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Evening Course - Wild Things: Toward a More Sustainable Natural Garden

Wagner Free Institute of Science

Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM - Monday, March 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM (EST)

Philadelphia, PA

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Spring 2014 Free Evening Course ~ Botany Series

Wild Things: Toward a More Sustainable Natural Garden 
Professor Karen Snetselaar 

This course runs for 6 weeks: February 10 - February 24, 2014 and March 10 - March 24, 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. 

The idea of a wilder yard isn’t new but there is a resurgence of interest in gardens that resemble natural habitats instead of rows of crops. This course will start by looking at why we have the kinds of lawns and gardens we do, and then consider alternatives. While there will be practical information about plants that could be used for a more naturally sustainable landscape, the focus of the course will be on helping students assemble the knowledge and resources to manage their own yards and gardens. 

To see a course reading list and complete syllabus, click here. 
To view other courses we are offering this spring, click here.  

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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.

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Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
100 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM - Monday, March 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM (EST)


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Wagner Free Institute of Science

Founded in 1855, the Wagner Free Institute of Science is dedicated to providing free public education in science.  Its programs include free courses and lectures, field trips and lessons for children and museum tours for all ages. The evening science courses are in their 159th year, making them the oldest program devoted to free adult education in the United States. 

The Institute’s Museum houses more than 100,000 natural history specimens, a collection begun by founder William Wagner in the early nineteenth century and expanded by the pre-eminent scientist Joseph Leidy in the 1880s. Completed in 1865, the Institute’s National Historic Landmark building is essentially unchanged since the late-nineteenth century and includes a Victorian Exhibition Hall filled with fossils, shells, minerals and mounted animal skeletons and skins displayed in original wood and glass cabinets. The Museum is open to visitors Tuesdays - Fridays, 9 AM to 4 PM, year-round. Evening and weekend programs are offered during the fall, winter and spring.
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