The first event in Ashland University’s Environmental Lecture Series for 2015-16 will be a presentation by Steve McKee, retired director of the Richland County Park District.
McKee played a leading role in establishment of the Richland B&O trail and the Gorman Nature Center. Reports are that his retirement appears to sustain his active and central role in environmental education and outreach, with a core focus on north-central Ohio.
McKee will speak on “A Natural History of our Own Backyard.” The lecture will be held Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall of the Schar College of Education. This event is free and open to the public.
The goal of the “In Our Own Backyard” series this year will be to explore examples of local natural history and ecology and make connections to issues, questions and plans for the future.
“There might be a message about land-use priorities for sustaining what we have, insights about special habitats, or highlights about the less common species that do well in our part of Ohio,” said Dr. Patricia Saunders, associate professor of biology and director of AU’s Environmental Science Program.