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Cincinnati Science Roundup: April

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The UC Center for Public Engagement with Science is back with its monthly feature, Cincinnati Science Roundup. Check out events and news related to science held in April from our collaborators and community partners in Greater Cincinnati!

Sensing Art: Science, Aesthetics, and Beyond, Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS)

Thursday, April 6, 7:00pm (in person at 21c Museum Hotel & online). Join IRiS for the next event in the IRiS Alloy Series, a meeting of minds in curious conversation. This discussion has been curated by Christopher Platts, Assistant Professor of Art History and Museum Studies, and Pietro Strobbia, Assistant Professor of Chemistry. The event brings together art conservators, scientists, artists, curators, and historians to explore the multifaceted realm of sensing art beyond aesthetics. From understanding the history and material composition of artworks to investigating the sensory and emotional experiences they evoke, the invited voices and audience will delve into the benefits and complexities of sensing art in different ways. Join IRiS for a thought-provoking conversation about intersections between art, science, and society. 

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Healthcare Workers Appreciation Days, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens

April 7-9. To show appreciation for all healthcare and public health workers have done for our community, the Cincinnati Zoo is offering FREE admission starting on World Health Day, April 7. Friends and family visiting with healthcare personnel may purchase up to 6 additional tickets at half price. This offer is extended to the front-line healthcare workers (doctors, nurses, care aides, and paramedics to name a few) who have been working so hard to keep our community healthy and safe. Badges and identification cards must include a photo ID.

Pawpaw Planting Project at Long Branch Farm & Trails, Cincinnati Nature Center 

Saturday, April 8, 4-5:30 pm, Saturday, April 15, 4-5:30 pm. Celebrate Earth Month by giving back. During this family-friendly, learn-by-doing volunteer project, you’ll help plant hundreds of baby pawpaw trees “way down yonder” by O’Bannon Creek at Long Branch Farm & Trails. Participants will receive five pawpaw seeds to take home to grow their own trees. Preregistration required. Members $6; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission). 

UC Sustainability Awards & Community Partner Showcase

Thursday, April 13, 3-5pm. Join PEWS and the UC Office of Sustainability for a keynote address by Tisha Livingston, University of Cincinnati Alumna and co-founder of 80 Acres Farms, and the Sustainability Awards celebrating members of the UC community who are leading in the development of cultures of sustainability. Event begins with a reception showcasing community organizations working toward sustainability goals in Greater Cincinnati, including Green Umbrella, Cincinnati Nature Center, Gorman Heritage Farm, and more.

Event is followed by Green Umbrella’s monthly Green Drinks Happy Hour, 5-7pm, this month at Urban Artifact in Northside.

Earth Day Celebration, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens

April 22, 10am-2pm. Happy Earth Day! Join the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens to enjoy educational activities led by AmeriCorps members and local conservation partners located throughout the Zoo.

Earth Day Weekend—Artists & Makers Market, Cincinnati Nature Center

Saturday, April 22, Sunday, April 23, 10 am-4 pm. Join CNC in celebrating Earth Day with a weekend filled with artists who creatively recycle, reuse, and up-cycle to make their artwork and makers with delicious offerings from their gardens and farms. No registration required. Just drop in at Rowe Visitor Center. Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission at the gate. 

Cincinnati Climate Change & Sustainability Forum, Science on Tap

Monday, April 25, 5-8pm, panel discussion at 6:30pm (in person). The impact of climate change continues to grow worldwide. Right here in Cincinnati, we are already seeing changes in our weather patterns and agriculture. What can you do as a science advocate in your community? What can you do as an individual through sustainability practices? These topics will be explored through science and evidence based approaches by hearing from experts and meeting organizations that are actively working in these areas.

Butterflies of the Meadow, Krohn Conservatory

March 25-June 18. Cincinnati Parks Krohn Conservatory presents Butterflies of the Meadow. Wander through a conservatory meadow surrounded by butterflies in flight. Admire monarchs and blue morphs as they soar through wildflowers and a flowing waterfall. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see what it’s like for butterflies in the wild and to learn why we must protect their habitats.

Solar Town Hall & Happy Hour, Green Umbrella

April 21, 4-6 pm. 2030 District community and anyone interested in solar are invited to participate in this exciting opportunity to learn about the latest in solar technologies. Join to hear from experts across the solar industry and connect with leaders in the community implementing solar at a variety of scales. No registration is required. This event is free and open to the public.

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Backyard Composting Seminar, Hamilton County R3Source

Various dates, April 13-May 23, 6:30pm (in person & online). Spring is a great time to start composting, yet many people don’t know how to begin. Hamilton County R3Source is here to help with its free Backyard Composting seminars! Attendees will learn how to compost and create a valuable addition to soil during these one-hour programs. The seminar includes information on how to balance a compost bin, what materials are compostable, and how to overcome any composting challenges. Hamilton County residents will receive a free kitchen scrap collector and a “Simple Guide to Composting in Your Backyard” booklet at the in-person seminars. These seminars are perfect for those wishing to start backyard composting or those who want a refresher course and tips to improve their compost. Space is limited, so interested individuals are encouraged to register right away

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