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Environmental Learning


Climate Change: Impact and Solutions *NEW*

This course is a more in depth look at climate change as first presented in the winter course Climate Change: Already in Your Neighborhood. Take a closer look at climate’s impact on weather, human and animal well-being, agriculture, food and water security and even your home garden. The good news is that there are tools available right now that will help us all adapt to climate change. Along with presentations and discussions of the solutions that are possible at the state, local and individual/family levels, you will consider the economic and social cost/benefit of climate action. There will be ample opportunity in each session to discuss and ask questions.

NOTE: The one-session class (XE-702) is not a pre-requisite for this class. This course will provide additional detail without being redundant. Instructor: Sara Via, Ph.D.

Tuition: $79** (includes $40 in fees*)
Tue Apr 23-May 21 6:30PM-8:30PM Centennial High School XE-704 6604 #5443
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Composting and Soil Health
What is really going on inside your garden’s dirt and compost pile? Take a look at its condition, the foundation of your garden. You will learn how to take a soil test and analyze it. You will review organically-approved materials that you can use to improve your soil, based on its current state. Some plants, called cover crops, can also be grown to improve your soil, and you will also discuss best garden practices, like crop rotation, to care for the long-term health of our soil. For those who struggle with a compost pile or are too intimidated to start one, you will consider the wide range of composting options so everyone can recycle their food “waste” into “black gold.” Instructor Christian Melendez is a former teacher and knowledgeable about all things involving gardens and soil.
Tuition: $40** (fee based, no waivers)
Thu Jun 06 6:30PM-8:30PM Wilde Lake High School XE-329 6367 #0807
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Summer Garden Solutions *NEW!*
Christian Melendez, farmer and plant manager at Mary’s Land Farm in Clarksville, will walk you through solutions to the three main concerns of summer gardening: pests, weeds and water. Pest and plant disease are signs of a larger problem. Short and long term solutions will be presented to mitigate these issues. Strategies and tools for a weed-free garden will be highlighted, as well as techniques to irrigate your little piece of heaven, using a step-by-step overview of drip irrigation. Questions always welcomed.
Tuition: $79** (includes $40 in fees*)
Tue Jul 09-Jul 16 6:30PM-8:30PM Hickory Ridge XE-392 6050 #1344
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