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2013 Events


Rethinking the Packaging of the Products You Buy: Is There Hope to Reduce Waste?

Susan Selke, MSU School of Packaging
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Main Library Reference Instruction Room W101D

Tired of injuring yourself opening hard plastic packaging? Are companies really sincere about moving to less-wasteful and "environmentally-conscious" packaging? Or is it just a marketing tool? What makes packages sustainable - that they're biodegradable? Biobased? Reusable? We'll discuss these and related issues.


Plants to get Butterflies into Your Yard

Thursday, April 18, 2013
12:10 pm-12:50 pm

Join Peter Carrington, the assistant curator of the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden for an exploration of some of the many plants which bring butterflies into your backyard. There are plants that feed adults and ones that support their caterpillars as larval food plants. Some of these make dynamic landscape plants in addition to your standard plantings.


Thursday, May 16
Thursday, June 13
Thursday, July 11
12:10 pm-12:50 pm
Tours begin near the pond, in the southeast corner of the Beal Garden*

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.

Beal Botanical Garden Tour: Getting Animals to Carry the Ball

September 12
12:10 pm
Beal Botanical Garden (tour begins near the pond)

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.

*In case of inclement weather, please join us in the Main Library Reference Instruction Room for a virtual tour of the Beal Garden.

Baker Woodlot Tour: The Ends and the Beginnings

September 20
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Baker Woodlot (northeast corner entrance off Bogue Street near Service Road)

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 led by Peter Carrington, Assistant Curator of the Beal Garden.
In case of inclement weather, tour will be canceled