‘Lawn of the Dead!’ Workshop at Roger Tory Peterson Institute on October 26

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Roger Tory Peterson Institute

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) invites you to Lawn of the Dead! on Friday, October 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It has been said that if you compared the average American lawn to a desert, the desert would win easily with much greater life and species diversity. Keeping up a lawn is both a chore for you and harmful to all flora and fauna in the area.  

This special landscape design workshop will help you learn how to make your yard a haven for native and migrating wildlife. You will discover how your landscape choices as a homeowner can improve the health of our communities and provide essential pollinator pathways. The workshop will also explore how design can facilitate more effective environmental stewardship,  including the ways in which Roger Tory Peterson used his art to advocate for conservation. Finally, you will leave the workshop with the tools and inspiration needed to plan for landscape improvements next spring, and the knowledge to help re–wild your backyard and bring it back to life! 

The Lawn of the Dead! workshop will be lead by Jason Dilworth and Megan Urban of Designers and Forests, a collaborative which investigates the relationship between humans and the natural world.  Designers & Forests focuses on sustainability in design through workshops and projects, including the design of the companion publication to Alberto Rey’s Extinct Birds Project exhibition, now on view at RTPI. 

The cost to attend the workshop is $15 for adults and $10 for students.  The workshop will include a light, working lunch as well admission to RTPI’s current exhibits.  We encourage participation from Western New York homeowners, but all are welcome.  If interested, please RSVP no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19th by calling (616) 665–2473.  For more information about this or other events at the Institute, call 665–2473 or visit www.rtpi.org. RTPI is located at 311 Curtis Street in Jamestown.