News tips and events for the week of May 6

Tip 1: Stone Lab growing: The Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, already the home of extensive long-term efforts to improve Lake Erie’s water quality, is adding a new research building at Put-in-Bay and new monitoring equipment on the Maumee River, Lake Erie’s largest tributary. It’s all thanks to funding provided by Ohio Senate Bill 299, the bipartisan Clean Lake 2020 Plan. Signed into law last summer, the plan provides funding for water quality programs that protect Lake Erie. Read more about the lab’s improvements in “Growing for science,” new on the college’s CFAES Stories website, at go.osu.edu/Cw5z

Tip 2: New visitor center: Secrest Arboretum, located on the Wooster campus of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), hosts a public open house at its new Welcome and Education Center on May 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The $2 million facility is the arboretum’s first-ever visitor center. Details are in a CFAES news release available at go.osu.edu/Cw5V. Reporters are welcome to interview Secrest Arboretum Curator Jason Veil, veil.11@osu.edu, 330-202-3582.

Tip 3: Spring plant sales: CFAES’ two arboreta—Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens in Columbus and Secrest Arboretum in Wooster—are both holding benefit plant sales this weekend. Both annual events attract hundreds of gardeners and plant lovers. Chadwick’s Spring Plant Sale and Auction Fundraiser is May 10–11. Secrest’s Plant Discovery Day (sale and auction) is May 11 concurrent with the arboretum’s visitor center open house. CFAES news releases about the events are at go.osu.edu/Cw5s and go.osu.edu/Cw5V. Reporters may contact Chadwick director Mary Maloney at maloney.23@osu.edu, 614-688-3479, and Secrest curator Jason Veil at veil.11@osu.edu, 330-202-3582.

May 2019

8 Tree Walk, 1–2 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Features a range of tree-related topics including selection, planting, pests, and diseases. Free, no reservations required. Details: 330-263-3761.

10–11 Spring Plant Sale and Auction Fundraiser, northwest corner of Lane Avenue and Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio. Plant sale and auctions benefitting Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens. May 9, 5:30–8:30 p.m.: Presale and preview party for Friends of Chadwick Arboretum members only; unusual tree and shrub auction at 6 p.m. May 10, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Public sale; unusual tree and shrub auction at 4 p.m. May 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Public sale; unusual tree and shrub auction at 10 a.m. Free admission. Details: go.osu.edu/Cw8J

10 Plant Discovery Day Presale, 3–4 p.m., Secrest Welcome Center, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Plant sale presale and free admission for members of Friends of Secrest Arboretum only. Proceeds benefit CFAES’ Secrest Arboretum. Details: go.osu.edu/CuGV.

11 Plant Discovery Day Plant Sale and Secrest Welcome Center Open House, Secrest Welcome Center, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Plant sale and auctions benefitting Secrest Arboretum. 1–3 p.m.: Open house for new Secrest Welcome and Education Center. Talks, food trucks, and arboretum tours throughout the event. Free admission. Details: go.osu.edu/CuGg.

14 Environmental Professionals Network monthly breakfast program, “Building Relationships to Increase Prosperity and Well-Being in Ohio Communities,” 7:15–9:30 a.m. with extended Ohio State networking program from 9:50 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus. Registration is $10, free for students, and includes breakfast. Details and link to register: go.osu.edu/Cw6v.

16 Private Pesticide Applicator Testing, testing begins at 10 a.m., Portage County office of OSU Extension, 706 Oakwood St., Room 101, Ravenna, Ohio. Details: go.osu.edu/Cr8z.

17 Financial Concepts for Natural Resource Managers, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Ohio State, Columbus. Registration: $50 includes lunch and materials. Please bring a laptop and calculator. Details: go.osu.edu/Cv47.

18 Simply Nature for Families, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Secrest Welcome Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Children will be led through several outdoor activities and receive a take-home kit to connect the park experience with backyard nature. Activities are free, but please call 330-263-3968 by May 15 to register. Intended audience is children ages 5–10, accompanied by parents, grandparents, or other caregivers. Details: go.osu.edu/Cr8v.

21 Seeing Bugs Through a New Lens, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Road, Ohio State, Columbus. Insect and plant photography workshop by CFAES’ Danae Wolfe. Registration: $10. Details: go.osu.edu/Cw6x.  

22 New Pesticide Applicator Training, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Cost: $35 morning session, $30 afternoon sessions. Preregistration encouraged; on-site registration by cash or check only. Details: go.osu.edu/Csqn.

22 Trees on Tap, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Eisenhower Hall, 1760 University Drive, Ohio State Mansfield campus, Mansfield, Ohio. Workshop designed to encourage a love of trees, including updates on new pests and diseases and a special focus on oaks. Registration is $45, which includes snacks, lunch, and handouts. Details and link to register: go.osu.edu/Cw63

June 2019

Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., North End Community Improvement Collaborative, 134 N. Main St., Mansfield, Ohio. Designed to meet the Produce Safety Rule training requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Free for Ohio residents; $85 for out-of-state residents; lunch not provided. Registration deadline: May 22. Details: go.osu.edu/Cw7D.

7 Hydrangea School, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Workshop on selecting and growing hydrangeas. Registration: $40 for members of Friends of Secrest Arboretum; $45 for nonmembers. Details: go.osu.edu/Cw7G.

8 Guided Bird Walk, 9–11 a.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. For birdwatchers of all skill levels. Led by members of Greater Mohican Audubon Society. Free. Details: 330-263-3761, go.osu.edu/Cw7J.

10-14 4-H Global AgriCULTURE Camp, 9 a.m. June 10 to 5 p.m. June 14, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center (Columbus, Ohio) and Heifer Global Village (Howell, Michigan). A new camp designed to help teens decipher the daunting issues of hunger and poverty, and create commitments to local actions. Limited to 25 campers. Registration: $350, which includes all supplies and overnight accommodations in Ohio State north campus student dorms and at the Heifer Global Village in Howell, Michigan. All meals, snacks, and insurance are also included. Registration deadline: May 1. Details: go.osu.edu/Cv5B.

12 Tree Walk, 1–2 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Features a range of tree-related topics including selection, planting, pests, and diseases. Free, no reservations required. Details: 330-263-3761.

13 Ohio Lawn Care Association Northeast Seminar, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Arden Shisler Conference Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Professional development program for lawn care professionals. Registration fees vary. Details and link to register: go.osu.edu/Cw7N

13 Whiz Bang Science Show, 7–8 p.m, John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Free, open to the public. The show will be canceled in the event of severe weather. Contact: Gwen Zimmerly, 330-263-3761, zimmerly.30@osu.edu.

15 In the Garden Seminar, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bravo Room, Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy, Ohio. Topics will include diversifying your landscape, new conifers, encouraging communities to support pollinators, and others. Cost: $40, $32 for master gardeners. Contact: Amanda Bennett, 937-440-3945, bennett.709@osu.edu.

22 Large Acreage Conservation Demonstration and Education Site Tour, 10 a.m. to noon, Gwynne Conservation Area, Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 135 State Route 38 NE, London, Ohio. Tour featuring land management practices that promote soil, water, woodland, and wildlife conservation. Demonstration area includes pollinator plots, cover crop plots, and streambank restoration area. Presented by Ohio State’s Sustainable Agriculture Team. Free admission. Part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Details: oeffa.org/news/farm-tours-2019

25 The Wondrous World of Lichens, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Cost: $40, $45 for nonmembers. Contact: Paul Snyder, 330-263-3761, snyder.1062@osu.edu.

26 Diversified Crop and Production Field Day, 2 p.m., Ohio State University South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio. Tour featuring aquaponics, climate-smart agriculture, long-term tillage and cover crops, berries, pumpkins, paw paw trees, organic farming, and more. Presented by Ohio State’s Sustainable Agriculture Team. Free admission. Part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Details: oeffa.org/news/farm-tours-2019

July 2019

9 Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Training, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.,Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Preregistration: $90 (lunch included), on-site registration $100 (lunch not included). Details: go.osu.edu/Cv5D.

10 Tree Walk, 1–2 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Features a range of tree-related topics including selection, planting, pests, and diseases. Free, no reservations required. Details: 330-263-3761.

11 Whiz Bang Science Show, 7–8 p.m, John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Free, open to the public. The show will be canceled in the event of severe weather. Contact: Gwen Zimmerly, 330-263-3761, zimmerly.30@osu.edu.

13 Pioneering Urban Farm Tour, 10–11:30 a.m., Four Seasons City Farm, 931 E. Mound St., Columbus, Ohio. Tour featuring plantings and programs at the oldest operating urban farm in Columbus. Presented by Ohio State’s Sustainable Agriculture Team. Free admission. Part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Details: oeffa.org/news/farm-tours-2019

13 Insect Night, 8–10:30 p.m., Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. For children of all ages and their families. Free. Bring a flashlight, good walking shoes, and a clear jar to collect insects. Details: go.osu.edu/Cv5G.

18 Summer Grafting Workshop, 8 a.m. to noon, Jack and Deb Miller Pavillion, Secrest Arboretum, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio. Registration: $35 Secrest members, $45 nonmembers. Preregistration is required. The hands-on workshop will focus on summer grafting of tree species. Rootstock and scion will be provided. Details: go.osu.edu/Cv5J.