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Listen in on a expert Museum staff as they engage in lively conversations on select topics outdoors on the Museum grounds. These spontaneous and unscripted sessions will make for interesting conversations.

Outdoor Spotlight Talks Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

    • Science

Listen in on a expert Museum staff as they engage in lively conversations on select topics outdoors on the Museum grounds. These spontaneous and unscripted sessions will make for interesting conversations.

    Earth Day Reflection

    Earth Day Reflection

    Learn how the natural landscape at Crystal Bridges was developed, and what processes are in place to grow and maintain it from Director of Trails and Grounds Scott Eccleston and Horticulturist Cody George. Explore the landscape design which integrates the Museum’s modern building with its environment. Learn about sustainable practices onsite, and the use of native plants and special cultivars.

    • 35 min
    Preserving a Natural Spring's Beauty

    Preserving a Natural Spring's Beauty

    Crystal Bridges’ name originates from Crystal Spring, a natural spring located just south of the Museum. Horticulturist Cody George and University of Arkansas Department of Geosciences Professor Van Brahana discuss the Museum’s efforts to preserve the area’s rock beds and plant life.

    • 35 min
    The Original Bridge For Crystal Bridges

    The Original Bridge For Crystal Bridges

    Director of Trails & Grounds Scott Eccleston describes the unique Tulip Tree Shelter structure, which was used as the test roof for the Crystal Bridges’ innovative cable design. Scott also points out the native trees of this wooded area.

    • 34 min
    Shaping The Land Through Open Engagement

    Shaping The Land Through Open Engagement

    Director of Facilities and Grounds Scott Eccleston and Trails and Grounds Manager Clay Bakker to discuss their open engagement plan: involving the community to lead the way in cultivating Crystal Bridges’ landscape.

    • 34 min
    Preserving the Freshwater Ecosystem at Crystal Bridges

    Preserving the Freshwater Ecosystem at Crystal Bridges

    With the natural flowing water of Crystal Spring on the Museum grounds and the two ponds on the Museum’s campus, preserving water quality is a major project for the grounds team. Integrating the Museum with the water ecosystem has meant creating a new wetland area as well as a filtering system to keep the flowing creek water clean. Irrigation technician Brian Batchelor discusses safe, sustainable practices in maintaining the wetland area and irrigating plant life by recycling water. Horticulturist Cody George also presents on drought-tolerant species.

    • 33 min
    Richard Louv on The Nature Principle

    Richard Louv on The Nature Principle

    World-renowned author & Kansas City native, Richard Louv talks about his latest book, The Nature Principle, which offers a new vision of the future in which our lives are as immersed in nature as in nature as they are in technology.


    • 1 hr 15 min

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