Nature Studies Weekend Workshop

CANCELED DUE TO THREAT OF THUNDERSTORMS

Did you know that Alabama is one of the most biologically diverse states in the nation? There are many plants and animals to discover right here in the Wiregrass area. Landmark Park’s Nature Studies Workshop series is designed to help you learn more about some of the wonders of the outdoor world through hands-on experiences. These classes will include time outside, so be sure to dress for the weather and be prepared to walk on uneven terrain. If you plan to stay all day, you may bring your own sack lunch or purchase a box lunch from us. Registration and prepayment are required and can be made here.

Sessions are held on April 7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Details vary according to class.

Registration and prepayment is required and can be made online. You MUST register online. If you need help registering online, please feel free to call the park at 334-794-3452 and we will be happy to help you.  Be prepared with your class choices and credit card information. Your registration is not complete until you have paid.

All class limits will be observed. Registration is first come first served.

Optional Lunch Break: $10.50 boxed lunch from Atlanta Bread Company. Must preorder and prepay for the lunch.

All Day Session:

Alabama Water Watch Water Quality Certification Interested in learning how to test the water quality of your local streams and rivers? In this class, you will learn how to different water quality parameters, and become receive a certification through the Alabama Water Watch Program! There is a need for trained volunteers to monitor water quality in the Wiregrass area, and you can gain the skills needed to become one of those volunteers. Bill Deutsch will present this workshop. Mr. Deutsch is the co-founder of Alabama Water Watch, and currently serves on its board.  Indoor and outdoor components, so be sure to dress for the weather. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.Limit 15; Members $10; Nonmembers, $15. Classroom.

Morning Sessions:

Pollination Celebration: Mason Bee Workshop Native pollinators are an important part of the Wiregrass ecosystem! Learn all about mason bees and how to help them in this workshop. Taught by Phillip Carter, you will have the chance to identify different types of native pollinators. Phillip  is the Regional Extension Agent for Alabama A&M University and has hosted multiple workshops at Landmark Park. This class takes place entirely outside, so be sure to dress for the weather! 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Limit 30; Members, $5; Nonmembers, $10; Gazebo

Beginning Birdwatching Birds are everywhere, but they can be difficult to identify without practice. In this workshop, you will learn basic skills that can help bird watching easier. Binoculars provided by Landmark Park. The workshop will be taught by long-time birders, Terry and Susan Bishop. They have been part of the Alabama Ornithology Society and for 20 years they were responsible for a section in Alabama for the Federal Breeding Bird Survey program. They realize now that “once a birder, always a birder”! 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Limit 10; Members, $5; Nonmembers, $10; Interpretive Center Deck

Tree Talk: Native Tree Identification Join Ed Lewis and learn how to identify trees native to the Wiregrass area! Ed is a registered forester, timber buyer, and a member of the Alabama Forestry Association Education Committee. Through this class, you will get the opportunity to walk the trails of Landmark Park while strengthening your identification skills. The whole class will take place outside, so be sure to dress for the weather and be prepared for uneven terrain. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Limit 20; Members, FREE; Nonmembers, $5; Amphitheatre (Afternoon session also available)

Rad Reptiles: Herpetology Demonstration Alabama is home to many unique and interesting reptiles. Presenter Jimmy Stiles will introduce you to many of them. This presentation is a great way to learn more about some of the amazing animals that call Alabama home. Jimmy works with the Alabama Natural Heritage Program through Auburn University, and has been involved in herpetology for over 25 years. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Limit 50; Members, $5; Nonmembers, $10; Auditorium (Afternoon session also available)

Afternoon Sessions:

Where in the World? Beginning Geocaching Intrigued by GPS and how to navigate? Geocaching may be right up your alley. Get instruction in operating GPS units, and use them to find hidden waypoints around Landmark Park. Geocaching is done around the world, so this may be the start of a new hobby. This class is taught by Phillip Carter, the Regional Extension Agent for Alabama A&M University. It takes place outside, so be sure to dress for the weather and be prepared to walk on uneven terrain. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Limit 30; Members, $5; Nonmembers, $10; Gazebo

Intro to Citizen Science Are you curious about how the observations you make everyday might be used for scientific research? Citizen science may be of interest to you! Learn how different organizations want your observations to help provide data about the world. Dr. Gary Manfready will introduce you to different citizen science programs and how you can get involved. Dr. Manfready is a member of the North American Bluebird Society and maintains multiple bluebird trails in Houston and Dale County. 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Limit 20; Members, $5; Nonmembers, $10; Auditorium

Tree Talk: Native Tree Identification Join Ed Lewis and learn how to identify trees native to the Wiregrass area! Ed is a registered forester, timber buyer, and a member of the Alabama Forestry Association Education Committee. Through this class, you will get the opportunity to walk the trails of Landmark Park while strengthening your identification skills. The whole class will take place outside, so be sure to dress for the weather and be prepared for uneven terrain. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Limit 20; Members, FREE; Nonmembers, $5; Amphitheatre (Morning session also available)

Rad Reptiles: Herpetology Demonstration Alabama is home to many unique and interesting reptiles. Presenter Jimmy Stiles will introduce you to many of them. This presentation is a great way to learn more about some of the amazing animals that call Alabama home. Jimmy works with the Alabama Natural Heritage Program through Auburn University, and has been involved in herpetology for over 25 years. 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Limit 30; Members, $5; Nonmembers, $10;  Classroom (Morning session also available)

07 Apr

Where: Landmark Park
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Prices vary
Category: Adult Programs