Get Schooled by Nature

Maybe you've been learning how to tell your silver maples from your reds, or you've been psyched to see the monarchs starting to flutter by on their way down to Mexico, or you've been trying to learn more about those native sparrows on your smartphone bird identification app. Ready to take your knowledge of urban nature a little deeper?

Dive in at the University of Nature, a full day immersion in natural history at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education on Sept. 27 (but hurry, registration closes Sept. 19). You can choose from nine workshops and lectures on a variety of topics including the future of Pennsylvania's forests, raising environmental consciousness through ecocritical art, and the wild world of beetles.

Schuylkill Center Executive Director Mike Weilbacher, who will be talking about the ecology of autumn wildflowers, said the Center intends to deliver this sort of program at least once a year as a way to educate people seeking high quality environmental and ecological information. "If you want deeper information than a nature walk, this is the way to do it," he says.

Cost for members is $45, non-members $50, students $45. Register by Sept. 12 to get $5 off registration.