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February 2021

Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Analyzing the Effects of Urban Noise and Light Pollution on Avian Communities

February 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

With the increase of people moving into urban areas every day, anthropogenic (human-produced) sources of noise and light are having a drastic effect on near and inhabiting wildlife. Birds have been particularly useful to study when looking at these urbanization effects, specifically urban noise and light pollution. Join Lauren Pharr, Master of Science student at North Carolina State University, for a discussion of how urbanization continues to effect local bird species.

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March 2021

Online Series: Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture

March 1 @ 12:00 am
$289

A self-paced, fully-online, six-week course covering the theory, practice, and profession of therapeutic horticulture. Explore how therapeutic horticulture supports human needs, including physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs, and will have the opportunity to research, discuss, and reflect on the people/plant relationship. This course provides a foundation for health and allied health professionals, other practitioners working with people, and interested individuals to learn about this unique therapeutic method.

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Birding 101 (Hybrid)

March 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$52

Join instructors from the New Hope Audubon Society for an introductory course in bird identification, classification, physiology, behavior, and more.

This hybrid course is aimed at bird watchers of all skill levels. Whether you're not sure if that bird at your feeder is a chickadee or a nuthatch or whether you know how to tell ruby-crowned from golden-crowned kinglets, this class will have something for you.

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Beginning Drawing (Virtual Series)

March 4 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$210

An introductory level course of drawing for beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. Includes using a sketchbook for line drawing exercises on seeing to draw, quick sketching, mapping for accuracy, and other basic principles of drawing. This is a live three hour Zoom format class divided into a group session for lecture, demonstrations and group critique with the instructor followed by one on one individual appointments for consultation and problem solving.

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Shade Gardening with Native Plants (Virtual)

March 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$19

A shady garden can brim with wildflowers in spring, offer cool respite in summer and provide habitat in winter. This virtual class will start with a quick overview of gardening in the shade and then focus on plants suitable for such endeavors.

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Carolina Futurescapes: Planning and Planting Climate Resilient Landscapes (Virtual)

March 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$25

In this workshop, participants will learn about and begin to plan their own native-plant gardens. We will learn the basics of creating Carolina Xeriscape gardens, which do not require additional watering and are resilient to extreme heat. Topics include plant selection, site selection, plant care, and color palettes. Participants will develop or refine planting plans for their own climate-resilient gardens.

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Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Mitigating Climate Change through NC’s Natural and Working Lands

March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

North Carolina's Natural and Working Land Action Plan recommends 25 activities that will help increase North Carolina’s resilience to natural disasters and offset greenhouse gas emissions by sequestering and storing carbon. Developed through a stakeholder-driven process, the Action Plan recommends conserving, restoring, and managing lands in six sectors: Agriculture, Coastal Habitats, Floodplains and Wetlands, Forestry, Pocosins, and Urban Lands. It also outlines specific projects for North Carolina’s natural and working lands that sequester carbon, build ecosystem and community resilience, provide ecosystem benefits, enhance our economy, and recommend socially equitable implementation.

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Conservation Gardening 101: Landscaping with Native Plants (Hybrid Series)

March 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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Conservation Gardening 101: Landscaping with Native Plants is a certificate series designed to provide home gardeners and emerging landscape professionals with foundational concepts of landscape design, native species selection, implementation and maintenance of compellingly beautiful and ecologically productive native plant gardens based on conservation principles. 

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Demystifying Botany: For New Plant Enthusiasts (Virtual)

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$19

Do you find yourself confusing your philodendron with your monstera? And what's the deal with all of this Latin? Let's come together, and demystify the world of botany. In this class, we will go over basics of botany, from leaf shape, and plant families. Let's grow our knowledge of plants together.

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Preparing Garden Soil for Native Plants (Virtual)

March 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$19

We will explore basic soil science and learn what we can do to create optimum conditions in your garden for a range of native plants. Learn how to properly test your soil and amend it based on soil test results. Finally, we will explore the best way to build and maintain good soil.

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