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Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education



The Natural World

in Lifelong Learning

From Nursery to Landscape: Tree & Shrub Selection
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From Nursery to Landscape: Tree & Shrub Selection

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with Jeff O'Donal, Maine Coast Botanical Gardens

Calendar Jan 12, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 1 week

OFFERED THROUGH COASTAL MAINE BOTONICAL GARDENS (CMGB):

Online class.

Register directly with CMBG: https://shop.mainegardens.org/EventPurchase.aspx?dateselected=1/12/2022

Longtime nursery grower Jeff O'Donal will discuss those often overlooked or forgotten factors that go into choosing trees and shrubs for a new landscape. While the setting itself dictates size and shape, also important to consider are tree health, the root-ball structure (whether in a pot or B&B), rate of growth, and adaptability to a new site. All this and more goes into choosing the right specimens for the right place, ensuring they thrive long into the future. Whether or not you’re a seasoned landscaper or gardener, this topic is always relevant to our practice. Come with questions and testimonials to share after the one-hour presentation.

Cost $10 member, $15 non-member

Observing Birds for Beginners (includes 2 field trips)

$58

with Craig Kesselheim

Calendar Jan 26, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

MDI is a rich place to become a bird observer in every season. Whether your interest is in getting to know your feeder birds better, or becoming a more active and informed outdoors birder, this course will be designed to be low stress, supportive, and informative introduction to our avian companions on MDI. We will improve observational skills, explore seasonal changes in bird life, and practice identification by sight, sound, season, silhouette, behavior and habitat. Evening sessions on ZOOM are designed to provide fundamentals as well as practice. Two weekend field trips will reinforce the social and practical joys of birding in real time. Young birders and their parents are welcome. Please bring binoculars to the field trips if you have them. (Let Craig know if you need to borrow a pair.)

Instructor Bio: Craig has been a birder since his early college years. He is a retired educator who lives in Southwest Harbor. His birding adventures include the western US, Canada, a bit of Europe, and a LOT of time birding Maine's varied geography and habitat. Craig guides annually with the Acadia Birding Festival and occasionally for The Natural History Center.

Observing Birds for Beginners (zoom sessions only)

$46

with Craig Kesselheim

Calendar Jan 26, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

MDI is a rich place to become a bird observer in every season. Whether your interest is in getting to know your feeder birds better, or becoming a more active and informed outdoors birder, this course will be designed to be low stress, supportive, and informative introduction to our avian companions on MDI. We will improve observational skills, explore seasonal changes in bird life, and practice identification by sight, sound, season, silhouette, behavior and habitat. Evening sessions on ZOOM are designed to provide fundamentals as well as practice.

This section only includes the four Zoom sessions, not the field trips.

Instructor Bio: Craig has been a birder since his early college years. He is a retired educator who lives in Southwest Harbor. His birding adventures include the western US, Canada, a bit of Europe, and a LOT of time birding Maine's varied geography and habitat. Craig guides annually with the Acadia Birding Festival and occasionally for The Natural History Center.

The Forest Edge: Design and Ecology
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The Forest Edge: Design and Ecology

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with Andy Brand, Maine Coast Botanical Gardens

Calendar Feb 16, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 1 week

OFFERED THROUGH COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS (CMGB):

Online class.

Register directly with CMBG at: https://shop.mainegardens.org/EventPurchase.aspx?dateselected=2/16/2022

The forest edge plays a significant role in ecological landscapes, both for wildlife habitat and landscape design aesthetics. In this webinar, Andy Brand and Irene Barber will discuss how and what to use to establish attractive forest edges. This “edge” concept can be very useful in urban landscapes, attracting and hosting birds and pollinators year-round. Talking points include selecting species for a variety of landscape conditions, hospitable plants for bird species, woody plants for year-round appeal, and what plants grow well together.

Cost: $10 member, $15 non-member

Water in the Landscape: Issues into Opportunities
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Water in the Landscape: Issues into Opportunities

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with Trevor Smith, Maine Coast Botanical Gardens

Calendar Mar 16, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 1 week

OFFERED THROUGH COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS (CMGB):

Online class.

Register with CMBG: https://shop.mainegardens.org/EventPurchase.aspx?dateselected=3/16/2022

Trevor Smith, owner of LandEscapes, is a Green Infrastructure (GI) expert for both residential and commercial properties. In this session, he will discuss how to reenvision a property’s water issues as positive and effective opportunities. Whether there's too little or too much, Trevor will explore problem-solving strategies such as water collection, retention, repurposing, or directing in order to support surrounding habitat.

Cost: $10 member, $15 non-member

 

Gardening: Grow Your Own Organic Garden (In-Person class)

$10
Calendar Apr 6, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

We anticipate being able to offer this highly popular class offered by MOFGA! We hope to offer an in-person class as well as ZOOM. Register here for the In-Person class. For Zoom, please go back to the class list and look for the ZOOM Session of this class.

Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner? Join us for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden organically. Topics covered: soil science, enriching soil, fundamentals of composting, crop rotation, use of green manures, plant vs week identification, weed control, dealing with pests, etc. The instructor is an experienced farmer or gardener in our area. Free seeds will be provided! All are welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques.

Gardening: Grow Your Own Organic Garden (on ZOOM class)

$10
Calendar Apr 6, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

We anticipate being able to offer this highly popular class offered by MOFGA! We hope to offer an in-person class as well as ZOOM. Register here for the ZOOM class. For In-Person, please go back to the class list and look for the In-Person Session of this class.

Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner? Join us for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden organically. Topics covered: soil science, enriching soil, fundamentals of composting, crop rotation, use of green manures, plant vs week identification, weed control, dealing with pests, etc. The instructor is an experienced farmer or gardener in our area. Free seeds will be provided! All are welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques.





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