• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

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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