Spring 2014 Free Evening Course ~ Environmental Science Series
Land and Water: The Changing Hydrology and Ecology of Philadelphia
Professor David Hewitt
This course runs 6 Mondays, March 31 - May 5, 2014, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
At the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St. (20th and Arch Sts.)
This course requires pre-registration and space is limited.
This course will provide a survey of the changing wetlands and waterways of Philadelphia, and how these have interacted with, effected changes in, and been affected by the flora, fauna, and human land use of the region. We will discuss the scientific background of these processes and through case studies gain an understanding of their impact on Philadelphia’s ecosystem.
The Institute’s adult evening courses grew out of the original lectures given by William Wagner at his home. Since its incorporation in 1855, the Wagner's faculty has included distinguished scientists and educators from the many educational and research institutions in the region. Many hold joint appointments with the Wagner and institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, the Academy of Natural Sciences and Temple University. Today the courses are held off-site at a variety of locations throughout the city to make them accessible to a wide audience.
The adult lecture courses are offered on an introductory college level. They are open to anyone seeking an introduction to various areas of the sciences as well as those familiar with the subjects who wish to broaden and update their knowledge. The courses also provide an excellent opportunity for motivated middle and high school students to supplement their current science courses and to help prepare them for further study in these fields at a college level. The courses are appropriate as well for teachers seeking to expand their knowledge