Arbor Day Webinar Conference

Members of the campus community and the general public are invited to celebrate National Arbor Day once again with the Canal Forest Restoration Project (CFRP) and Rice Creek Field Station!

We're hosting our 2nd Annual Arbor Day Webinar Conference on Friday, April 30, 2021 (National Arbor Day), from 9 am to 4 pm, via Zoom. A diverse lineup of speakers (below) will be discussing topics related to trees and forests. Attendees can join as many or as few webinars as they wish. Webinar recordings will be posted to the CFRP's YouTube channel after the event for those who cannot attend live.

SUNY Oswego students who attend at least one webinar are eligible to receive a free tree to bring home with them at the end of the semester!

Questions should be directed to We hope to 'see' you there!


Conference Schedule

Friday, April 30, 2021 | 9 am to 4 pm

Webinars are 30-45 minutes long, including time for questions.


9 am | A Year in Review: CFRP 2020

Presenters: Piper Warren, Kristen Haynes & Steve Frost, CFRP team members
Description: Despite the challenges of 2020, the Canal Forest Restoration Project team, including Rice Creek Field Station staff, SUNY Oswego students, and project partners, had a successful season growing, planting, and giving away trees. Join us to hear stats from 2020, see our new educational materials, and get updated on our infrastructure improvements, volunteer contributions, and donations. We will also discuss our progress and tree giveaway plans for the 2021 season.

Read more about the CFRP

10 am | Book Talk on Seeds: One Man's Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton

Presenter: Richard Horan, author
Description: Award-winning local author Richard Horan went on a quest to locate still-living trees that influenced American authors of the past, collect seeds, and grow them to start a new generation from these illustrious mother trees. In this talk, Horan describes his ambitious project, which served as the basis for his book Seeds, as well as the people who helped make the project and book possible.

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11 am | Maple Syrup: Forest Foods for a Sustainable Future

Presenter: Aaron Wightman from the Cornell Maple Program
Description: Maple syrup isn't just a delicious treat. When you choose real maple syrup over other sweeteners, you also support a form of sustainable food production known as agroforestry. Popular sugar crops such as beets, sugar cane, and corn all have negative environmental impacts including habitat fragmentation and polluted waterways. In contrast, maple syrup is produced from intact forest ecosystems that retain all their value for wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, and water filtration. This presentation will discuss the rapid growth of the maple products industry and the role of agroforestry in a sustainable future.

read more about Cornell's Maple Program

12 PM | Made In Oswego: From Tree Tap to Table

Presenters: Kate Spector, Deiarra Canty, and David Victome from the Sustainability Office at SUNY Oswego
Description: Trees are one of the most valuable resources we have available to us. They provide fresh air for us to breathe, shade on hot summer days, and delicious sap to help satisfy a sweet tooth. Our maple tapping project was a fun and educational opportunity for us to sustainably collect tree sap for consumption. Our goal is for the audience to hear our story that tells all the details of what worked, what didn’t work, what we learned as a group and any plans for future expansion. The tree tapping process that we experienced is very DIY friendly and we hope that this project will encourage others to go try it out for themselves at home.

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2 pm | Interactions of Art, Ecology, and Biology: Hybrid Matter and Sustainable Art Practices & The Plant Image as Method

Presenters: Darya Warner and John Santomieri from the University at Buffalo
Description: Hybrid Matter is a series of traveling site-specific temporal sculptures that address local sites, their history, and ecology. The project initiates a dialogue on sustainable art practices and the collaborative possibility of art and science and executed by using an open-source 3D bioprinter, MycoPrinter. MycoPrinter prints locally sourced substrate ready for inoculation with various types of fungi, thus combining additive manufacturing with fungi biological tissue to create a living sculpture. It was developed over the course of 3 years of research conducted at 3 different institutions. The primary impetus for this project comes from the overflow of toxic, non-recycled materials from industries that further harm our environment.

The Plant Image as Method breaks down our image-based perception of plants and the natural environment. By surveying plant representations in media and popular culture, this presentation will question their significant presence in our media-based expressions, and contemplate the human/plant relationship within larger social contexts.

Read more about the Bioart lab

3 pm | Plant Love Stories

Presenters: Rebecca Barak (Chicago Botanic Garden) and Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie (University of Maine & Colby College)
Description: Plant Love Stories is a project started by conservation scientists that celebrates the emotional connections between people and plants. We collect and share stories about plant love from scientists, students, gardeners, outdoor-enthusiasts, and self-proclaimed plant-haters. We're excited to spread the plant love this Arbor Day and tell stories about how our project germinated, sprouted, and grew!

read more about plant love stories