Noer turf center hosts Backyard Safari at the 2009 Grandparent’s University

Backyard Safari: Bugs, Dirt and Grass is the theme for one of this year’s Grandparent’s University programs sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Scheduled for July 16-17 at the O.J. Noer Turfgrass Research and Educational Facility, grandparents and their children will have hands-on opportunities to learn about the amazing world of our backyard environments. Faculty and staff from Entomology, Horticulture, Plant Pathology and Soil Science will help students collect and learn about insects, feel and identify different soil types, learn how to grow grass, and use microscopes to see the microbial world of urban ecosystems. Students will also enjoy time-honored lawn games such as croquet and bocce ball, hone their golf putting skills, and play tennis with tennis phenomenon John Powless. While sold out for this year, please let us know if you’d enjoy this opportunity for next year by contacting Audra Anderson at 608-845-6536.