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Virtual Programs

DIY Forest Bathing with Jane | Webinar

Enjoy this webinar with Jane Dobson, Mindful Nature Guide, to explore tips for developing your own Forest Bathing practice at home or locally. With COVID still a daily reality, we cannot gather to explore our nature connection together, yet, we need nature's gifts of healing, resilience and connection more than ever. We’ll share thoughts on nature connection and things you can individually do to deepen your connection with the more-than-human world.


"Groundhog: Mammalian Meteorologist" Virtual Program

We hope you enjoy the recording of this virtual presentation for children ages 5 to 7. It’s Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil has made his weather prediction! Do groundhogs really know when spring will arrive? What do shadows have to do with the seasons? During this hour-long program, we will explore what makes this mammal unique, how groundhogs spend their winters, and learn a bit about the folklore of Groundhog Day.

Check out these activities after the program:
Shadow Drawing
Sun Prints


Restoring the American Chestnut Webinar

We hope you enjoy the recording of this virtual presentation with SUNY-ESF graduate Hannah Pilkey and Gail Whistance, Mohonk Preserve Research Associate, about their research in the restoration of the American Chestnut. The American chestnut tree was once an iconic keystone species in our Eastern forests, until the arrival of a devastating invasive pathogen in the early 1900s. A major milestone in the restoration effort was achieved by researchers at the SUNY-ESF with the development of a blight-tolerant American chestnut tree through genetic engineering. This webinar features information on the chestnut restoration efforts and how you can get involved in its revival back to our forests.


Ecological Importance of Fungi Webinar Recording

We hope you enjoy the recording of this virtual presentation with Bill Bakaitis, Dutchess Community College (retired) on the ecological functions of fungi. This interactive, illustrated lecture examines the role that mushrooms and other fungi play in the ecosystem, from decomposers to symbiotic partnerships, to carbon dioxide regulation and climate change.


Previous Public Program Recordings

 

Introductory Mycology for the Curious Naturalist

We hope you enjoy the recording of this virtual presentation with Bill Bakaitis, Professor Emeritus from Dutchess Community College, on mushrooms and fungi. You will learn the biology of mushrooms, the lifecycles of fungi, and common mushrooms that can be found in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

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