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Gabis Arboretum receives grant; begins virtual programming

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Uncategorized

Published on August 05, 2020 with No Comments

Registration is open for classes as Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest begins to offer virtual programs. Beaver ecology is being offered on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. and will take place live via Zoom and have a registration fee of $5.

“We are pleased to continue to offer educational programming specific to the arboretum, even when on-site presentations aren’t possible,” said Stephanie Blackstock, executive director. “We are especially excited for the Beaver ecology webinar since the arboretum has a resident beaver in the wetland. Beavers play an important role in the natural environment, and we are eager to learn more from ecology expert Joseph Eisinger.”

The arboretum cancelled its on-site programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including group tours, field trips, public classes and the summer concert series.

“Environmental education is primary to our mission, so we have to change our delivery method to continue providing this resource to our community,” said Blackstock. “Thanks to a generous donor and a grant from the Crown Point Community Foundation, we were able to purchase a GoPro camera and other accessories to make virtual programming possible.”

The arboretum will release a full schedule of virtual programming for the fall in the near future.

For more information or to register for virtual programs, visit www.pnw.edu/gabisarboretum.

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