Friday Features - June 12, 2015

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June 12, 2015

College for Kids and Middle University events planned

College for Kids ParticipantsThe Office of Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will be offering the College for Kids and Middle University program from Monday-Thursday, July 6-9 for students in kindergarten through seventh grade.

The program consists of different class sessions split up by age group. Kindergarten-aged participants can enroll in Crafts for Kids or Adventure Tales and explore creativity through hands-on crafts and activities. Students in first and second grade can choose from a wider range of topics, including Chemistry, Insects and their Relatives and The Solar System Express, where students will learn the ins and outs of the solar system. Classes for third and fourth graders, among many others, include Basic Woodworking, Cheese Art and Ice Cream Science and Living the Pioneer Life, where students take a look back in history to see exactly how pioneers lived. Finally, students in fifth through seventh grade can choose from a number of options, including Acrylic Painting, Fun with Photography and Perspective Made Easy, a class dedicated to showing students how to make their drawings come to life as a three-dimensional object.

Registration can be completed through the Office of Continuing Education website or by calling 608-342-1314.

Larson to present about earthworm invasion
Courtesy of the LaCrosse Tribune

Evan LarsonThe Ralph Nuzum Lecture Series: Impacts of Invasive Earthworms on Forests will be held at the Kickapoo Reserve Visitor Center, La Farge, Wis., on Wednesday, June 24. Refreshments and socializing is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 7 p.m.

European earthworms have only recently been recognized as an invasive threat to the hardwood forests of Wisconsin. Mounting evidence indicates that the invasion of earthworms into forests that had been earthworm-free since at least the last glacial maximum is profoundly and fundamentally altering how these ecosystems function. The presenter is Dr. Evan Larson, University of Wisconsin-Platteville geography professor.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Kickapoo Valley Reforestation Fund and Friends of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Programs are free and open to the public.

Call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions.

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