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Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

20th Anniversary

Join us as we celebrate 20 years of service to the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. We will be adding to our list of events, so please check back to see what is happening this academic year.

September:

Museum of Natural Inspiration: Artists explore the Richter Collection
Thursday, September 5th-October 3rd in the Lawton Gallery, UWGB campus and The Artful Bastard, West Depere

In collaboration with the Richter Museum of Natural History, artists have created artwork inspired from the Richter Museum's collection of specimens. These specimens will be displayed alongside the artwork they have inspired in a true partnership of art and science.​

Discussion Panel: Museum of Natural Inspiration
Tuesday, September 17th, 4:00-5:30pm Christie Theatre, UW--Green Bay Union

Discussion panel on the collaboration of art and science featuring select artists from the exhibition Museum of Natural Inspiration: Artists Explore the Richter Collection. Come and learn about the connections between art and science from the artist’s perspective. Thrilled to be on this panel with area artists Terry Terri Warpinski, Dan Cross, Marjorie Mao, and UWGB faculty and artists including Alison Gates, Vicki Medland, and Daniel Meinhardt.

Prairie Week in the Cofrin Arboretum
Monday, September 23rd - Thursday, September 26th

The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity is continuing its celebration of 20 years of service to the campus with several events on the Cofrin Arboretum 23-26th of September. Much of our Arboretum and campus was originally a combination of prairie and oak savanna, a woodland habitat that included some trees and open prairie grasslands. The prairies were cleared for agriculture long before the university was built, but shortly after the university opened, restoration work began to recreate these are celebrating the prairie restoration work of UW—Green Bay faculty, staff and students that started in the early 1970s with the creation of the Keith White Prairie and in early 2000s with the restoration of two oak savanna plots. Work continues with a new oak savanna restoration in the Arboretum Gateway and continued conservation work in our older prairie areas.Please contact the Center for more information and if you need accomodations to participate.

  • Monday 9/23: Prairie Restoration Walk. 4 -5 pm. Join Land Manager and ecologist Bobbie Webster for an afternoon walk that will take you to visit two of our current restoration areas on campus. Meet at the Circle outside of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall and then walk to the Arboretum Gateway area where an old field is being restored to oak savanna. Then walk along the Arboretum trail to the Keith White Prairie to see the improvements being made through additional plantings.
  • Tuesday 9/24-10/10: Biodiversity Yarn Bomb in the Cofrin Arboretum. A yarn bomb is a form of street art where yarn creations are added to objects in the public environment. We asked local artists to consider biodiversity as the prompt for their work and Art Professor Alison Gates graciously volunteered to curate the exhibit. Take a walk on the trails through the Arboretum and look for the amazing yarn creations adorning the trees.
  • Wednesday 9/24: Restoration Workday 12-3 pm. Volunteer with Biodiversity Center students and staff to help improve the Arboretum and Keith White Prairie. Activities will include invasive plant removal and planting native seedlings. Bring work gloves and water with you. Park at the South Circle Drive Arboretum kiosk near the South Nicolet Drive entrance.
  • 9/26: Bird Hike from 8:00 am to 10:00 am.Fall Migration is in full swing and the Cofrin Arboretum is a common stopover location for migrating birds. Experts Erin Giese and Noah Nei from the Green Bay Audubon Student Conservation Chapter will lead the hike on the Arboretum trails. Bring binoculars. in the parking lot by the soccer fields just north of the S. Circle Drive/Leon Bond Drive intersection. We will hike north of the parking lot along Arboretum trails through marsh, field, pond, and forested habitats in hopes of finding a variety of birds.

Arboretum Yarn Bomb
Monday, September 23rd - Thursday, October 10th, Dawn to Dusk in the cofrin Arboretum

A yarn bomb is a form of community street art where yarn creations are added to objects in the public environment. We asked local artists to consider biodiversity as the prompt for their work and Art Professor Alison Gates graciously volunteered to curate the exhibit. Take a walk on the trails through the Arboretum and look for the amazing yarn creations adorning the trees. Most of the oieces are located near the Keith White Prairie.

February:

One Tree--One Planet
Tuesday, February 4th 9-5 in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

Interact with the ‘Tree of Life'! Come to understand how humans are connected to Earth’s diversity of animals, plants and other organisms through One Tree, One Planet, a spectacular interactive projection connecting art and science. All are invited. Learn more.