Hedgerow Initiative
Monday, April 16, 2018
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Courtesy Emma Marris

Emma Marris and Jill Welter, Biologist from Saint Catherine University, will present at the April 16 session of the Winter/Spring 2018 Hedgerow Initiative.

COST:  $25.00

Learn more and register for this session.

Dinner Conversation and Seedling Transplanting
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
5:00 – 8:00 pm

Dinner Conversation with Emma Marris and Seedling Transplanting at St. Catherine University Community Garden and Coeur de Catherine Dining Room.

This evening is a collaboration with Wisdom Ways, St. Kate’s Food Justice Coalition, and Celeste’s Dream.

COST:  Free

Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
6:30 – 8:30 pm

An Evening with Emma Marris
Co-hosted by St. Catherine University and Wisdom Ways

Nature is not something that is ‘out there’ and separate from our daily lives, says writer Emma Marris. Instead we are surrounded by a rambunctious garden that has been shaped by human beings—which raises significant questions. If no ecosystem is pristine and we cannot go back to a natural world untouched by human activity, how will we go forward?  How do we conserve, protect, and engage with nature? What is nature and what is our place within it?

Drawing on the work of a diverse group of scientists and community leaders, Marris answers some of these questions. She offers ways to embrace nature in our backyards and cities and make decisions that benefit conservation, species diversity, and environmental health in a ‘post-wild world.’

For Earth Day, she’ll help us understand the science and ecology principles at work in ecosystems so we can become part of the design team that shapes how our world looks and functions.


COST:  $15.00; free for students with ID

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Writing the Natural World in Complex Times
Thursday, April 19, 2018
6:30 – 9:00 pm

Writing Workshop with nature writer, Emma Marris


Courtesy Emma Marris.

Observe Earth Week with a workshop that asks how and why we should write about the natural world in these complex and often mournful times. What role does writing play in making the world a better place and in our own lives? Join environmental writer Emma Marris for an evening of advice, exercises, discussion, and inspiration on writing about nature and science.

This workshop is appropriate for journalers, memoirists, essayists, journalists, gardeners, nature-lovers, and scientists interested in communicating with the public through writing.

COST:  $25.00

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Science writer Emma Marris, author of The Rambunctious Garden, tells stories that help us understand the past, take meaningful action in the present, and move towards a greener, wilder, happier, and more equal future. Her stories have been featured in the New York Times, Nature, Orion, and National Geographic.

Jill Welter is an ecosystem scientist with expertise in the ecology of streams. She maintains an active research program and engages undergraduate students in her research. Her work focuses on understanding how environmental change, including climate warming and eutrophication, influences species interactions and nutrient cycling in stream ecosystems. Since joining the St. Catherine faculty in 2005, Jill has turned her attention to the increasing role that nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria may play in stream ecosystems as a result of rising temperatures, and the potential consequences for aquatic food webs and the coupled cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus. Jill teaches courses in basic ecology, aquatic biology, ecosystem science, and global change. She also has a strong interest in the intersection between art and science and collaborates with faculty members in the arts and humanities, teaching interdisciplinary courses that examine topics from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

Learn more about Emma:

Emma Marris at TedSummit
Nature is Everywhere–we just need to learn to see it

How do you define “nature?” If we define it as that which is untouched by humans, then we won’t have any left, says environmental writer Emma Marris.