Interested in learning birding in the field? Meet us at the Stone House in the Bear Creek Greenbelt for a guided birdwatching walk among cattail marshes, riparian ponds, and woods along both concrete and dirt trails. Bring your binoculars if you’d like to see birds from a distance. The walk is rain or shine and the group will depart just after 9 a.m. from the parking lot.
Identify birds you see on your favorite walks, bike rides and hikes. We'll cover the basics and ethics of birding, how to distinguish passerine from non-passerine birds, birding techniques and location recommendations.
Generations of Celebrations: Recording the Past for the Future
Dr. Larry H. Spruill - educator, scholar, author, theologian and artist. Currently, Dr. Spruill is an Assistant Professor of History at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a creative vision and has published texts, academic and literary manuscripts. His motivational, inspirational, and creative talents are demonstrated in some of his photojournalism and via his global awareness in the civil rights moment.
With President Obama’s recent announcement signaling a historic shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba, join Active Minds for a past, present and future look at our communist neighbor to the south. We will cover Castro’s revolution, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Guantánamo Bay and current implications of the change in U.S. policy.
This June marked 200 years since Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo. Join Active Minds as we review the life and legacy of this important leader. We will seek both to understand the man and his impact in his time, as well as how his leadership changed the world in ways that still have an impact today.
The collapse of the Soviet Union brought an end to seventy years of Soviet control of Ukraine. During that time Ukraine suffered extensive famines, deportation of its citizens, and repopulation of its country by ethnic Russians. Since independence, Ukraine has aligned more with the west, resulting in escalating tension between ethnic Russians and Ukrainians. Recently Russia has sent troops into Ukraine in an effort to protect their interests as Ukraine has destabilized. This has dramatically escalated the crisis. Join Active Minds as we explore this delicate situation.
Computer networks now run much of the world. With this technology have come risks associated with potential terrorist attacks and criminal activity aimed at compromising the security of these networks. Join Active Minds as we take a look at how governments and the private sector are responding to these threats. We will also examine the potential impact these forces have in the realm of U.S. international relations.
Other than water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world and one of the oldest, tracing its roots (so to speak) to at least the 5th century BCE. Join Active Minds as we tell the story of tea, including the role it played in colonial empire building, the different types of tea, how it is grown and processed, who grows and drinks the most (which are not the same), and much more.