Climate Smart Stewardship Workshop Series

Climate Smart Stewardship Workshop Series

May 12, 19, 26 & June 2, 2019 | 1 pm
Various locations

Learn more about restorative land management practices within a changing world. Discover better land stewardship practices and solutions for potential climate change-related complications.

All workshops held rain or shine (barring really severe weather) Sundays at 1:00 pm. All walks begin at will last at least an hour.. They are hikes, so guests should be prepared to be on their feet and out in the weather. In the event of a thunderstorm or worse, events will be canceled.

May 12 – Mother’s Day Hike in Smith Woods

A hike to highlight the characteristics of an old growth forest, with emphasis on the diversity that it can perpetuate. Come join us for this favorite annual event led by Dr. Marvin Pritts from Cornell University. Learn about tree identification, and see wildflowers that only bloom for a short time in Spring. Find out about the hands-on-management required to maintain a healthy ecosystem on precious aged parcels.

The hike will start at the entrance to Smith Woods near the ShurSave on Route 96 in Trumansburg, NY.

Marvin Pritts is the Director of Undergraduate Studies at Cornell's School of Integrative Plant Science.

May 19 – Revitalizing a Second Growth Forest at Cayuga Nature Center

Led by Matt Sacco. A majority of New York's forest are second growth.  Come learn about the particular problems such forests face, and the steps you can take to ensure a healthy future for recovering land.  We will highlight the signs of a neglected forest, and the benefits that improvements can yield.

Matt Sacco is Director of Environmental Education at the Cayuga Nature Center.

May 26 – Planting Flora for Fauna at Cayuga Nature Center

Dayna Jorgenson will lead this workshop on the types of plants that can help enhance a healthy biosystem. Nurturing native plants in the garden and around the home can help to create food and shelter for diverse animals and insects.  Join us for a walking conversation on how native plans can contribute to healthy and resilient habitats.

Dayna Jorgenson is Director of Programs at Cayuga Nature Center.  

June 2 – Paleo to Present: Perspectives on Changes in Plant Life at Cayuga Nature Center

Join PRI research scientist Liz Hermsen and PRI educator Ingrid Zabel on a walk along the Cayuga Nature Center’s tree phenology trail. Learn about changes in plant life on time scales from paleo (millions of years) to present (decades).

Ingrid Zabel is Climate Change Education Manager and Elizabeth Hermsen is a Research Scientist and Paleobotanist, both at the Paleontological Research Institution.