Starts 1st March, 10-11.30am, 4 Fridays, $36
1 March 2024 - 22 March 2024
Fascinated by science and the way our world works? Like variety? Then this course is for you. Speakers from quite different backgrounds will give us insights into their specialist subjects:
1st March BACKYARD BEEKEEPING – Gordon Nairn
We invite you to delve into the wonderful and intriguing world of beekeeping and to find out about why bees are so vital to our world. Gordon Nairn is the hive master at the Christchurch Hobiest Bee Keeping Club. He will share with you his passion for bee keeping and breeding queen bees. He will bring along a display hive and there will be plenty of time for questions about all things bees!
8th March THE LITTLE BOOK OF SPIDERS – Dr Simon Pollard
Simon's latest book, The Little Book of Spiders will be released in the US and the UK on 2 April 2024. Hear Simon talk about how he approached the project and the fantastic tales and illustrations of spiders that fill the book's pages.
15th March IN PRAISE OF PHYTOPLANKTON IN THE SEA – Paul Broady
Phytoplankton are the microscopic algae that could be called the "grass of the ocean". They are at the base of the food webs which support most other marine life, hugely diverse and often beautiful in their microscopic appearance. They have several vital roles in ocean ecology. As the climate changes, their abundance, distribution and activities will also change.
22nd March WHY IS THAT WETA SINGING? THE INCREDIBLE INSECTS OF AOTEAROA – Dr Simon Pollard
Simon is currently working on his fourth book for Te Papa Press. Hear about our incredible insects, where 90 % of an estimated 20,000 species are only found in New Zealand.