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Oct 02 2019

Lifelong Learning

By Caroline Morris for The Island Connection

The South Carolina Aquarium kicked off its 2019-2020 Holland Lifelong Learning Program series Sept. 25 with “The Other TSA: Keeping Turtle Species Safe,” and five more installments will follow from October 2019 through March 2020.

Now it its fifth season, the Aquarium’s Holland Lifelong Learning Program is a series of lectures that address trending topics in conservation and reflect the Aquarium’s mission to connect people with water, wildlife and wild places. The series is underwritten by a generous gift from Mary and Mason Holland.

“The Holland Lifelong Learning Program is really popular because of its casual nature,” said Kendyll Collins, an educator at the Aquarium who oversees the program.

“It’s entertaining, informative and very personal – these topics hit close to home.”

Other scheduled lectures for the 2019-2020 series include:

Oct. 15

  • 6 p.m.
  • Dockery’s on Daniel Island
  • “Life Through a Lens: An Evening with Wildlife Photographer Scott Snider”

Through vivid storytelling and astounding visuals, Snider will introduce us to the heart-pounding moments behind the lens. Lean more about how his work, featured in National Geographic, Discovery, Animal Planet and more, has been used as a tool for conservation.

Nov. 21

  • 6 p.m.
  • South Carolina Aquarium
  • “Microplastics and Mega Problems: Pollution Solutions in the Lowcountry”

One of the biggest threats we face today is smaller than a pencil eraser. Microplastics are toxin-absorbing pieces of plastic less than 5 millimeters long. Learn more about the research being conducted in Charleston Harbor and what businesses and communities are doing to address this issue. The South Carolina Aquarium is honored to welcome Dr. John Weinstein, chair of biology at The Citadel, and Lia Colabello, principal of Plastic Pollution Solutions.

Jan. 2020

  • Date to be determined
  • Rita Hollings Science Center, College of Charleston
  • “Wild Ideas: Learning from Nature to Solve Human Problems”

What do sharks, termites, kingfishers and pitcher plants have in common?

By emulating their design, scientists have helped to make our lives safer, stronger and more efficient. This borrowing of ideas is called biomimicry, and there is still a world of possibilities to discover. Join us as we learn more from Deborah Bidwell, College of Charleston senior instructor.

Feb. 11, 2020

  • 6 p.m.
  • South Carolina Aquarium
  • “Sex, Drugs and Seaslime: An Evening with Author Dr. Ellen Prager”

You’ll never look at the ocean the same way. Join us as we host renowned marine scientist and author Dr. Ellen Prager. She’ll introduce us to the slimy, salacious and life-sustaining animals that live beneath the waves.

This lecture will be followed by a book signing and meet and greet.

Mar. 27, 2020

  • 6 p.m.
  • The American Theater
  • “Testing the Waters: A Comfortable Conversation about Climate Change”

Tickets can be purchased for $10 at scaquarium.org/lifelonglearning. Members receive a $5 discount, and space is limited.

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