Waukesha County

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Virtual Programs
Thursday, October 15 - Sunday, October 18, 2020

Learn how Waukesha County uses STEM in the workplace as we celebrate all things science during this virtual statewide festival! There will be programs for all ages and interests. Register by October 14, 2020.

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Programs For Kids

Program Title Date & Time Description Register by Oct. 14
Daisy Program: Make the World a Better Place - Rose Petal

Thursday, October 15

4:00 pm

Learn about making the world a better place with the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Read Rosie’s story and conduct a mock trash sort activity to complete the requirements to earn your rose petal.

Presented by: Kelly Mehring

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Healthy Soils through Composting

Saturday, October 17

11:00 am

Discover the exciting world of soils and a few of the many creatures that live there.  Learn how you can help soils by composting at home, then go on your own exploration for compost critters. 

Presented by: Jayne Jenks

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Videos For Kids
Pre-recorded, watch anytime 
Nearby Nature: Plant Shapes - Earth Week Edition

Learn about the fascinating structure of leaves, flowers and more with Retzer Nature Center Supervisor, Janet. Find out more about plants with seeds!

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Turtles vs Tortoises - Earth Week Edition

All tortoises are turtles, but not all turtles are tortoises! Learn more fascinating facts about these testudine creatures and how to help them.

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Nature Storytime & Craft - Earth Week Edition
 - Reading "What Matters?" by Alison Hughs and Holly Hatam

Enjoy a story about how your actions matter. Then try a nature inspired craft you can do at home, in a park or at school!

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Programs For Adults

 Program Title Date & Time Description Register by Oct. 14
Busting Backyard Invasives

Thursday October 15

8:00 to 8:30 am

live Q&A 8:15 to 8:30 am

 Are you battling buckthorn and tired of grabbing garlic mustard? Looking for the latest and greatest control techniques? Learn tips from the pros on how to manage and control these pesky invaders!  

Presented by: Julia Robson and Samantha Kiser 

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The Power of Pollination

Thursday, October 15

10:00-10:15 am

live Q&A 10:15-10:30 am

Come explore with the naturalists at Retzer Nature Center and learn how the amazing process of pollination helps the plants and animals that live here. Learn tips on how you how can help pollinators in your own backyard with pollinator friendly plants. 

Presented by: Janet Barthel, Jacci Jenks, and Chris Kavalauskas

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Consumption by the Numbers

Thursday, October 15

6:00 pm

We use a lot of finite resources. Discover the numbers behind consumption on a global and nationwide scale and how you can reduce this number. Find out what happens to many of these materials and how recycling helps us manage much of what we consume. Recommended for ages 10+ . 30 minutes.

Presented by: Kelly Mehring

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The Birthplace of Modern Astrophysics

Friday, October 16

1:00 pm

The fascinating history of Yerkes Observatory and how it made its mark in the scientific world. How Yerkes changed the way observatories functioned to the brilliant scientists that walked its halls. Learn about the instruments and achievements of this beautiful Wisconsin landmark.

Presented by: Adam McCulloch

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There's More to the Dark than Meets the Eye

Friday, October 16

3:00 pm

Light pollution is changing our skies and affecting everything from wildlife and astronomy to your wallet and overall health! Learn about the hazards and solutions to this growing problem.

Presented by: Adam McCulloch

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Understanding Soils: What Homeowners Need to Know for their Yards

Saturday, October 17

1:00 pm

Waukesha County has over 100 different unique soil types that affect everything from growing to building.  Learn about the properties of soil and how these affect your lawns, gardens, trees and all things growing in your landscape.  Start improving your landscape by improving your soil! 

Presented by: Jayne Jenks and Kelsey Wallisch

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Understanding Soils:  What Homeowners Need to Know for their Basements

Pre-recorded
watch anytime

Waukesha County has over 100 different unique soil types that affect everything from growing to building.  Learn how the soils on your property affect your basement and foundation.  If you are planning on purchasing land to build on, you need to know what to look for in soils.  If you have already built and are having issues with basement wetness, learn why and actions you can take to help. 

Presented by: Alan Barrows

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Hugging the Hubble: Personal Reflections on the Hubble Space Telescope Pre-recorded
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On the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, Prof. Bob Benjamin of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shares some of his personal reflections on the triumphs and the trials of the Hubble Space Telescope. The title comes from a June 1999 speech by the then-director of NASA, Dan Goldin, to the American Astronomical Society who told the collected astronomers there that they needed to “quit hugging the Hubble Space Telescope”.  Twenty years later, we’re still holding tight, but there are new telescopes on the horizon that we expect will finally supplant the Hubble Space Telescope. 

Hubble 30th Anniversary Website:  https://www.nasa.gov/content/hubbles-30th-anniversary
Presented by: Prof. Robert Benjamin (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater) 
Hosted by: Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium

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Citizen Science: Exploring the Universe Pre-recorded
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Stuck in your house during the pandemic? Want to do something useful for humanity?  Consider getting involved in Citizen Science! From your home, you can help scientists in any number of tasks, from counting penguins to searching for planets.   Prof. Bob Benjamin (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater) will provide some information on the beginnings of Citizen Science, how he’s been helped by citizens in his own past research, and describe some of the current projects available at Zooniverse and how you can get involved. 

Zooniverse website: https://www.zooniverse.org
Presented by: Prof. Robert Benjamin (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater) 
Hosted by: Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium

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