In a county of ten million, there is always something fun and exciting to do! Below you will find a compilation of some interesting upcoming events in Southern California. These all pertain to gardening, the environment, youth STEM, or food and nutrition, and are free to the public unless specifically stated.
- Find out how to reduce your environmental impact in our air, water, and even at home through this resourceful Celebrate Earth Challenge designed to educate and inspire! Be a planet protector, complete at least five activities, and be entered into a drawing to win a prize from The Library Store.
2021 Earth Day Challenge Run/Walk (various cities) [Virtual Run Challenge]. April 1-30. Registration is required.
- The goal of the Earth Day Virtual Challenge (24,901 Miles) is simple, we will collectively see how many times we can run the distance of the equator 24,901 miles!
- Learn how to evaluate and improve your irrigation systems, avoid runoff and erosion issues, and customize your irrigation methods to fit your landscape.
Strengthening Equity and Inclusivity in Our Organizations, Programming, Community Partnerships and Gardens [School Garden Support Organization]. Wednesday, Apr 7 at 11:00 AM. Registration is required.
- We will be sharing a compilation of resources intended to help school garden organizations explore potential ways to intertwine equity, inclusivity, diversity, and justice into all aspects of their organization and work.
- Learn how others around the world make healthy and tasty snacks. This time, we’ll focus on snacks from the Middle East: Boereg and Mast va Khiyar.
The Strangest Cooking Methods in the World With Richard Foss (Culinary Historians of Southern California) [LAPL]. Saturday, April 10 at 10:30 AM via Zoom. Registration is required.
- People have cooked using heat from volcanoes, hot springs, automobile engines, household appliances, weapons, and other ingenious methods. This is a light-hearted history of culinary innovation from prehistory to the present day.
From the Garden to the Table: Summer Gardens Here We Come! [UCCE San Bernadino]. Saturday, April 10 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM via Zoom. Registration is required.
- Same link all day, come to one or come to all! Bring your gardening questions too, we are here to help!
- 9 to 10:30: Growing your Summer/Warm Season Garden
- 10:30 to 12pm: Canning Tools and Tips
- 1 to 2pm: Compost in your Garden
- 2 to 3pm: Pest Management in your Summer Garden
The Pressed Plant: Techniques in Plant Collecting and Herbarium Specimen Preparation (Session 1 of 2). [CA Botanic Gardens]. Saturday, April 10 at 10 AM via Zoom. Registration is required. $35 for non-members, $30 for members.
- Session 1 covers techniques in plant collection and specimen preparation, including tools used for collecting, demonstrations in pressing and drying using fresh plant materials. We will also cover special techniques for collecting and pressing challenging plants such as grasses, cacti, and bulky specimens.
Diversity, natural history, and conservation of San Diego’s native bees [Cabrillo National Monument / National Park Service]. Monday, April 12 at 6:30 PM, online. Registration is required.
- Native bees serve as the chief pollinators for most of our plant species. Come learn about how our diverse native bees live their lives, the threats they are facing in this increasingly human-dominated world, and what YOU can do to help ecologists and conservation biologists protect the future of these beautiful and critically important members of our biological community.
Plantas nativas de California en macetas (Native Garden in Pots) [LAPL]. Tuesday, April 13 at 4:00 PM via Zoom. Registration is required.
- Acompañemos a Flor Mota, diseñadora de paisajes, a una charla y demostración que te enseñará cómo tener un jardín nativo en macetas. También aprenderás sobre el impacto ambiental de las plantas extranjeras en nuestras comunidades.
NeiSci Special: Backyard Bats [LAPL]. Wednesday, April 14 at 4:00 PM via Zoom. Registration is required.
- Join our guest speaker from the Natural History Museum of LA County to learn about bats in the L.A. area and how you can help further real scientific research using just your smartphone or tablet.
- This family-friendly program is for ages 8 and up.
- 25+ of Our Favorite Ways to Turn Black Beans into Dinner [The Ktchn] March 22, 2021.
- How Bees and Drones Team Up to Find Landmines [BBC News]. March 30, 2021.
- How Much Do Flies Help With Pollination? [Smithsonian Magazine] March 2021.
- Managing risk: How Sri Lankan farmers address climate threats [Mongabay] March 24, 2021
- This High Schooler Invented Color-Changing Sutures to Detect Infection [Smithsonian Magazine]. March 25, 2021.
- Where To Find The Best Taiyaki And Bungeo-ppang In LA [LAist]. March 19, 2021. Note: not healthy but delicious!