The TMN Tuesday advanced training series is provided by MCTMN members as part of the Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL), a project of Victoria College. The ALL Spring Open House to register for 2020 spring lectures will be held on Wednesday, January 15th with a General Meeting at 1:30 and then session registration 2–4 pm. To register after Open House, email Jennifer Mann (preferred) or call (361) 582-2426. Note: Session attendees must be members of ALL. The annual membership fee is $60. See information about ALL and how to become a member. All sessions are at the Victoria College Emerging Technology Complex Conference & Education Center, 7403 Lone Tree Road, Victoria, TX unless otherwise stated. Report as AT: Lecture Series and specify ALL in the description. Interested in presenting? Check your roster and contact Beth Hudson.
- Tue Jan 21, 5:30 pm Intro to Geology of Texas and the Coastal Bend by Greg Simmons—Gain insight into the geologic history of Texas, particularly over the last 150 million years. Learn to recognize geologic names and understand the geologic processes that affect our daily lives. Where do our oil and gas resources come from? Our ground water? What are our crops and range lands growing on? What are our houses build upon? And where do our natural building materials come from?
- Tue, Mar 3, 5:30 pm One Plastic Bag at a Time by Beth Hudson—Participants will discuss the prevalence and effects of plastics in our environment, learn a method for recycling plastic shopping bags and other plastic bags and begin a plastic bag recycling project of their own.
- Tue, Mar 31, 9:00 am Powderhorn Wildlife Management Area Tour by Dan Walker, Manager—Come explore one of Texas’ newest Wildlife Management Areas. Discover the diversity of plant and animal life that call the land home and what it takes to manage a vast area along the Texas coast. Learn a bit of the land’s history, how it came to become state land, along with plans for its future. Registrants will receive details about where to meet the tour.
- Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 5:30:00 PM Shell Middens: an Open Time Capsule into the Lives of Archaic Native Americans in the Coastal Bend by Debbie Griffith—Learn about shell middens and how they hold preserved tools, weapons, jewelry and food used by Native Americans as far back as 4,000 years ago (the Late Archaic period). Learn how a “trash pile” has enriched our understanding of archaic lives along the Texas Gulf Coast. What can we see? How and when did it happen?
- Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 5:30:00 PM The Mysterious Life of Bats by Cathy Koenig—Bats are the only mammals capable of true and sustained flight. Come learn about them, gain an understanding of their part in our complex ecosystem and debunk their bad reputation. Learn of locations where they can be observed in numbers and discuss a possible field trip in the planning for the fall 2020 schedule of ALL.