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Schramm Education Center

21502 W. Hwy. 31, Gretna, NE 68028
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September 5, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Cost: Free

Schramm Education Center presents Schramm Sunday Speaker Series, a monthly program where experts in the field deliver fascinating presentations on the natural and cultural history of Nebraska. The series is free and open to the public, and is designed to promote conversations that facilitate scientific literacy, and encourage lifelong learning for all ages.

Have you ever run into a spider web while walking in the woods? That web might have belonged to a spiny orb-weaving spider (Micrathena gracilis). These small spiders weave large, wheel-shaped webs in Nebraska forests - plus, these critters might buzz if you pick them up! Join Dr. Tyler Corey, biology instructor at Southeast Community College, to learn about the lives of these charismatic spiders and to hear about his research with your fellow Nebraskans - including spider-eating wasps, jumping spiders, and orb-weaving spiders. We'll begin the program with a short talk, and then we'll head outside and look for spiders and mud-dauber wasps around the Education Center.

Limited number of seats available. Register in advance for this free program here: https://forms.gle/W5wEWtEorJgbDBuE6

About the Speaker
Dr. Tyler Corey is a biology instructor at Southeast Community College, where he teaches introductory biology and animal behavior courses. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where his research studied the evolution and ecology of animal antipredator defenses (in other words, how animals avoid being eaten). He has developed interactive programs for many outreach events across Nebraska to help the people feel more comfortable with arachnids, engage in science, and learn about the incredible biology that we can observe all around us.

The speaker series will be held one Sunday every month from 2pm to 3pm. All speaker series programs are offered to the public for free, and located in the center’s classroom, accessible through the West Entrance. Visitors who wish to also tour Schramm Education Center will need to pay admission and enter through the main entrance. No park permit is required in the center’s parking lot. For questions please contact Jen Ruyle, Outdoor Education Specialist at [email protected] or 402-332-5022.