Attending ‘PLANETpalooza’ is the Natural Thing To Do
March 2, 2017
In the woods near Harrison, Ohio, about a half hour’s drive from its Uptown campus, UC has a hidden treasure that begs to be explored by anyone who loves nature and our quest to understand and preserve it.
Sitting on a 17.6-acre parcel of rustic land, the University of Cincinnati Center for Field Studies (UCCFS) is one of the university’s most advanced teaching and research facilities. The renovated farm blends high-level science with deep-woods know-how through a timeless connection to the great outdoors. And it will host a special Alumni Weekend program that invites members of the UC family to visit the center on Saturday, April 22, in commemoration of Earth Day.
The event, called PLANETpalooza, will focus on sustainable living and includes a variety of family-friendly activities, including walks in the woods focused on insects and monarch butterflies, flowers, and a trip to the creek with College of Arts & Science faculty members and graduate students serving as hosts and guides. More adult activities include talks on invasive species, native plants and greenroofs.
This year’s event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with lunch provided. Cost to attend is $5 for adults, with children 12 and under free.
PLANETpalooza is the next generation of last fall’s Science Day, which was a hit with the Bearcats who attended, generating such post-event comments as:
- “We loved the guides who bring such passion for their field of study.”
- “I liked seeing my former professors.”
- “I loved the tour of Shaker farms and buildings. The professor was very knowledgeable, engaging and enthusiastic to share details of future plans.”
- “My kids really enjoyed the coloring station and creek tour.”
- “Great food!”
Those who responded to the survey unanimously indicated they would attend again and recommend the experience to others.
Visit here to register for PLANETpalooza.
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As a living laboratory under the banner of the College of Arts & Sciences, the UC Center for Field Studies hosts a range of college classes and is the site of many in-depth research projects. In general, UCCFS works toward meeting multi-faceted objectives:
- Conduct research on natural ecosystems in a changing landscape;
- Provide field-oriented educational activities in the form of formal academic classes, informal workshops and training programs;
- Inform the management of natural lands for UCCFS, Hamilton County and the region;
- Communicate science to the public and engage non-scientists in scientific study through the involvement of UCCFS scientists sharing expertise and research results;
- Facilitate interaction between a variety of disciplines related to the environment;
- Serve as a regional center for scientific exchange and informed discussion of environmental issues.