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2019 Events

Join us for a month long celebration of nature here at UCF!  These events are hosted in partnership between the UCF Libraries and the UCF Arboretum. 

April 2019
Flights of Fancy: Joy Postle’s Birds
UCF Library Main Floor

Artist, Poet and Entertainer Joy Postle was one of Florida's pioneering Naturalists, but perhaps is best known for her entertaining and educational stage shows titled "Glamor Birds" in which she would paint Florida's birds while sharing bird songs, music and poetry.  This exhibit highlights some of her bird painting and poetry.
  
Nature Poetry on Display
UCF Library - Featured Bookshelf
Main Floor - Knowledge Commons

Stop by the John C. Hitt Library main floor to peruse or check out books about nature poetry to help celebrate National Poetry Month. Get inspired to write your own poetry or feel connected to the Earth by looking through our featured selections.  You'll find the nature poetry on the bottom two shelves of the display next to the bank of two elevators.
   
April 1-5, 2019
Resource Blitz
UCF Library’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts

Check out the UCF Library's social media accounts to find out more regarding Earth friendly organizations in and around UCF and our local community! Be on the look out for fun facts and useful online resources on how to protect our lands, how to become a Florida Master Naturalist, and what natural trails you can hike right in our own UCF campus backyard. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Plant Pressing Workshop
10:30-11:30
UCF Arboretum Nature Pavilion

Join Arboretum Staff for a fun and educational hands-on experience learning plant collection, and pressing techniques in our beautiful campus natural lands. This imPRESSive workshop will focus on the history, and value in preserving plant specimens for education and art! We will begin with a brief introduction, followed by our staff leading participants in a plant collection adventure, and ending with guiding you through plant pressing techniques that you can do on your own!  You will be able to collect, press, and preserve your specimens then retrieve them from the library once they are dry! We look forward to seeing you in the woods!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Arbor Day Hike & Tree Planting
9:30-11:30 a.m.
UCF Arboretum

Join the Arboretum in celebrating Arbor Day! We will be hosting a fun-filled day of activities including a guided trail hike, and tree planting event in the Arboretum.  Help us plant trees, and celebrate our beautiful campus natural lands!  Nature pavilion activities will include FREE FOOD (please RSVP through Knight Connect), native Florida flora and fauna education, personalized tree ring “crafting” fun, seeding activities, and geocaching!  See our flyer and social media outlets for activity times.  See you in the woods!

Thursday, April 25, 2019
The Unseen Arboretum Workshop
5:00-7:00 pm
UCF Arboretum Nature Pavilion

Come join us for a hands-on workshop at the UCF Nature Pavilion! Based on the book by David G. Haskell, "The Forest Unseen," participants will head into the woods around the UCF Arboretum to observe a 1 meter square space. Participants are encouraged to utilize photography, sketching, or audio/video recordings to document their observations and explore tools to identify the nature around you. Come find out about the natural history of our area and to produce a brief guidebook commemorating your experience. 

April 22-26, 2019
Nature Writing on Display
UCF Library - Featured Bookshelf
Main Floor - Knowledge Commons

Stop by the John C. Hitt Library main floor to browse featured selections on Nature Writing. Come to read about how to write about nature, why we should protect our lands, and what benefits nature can add to our busy lives! Feel free to check out these books or enjoy them at the library. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Sea-Level Rise Planning in Central Florida Talk & Discussion
11:00 am -12:30 pm
UCF Library, RM 223

Come join Stetson University Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Studies and Faculty Director for the Institute of Water and Environmental Resilience, Dr. Jason Evans, on an engaging and thought provoking lecture and discussion regarding Central Florida's plan for sea-level rise. Trained as a landscape and systems ecologist, most of Dr. Evan's recent research has focused on climate change adaptation within coastal communities, with a particular focus on sea-level rise. Largely through research support provided through the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), over the past several years he has conducted flood vulnerability assessments for numerous local governments in the southeast United States. Some of these communities include Monroe County, the Village of Islamorada, Satellite Beach, and New Smyrna Beach, FL; Tybee Island and St. Mary's, GA; Hyde County, NC; and Beaufort, SC. Dr. Evans also serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Environmental Management, a leading international publication within the fields of environmental science, engineering, and planning. 

Our logo

The flora & fauna in our logo can all be found in Central Florida.  On the left is one our most imperiled birds, the Florida Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens).  One of the best places to see this magnificent bird is at Canaveral National Sea Shore.  In the middle is an illustration of the Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio turnus).  Finally, one the right is the Pineland Aster (Aster Squarrosus Walter).  The images all came from sources in the Biodiversity Heritage Library, a fantastic source of historical information about the natural world.