2022-23 List of Classes

Identifying Bugs in the Wild
Instructor: Dr. Paul Whitaker
Format: blended
Dates/Times: virtual Monday June 20 7-8 pm; virtual Monday June 27 7-8 pm; in person Saturday July 9 12-4 pm
Location: Wausau, Monk Botanical Gardens & UWSP-Wausau
Elective (6 hours)
Description: The first virtual session will cover basic entomology content, including insect body structure, life stages, life cycles, and ecology. The second virtual session will provide an overview of the diversity of insects associated with land plants and introduce the insect (or photograph) collection project. Ideally, participants will spend some time between the second virtual session and the in-person session to begin working on a collection. The course will conclude with a four-hour in-person session In Wausau at the Monk Botanical Gardens and possibly UWSP-Wausau. This session will include demonstrations of and practice using techniques in collecting, rearing, and identifying insects. It is hoped that participants will feel better equipped to identify insects associated with plants and to understand plant-insect interactions.

Terrestrial Invasive Species Management
Instructor: Emma Neuman
Format: In person
Dates/Times: July 23 10am-2:30pm (half hour lunch on your own)
Location: Heckrodt Wetland Reserve
Elective (4 hours)
Description: Introduction to terrestrial invasive species, including what they are, how they affect the environment, how they are spread, and understanding WI NR 40 rule. We would then learn common invasive species of Wisconsin followed by a hike around Heckrodt to see a handful of invasive species as well as see if students can point some out. Then a combination of inside and outside learning to understand most of the control methods that are possible and which is best for different situations. Returning to the classroom to go over what making a plan would look like. Finally, going outside to do some service learning and work on whatever seasonal species is available.

Moths: The Unknown Pollinators
Instructor: Randy Powers
Format: In person
Dates/Times: July 30  9am-3:30pm (half hour lunch on your own)
Location: UW Oshkosh – Oshkosh Campus Sage 2215
Elective (6 hours)
Description: Moths are usually overlooked, misunderstood, and undervalued. This course will provide insight into the world of moths and their importance in both the animal kingdom and plant kingdom. Explore not only night moths, but also day moths through an examination of their life cycles, predators, habitats, plant uses and contribution as pollinators. Then, head out into the UWO native plantings in search of day moths and discuss important native plant species for planning a moth garden.

Protecting Our Waters
Instructor: Emily Henrigillis
Format: In person
Dates/Times: August 13 10am-2:30pm (half hour lunch on your own)
Location: UW Oshkosh – Oshkosh Campus Sage 2215
Elective (4 hours)
Description: This course will cover how runoff affects water quality, how adding buffers and raingardens can help, and go through the steps to design and build your own native garden for water.  We’ll visit a site and identify good plants for these plantings.

A Look at Native Plant Form and Function
Instructor: Dr. Paul Whitaker
Format: In person
Dates/Times: September 17th 9am-3:30pm (half hour lunch on your own)
Location: UW Oshkosh – Oshkosh Campus
Core Course (6 hours)
Description:  This course will provide you with an understanding of the fundamentals of botany: basic structure of a plant; how woody and herbaceous plants differ from each other; how and why plants are the foundations of food webs; plant adaptations to different environments; and the diverse ways in which plants achieve reproduction, including often by employing animal assistants.

Establishing & Managing Native Plant Communities
Instructor: Randy Powers
Format: In person
Dates/Times: November 12 9am-3:30pm (half hour lunch on your own)
Location: UW Oshkosh Campus
Core Course (6 hours)
Description: The first half of this course will discuss the nine basic essentials to starting a native planting; including an understanding of native plants, how to determine habitat, site preparation, planting, and maintenance. The second half of the course outlines the basic concepts for identifying weed problems, prioritizing weed species and resolving weed issues in a new or existing prairie. Learn how to differentiate between a weedy plant species and an invasive plant species and how to determine the need to take immediate action for one weed problem over another. This course will also go over different methods for controlling weeds through mechanical, chemical and burn management options.

Wisconsin Forests
Instructor: Frank Kirschling
Dates/Times:
December 3, 2022 10am -1:30pm (1/2 hour lunch) at UW-Oshkosh (classroom)
December 10, 10am-noon at High Cliff State Park (field)
(elective – 5 hours)
Description: This course will cover the identification of most tree species found throughout the Wisconsin. We will then discuss the different forest types in Wisconsin with their representative tree, shrub and herbaceous species. We will conclude the classroom session by discussing basic forestry concepts and ecology. The following week, we will tour a mature oak/maple forest. This course will provide a background for restoration ideas for different forest types in Wisconsin.

Native Plant Ecology and Identification
Instructor: Shannon Davis-Foust
Format: Hybrid
Dates/Times: virtual Monday Jan 9th 6-8 pm; in person January 14th 9am-1:30pm (half hour lunch on your own)
Location: UW Oshkosh Campus
Core Course (6 hours)
Description:  This course provides a brief overview of ecosystem ecology, botany and plant physiology as it relates to native plants.  Plant ecology will cover the definition of native, interdependence within native ecosystems, and formation of specialized ecosystems.  Plant identification will emphasize observations of patterns for identification of Wisconsin native plants including annuals, perennials, vines, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees.  Recommended book: Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification by Thomas J. Elpel.

Identifying Native Trees and Shrubs in Winter
Instructor: Danielle Bell
Format: In person
Dates/Times:  February 11th 9am-1:30pm (half hour lunch on your own)
Location: Mequon Nature Preserve
Elective (4 hours)
Description: At first glance, all trees can look the same in winter. However, if you look at them in detail you can identify a tree to species by examining the buds, bark, and site conditions. Each species has a unique bud that holds the future leaves and flowers that will emerge in the spring and they know the ideal time to emerge. First we will look at the anatomy of twigs and how buds can be used to identify woody species. Then we will go outside to look at plants in their environment to look at bark and overall structure of the plants.

Creating a Native Plant Oasis Design Plan
Instructor: Danielle Bell
Format: In person
Dates/Times: March 4th 9am-3:30pm (half hour lunch on your own)
Location: Mequon Nature Preserve
Elective (6 hours)
Description:  To combat the effects of climate change and pollinator decline, we need to incorporate native plants into our home and business landscapes. There is a wide palate of native plants that are capable of handling tough urban environments and provide essential ecological roles. This class will teach students how to understand microclimates of a site and how to properly select the correct native plants for those areas. We will learn which plants provide habitat requirements for specialist insects as well as those that fill large niches to benefit many species from insects to mammals. A portion of the class will be held outside for students to see structure of plants in their natural environment.

Wisconsin Native and Invasive Edible Plants
Instructor: David Langner
Format: In person
Dates/Times: May 6th, July 15th, September 23rd 10am-12pm 2023
Location: Spring – 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Summer – Kaukauna (address coming soon), and fall location TBD
Elective (6 hours)
Description:  This 3 part course will teach you about edible plants that are native and invasive to Wisconsin. We will cover identification of these plants, including toxic plants that can be confused with these plants, where to find these plants, and many way that you can use these edible and otherwise useful plants.

Proposed: Pollinators after Dark
Instructor: Jeffrey Steele
Format: In person
Dates/Times: TBD
Location: Cherokee Marsh
Elective (4 hours)
Description: Celebrate the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths on this class through Cherokee Marsh, Dane County’s largest wetland. Learn about about our native flowers that bloom at night and the insects that pollinate them as well as tips for creating your own native “moth garden.” Afterwards, we will walk through prairies, woodlands, and sedge meadows to ultraviolet light stations and discover the hidden biodiversity of night-flying pollinators!

Proposed: The Prairie in Seed
Instructor: Jeffrey Steele
Format: In person
Dates/Times: October 1 10am-3:30pm (half hour lunch on your own)
Location: UW Oshkosh – Oshkosh Campus
Elective (5 hours)
Description:  The fall is great time to experience the prairie in its final beauty. This course will serve as an introduction to identifying seed-bearing prairie plants. Students will tour a restored prairie and learn techniques to collect and store seeds from various species. Those that attend will also learn from a restoration expert how to break native seed dormancy and grow their own native plants. Students will then have the opportunity to take home their own “mini-greenhouses” of native seeds they collected to include in their home landscaping.

 

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