June 8: Bobby Rivers – The Origins of Popular Music – This seminar traces the first recordings of popular music genres such as Rock n Roll, Rap, Reggae, Disco, Southern Rock, Big Band, etc. Then enjoy “Amazing Grace-The Greatest Hits of Gospel” performed live on acoustic guitar.
June 12: The Wildlife Sanctuary – Urban Wildlife of the Fox River – Learn how the changes in the Fox River over our lifetime have affected wildlife and human use of the river. Spend time identifying the bird life along the river. Binoculars will be provided or you can bring your own. Finally, hear about the history and growth of the Wildlife Sanctuary over its vital 80 year history, as well as the new and exciting plans for the future.
June 17: In Black Hawk’s Footsteps – A Trail Guide To Monuments, Museums and Battlefields of the Black Hawk War Of 1832. The brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans which started when a very tense situation spun out of control after a Sauk emissary, under a white flag of truce, was shot and killed by a militiaman. In retaliation, Black Hawk and his warriors surprised a militia encampment with a nighttime attack. Join author and historian Benjamin McLaughlin as he speaks about this war and shares from his book.
June 22: Poet Laureate Karla Huston – Please join Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston, author of A Theory of Lipstick, to learn Why Poetry (still) Matters. “Poetry is art, and art gives back; art lets us know we will be okay. We have our homes, families, our jobs, careers. We have our losses, our troubles, our griefs, shared or alone. Art makes these things mean something.”
July 6: UW Sea Grant: The Fox River and bay of Green Bay: Past, Present and Future — SPECIAL PRICE: $10!!
Since the arrival of Europeans in the 17th Century, the world’s largest freshwater estuary has undergone tremendous ecological changes. The once stunning, clear water bay covered with miles of wetlands is now threatened by an overload of nutrients and sediment which has contributed to blue-green algae blooms and a dead zone. But all is not lost! Today, we are witnessing the clean-up of industrial pollutants in the Fox River and the re-construction of the Cat Islands on Green Bay’s west shore. Please join us for a trip through time looking at the ups and downs of our region’s greatest natural resource. Presented by Julia Noordyk, Water Quality and Coastal Community Outreach Specialist from Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.
July 10: Fishes of the Fox & Bay – The Fox River and Green Bay have a long and rich fisheries history. The abundant fish of the area have drawn people for thousands of years. Learn about the changes in usage over time from commercial to recreational fisheries. From whitefish to perch to walleye, learn about the ecology and history of this unique resource. Presented by Titus Seilheimer, Fisheries Specialist with Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. Titus has a background in aquatic ecology and has studied fish ecology in streams, wetlands, and the Great Lakes.
July 15: Fox Locks (and Burgers on a Boat) Memories – L
Aug 12: Skygazing: Perseids Meteor Shower
Aug 14: Storycatchers catching stories on the River! – Join Tara Pohlkotte, author, poet and founder of Storycatchers, a nonprofit with a mission to create community through shared story space, believing we all have stories to tell; as we explore why stories matter, how to turn our memories and experiences into stories and have a chance to craft, listen and to share your own stories!
Aug 26: Sea Shanty Songs –
Aug 28: Fox Locks & Green Bay – opening one of our popular Group Tours to the Public! Travel the waterway built at the turn of the century to create passage from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi. Lock through at the hands of the tender, just as you would have in the early 1900s. Learn why it was built, how it was built, why it failed to be the greatest water highway, and how the locals saved this piece of history. Presented by Bob Stark, life-long river and locks advocate.
Sept 7: Fishes of the Fox & Bay – The Fox River and Green Bay have a long and rich fisheries history. The abundant fish of the area have drawn people for thousands of years. Learn about the changes in usage over time from commercial to recreational fisheries. From whitefish to perch to walleye, learn about the ecology and history of this unique resource. Presented by Titus Seilheimer, Fisheries Specialist with Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. Titus has a background in aquatic ecology and has studied fish ecology in streams, wetlands, and the Great Lakes.