Regional Conservation Workshops

Fall 2017

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Fungal Symbionts of Native Woodlands and Savannas with Kathleen Thompson, graduate student in mycology and lichenology, Iowa State University. Sunday, September 10th, 1 – 4:30pm. Gleason-Hubel Wildlife Area, Harrison County, Iowa. Tuition: $15. Registration by September 4th is required.

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Reptile and Amphibian Conservation: Habitat Restoration and Effects of Prescribed Fire with herpetologist Jeff LeClere, author of the Reptiles and Amphibians of Iowa. Friday, September 22nd, 9am – 3pm. Willow Lake Recreation Area, Harrison County, Iowa. Tuition: $25. Registration by September 18th is required.

These workshops are intended for adults who want to encounter nature more deeply and learn how to preserve the wild places under our care. our time outdoors will be include walking long distances over rough terrain. Attendance will be kept small to create a quality and active learning experience.

Contact Jack Phillips at newtreeschool@gmail.com for more information and to register for these workshops.

 

June 14th, 9am: Prairie Walk at Dinesen Prairie in Shelby County, Iowa. For details, click here.

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Lepidopteran studies with Ted Burk, Ph.D.

Butterfly Conservation: Introduction to Insect Adaptations to Fire. 

June 15th, 2017. 9am – 3pm. Waubonsie State Park, Hamburg, Iowa.

This field day in southwest Iowa brings together insect conservation and land management experts, naturalists, and pollinator advocates from three states.  This field workshop is offered in partnership with Tallgrass Prairie Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium and presented by Ted Burk, Creighton University, Matt Moles, Iowa DNR, and Steve Buback, Missouri DNR. No tuition, but registration is required. Contact Jack Phillips at newtreeschool@gmail.com for more information and to register, or visit www.tposfirescience.org/fire-insects-june-15-2017/

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Oak savanna studies with The Naturlaist School.

Native Oaks in Native Places: Discovering Wisdom, Wildness and Community in Oak Savannas.

June 25th, 2017. Simply Dunn, Downsville, WI. 1 -4pm.

Humans are late-comers to a world of energy webs and complex symbioses far beyond our understanding, but not beyond our experience. We have evolved in community with vast connections to countless organisms, but we have lost many of these connections to our peril. Gladly, we have ancient oaks among us who can help us discover what it means to be free, wild, and connected. Sadly, they are in peril as well. This workshop will help us restore our own sense of wildness while restoring and preserving, in some measure, the wisdom and wildness of native oak communities. To register, contact Kathy Stahl at theprairieenthusiasts.csc@gmail.com  or jack Phillips at thenaturalistschool@gmail.com.
Jack Phillips is a naturalist, nature writer, and principal of The Naturalist School. He is author of many books and essays, including Treasures of the Great Plains: an Ecological Perspective (editor) and The Bur Oak Manifesto: Seeking Nature and Planting Trees in the Great Plains.

2016

Prairie oak survival and recovery from fire injury.

 September 27th, 2016. 9:00am – 4:00pm. Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek, Iowa.

Fire is a natural part of the prairie and oak savanna environment. Native American hunting and gathering, European settlement, and modern rural and urban fragmentation all employed the application or the suppression of fire. The presence and absence of fire greatly affects the tree species and the structure of forest canopy across the landscape. This workshop session will explore how fundamental features of tree anatomy and architecture contribute to tree survival and recruitment in the presence and absence of fire. These features will also be related to what we know and what we need to learn about the use of prescribed fire for prairie and oak savanna management.

Presenter: Kevin T. Smith, Ph.D., USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Durham, New Hampshire.

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Kevin T. Smith, Ph.D. at New Tree School fire science workshop, 2014.

Tuition: $75. Lunch included. Enrollment will be limited to 20. Registration by September 19th is required. Meeting place and other details will be provided upon registration. To register, contact Jack Phillips at newtreeschool@gmail.com . Please note: this is an outdoor workshop that will require extensive hiking over rugged terrain.

Saprobes and Symbionts: fall mushrooms and other wood decay fungi.

Thursday, November 3rd, 8:30 – 11:45am.

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Katie Thompson at New Tree School fungi workshop, 2015.

Decay organisms play a vital role in nutrient cycling in every ecosystem, and are indicators of wound response in trees. This group of organisms are often overlooked in biotic surveys and prescribed fire regimes. Kathleen Thompson, New Tree School faculty member and graduate student in mycology and lichenology at Iowa State University will lead this field session on the ecology and identification of saprobes and symbionts.

Tuition: $25. Enrollment will be limited to 20 participants. Registration by November 2nd is required. Meeting place and other details will be provided upon registration. To register, contact Jack Phillips at newtreeschool@gmail.com . Please note: this is an outdoor workshop that will require extensive hiking over rugged terrain. Bring your water bottle, snacks, and anything else you will need for a morning in the bush. A hand lens will be useful.

Afternoon fungus survey: Participants in the morning workshop are invited to participate in a fungus survey from 1 to 4pm. If you plan to attend both the morning workshop and afternoon survey, bring your lunch and everything you will need for a day in the bush.

 LiverwortsLichens, Mosses, and winter fungi.

Saturday, January 21st, 9am – 3pm.

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Kathleen Thompson, New Tree School faculty member and graduate student in mycology and lichenology at Iowa State University, will lead this field session on the ecology and identification of bryophytes and fungi at Waubonsie State Park, Hamburg, Iowa.

Tuition: $35. This will be an indoor and outdoor workshop. Dress for winter weather and bring a sack lunch and other food and drink needed for the day. Limited to 15 participants. For more information and to register, contact Jack Phillips at newtreeschool@gmail.com.

 

(In partnership Tallgrass Prairie Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium.) Limited to 20 participants. For more information and to register, contact Jack Phillips at newtreeschool@gmail.com.

 

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