Environment & Science

This course is designed specifically for those with little or no knowledge in this area, just a desire to travel on an exploration of the universe, its galaxies, planets, moons, stars, constellations and more. The course is held at the tutor's home. Friday
The word “Bon-sai” (often misspelled as bonzai or banzai) is a Japanese term which, literally translated, means “planted in a container”. This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, part of which was then redeveloped under the influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism. It has been around for well over a thousand years. The ultimate goal of growing a Bonsai is to create a miniaturized but realistic representation of nature in the form of a tree. Bonsai are not genetically dwarfed plants, in fact, any tree species can be used to grow one. The course is held at the tutor's home and the mere nature of the craft requires along term commitment to achieve results. Tuesday
This course will appeal to those wanting to know more about the environment in general and in particular Bribie’s natural environment. Some of the subjects to be discussed will include: *Bribie’s special fauna such as its turtles and birdlife *Native plants of Bribie including how to grow them and care for them *Wildflowers of Bribie *Special places of Bribie such as its beaches, its parks and natural areas including threats to these areas and who is protecting them, what is being done *Human impacts on Bribie’s environment both before and after European settlement *Reducing personal impacts on the environment including reducing power consumption (and saving money by doing that) Participants will be encouraged to share their observations and concerns and to suggest additional topics for discussion. Thursday
This 6 week course is based on the publication "Guide to Genetic Testing and Genetic Genealogy" by Baline Bettinger, and will include investigation of genetic genealogy basics and common misconceptions. This course is heavily weighted towards genealogy with little emphasis placed on the scientific aspects of DNA or genetic engineering. Monday
This 6 week course will offer people with a love of plants, more information on how they work, reproduce and how to identify them among other interesting facts in the wonderful world of plants.

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