Environmental Learning Series

Lecture and Q&A: Butterflies in My Backyard

Butterfly expert Victor DeMasi will be speaking on pollinator biology, threats to pollinators, meadow restoration, and more! Join us at Earthplace on Thursday, May 16, from 6-7pm for this FREE lecture and Q&A at Earthplace!

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Lecture and Q&A: The Payoffs of a Pesticide-Free Yard

Louise Washer, co-founder fo the Pollinator Pathway, will explore the human health and ecological benefits of a pesticide-free approach to gardening and landscaping. Join us at Earthplace on Thursday, April 4, from 6-7pm for this FREE lecture and Q&A on Zoom!

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Lecture and Q&A: Vernal Pool Ecology and Conservation

Jim Arrigoni, Environmental Director at the Lyme Land Trust, will be diving into the seasonal wetlands that wood frogs, spotted salamanders, and fairy shrimp call home. Join us at Earthplace on Thursday, March 14, from 6-7pm for this FREE lecture and Q&A (walk to follow)!

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Lecture and Q&A: The Spotted Lanternfly Project

Claire Rutledge and Kelsey Fisher of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will be discussing their plans to study the movement and ecology of spotted lanternflies in Earthplace’s Partrick Wetlands. Join us at Earthplace on Thursday, February 15, from 6-7pm for this FREE lecture and Q&A!

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Lecture and Q&A: The Bear Reality

Felicia Ortner, a Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist (MWC) and bear enthusiast, will dispel myths and common misunderstandings about black bears in Connecticut. Join us at Earthplace on Thursday, January 18, from 6-7pm for this FREE lecture and Q&A!

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Lecture and Q&A: In the Ground, On Your Mind

Learn from Nadia Waski about archaeology and cultural resource management and archaeology in the northeast. Join us at Earthplace on Thursday, October 12, from 6-7pm for this FREE lecture and Q&A!

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Lecture and Q&A: Monarchs in Motion

Dr. Kelsey Fisher explains how understanding insect movement and dispersal ecology informs conservation planning. Join us at Earthplace on Thursday, September 7, from 6-7pm for this FREE lecture and Q&A!

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Moth Ball: Lightsheeting Event & Costume Contest

FREE event at Earthplace on Friday, July 14, from 8-11pm! Join our hosts Victor DeMasi and Lukas Keras for our evening Lightsheeting event, moth-themed cocktails (aka mothtails) and mocktails, along with a costume contest with prizes! Children and Adults are welcome.

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Lecture and Q&A: Landscape Design For Birds & Wildlife

Hear from expert, Patrick Comins, Executive Director of the Connecticut Audubon Society on how native trees, shrubs and plants can help attract birds and other wildlife to your backyard! Join us at Earthplace on May 10, from 6-7pm for this FREE lecture and Q&A!

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Lecture and Q&A: Insect Invaders: Spotted Lanternfly In Connecticut

The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is a new arrival in Connecticut. This large planthopper feeds on many different hosts and poses a risk to Connecticut’s vineyards. Learn about the history and biology of the SLF, how to recognize it, and what to do if you find it in your area. Join us at Earthplace on May 10, from 6-7pm for this FREE lecture and Q&A!

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Webinar: Talking $h!t

Have you ever wondered what creatures are walking through yards and forests in the area? By recognizing scat you can identify the animals sharing nature! Earthplace naturalist, Becky Newman will share photos and information about the animals that call Westport home with us.

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Webinar: To Be an Environmentalist, Start with Antiracism

Wanjiku "Wawa" Gatheru, a 22-year-old environmental justice advocate and founder of Black Girl Environmentalist, will discuss the important intersection of social and environmental justice.

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Webinar: Food Scraps Recycling

Learn all you need to know about this NEW, FREE program! The Town of Westport is now collecting food scraps at the Transfer Station to be turned into compost. Find out how the program works and what can and can't be recycled.

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Webinar: How to Compost at Home

Want to turn over a new leaf AND decrease food waste? How about turning over some compost? Learn how you can save water, reduce pollution, and improve your garden when you start making "black gold" at home. It's easier than you think!

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Webinar: Eat More with Less!

Learn what changes you can make in planning and preparing meals and preserving food, so you can eat more with less, and decrease your food waste footprint.

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Webinar: Feeding People in a Time of Climate Change and COVID-19

This is a webinar presentation that offers a radical look at the relationship of climate, COVID-19, and food and includes practical advice on eating better for planet AND people.

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Webinar: From Climate Despair to Local Action - A Conversation with Eban Goodstein

Learn about technology tipping points—from residential to utility-scale solutions. This was a special Earth Day collaboration between Sustainable Weston, Earthplace and Sustainable Westport.

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