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Tip Sheet for the Week of May 29, 2006

RELEASED: May 29, 2006

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A ribbon cutting ceremony and pancake breakfast will mark the opening of the North River Fronts Park Kids' Garden from 10 a.m. to noon June 3 in North River Fronts Park.
The park is located at the intersection of Forest Street and Huyssen Street, four blocks north of Madison Street. Eau Claire County UW-Extension staff and Michael Frey, a senior biology major and service-learning volunteer at UW-Eau Claire, will help children plant a garden. The children, ages 5-10, will tend the garden during the summer. The kids are enrolled in vegetable garden classes through UW-Extension. Kids' Garden classes at the park will be from 10:30-11:45 a.m. June 20-Aug.15. The garden plots were built by UW-Eau Claire student and community volunteers in cooperation with the Center for Service-Learning, Eau Claire City Parks and Recreation, the North River Fronts Neighborhood Association, UW-Extension Horticulture and Master Gardeners, and the UW-Extension Nutrition Education Program. Jeremy Gragert, a UW-Eau Claire alumnus and AmeriCorps* VISTA member, organized student volunteers to build the garden plots. The kids will harvest, clean and prepare food several times during the program. Last year nearly 40 youth were involved. For details, contact Nancy Coffey, Kids' Garden project coordinator, at (715) 839-4712 or nancy.coffey@ces.uwex.edu.

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A geography professor will talk about exploring and mapping what lies beneath Wisconsin's lakes and rivers at noon May 31 at Sweetwaters Restaurant.
Dr. Sean Hartnett, professor of geography and anthropology, will also discuss how the bathymetric maps are used for scientific and recreational purposes. For example, finished maps are prized by anglers who consult the maps for potential fishing sites. And they are useful for things such as calculating the volume and flushing rate of the water body, vital statistics for lake monitoring. Hartnett has been teaching cartography and computer mapping skills at UW-Eau Claire since 1984. He began mapping Wisconsin lakes and rivers in 1986 and has developed new techniques for utilizing global positioning systems and geography information system technologies to produce the maps. He has produced 20 bathymetric maps of Wisconsin lakes. Reporters are welcome at the May 31 event, which is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series.

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