Reading the Natural Landscape
Hildene’s four-part series, ‘The Battenkill Valley: Reading the Natural Landscape,’ will bring to life the 700-million-year evolution of the valley’s “not so terra firma.” The talks will take place in the Beckwith Room every other Saturday from March 5 through April 16, 10 to 11 a.m. Burr and Burton science department chair Dave Curtis launches the series on March 5 with a focus on the land, noting that, “Usually when we look at the land or plant our feet firmly on the ground, we feel that it is solid and unchanging, but how does it change over time and are those changes visible today?” Curtis invites those in attendance to discover how the history of the land shapes the landscape and its unwitting inhabitants. The series continues on March 19 with hydrogeologist Steve Revell on water; on April 2, forester, Alan Calfee offers his perspective on the forest; and on April 16 Hildene horticulturist Andrea Luchini gives us “the dirt” on soil. Their passion is contagious and their mission is to encourage a deeper appreciation of the natural world. Admission to each talk is $5. Hildene members are free. For information, visit hildene.org or call 802-367-7960.