Preview Park at Orange County Great Park in Irvine.
Preview Park at Orange County Great Park in Irvine.

Orange County Great Park Not Yet Sustainable, But Its Lecture Series Is

CORRECTION: The sponsor of the lecture series is corrected (see below) . . .

Preview Park at Orange County Great Park in Irvine.
Preview Park at Orange County Great Park in Irvine.

With the jury (grand and otherwise) still out on whether the Orange County Great Park is a sustainable project--fiscally, environmentally, popularly--the Great Park Conservancy Corporation tonight launches a free natural history lecture series dedicated to sustainable living.

The lineup for the series, which is held in the Great Park Conservancy Room, follows:

Thursday, April 8, 7 p.m.
"The Role of Plants in Urban Ecosystems"
Presented by Professor Diane Pataki, UC Irvine
What are the environmental benefits of urban green space? What species are best to plant?  Can we plant trees and save water at the same time? Learn about research that measures plant physiology, water use, and greenhouse gas emissions from backyards, parks, and street trees.

Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m.
"Dangerous Liaisons? When Cultivated Plants Mate With Their Wild Relatives"
Presented by Professor Norm Ellstrand, UC Riverside
People have genetically changed the plants we use for food and fiber for thousands of years.  New scientific techniques have produced plants whose genetically "engineered" traits are spreading to nearby wild plants. Learn about this topic, so central to the Great Park agricultural and ecological missions.

Thursday, May 13, 7 p.m.
"Citrus Goes Global"
Presented by Dr. Tracy Kahn, UC Riverside
Citrus is so important in California's agricultural heritage. The University of California, Riverside has one of the most extensive living collections of citrus in the world with over 1,000 different types. The extraordinary diversity includes "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue." Come "taste" the diversity!

Thursday, June 10, 7 p.m.
"Amphibians and Reptiles of Southern California"
Presented by Bradford Hollingsworth, Ph.D., San Diego Natural History Museum
Frogs, salamanders, lizards, snakes, and turtles... How did geological forces affect the development of these incredible animals? Learn about their amazing biodiversity and forces that shape their lives. In addition, our region's diverse topography and numerous ecosystems allow for the evolution of new species.

Directions to the Preview Park and other information about the series is available at the Orange County Great Park website,


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