All events are free and open to all. See the descriptions below for details about how to participate. Unless otherwise noted, programs will be held in person at the Carnegie Building at 9th and Vermont in Downtown Lawrence. Virtual presentations will be on Zoom.
Updates to the program schedule will be posted on our Facebook page .
Upcoming 2023 Presentations
January Educational Presentation:
Native Plants in the City: 5 Ideas
by Katie Kingery-Page | Jan. 23rd (Mon.) 7 p.m.
Native plant landscapes in urban settings provide many things: wildlife forage and habitat, especially when part of a larger patch mosaic of habitats; soil+ root system to absorb stormwater and sequester carbon; microclimate adjustment through robust vegetation without irrigation; potential for a psychologically restorative environ; and a place for solitary or cooperative experiences of wonder. Drawing from her projects, the Meadow and Grassland Interview, landscape architect Katie Kingery-Page joins us from Kansas State University to share big ideas to inspire our civic imagination.
Katie Kingery-Page is a licensed landscape architect and associate dean in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design at Kansas State University. Kingery-Page joined K-State as an educator in 2004; she is a professor of landscape architecture.
Kingery-Page’s work explores the value of humanities knowledge for the practice of landscape architecture. Her experience spans sculpture, art theory, ecology, and landscape architecture. After undergraduate education in sculpture and liberal arts at Wichita State University, Kingery- Page studied ecology and art theory through Antioch College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Kansas State University. Prior to teaching, she worked in an interdisciplinary design practice focused upon downtown development.
Kingery-Page’s inclusive placemaking/placekeeping centers on the many ways public space can be restorative to diverse audiences of people. As an engaged scholar, she has collaborated with colleagues, students, and communities to reveal local knowledge that helps people make meaningful decisions about the future of their places. She has a special interest in landscapes of native plants due to their durability and provision of sustained ecosystem services.
February Educational Presentation:
by Jim Bresnahan | Feb. 27 (Mon.) 7 p.m.
The Hawaiian Islands are geographically, geologically and biologically unique. These volcanic islands are the Earth’s most isolated archipelago being 2400 miles from the nearest continent, North America, and 3,000 miles from Polynesia. They are also young, having emerged from beneath the sea about 5 million years ago. Plants and animals were chance arrivals of species that could survive the long ocean journey from the nearest continents. The successful few colonizers
evolved into an array of species unique to Hawaii. Prior to human arrival the only mammal species was a bat and the monk seal. There were no amphibians, reptiles (except sea turtles), mosquitos or ants. The primary vertebrate species were birds. Join Jim for a photographic tour of Hawaii’s natural History and the endemic, indigenous, migratory and introduced bird species of Maui and Kauai.
Jim Bresnahan received a B.A. in Biology from Southern Illinois University, a D.V.M degree from the University of Illinois and a post-doctoral M.S. from the University of Missouri. In addition to three years of veterinary practice in his hometown of Granite City, Illinois, he was University Veterinarian and Director of Veterinary Services at Duke University for 5 years and University Veterinarian and Director of the Animal Care Unit at the University of Kansas for 25 years before his retirement in 2009. He was privileged to be the veterinarian for a rare prosimian primate center while at Duke and a wildlife rehabilitation program while at KU. He was also honored to have served as Jayhawk Audubon Society President from 2018 through 2020.