature Center and the UWM Field Station.

Fee: FREE ($5 donation suggested) No registration required.


Hand-out from the June 20, 2017 presentation on natural landscaping


April 17, 2018 – 7:00 PM

The Dirt on Soil: Building Soil One Compost Pile at a Time

Angela Curtes, Owner- Grounded LLC
Abstract: The International Year of Soils was declared by the United Nations in 2015, and December 5th has been ushered in as World Soils Day. Why all the attention to the ground beneath our feet?

Join us for a compelling evening exploring the dynamic world of soil and the reasons why it is so important to care for it, support local- sustainable food efforts, and re-create it, with nature, by implementing home and farm compost systems. Come ready to learn Compost 101 for a promising gardening season and to safeguard one of our most threatened natural resources!
Host: Lac Lawrann Conservancy


May 15, 2018 – 7:00 PM

Toxicity of Buckthorn to Amphibians

Dr. Roberto Brenes
Abstract: Dr. Roberto Brenes will discuss the relationship between the presence of the invasive common buckthorn and the decline of amphibian populations in SE Wisconsin. The common buckthorn is widely distributed in southeastern Wisconsin. Its known for producing a secondary metabolite called emodin that produced deformation and mortality on early developing larvae of some amphibian species. Their research at Carroll University in Waukesha, shows that the effect of the emodin depends on the species and developmental stage of the exposed amphibians. Hence, areas where buckthorn is abundant will see declines in certain species population and the increase or permanence of other species, affecting the ecosystem balance.
Host: Riveredge Nature Center


June 19, 2018 – 7:00 PM

Living almost off the electric grid in West Bend: A homeowner’s experience with Solar Power

Peter Gibeau, PhD
Abstract: Three years ago Peter Gibeau invested in solar panels, battery storage and the electronics to run it. Add to that a used EV (Electric Vehicle) powered by the sun, and his midlife crisis is almost complete. The discussion will include developments in solar power around the globe.
Host: Lac Lawrann Conservancy

July 17, 2018 – 7:00 PM

An Evening with Jens Jensen – a Roger Kuhns Monologue

Roger Kuhns
Abstract: What if you could spend an hour chatting with one of your heroes? Kuhns contemplated such a moment in regard to Jensen, father of landscape architecture and founder of The Clearing in Door County, WI. Jensen was a recognized national master of all of these crafts and skills. Join Kuhns as he delves into the words and experiences of Jensen to bring them alive and communicate how this insightful Danish immigrant became an American icon, and a leader of native landscape design and the Prairie Movement. Kuhns is a writer, geologist and sustainologist. He is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker on the Niagara Escarpment.
Host: Riveredge Nature Center


August 21, 2018 – 7:00 PM

The Science Behind the Sip

Cassie Poirier, Technical Services Rep, Sensory Specialist, Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
Abstract: Learn about the exciting role humans play in the sensory evaluation of malt and beer. The industry has an array of analytical tools to evaluate malt and beer quality, but flavor must be evaluated by trained tasters who are relied upon to generate data that informs decisions regarding quality control, quality assurance, and research & development.
Host: Lac Lawrann Conservancy


Future Dates

September 18, 2018 – Riveredge
October 16, 2018 – Lac Lawrann
November 20, 2018 – Riveredge
December 18, 2018 – Lac Lawrann

  1. Jun 9
    Muckin’ in the Mud
    June 9 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Jun 11
  3. Jun 12


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