Colloquium Talk Wednesday, April 20

April 19th, 2011 by Douglas Earick

New Hampshire’s Environmental Literacy Plan – A Blueprint for the Future of Environmental Education in New Hampshire

Presenter: Dr. Judith Silverberg
Location: PSU’s Boyd Hall, Room 001
Time: 4:00 – 5:00PM
Free admission

For the last two years a diverse group of educators has been gathering information and drafting an environmental literacy plan for New Hampshire.  This effort is part of a nationwide goal of having environmental literacy plans for all states.  This session will focus on the reasoning behind having an environmental literacy plan as well as the process that has been used in its development. Participants will discuss the points that are contained in New Hampshire’s draft plan.

Dr. Judith Silverberg has thirty-five years experience in working with natural resources agencies in Wisconsin, Connecticut and New Hampshire.   She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison for both her bachelors (Wildlife Ecology) and master’s degree (Environmental Education) and the University of New Hampshire for her doctorate (Natural Resources). Currently she works for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department where she is actively involved in planning and implementing wildlife education and viewing programs throughout New Hampshire.


Environmental Science Colloquium Series Talk

April 4th, 2011 by Douglas Earick

Brook Trout Research in New Hampshire – John Magee, NH Fish & Game
April 6, 2011
Boyd Hall 001
4:00 – 5:00PM

NH Brook TroutThe brook trout is a priority fish species in New Hampshire for several reasons.  Brook trout are native species, highly prized by anglers, indicative of excellent water quality, and quite beautiful.  There is mounting evidence that this species is declining throughout its range in the eastern United States.  To address this decline, there are several efforts underway to protect and restore the species and its habitat.  To do this effectively, we need to know more.  Although much is known about the ecology of brook trout, still many of the details are vague, and it seems that each population differs from the next in unexpected ways.  The presentation will look at some of the recent results of habitat use research on this fascinating species.

John Magee has a Master’s in Zoology from University of Maine, Orono.After graduation, he worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service on Atlantic salmon in Maine, a consulting firm in New Hampshire, and has been the Fish Habitat Biologist at New Hampshire Fish and Game since 2004.

Introduction to Permaculture

March 29th, 2011 by Kimberly

A hands-on, minds-on workshop for the public

trellis in permaculture

Come and learn what permaculture is all about and why it is important to you and your community. Permaculture works with a set of ethics and principles that suggest we think and act responsibly to each other and the earth. How does permaculture differ from other approaches to sustainable land use? Permaculture is one of the most holistic, integrated systems analysis and design methodologies found in the world. The workshop will include an introduction to the Permaculture Ethics and Principles using images from Permaculture sites, an introduction to the Permaculture Design Process, and an optional afternoon visit  to the PSU EcoHouse to learn more about this emerging Permaculture Site and help with the its installation.

This workshop is especially useful for homeowners, farmers, community activists, and gardeners. If you are working toward a sustainable future and want practical tools and applicable methodologies,then session is for you!

Date: May 14, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Room 001, Boyd Hall
Cost: $22

Agenda for the workshop

8:45 AM    Registration

9:00 AM    Introduction to Permaculture

10:30 AM  Break

10:45 AM   Designing Your Landscape

12:00 PM   Lunch on your own

1:oo PM      The EcoHouse Project: From Concept to Implementation
presented by Stephanie

2:00 PM     Walk to PSU’s EcoHouse

2:15 PM      Hands-on demonstration (weather permitting)

4:00 PM     Wrap up and evaluation


For more information about the workshop or to register, please contact Melissa Greenawalt-Yelle,


Practical Improvements for Homeowners

March 29th, 2011 by Kimberly

In partnership with Button Up New Hampshire, Plymouth Better Buildings and the White Mountains Institute are co-hosting a workshop aimed at helping homeowners identify the greatest opportunities for saving energy in homes and where to find technical and financial resources to get started.

Date: April 6, 2011
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: PSU’s EcoHouse, located on the roundabout on Main Street
Cost: FREE and open to the public

To register, please contact Madeline McElaney, or 603-717-6531.

Download a flyer about the workshop here.

Camp PSU 2011: Celebrate the Forest!

March 28th, 2011 by Kimberly

Camp PSU 2011

Tuesday, July 26th through Friday, July 29th, 2011

This year’s program will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Weeks Act–the legislation responsible for creating the national forests. Nestled at the base of the White Mountain National Forest, Plymouth State University is the perfect place for participants to learn more about this landmark legislation and how the forest has influenced the heritage and environment of NH.

For more information or to register for this year’s program, please see our website.


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