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


November 21, 2017 – 7:00 PM

Timber Wolf Ecology and Conservation

Sara Wyrick
Abstract: Join WDNR volunteer carnivore tracker, Sarah Wyrick, to learn more about the Timber Wolf Alliance (TWA). It’s an educational outreach organization that uses science-based information to promote an ecologically-functional wolf population within suitable habitat in the Upper Midwest.  During her undergraduate research Sarah studied wolf behavior throughout the Central Forests of Wisconsin. She’s currently a microbiology technician for Geneva Laboratories, LLC in southern Wisconsin.
Host: Riveredge Nature Center

December 19, 2017 – 7:00 PM

Protecting our Groundwater Supply: How Richfield is Doing it and Why

Dr. Douglas S Cherkauer
Abstract: Hydrogeologist and resident Dr. Douglas S Cherkauer has been working with the Village of Richfield on a comprehensive groundwater monitoring program for more than a decade. In order to assure that the groundwater resource that supplies all of Richfield residents with water will always be sufficient, the community developed a unique, three part program to protect its water supply. The program involves: 1. land use planning 2. bimonthly monitoring of water levels in wells and waterways and 3. an ordinance that requires new developments to assess their water needs in advance.
Host: Lac Lawrann Conservancy

January 16, 2018 – 7:00 PM


Host: Riveredge Nature Center

February 20, 2018 – 7:00 PM

Milwaukee Riverkeeper Citizen-based Water Quality Monitoring Program

Cheryl Nenn
In 2006, Milwaukee Riverkeeper established our citizen-based water quality monitoring program and to date has trained over 400 volunteers to test water quality in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers and their tributaries.  Currently, we have 95 volunteers monitoring over 100 river and stream stations throughout the Milwaukee River Basin, making our program one of the largest citizen science water quality programs in Wisconsin. We monitor for many different parameters, including bacteria, chloride, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and phosphorus. Data from our program is shared directly with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and is used by biologists in making management decisions, including evaluating rivers for inclusion on the State’s list of Impaired Waters.  In addition to baseline monitoring, we have expanded our program to include other citizen science programs including road salt monitoring, emerging contaminant monitoring, and native mussel monitoring.  Within this talk, we will give an overview of our program as well as present case studies of how we have used citizens to effectively collect valuable data and affect water policy.
Host: Lac Lawrann Conservancy

Future Dates

March 20, 2018 – Riveredge
April 17, 2018 – Lac Lawrann
May 15, 2018 – Riveredge
June 19, 2018 – Lac Lawrann
July 17, 2018 – Riveredge
August 21, 2018 – Lac Lawrann
September 18, 2018 – Riveredge
October 16, 2018 – Lac Lawrann
November 20, 2018 – Riveredge
December 18, 2018 – Lac Lawrann

  1. Nov 28
    Nature Arts and Crafts
    November 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  2. Feb 20


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