GARDEN BENCH WORKSHOP (LLG 0006): Celebrate the coming spring by enjoying the sights and sound of nature from the comfort
of your own hand-made wooden bench. Popularized by the naturalist and writer of the
same name, the Aldo Leopold bench provides rustic charm and comfort to any yard, garden,
or deck. All materials and tools are provided and no woodworking experience necessary!
ILLINOIS HEIRLOOM GARDENING (LLG 0008): Get ready for the new garden season by learning about organic plants and how to grow them in Illinois. This class will cover the basics of organic gardening, caring for your garden using natural remedies, and building good soil using compost. No previous garden experience necessary. All class participants will receive a coupon for five free plants from Spring Valley Native Plant and Heirloom Vegetable Sales.
BIRD WATCHING IN ILLINOIS - ONLINE (LPL 0501): Through this online class, novice bird watchers will develop a deeper understanding of birds native to Illinois. Study the natural history of birds and learn where to look for them. You will learn to identify birds by body size, beak size, feet and feathers, and be directed to relevant guide books. Instructor Dallin Saurey is a Wildlife Biologist who has worked with the Bureau of Land Management and North Dakota Game and Fish Department, among others. He will be easily available to you as you work through the online material.
PRINCIPLES OF BIRD WATCHING - ONLINE (LPL 0500): Bird watching is an inexpensive, enriching hobby. Develop a fascination with the behavior of birds while you recognize species by sight, sound and flight characteristics. Learn to use bird guide books to identify birds by body size, beak size, feet and feathers. The basics of binoculars and spotting scope use will be covered, as well as recommendations on specific features to look for when purchasing equipment. The online format allows you access to instructor Dallin Saurey, a Wildlife Biologist who has worked with the Bureau of Land Management and North Dakota Game and Fish Department, among others.
MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS: ANIMAL TRACKING (LLG 0004): Learn about a variety of animals by learning to track them. You will study common
Illinois animals that call the burbs home through their footprints, scat, and browse
(eating woody twigs and leaves from trees and shrubs). After a presentation, hike
on foot or using snowshoes to see what animals signs we can find at Spring Valley
FANTASTIC SPACE EXPLORATION AND CUTTING EDGE DISCOVERIES (LPL 0309): The past couple years have been full of remarkable astronomical discoveries made possible by NASA missions: Cassini/Huygens’ look at Saturn’s dynamic rings and moons system, Curiosity and Opportunity still roving Mars, and New Horizons’ successful fly-by of Pluto and flight towards a Kuiper Belt object a billion miles beyond Pluto. Recent discoveries are altering our perspectives on the Solar System and many, possibly habitable, planets beyond. Jim Kovac grew up during the age of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. Since 2005, Jim has been an active volunteer in the NASA-administered Jet Propulsion Lab Solar System Ambassador Program.
Please note, not all courses are offered every semester.