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Winter/Spring 2015 Courses

Fungi in the Garden, Professor Karen Snetselaar.

Tuesday, January 20 and 5 Mondays, January 26 - February 23, 2015, 6:30 - 7:45 PM. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St. (20th and Arch Sts.). This course will look at groups of fungi that are particularly important to plants, including fungi that promote plant growth and those that cause diseases.

This course requires preregistration.

Preregistration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Register online here or call 215-763-6529 x23.

Biochemistry of the Senses, Professor Joseph B. Rucker.

7 Wednesdays, January 21 - March 4, 2015, 6:15 - 7:30 PM. Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18 S. 7th Street (between Market and Chestnut). This course will explore the molecules and mechanisms that enable us to see, hear, feel, smell, and taste the world.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

The Periodic Table of Elements: How We Got It and How You Can Use It, Professor Kevin Cannon.

6 Mondays, February 2 - March 16, 2015, 6:30 - 7:45 PM and 1 Tuesday evening field trip. Falls of Schuylkill Neighborhood Branch of the Free Library, 3501 Midvale Avenue (at Warden Drive).

After an introduction to atomic structure and the elements, this course will examine how the periodic table is used and provide a history of its conception and evolution.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

Introduction to Developmental Biology, Professor Mary Beth Davis.

6 Wednesdays, March 25 - April 29, 2015, 6:15 - 7:30 PM. Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18 S. 7th Street (between Market and Chestnut). This course will offer a very basic introduction to the field of developmental biology, including the fundamental question of how a single cell can give rise to the multitude of cell types found in complex, multicellular animals. 

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

Public Parks and Public Health, Professor David Hewitt.

6 Tuesdays, March 31 - May 5, 2015, 6:30 - 7:30 PM, plus 1 Saturday field trip. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St. (20th and Arch Sts.). This course will provide a broad overview survey of the changing wetlands and waterways of Philadelphia and look at how they have interacted with and been affected by the flora, fauna and human land use of the region.

This course requires preregistration.

Preregistration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Register online here or call 215-763-6529 x23.

 

Past Courses

Fall 2014 Courses 

Extinction: Life on Earth and Human Impact, Professor Greg Cowper.

6 Tuesdays, September 30 - November 4, 2014, 6:30-7:45 PM. Fishtown Community Branch of the Free Library, 1217 E. Montgomery Ave. This new course will explore Extinction through geologic time, with a focus on human impact on life on earth in near times.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

Beyond Ben: Science, Technology, & Medicine in Philadelphia, 1700-1900, Professor Jane E. Boyd.

7 Wednesdays, October 1 - November 12, 2014, 6:15 - 7:30 PM. Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18 S. 7th Street (between Market and Chestnut). This course will tell the stories of Philadelphia's innovators in science, technology, and medicine during the two centuries when the city was the scientific capital of the United States.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

FIELD COURSE

Fall Flora of Fairmount Park, Professor Alfred E. Schuyler.

First class: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Academy of Natural Sciences.

5 Saturdays: September 20, 27, October 11, 18, & 25, 2014, 10AM - 1PM in Fairmount Park. This field class will take 5 Saturday walks to different sites within Fairmount Park and identify the plants encountered along the way. Locations will be announced at the first class and will be easily accessible by public transportation.

This course is now full.

To be placed on the waitlist, email adult education or call 215-763-6529 x23. Please include your name, address, email address, phone number, and course title.

Due to space limitations, preference will be given to people who can attend all 6 class trips.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory.

Spring 2014 Courses

Wild Things: Toward a More Sustainable Natural Garden, Professor Karen Snetselaar.

6 Mondays, January 27 - March 10, 2014, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St. (20th and Arch Sts.). This course will help students assemble the knowledge and resources needed to create a more naturally sustainable garden.

This course requires preregistration.

This course is full.

Add your name to the waitlist online here or call 215-763-6529 x23.

Introduction to Pollination Biology, Professor Tatyana Livshultz.

6 Wednesdays, January 29 - March 5, 2014, 6:30 - 7:45 PM. Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18 S. 7th Street (between Market and Chestnut). This course will survey the science of pollination biology from the discovery of plant pollination in the late 17th century to our current understanding of the essential role of pollination in the ecosystem.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

Sedimentary Rock: Geology's Time Capsule, Professor Jason Downs.

8 Saturdays, February 1 - March 22, 2014, 10:30 AM - Noon. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 33rd and Spruce Streets. This course will provide an overview of the fundamental concepts behind sedimentology (the study of sedimentary rocks) and stratigraphy (the layering of sedimentary rocks) and will discuss their application in environmental and economic contexts.

This course requires preregistration.

This course is full.

Add your name to the waitlist online here or call 215-763-6529 x23.

Land and Water: The Changing Hydrology and Ecology of Philadelphia, Professor David Hewitt. 6 Mondays, March 31 - May 5, 2014, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St. (20th and Arch Sts.). This course will provide a survey of the changing wetlands and waterways of Philadelphia and look at how they have interacted with and been affected by the flora, fauna and human land use of the region.

This course requires preregistration.

This course is full.

Add your name to the waitlist online here or call 215-763-6529 x23.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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