Speaker Series

River Bend Nature Center presents an exciting and informative series of lectures with topics ranging from science to culture intertwined with current environmental issues, both local and worldwide.

Climate Change: Global and Local
Thursday, October 4th – 7:00 P.M.

Aszya Summers will discuss information and outcomes from the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCI) related to misconceptions about climate change, and will give an overview of climate change science. While climate change is often thought of as a global issue, impacts are not just on the global scale and can already be readily observed on the local level. She will describe some local impacts of climate change, as well as what actions we need to take to begin to halt and perhaps even reverse the changes.
Aszya Summers is the Conservation Education Manager at the Racine Zoo. Prior to working in Racine, Aszya has worked as an educator at the South Carolina Aquarium, International Crane Foundation, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, and Henry Vilas Zoo. Recipient of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies 2018 Rising Star Alumni Award, Summers is a Certified Interpretive Guide, Certified Facilitator for Project Wet and Project Wild, and completed climate change interpreter training through Climate Generation and the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCI).

Honey Harvest!
Wednesday, October 17  6:00 – 7:00 pm  

Ann Lampe—our area bee keeper—will be demonstrating how to harvest honey from a box hive as well as discuss ‘winterizing’ the hives. She will also be talking about bee ecology/biology/behavior as they survive and overwinter in their hives during the coldest months of the year when no food is available except what they were able to store during the spring, summer, and fall months.