Evening Activities

Please join your friends and colleagues for these post-dinner events:


Earth Educators' Rendezvous Opening Reception
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. University of Kansas - EEEC's Robert M. Beren Petroleum Center Auditorium
Join us for the opening reception for the 2018 Earth Educators' Rendezvous. Take this opportunity to meet new colleagues, catch up with old ones, and anticipate a great week of Earth education. Light appetizers and a no-host bar.


Need to stretch your legs after a long day? Check out Ku's Prairie Acre Prairie Acre was established in 1932 and is the last remaining patch of native tallgrass prairie on the KU Lawrence Campus. The site is located south of Blake and Twente Halls. The demonstration garden provides visitors with the chance to get a closer look at many of the native plant species that can be found in Prairie Acre and other remnant tall-grass prairies. The gardens most active bloom period is during the summer months, but contains some species that bloom during the spring and fall. The KU Center for Sustainability invites you to take a moment to walk through the garden, using the informational signs to become familiar with the vegetation that once completely covered Mount Oread.


Night at the Museum! Join the University of Kansas Natural History Museum after hours for two "behind the scenes" tours: ichthyology (fishes) collection tour with collection manager Andy Bentley, and vertebrate paleontology collection tour with KU paleontology graduate students and staff- 7:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. A donation of $7 is requested. The museum will also have additional graduate students stationed throughout the museum to talk about their research as related to specific exhibits. The museum is open to only EER participants from 7 to 8:30 p.m. so even if you miss the scheduled tours, check the museum out!


EarthConnections Alliance Open Meeting-Wednesday 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Ritchie Hall: 366
The EarthConnections Alliance seeks to catalyze a new approach to geoscience education in communities across our country, creating a world in which all students can travel along geo-educational pathways that begin in their early education and continue through college and end in meaningful careers while linking geoscience learning with opportunities to serve their local community. Much work is currently taking place in individual communities and projects to move toward this vision. Participants in this open meeting will discuss how they can work together to support and expand this work. We invite participation by those who have already begun to link geoscience learning to community service at any level, as well as those who are just developing interest.

GER and Geo2YC Division and Friends Social: The Geo2YC and the GER divisions will be co-sponsoring a happy hour event at McClain's Market (located north right across the street from the Geography & Atmospheric Science building and the Earth, Energy, and Environment Center on KU's campus) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Appetizers will be provided.

LGBTQ+Allies Meetup: We invite any LGBTQ participants and allies to meet up for an informal time of food, drinks, and socializing on Wednesday evening. We'll start the meet-up at 7:00 PM at McClain's Market and go until people lose interest or 9:00 PM when they close. We won't be making a dinner reservation so folks are welcome to drop in for just a few minutes or stay as long as they like. That way, you can attend the joint Geo2YC and GER division happy hour (at the same location!) and then stay for socializing with us! Please contact John McDaris (jmcdaris@carleton.edu, http://serc.carleton.edu/serc/john.html) so we can get a rough head count or if you have any questions.

McClain's Market
1420 Crescent Rd.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Join the University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Free State Brewing Company for "Science on Tap" 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The July 18th edition of "Science on Tap" welcomes Mark Robbins for a talk titled "Exploring the Birdlife of Guyana." What birds are found in some of the world's most difficult places to access? KU ornithologist Mark Robbins will share what it was like to document birdlife on a remote tabletop mountain in Guyana that is one of the wettest places on the planet, and what discoveries he and colleagues from the Smithsonian made during the expedition. Note: This is a free public event that takes place at Free State Brewing Co. in downtown Lawrence. We recommend that people arrive by 7pm in order to get a seat and enjoy dinner.

Experience the summer Grand Finale performance of the Lawrence Summer Band Concert Series. Location: South Park, 1141 Massachusetts Street, Time: 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at Murphy Hall, Room 130 on the KU campus.


Join the city of Lawrence for the 59th Annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale From sunup to sundown,"it's the biggest sale of the year, drawing thousands of shoppers from far and wide! Clothes, shoes, art, jewelry, sports, accessories, games - you name it, we've got it!"


Staying in the area after the Rendezvous? Lawrence and the surrounding area provide opportunities for fun and relaxation. Check out these sites for event calendars, restaurant recommendations, maps, tours, etc.

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Outside of Lawrence/Kansas City
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