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Join a lively discussion on why urban forests are important

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10 weeks 4 days ago

Join us for our second Biophilia: ITHACA forum for a lively presentation and discussion.

Jeanne Grace, Ithaca City Forester, will share the inside scoop on what drives tree management decisions, why urban forests are important, and how Ithaca’s urban canopy stacks up against other cities. As forester, Jeanne interacts with tree lovers and tree skeptics on issues related to nature in the city and our connection to it on a daily basis.

Date/time: Tuesday, October 10; 5:00 -6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public; no registration required
Location: Just Be Cause Center, 1013 W. State Street, Ithaca

What is Biophilia: ITHACA?

Biophilia is the human affinity for interacting with nature.  The term “biophilia,” which literally means “love of life,” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson.

Biophilia: ITHACA is modeled after the Biophilia: PITTSBURGH which is a “pilot chapter for a global Biophilia Network of creative minds dedicated to strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action.”

Our Mission: To strengthen human connections to nature and to advocate for policies and practices that benefit the local natural environment.

Our Goals:
•    To create a supportive and inclusive network that fosters collaboration and learning about biophilia among people with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints
•    To welcome and inspire others with the concept of biophilia
•    To explore new approaches to strengthening human connections to nature and to discuss their application to our local community
•    To use our collective voice to advocate for and to assist in the implementation of policies and practices that benefit the natural environment


Free and open to all. Refreshments will be provided. This forum is sponsored by Ithaca Children's Garden, and the biophilia:ITHACA chapter is comprised of numerous individuals and organizations.

Our mission is to strengthen human connection to nature. All are invited to attend this forum and become active with biophilia: ITHACA. Contact hnc24@cornell.edu or erin@ithacachildrensgarden.org for more information.