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.
January 16, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Exploring The Ice Age Trail
Natalie Dorrler, Associate Director of Development, Riveredge Nature Center
Abstract: The Ice Age Trail is an incredible natural asset for Wisconsin! Over 1,100 miles long, the trail winds through some of the state’s most beautiful areas and showcases the geological history that makes these areas unique. Over a million people hike and explore some part of the trail each year, but only about 40 people have ever hiked the whole trail in one thru-hike. As luck would have it, Natalie Dorrler, Riveredge’s Associate Director of Development is one of them!
Natalie hiked the trail over the course of 68 days in 2014. She will share the challenges met and insights gained as a thru-hiker, as well as be able to answer any questions you might have about the trail!
Host: Riveredge Nature Center
February 20, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Milwaukee Riverkeeper Citizen-based Water Quality Monitoring Program
Abstract: 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
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