Faculty and Staff Life 

  • Horticulture Spring Service Project – The Horticulture Department is accepting donations of new or gently used clothes and toys to benefit clients of The Nest, a safe place for education, counseling and support to children and families in crisis. Clothing sizes from newborn to adult 14/16 are welcome. Drop off March 28 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at N318 Agriculture Science Center North. Click here for more information.
  • ENT 110: Insect Biology – Advisors, please tell your students about this course, which is offered each fall and spring semester from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in Erikson Hall. The course fulfills the core requirement for natural sciences and covers a wide range of topics including insect identification, insect pests, beneficial insects, pests of concern to Kentucky, diseases transmitted by insects, their importance as pollinators and much more. Email Janet Lensing for more information.
  • Barnhart Fund for Excellence – The application period for fiscal year 2019 grants is now open through March 19. Click here for application details.


Upcoming events 

  • March 15 – Opening Day at Kentucky Children’s Garden, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Kentucky Children’s Garden at The Arboretum. For details, click here.
  • March 19 – Kentucky Water Resources Symposium, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Marriott Griffin Gate Resort. A forum for water researchers, managers and educators to share results and learn from others interested in the waters of the commonwealth. The symposium will include a plenary session, poster presentations, an awards luncheon and breakout sessions on a variety of topics. This symposium will qualify for professional development credit for licensed engineers. Sponsored by the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute, Kentucky Geological Survey, U.S. Geological Survey and the Kentucky Division of Water. Click here for more information.
  • March 22-25 – BAE Lawn Mower Clinic, dates, times and costs vary. Click here for more information and to sign up to have your lawn mower serviced by the UK BAE student branch of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.  Call Jayne White with questions, 859-218-4329.
  • March 31 – Arboretum Volunteer Fair, 9-10 a.m., The Arboretum visitor center. Learn about all of the volunteer opportunities at The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. Opportunities including working with plants, people and children in a beautiful outdoor setting.
  • March 31 – Kentucky Children’s Garden Volunteer Orientation, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Arboretum visitor center.  Do you enjoy working with children in the outdoors? Would you like to volunteer to make a difference in your community? Join us for a Kentucky Children's Garden volunteer orientation to learn about how you can help! Preregistration is required. Click here to register and for more information.
  • April 5 – Rooted in Soil Workshop, 5:30-7 p.m., The Arboretum visitor center. You will learn how soils are created and formed, examine the three general soil types that are present throughout the state and learn how Kentucky soils provide the foundation for very different plant environments. We will visit a specially created soil pit so you can experience the view below the surface. Preregistration required. Suggested donation $3. Click here for more information.
  • April 7 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 5:30-7 p.m., The Arboretum visitor center. Animals, birds and insects interact with plants in a multitude of ways. You will learn some of the amazing, and sometimes weird, ways animals interact with and even change plants, and some of the ways plants have changed animals. Click here for more information.
  • April 7 – Spring has Sprung, Kentucky Children’s Garden, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Discover the joy and wonder of the seasons with the whole family. Have fun while learning by visiting booths that include demonstrations, crafts and plant giveaways. Each booth will be hosted by local organizations and volunteers. Help us plant the Arbor Day tree at 11 a.m. The Kentucky Children’s Garden will remain open the rest of the day. Admission is $3 per person or $10 for a group of four or five. FREE for KCG members. Click here for more information.
  • April 11 – LGBTQ and Friends, Faculty and Staff Cookout, 5:30-7 p.m., in the Courtyard between Bradley and Breckinridge halls. This event is open to all UK employees and their families. It is a great way to meet new folks, to grow community and to enjoy delicious food and music. Email Emily Brenzel for more information.
  • April 14 – 2018 Boot, Scoot & Boogie 5K, The Club at Spindletop Hall, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 3414 Iron Works Pike, Lexington. The UK Agricultural Education Society is hosting its third annual 5K race. All monies will go toward the goal of a $100,000 endowed scholarship fund for agricultural education students. Includes timed race, DJ, awards for overall and age groups, finisher medals, raffle for participants and race T-shirt, if registered by April 1. Click here for more details.
  • April 19 – From Pawpaws to Parasites, 5:30-7 p.m., The Arboretum visitor center. In this workshop, participants will get an overview of the various ways trees and plants are connected, starting with the obvious and moving to the more obscure, culminating in a fun outdoor excursion to see connections in action. Preregistration is required. Suggested donation $3 per person or $5 for a family. Click here for more information.
  • April 26 – Wonder and Joy, 5:30-7 p.m., Kentucky Children’s Garden at The Arboretum. Children build their earliest connections to the natural world through play, but not all play is equal in how it supports child development and/or lasting connections. This family gathering will help parents better understand the value of play and will offer strategies for supporting the exploration of nature through play. Preregistration required. Suggested donation $3. Click here for more information.
  • April 28 – Call to the Post Derby Bash, 6-11 p.m., The Round Barn Stable of Memories at Red Mile. Mix and mingle over complimentary drinks with college alumni and friends. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Bayou Bluegrass Catering. Superfecta will have you dancing throughout the night. We will have live music, a silent auction and a bourbon pull. Dress in your best Derby clubhouse attire. All proceeds support area chapter scholarships. Click here for more information.


Job Opening

  • Arboretum Internship –TheArboretum is currently accepting applications for the Walk Across Kentucky Native Plants Internship. This is a full-time, paid internship for UK students who are interested in learning about native plants and ecosystems, landscape maintenance and public gardens. Click here for more information.

Save the Date

  • May 8 – UK Wheat Field Day, UKREC Farm, Princeton. For more information, click here.
  • May 12 – Lexington Family Nature Club at The Arboretum. Click here for more information.
  • May 12 – French Toast 5K Run and 3K Walk at North Central 4-H CampClick here for more information.
  • May 17 – Obesity/Diabetes Research DayClick here for more information.
  • July 11-20 – Public Speaking CampClick here for more information.
  • July 24 – Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field DayClick here for more information.
  • Sept. 17-22 – Mountain Ag Week and Field DayClick here for more information.

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