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  1. A July 18-19 workshop — for teachers of pre-K through high school — will explore the nature of Ohio State’s Mansfield campus and the newly revised Project Learning Tree-Ohio. (Photo: Purestock.)

    Ohio Educators: Explore 2 ‘Amazing’ Resources for Teaching About Nature, the Environment

    Jul 14, 2017

    A July 18-19 workshop — for teachers of pre-K through high school — will explore the nature of Ohio State’s Mansfield campus and the newly revised Project Learning Tree-Ohio. 

  2. Central Ohio’s newest Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists celebrate their achievement at the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware, Ohio. (Photo credit:  Rich Niccum, Preservation Parks of Delaware County, Ohio)

    Volunteer Naturalists Are Certified, Celebrated and Ready to Serve

    Jul 12, 2017

    Twenty-one central Ohioans received their Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program certificates at a May 30 celebration at the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware, Ohio.  The OCVN program is a research-based education program of The Ohio State University. It emphasizes hands-on natural resource and environmental education coupled with volunteer service.

    “Participating in the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program is a great way to invest in your ability to lead nature programs and share the natural world with others,” said Saundra McBrearty, outreach and volunteer specialist with Preservation Parks of Delaware County and co-coordinator of the Central Ohio OCVN Chapter.

  3. Bird species identified in the U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Bird Atlas are behind an award winning new interactive art installation, “Orbacles” on display through the month of July in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo credit: Dianne Iverson)

    Winning interactive art on display informed by bird species identified as part of Climate Change Bird Atlas

    Jul 10, 2017

    Bird species identified in the U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Bird Atlas are behind an award winning new interactive art installation on display through the month of July in Minneapolis, MN.  The installation, “Orbacles” by MINN_LAB won Minneapolis’ 2017 Creative City Challenge. 

  4. Rattan Lal, Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, received the Honoris Causa degree from the Universitat de Lleida, Spain on June 13.

    Rattan Lal receives honorary degree

    Jul 2, 2017

    Rattan Lal, Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, received the Honoris Causa degree from the Universitat de Lleida, Spain on June 13.

  5. Exhibit educates public on Ohio’s forest resources

    Exhibit educates public on Ohio’s forest resources

    Jul 2, 2017

    Building Ohio State:  From Forest to the Renovation of the Thompson Library was among the most popular exhibits presented by the Ohio State University Libraries, said a library official. On display through May 14, the exhibit examined the past, present and future of Ohio’s forest resources and told the story of the unique connection and history shared between The Ohio State University and Ohio’s forests.  “The final visitor count was 1,732. This makes Building Ohio State the third highest attended exhibition out of the past four years,” said Ken Aschliman, exhibitions coordinator for the University Libraries.   “This exhibition was special for us because it was the first exhibition where the spark came from outside the University Libraries. By working with community partners and partners across the university, the project brought a lot attention to the history of Ohio’s forests, the history of OSU, and the recent renovation of Thompson Library.”

  6. The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program is offering a class on how to identify trees on July 7 in Mansfield. (Photo: iStock.)

    Don’t Know Which Tree Is Which? There’s Help

    Jul 2, 2017

    So you want to know your trees.  On July 7, a class offered at The Ohio State University’s Mansfield campus will help you.  Called Name That Tree, the class will show you how to identify Ohio trees using common traits like their leaves. About half the class time will be spent outdoors practicing. The 600-acre campus is full of trees.   Knowing how to identify trees can help you take care of them, said instructor Kathy Smith. Smith heads Ohio State’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, the class’s sponsor. Every tree species has different care needs, she said.  The class is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting in 100 Ovalwood Hall at 1760 University Drive on the campus.

  7. Article highlight's faculty role in Ohio State's future

    Jun 15, 2017

    Associate Professor Brian Lower was one of two faculty members introduced to university trustees by Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron as exemplary faculty at Ohio State leading the way to improving the lives of new students and using technology to make learning more accessible and more affordable. Read more here.

  8. A June 20 tour from Mansfield to Millersburg will show how trees become products such as furniture. (Photo: iStock.)

    See How a Tree Grown in Northern Ohio Becomes, Say, an Amish-Made Dining Room Chair

    Jun 8, 2017

    A June 20 tour in northern Ohio will show how trees get turned into products, including Amish-made lumber and furniture. “We hope people find it an eye-opening experience,” said co-organizer Kathy Smith, a forestry expert at The Ohio State University. “A lot goes into that process.”  From Forests to Furniture starts on Ohio State’s wooded Mansfield campus, where Smith and colleagues Amy Stone and Marne Titchenell, both also with the university, will give talks under the trees on owning woodlands, managing wildlife and dealing with the deadly emerald ash borer pest.

  9. A new School of Environment and Natural Resources series features insights and advice to help detect and spot wildlife.  First in the series, we learn some techniques for spotting spiders from Dr. Sarah Rose. (Photo credit: Sarah Rose)

    Detecting and spotting wildlife – a School of Environment and Natural Resources Interview Series

    Jun 1, 2017

    A new School of Environment and Natural Resources series features insights and advice to help detect and spot wildlife.To kick off the series, the school caught up with Dr. Sarah Rose to learn more about how she detects and spots spiders in a variety of habitats.

  10. The Clintonville ravines in Columbus are home to a surprising range of wildlife, such as the barred owl shown here. (Photo: iStock.)

    June 8: Discover the Nature of Clintonville’s Ravines

    May 31, 2017

    A pocket of Columbus has its own smaller pockets, and they’re rich with plants and wildlife.  The next Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program will explore these biodiversity oases and how residents are working to protect them.  “Valuing Landscapes: The Ravines of Clintonville” is from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m. June 8 in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Admission is open to both EPN members and the public.

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