Educational Presentations

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 2022 Presentations
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November Educational Presentation:
A Naturalist on the Amazon River
by Dr. Roger Boyd |  Nov. 28th (Mon.) 7 p.m.


The Amazon River is the largest river in the world by volume and slightly shorter than the Nile. It is approximately 4,000 miles long. Manaus, a city of 2.5 million is in the center of the Amazon basin about1,200 miles from the mouth. Manaus is where the Rio Negro (blackwater) and Rio Solimoes (UpperAmazon) converge to form twice the volume of river as it is in Peru. This past August Jan and Roger along with fellow Lawrencians, Susan Iversen and Marcia Hawk, four other birdwatchers and two guides explored the area. We travelled 100 mi by boat on the Rio Negro, another 100 mi of the Amazon to Rio Madeiras, climbed two 140 ft tall research towers north of Manaus to the tops of the jungle trees, and explored the 2.5 mill acre Amazona National Park on Rio Tapajos further down the Amazon. Roger will share photos of the trip and some of the 520 species of amazing birds, as well as other animals and plants that they experienced. Come learn about the exciting, colorful creatures that live along theAmazon.


Dr. Roger Boyd received degrees from Baker University, Emporia State University, and Colorado StateUniversity. He taught biology at Baker for 42 years and was Director of the Baker Wetlands for 36 years.Professionally Roger has conducted research on Horned Larks, Snowy Plovers, Piping Plovers, and LeastTerns. He has participated in scientific collecting expeditions with KU Museum of Natural History inChina, Paraguay, and Peru. He designed and carried out the restoration of over 500 acres of wetlands and prairie at the Baker Wetlands. Roger has served on the JAS Board several times since 1976, currently is the field trip chair, and has presented to the group about his travels throughout the new world tropics, England, China, India, and several countries in Africa. In his spare time, he is president of the Baldwin City Tree Board, the Santa Fe Trail Historical Society in Douglas County and serves on theDouglas County Heritage Conservation Council.

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.