Discovery Dinner: Bison and Savanna Research in East Bethel, MN
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 5:30-8:30 pm
with Dr. Caitlin Barale Potter
Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
In summer 2018, a herd of 32 bison were introduced to a 220 acre section of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. The land they grazed all summer has been part of a long-term investigation into the conservation, restoration and maintenance of oak savannas, and the bison are the latest piece of the management puzzle. Come learn about Cedar Creek, bison, savanna research and more from one of the project scientists and coordinator of Cedar Creek's public programs!
Registration ends Tuesday, December 11 at 5:00 pm.
Discovery Dinner: Minnesota StarWatch Party -
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 5:30-8:30 pm
with Mike Lynch
Meteorologist/Broadcaster at WCCO Radio
Make the stars your old friends as we watch the great celestial show in the skies over Springbrook Nature Center. We start off with an indoor orientation followed by quality time outside under the heavens. Get to know the constellations like The Big Bear, Orion the Hunter, Leo the Lion, and some of their great stories behind them. We’ll also use large reflecting telescopes, including two giant twenty inch wide reflector telescopes that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in the upper Midwest, for close up views of the moon, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and other wonders in our winter-early spring skies.
Learn about basic celestial photography. Weather permitting, we’ll also use a new astronomical camera-telescope system for extra special views of our more distant universe.
You’ll also get a great big handout package with user-friendly star maps and constellation charts, apps, websites, a telescope-buying guide, and more!
Mike Lynch has been a meteorologist and broadcaster at WCCO Radio for near nearly 40 years and has been hosting star watching and astronomy programs for well over 47 years. He also writes a weekly stargazing column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and is the author of the book; “Stars, a Month by Month Tour of the Constellations" that’ll be available for purchase. Glow in the dark star and constellation shirts will also be available for purchase.
Even if it’s the cloudy you’ll learn a lot, have a great time and get a Mike Lynch “Cloud Check” for a future Minnesota Starwatch Class. Your universe is waiting!
Fee: $25 per person
Registration ends Tuesday, January 8 at 5:00 pm.
Discovery Dinner: Electric Vehicles in Minnesota
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 5:30-8:30 pm
with Jukka Kukkonen
PlugIn Connect - an Electric Vehicle market and business solutions developer from Minnesota
Electric Vehicles provide a new opportunity for cleaner and more efficient transportation, but how do they work here in Minnesota? We will talk about the technologies behind this shift, models available in Minnesota and how fellow Minnesotans are using and charging their vehicles. Bring your own questions for conversation following the presentation.Jukka Kukkonen is an automotive engineer by training and worked as a technical trainer and area manager for Ford in Europe. In 2010 he founded PlugInConnect to focus on transportation electrification. Jukka has deep knowledge of the electric vehicle market and he specializes in market dynamics and real-life user perspectives. He has built programs for utility companies, condominium and apartment building charging, workplace charging, DC fast charging, outreach and education and smart grid integration. In 2012 he started the MN PEV Owners’ Circle, which has become one of the largest and most active regional plug-in vehicle owner groups in the nation. Jukka has also drawn on his automotive industry background to build and execute impactful auto dealer outreach, engagement and training programs. In the fall of 2018 he will be teaching the “EV Market and Technologies” graduate course at the University of Saint Thomas.
Fee: $25 per person
Registration ends Tuesday, February 5 at 5:00 pm.
Discovery Dinner: Reinventing Minnesota's Bell Museum
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 5:30-8:30 pm
with Denise Young, Ed.D.
Bell Museum, University of Minnesota
Denise Young, Executive Director, will take attendees on a virtual tour of the new Bell Museum, Minnesota's official natural history museum and planetarium. The museum, founded in 1872, has long been considered a treasure for learning about art, science, and the environment. The Bell recently opened their new facility on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus, featuring a state-of-the-art digital planetarium, renowned wildlife dioramas, high tech exhibits, outdoor experiences, and more. Learn what makes the museum an ideal destination for the whole family as well as Denise's perspective on the challenges and opportunities of running a 21st century natural history museum.
Dr. Denise Young is the Executive Director of the Bell Museum. She holds degrees in Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, and Curriculum and Instruction, all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began her career in science education as a classroom teacher in North Carolina. Her teaching was recognized nationally, including by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Prior to her current role, she was the director of education and planning at UNC's Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, where she did things like produce planetarium shows, create exhibits, and start new science events. One of those events – the North Carolina Science Festival – is among the largest annual public science events in the world. As the Bell Museum's executive director, she is continuing her career of bringing attention and excitement to the role science plays in all of our lives.
Fee: $25 per person
Registration ends Tuesday, March 19 at 5:00 pm.