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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

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

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

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

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

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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Demystifying Botany: For New Plant Enthusiasts (Virtual)

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

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

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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12 Tips for Happy, Healthy Trees (Virtual)

March 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm

What are the best ways to care for your trees? How can you make them happy, strong, and long-lived? During this virtual presentation we will focus on what we believe to be the most important actions. Healthy trees in abundance create happy people and a vibrant planet.

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Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Back to the Future: Suther Prairie Nature Reserve

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

After being cared for by generations of the Suther family for generations going back to the 1700s, this relatively undisturbed remnant Piedmont wet prairie on the floodplain of Dutch Buffalo Creek became a “must see” destination over the last two decades for scientists, conservationists researchers and reporters/writers from across the country after being listed in the natural heritage inventory of Cabarrus County.

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April 2021

Keep the Animals Out (Virtual)

April 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mammal browse is one of the biggest challenges that gardeners face. And we all have critters that we are sharing our gardens with, including deer, rabbits, groundhogs, even cats and dogs! The reality is, our gardens are delicious- they are fertilized, irrigated and full of tasty exotic plants, so of course the local wildlife will take delight in eating our hard work. In this fun webinar, author, and horticulturist Brie Arthur, will explain her approach to dealing with unwanted animals.

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Virtual Sims Lecture: Coloring the Conservation Conversation

April 11 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

with Dr. Drew Lanham, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Master Teacher, and Certified Wildlife Biologist, Clemson University Dr. Lanham will discuss what it means to embrace the full breadth of his African-American heritage and his deep kinship to nature and adoration of birds. The convergence of ornithologist, college professor, poet, author and conservation activist blend to bring our awareness of the natural world and our moral responsibility for it forward in new ways. Candid by nature — and because…

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Spring Veggie Garden Prep (Virtual)

April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Are you ready for the growing season? Life-long home gardener Brie Arthur shares expert advice for success in the veggie garden. She will cover everything you need to cultivate an abundant harvest. From seed selection and sowing, to bed prep, fertilization and proper crop rotations, this informative program will inspire attendees to grow all the food they love to eat. Brie will also share tips for maximizing your homegrown harvest through easy to learn processing and preserving techniques. After this session you will be ready to grow like a pro!

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Foodscaping with Native Plants (Virtual)

April 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thoughtful design and management of landscapes is more important than ever as concerns of climate, water quality and invasive plants increase. Brie will discuss how to create a foodscape using native plants mixed with favorite seasonal food crops. The best organic products are featured and easy, earth friendly maintenance strategies are highlighted. Learn about native edible plants and the pollinators they attract that aid in ecological restoration. Get inspired to see the potential every landscape offers by transforming them into purposeful spaces that embrace solutions to modern day landscape practices.

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Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants (Hybrid)

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Through classroom and field demonstrations, students learn the tools and methods needed to identify invasive species and effectively remove them. We'll discuss the most prominent invasive plants in North Carolina and how to identify them by habit and growth form. Then, we'll cover integrated methods for controlling invasive plants on multiple scales.

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Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Bigleaf Magnolia at Redlair Preserve

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Redlair Preserve in the western Piedmont is best known for the charismatic bigleaf magnolia, which has the largest leaves of any tree species in the nation. The Preserve also has an incredible diversity of plant species and vegetation types. Robert Peet will start by describing the Redlair Preserve and then discuss the vegetation pattern across this landscape and the challenges for management. He will then discuss the distribution of bigleaf magnolia across the Southeast and will place it in the context of other rare or geographically disjunct species of the Piedmont. Fisher Stines will then present a summary of his research at NC State University on the distribution, abundance and population structure of bigleaf magnolia across the Redlair Preserve.

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The Anatomy of Shadows: Form and Cast in Watercolor (Virtual)

April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A virtual art class for those looking to deepen their skills. Have you spent time on a sunny day studying shadows and the patterns they create? Have you looked at the soft subtle shadows as a subject turns from the light? Shadows are an important and useful tool for artists to create form as they accurately render their subjects. Shadows can be used creatively to enhance compositions. Join Kate to study and paint shadows in watercolor. The subject and drawing will be provided, students have the option of using their own subject matter. The course will consist of presentations, demonstrations, handouts, and student work time.

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May 2021

Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: How Trees Can Save the World – And What We Can Do to Help

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Our specific reasons may vary, but we all care about this beautiful planet we call home. Sadly, there is a lot changing here on Earth. There are issues developing that could turn our beloved home into a place that is no longer hospitable for us. There is good news: we have simple (but not easy) solutions we can implement today. We can look to Nature for guidance. What natural processes created planetary conditions favorable to all members of our planet, including humans, mammals, birds, reptiles, and so forth? 

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Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Monitoring and Management at the Green Swamp Preserve

May 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Learn about how The Nature Conservancy monitors and preserves species like the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris), the endangered rough-leaved loosestrife (Lysimachia asperulifolia), and the Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) in the Green Swamp and other preserves.

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June 2021

Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Pawpaws and Other Native Tree Fruits

June 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Interest in native tree fruits is growing as people are exploring permaculture, homesteading and a renewed attentiveness to food self-sufficiency. Native fruits have less pest problems and are well-suited to the growing conditions of their bioregion. Mary Jac Brennan will talk about pawpaws, American persimmons, chinquapins, and more in time to prepare your site for fall/winter planting.

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Sustainable Solutions to Your Landscape Challenges (Virtual)

June 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Are the trees in your garden maturing, resulting in a change in the level of light (sun to shade) in your garden? Or does your garden have existing mature trees, creating challenges for planting without damaging the roots? If so, this class is for you. Wendy Wenck currently oversees the NCBG Green Gardener Clinic where Garden staff and volunteers have answered gardener's questions about native plants for over 10 years. In this class, Wendy will share case study examples of a couple of these common landscape challenges with potential solutions and will field questions from the audience to help you solve your related landscape challenges. 

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