Robert Smithson’s Amarillo Ramp and the Legacy of Land Art
Revett’s topic for Cultural Conversations will be a lecture about Robert Smithson’s Amarillo Ramp, the iconic work of land art 15 miles Northwest of Amarillo, along with a brief history of land and environmental art. The Ramp was built in 1973, and attracts from visitors all over the world. However, few locals go to see the work, or even know of its existence. Revett aims to shed light on Amarillo Ramp and other works that deal with environment on a grand scale.
Dr. David Sissom, Professor of Biology and Head of the Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences at WT, will be sharing with us everything we really need to know about The Natural History of Spiders in the Panhandle, in a presentation that's sure to be riveting and enlightening!
As part of our Wednesday Sunset, Wildflowers and Wine regular potluck evenings, Dr. Aaron Pan, executive director of Don Harrington Discovery Center, will be teaching us all about our local grasshoppers and leading us on a hunt to see how many species we can find.
Last time we did this we found 23 different species in the space of an hour!
Potluck rules apply, as usual.
$3 adults. $2 for kids over 3 and seniors 65 plus.
Friday night- 7 PM at Wildcat Bluff. Not sure how long it will last, but may go til 9 PM. Bring a phone, IPad, digital camera. We will have to download an app for use on Saturday. I believe it will be similar to the inaturalist.org app for project “Tx Milkweeds for Monarchs” we had to log into to report our milkweed findings that time we were at Alibates.
The Blackfooted Ferret ( BFF) is so rare, that it was thought to be extinct until 1981 when 129 were located in Meeteetse Wyoming. However , in 1985, following disease outbreaks, the population dwindled to just 18. Those 18 were captured and captive breeding began. The ferret's near demise was an indirect result of it being a specialized carnivore.
Dr. Aaron Pan from the Don Harrington Discovery Center will be leading us on an exciting adventure to look for moths around Wildcat Bluff. We will start off in the Gilvin Building until it gets dark, then go outside to see what gets attracted to our white sheet 'trap,' with blacklight. This is part of National Moth week and is sponsored by the West Amarillo Environmental Consortium.
We know how great rainwater is for our lawns and gardens. Wouldn’t be wonderful if we could store it for the dry times? Saturday, June 6 at 10am, Wildcat Bluff will show you how you can collect rainwater! Member Dave Stebbins will take us on a virtual tour of a half dozen Amarillo home-sized rainwater systems. You’ll get tips and techniques to harvest rainwater and you’ll learn ways to get it to your plants. Join us!
Monday, July 20, 2015 - 8:30am to Friday, July 24, 2015 - 3:30pm
For ages 8-11. Calling all you budding artists! Does nature inspire you? This will be a week of bringing out your creative side to make art using natural, as well as man-made materials to depict nature in all its glory!
We will use natural materials, spending some time outside hiking around, both looking for inspiration and scavenging for stuff to make art with.
This camp costs $195 for non-members, $160 for members, and runs daily from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.