Discovery Day: Brilliant Botany

Discovery Day: Brilliant Botany

July 26th, 2020
10:00am - 4:00pm
KU Natural History Museum Facebook Page

Join us on Facebook on July 26 to discover the amazing world of plants with scientists and graduate students from the KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum plus a full slate of plant-focused community partners! Learn about: why life on Earth is mostly green, native Kansas plants, grass-roots community gardening, medicinal plants and so much more! We’ll have new videos released at the top of each hour with something fun for everyone!

SPECIAL GUESTS + more to be announced!

Richard Mabion, grass-roots environmental activist, founder of Building A Sustainable Earth Community, and Kansas Sierra Club Board of Directors member, will discuss a community garden project built by youth in Kansas City, Kansas.

Caleb Morse, Botany Collection Manager at the KU Biodiversity Institute, will explore garden fun with info on the grossology of okra, the differences between sweet potatoes and yams, and more

Douglas County Master Gardeners will share information on medicinal garden plants native to tall grass prairies and show us how to grow gooseberries.

Laura Jimenez, KU Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate student, will show us the geometry of flowers through a fun activity with origami.

Peggy Schultz, of the Kansas Biological Survey and KU Environmental Studies Program, will share fascinating facts about flowering prairie plants.

Courtney Masterson, Native Lands LLC and Kansas Biological Survey researcher, will talk about restoring biodiversity and the management of native plants.

Bob Hagen, KU Environmental Studies Program, will talk about the Prairie Acre on the KU Lawrence campus.