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The University of Michigan Biological Station offers adults the chance to be students again August 20-24, 2014. Participants may sign up for one of three August Mini-Courses taught at the Station: Art in Nature, Fungi, or Great Lakes Oceanography.
Great Lakes Oceanography is a rare opportunity to learn about water quality, invasive species and Great Lakes ecology from three entertaining and enthusiastic experts. Gary Fahnenstiel, Tom Nalepa and Dave Schwab, all staff at the University of Michigan Water Center, will teach the class from on board NOAA Research Vessel Laurentian.
Art in Nature is for visual artists at any skill level. Instructor Ann Singsaas will provide demonstrations and inspiration in plein-air sketching, simple watercolor painting techniques, and the elements of design. Working on location and in the studio, students will learn to sketch or paint with minimal equipment, providing a new way to document travels.
Fungi provides an in-depth look at nature’s recyclers. Local teacher and guide Marilynn Smith will use lectures and field trips to teach the structure, reproduction and ecology of fungi. Participants will also learn about the many uses humans have for fungi, beyond food.