October 7-11: The city in the forest lecture | DIY Data Gathering | MOTU @ Nerd Nite | PHS Tree Tenders Training

Here are a few of this week’s especially nerdy, plannerly events. Enjoy!

LEARN: The City in the Forest, How Urban Nature Changes Lives and Saves the Planet

Monday, October 7. 6 pm. The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Science and environment writer Emma Marris, author of Rambunctious Garden, will give a talk about the relationship between nature and city dwellers. Marris argues that as humans change every aspect of the earth, the strategies for saving nature must change as well. 

HACK: DIY Data Gathering

Tuesday, October 8. 6:30pm – 8:30pm. First Round Capital, 4040 Locust Street. The sources of data around us are endless – open government data, FOIA request results and even just walking around the neighborhood. Join Hacks/Hackers and the Online News Association on Tuesday to learn three ways to make that data useful – to tell a story or create a cool visualization. 

GEEK: MOTU @ Nerd Nite

Wednesday, October 9. 7:30pm. Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave. As part of the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities’ (MOTU) fifth anniversary celebrations, MOTU will take part in Philadelphia Nerd Nite, a monthly event held in more than 60 cities. Over drinks, several people give 18-21 minute “fun-yet-informative” presentations on any number of topics – anything from math feuds to the science of the Simpsons. 

GROW: PHS Tree Tenders Training

Wednesday, October 9. 5:30pm – 9pm. PHS Headquarters, 100 N. 20th Street, 5th Floor. The Pennsylvania Horticulture Society is offering its nine-hour PHS Tree Tenders training course in three sessions. The course teaches residents how to restore and care for the local tree population. Each session is hands-on and covers tree biology, urban stresses on trees, tree identification, tree planting, community organizing, tree pruning and root care. Pre-registration is required and available online at www.pennhort.net/treetenders. Cost: $25. 

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