Art Opening & Dear Earth Debut
The Promise of an Acorn
Sunday, July 22
Opening Reception: 1-3 p.m. (no charge)
Dear Earth Talk: 3-4 p.m. ($20 members / $25 nonmembers)
Guided Tour of Ryerson Woods' Oak Restoration Project
Dear EarthFEATURING SKIP TWARDOSZ & GEROULD WILHELM
with Nan Buckardt: 4 p.m. (no charge)
Moderated by Brooke Hecht
In the Chicago region, the people, plants and animals that depend on oaks stretch back centuries. Join these renowned speakers to uncover the cultural and ecological secrets of these critical species and learn how to nourish them into the future. This talk will be moderated by Brooke Hecht, esteemed President of the Center for Humans and Nature.
Skip Twardosz is of Potawatomi descent, is a singer and traditional dancer who presents for schools, historical groups, museums, libraries, scout troops and community organizations. Skip is a former member of the Chicago American Indian Center and was Spiritual Elder for Sacred Circle Native Student Organization at the University of Wisconsin, Parkside. He is an amateur historian of native woodland culture. He has functioned as Storyteller, Fire Keeper and Elder for many Native gatherings in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.
Gerould Wilhelm is principal botanist and ecologist for Conservation Design Forum and director of research for Conservation Research Institute. He is also co-author with Laura Rericha of the newly released edition of “Flora of the Chicago Region: a Floristic and Ecological Synthesis,” which illuminates the 1,800 plus native plant species around Chicago. Gerould is widely known as a foremost botanist, research taxonomist and educator.
The Promise of an Acorn exhibition focuses not just on the oak itself, but also on the unique habitat it creates, the other species it supports, and its impact on the environment and culture.
Beverly Behrens · Stephanie Bird · Gabriella Boros · Carrie Carlson · Dolores Diaz · Heidi Jachna · Heeyoung Kim · Kumie Kim · Taehoon Kim
Peggy Macnamara · Victoria Marchio · Mary McCloskey · Carol Jean Rogalski · Barbara Rose · Carla Schmakel · Georgia Schwender · Vicky Tesmer
WHAT IS AN OAK ECOSYSTEM? So much more than just a type of tree, oaks are a keystone species that provide critical food and habitat for more than 600 species and create their own unique ecosystems by affecting the light levels, soil moisture, pH, and types of organic matter found in their surroundings. In addition, each large oak can reduce 5,400 gallons of storm water runoff and remove more than 1,000 lbs. per year of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They are also drought and heat tolerant, making them relatively well adapted to future climate impacts. Unfortunately, the number of these trees has been reduced by 80% in our local region, and they are in need of our help to make a comeback.