Though our continued support for citizen scientist programs across the country is vital to the success of directed scientific research about specific topics, we also need make sure we remain broadly educated about the general scientific issues we face everyday. The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE), located in Philadelphia, is one of the first urban environmental education centers established in the United States, and has been dedicated to teaching the citizens of Philadelphia about issues facing their community for over forty years.  Their adult citizen science lecture series is still ongoing, with two lectures left this season.  The schedule for each of the seminars is the same:

  • 6:30 p.m.  Reception & informal information session featuring refreshments and displays from visiting organizations.
  • 7:00 p.m.  Program followed by a question and answer session with the speaker

On Thursday, May 21, three of the Philadelphia’s leading landscape architects will be conducting a discussion about how landscape architecture is at the forefront of the sustainability movement.  This program will include a guided tour of “Gimme Shelter: sustainable woodland shelters on a small scale”, at 6 pm.  (My roommate is a landscape architect at the Olin Studio here in Philadelphia, and I find her work to be extremely exciting!  While Olin is not one of the firms represented on this panel, I can personally attest that the works produced by landscape architects are not just works of art — they also preserve the natural environment all cities need to flourish.) On Thursday, June 4, representatives of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, PhillyCarShare, SEPTA, and other regional transportation organizations present realistic alternatives to owning and driving automobiles in and around Philadelphia. I will be present at both of these lectures, and will be writing a follow-up article to fill you non-Philadelphians on what you missed.  If you would like to join me, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE) is located in the northwest corner of Philadelphia in the neighborhood of Roxborough.  Their address is: 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128.

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