Library Environmental Series - Fall 2013
Free and open to the public.
FREE parking is available in stadium lot 62E on Red Cedar Road after 6:00pm. The Main Library is wheelchair accessible via the north entrance. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling Birdie Beckwith at 517.884.6454 one week before an event. Requests received after that time will be met when possible.
Beal Botanical Garden Tours
12:10 pm-12:50 pm
Tours begin near the pond, in the southeast corner of the Beal Garden*
Getting Animals to Carry the Ball
Friday, September 13
Tour the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden with Assistant Curator Peter Carrington to examine how plants get animals to carry their seeds to the right places to insure the next generations. All levels of the animal kingdom can be drafted into helping plants to get seeds and spores to where the conditions are right. That includes us bipeds as well as almost everybody else.
Last Call for Winter Fuels
Friday, October 18
Tour the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden with Assistant Curator Peter Carrington to examine how plants are selected by wildlife to provide the energy necessary to either migrate to winter quarters or survive the coming months of cold and darkness. Animals need these plant products and the plants need to be needed. The fates of plants and their animal neighbors are inextricably entwined and interdependent.
Tours led by Peter Carrington, Assistant Curator of the Garden
The W. J. Beal Botanical Garden is the oldest continuously operated university botanical garden of its kind in the United States. Peter's delightful anecdotes and vast knowledge of plants make his tours an enjoyable way to spend the lunch hour!
*In case of inclement weather, please join us in the Main Library North Conference Room (W449) for a virtual tour of the Beal Garden.
Complete Streets in Michigan
John Lindenmayer, League of Michigan Bicyclists
Thursday, October 10
12:10 pm-12:50 pm
Main Library Reference Instruction Room
Join John to learn about the progress of Complete Streets in the State with special emphasis on mid-Michigan. Complete Streets policies ensure that roadways accommodate all users, not just motorists. It allows pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and those with disabilities to easily and safely use roads in their communities. Complete Streets policies can improve the health, economy, environment, and safety in Michigan's cities and towns.
Baker Woodlot Tour
Friday, September 20
The Ends and the Beginnings
A naturalist's take on the woods as fall approaches. Wildlife, weather, and the resources being harnessed by everything that make its home in the temperate woodland during winter. Plants, insects, animal life and more on a walk through the Baker Woodlot at MSU in the evening.
Tour begins at the Baker Woodlot northeast corner entrance off Bogue Street near Service Road
Free parking is available after 6:00 pm on Bogue Street
Tour led by Peter Carrington, Assistant Curator of the Beal Garden
In case of inclement weather, the tour will be cancelled