Calendar of Events

Dig into Nature with us! After a successful pivot to virtual events in spring 2020, we have continued with an extensive series of virtual events each semester. Let’s learn new skills and deepen our understanding of the earth together! Watch recordings of 2020-2021 events under "Past Events." For questions, please conctact Kerry Wininger.

  • Local Nature - Live presentations combined with local nature explorations
  • Deep Dives - Live and recorded lectures from experts
  • Learn with a Naturalist - Informal discussions and fun outdoors
  • Building Resilience - Discussions to increase collaboration on resilience to climate change
  • Live from the Field - Conversations with researchers at field stations worldwide


Monday, October 25, 2021

pond covered in algae surrounded by trees

Live from the Field: Freshwater Invasions

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Bring researchers into your classroom and give students a window into the process of scientific inquiry. Join us for an informal chat with researchers studying invasive species in freshwater systems in Ohio, Ontario, Canada and California. Find out who they are, how they got interested in their research, and the scientific questions they are asking. Instructor Guide available.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

bobcat carries prey through wildlife tunnel

Deep Dive: Dangerous Intersection

10:00am to 11:00am

Vehicles and wildlife do not mix well. Thousands of animals are killed on roads, highways, and railways each year and ecosystems are broken into small pieces by this infrastructure. Human lives are also endangered when smaller vehicles collide with large wildlife. In addition to driving attentively, there are things we can do as a society and as individuals. Many states and countries have created crossings over and under major thoroughfares and saved countless wildlife and people from injury. Learn more about these crossings and the data that drives location and design to effectively fit the natural movement patterns of different species. 

Sunday, November 7, 2021

a toddler looks through binoculars on grass

Learn With a Naturalist: Expand a Child's World

10:00am to 11:00am

Nature-deficit disorder is a non-medical diagnosis first publicly described in 2008 by the author Richard Louv. It is now part of our everyday vocabulary. We have raised our awareness, but the problem remains. Children are plugged in: not to the natural world in which they live, but to electronic devices, with potentially dangerous consequences. Suzanne DeCoursey, the Center’s education manager, will give us an overview of the importance of the outdoors, including the research and impact on our children. She will also highlight ways adults can help bring relief to this very real problem.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

a hand holds an ear of corn

Building Resilience: Local Food Systems & Disasters

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Local food systems are more resilient to the kinds of climate disasters that affect transportation and can reduce energy costs, transportation and CO2 emissions. At this event, we focus on how local food initiatives are building community resilience. This is the second event in the 2020-21 North Bay Forward "Building Resilience" monthly speaker series, a year-long conversation to increase community collaboration on resilience to climate change. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

birdbaths made of plates and stones

Local Nature: Create Climate Sanctuary for Backyard Wildlife

2:00pm to 3:00pm

With today’s “new abnormal” of drought, heat domes and an extended fire season, our local wildlife and winged migrants are scrambling to adapt. In this program you’ll learn how to create sanctuary in your neighborhoods for reptiles and amphibians, insect pollinators, bats and birds. Many of these animals have seen their natural ranges, migratory routes, seasonal patterns and ability to reproduce come under serious climate threat. We’ll use current climate-change information to design effective backyard wildlife shelters and finish by doing simple DIY projects together with common household materials, and sharing easy and exciting citizen science projects.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

the gills of a matsutake mushroom

Local Nature: Mushrooming Basics & Blitz

2:00pm to 3:00pm

The role of the fungi kingdom in our world cannot be overstated. Its members decompose, communicate and transfer data, feed us as well as many other earthly creatures, and perform duties perhaps undiscovered. In this hour, Melina will teach us about the key characteristics to look for that distinguish one mushroom species from another. She will show us how to capture those characteristics through photography and upload them to an iNaturalist project where the community will ID them and the project will give scientists an overview of species around you. Everyone is then encouraged to go out into the world, take photos, upload them to iNat and add to the growing worldwide data bank.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

homeless woman and dog in winter clothes on sidewalk

Building Resilience: Disaster Support for Vulnerable Populations

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Resilient societies connect people and support their most vulnerable populations with behavioral and health services. At this event, we focus on what programs are currently available and where gaps in support may exist for our most vulnerable populations. This is the third event in the 2020-21 North Bay Forward "Building Resilience" monthly speaker series, a year-long conversation to increase community collaboration on resilience to climate change. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

a tree flowers in front of a lamp post and building

Building Resilience: Greening, Heat & Urban Trees

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Resilient communities use urban forestry to prepare for extreme heat events. Trees and vegetation can reduce heat by shading buildings, pavement, and other surfaces to prevent solar radiation from reaching surfaces that absorb heat, then transmit it to buildings and surrounding air. This is the fourth event in the 2020-21 North Bay Forward "Building Resilience" monthly speaker series, a year-long conversation to increase community collaboration on resilience to climate change.