Great Adventures & Explorations Lecture Series
Community Center Auditorium
The Great Adventures and Explorations series features adventurers of many kinds, including historians, authors and photographers who dare to follow in the footsteps of past explorers or even to venture on their own incredible journeys. These speakers will captivate you with their stories and bring out a little bit of the adventurer in you!
|General Admission||$35/lecture||All four lectures $125|
|Reserved Seating||$60/lecture||All four lectures $200|
|Sponsorship||$150/lecture||All four lectures $500|
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | 4:30pm
Michael Yamashita, National Geographic Photographer
Zheng He: Tracing the Epic Voyages of China’s Greatest Explorer
Before the legendary explorations of Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan, Admiral Zheng He sailed from Ming-dynasty China, and in 28 years made seven voyages visiting 30 countries. With his fleet of hundreds of junks he came close to conquering the world, until the Ming dynasty’s power shriveled and the explorer’s accomplishments were all but forgotten. In a compelling tribute to Zheng He, Michael Yamashita traces each of his journeys and pays homage to the impressive achievements of this explorer, whose feats equal or surpass those of better-known explorers. Photographer Michael Yamashita has been shooting for the National Geographic magazine for over 30 years, combining his dual passions of photography and travel. Yamashita’s particular specialty is in retracing the paths of famous travelers, resulting in stories on Marco Polo, the Japanese poet Basho, and the Chinese explorer Zheng He.
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Monday, March 5, 2018 | 5:00pm
Zeb Hogan, Ecologist, Environmentalist, National Geographic Fellow
Freshwater Ecosystems: The Plight of Endangered Fish Species
Dr. Zeb Hogan has spent the past 20 years studying the world’s freshwater ecosystems, working to merge conservation science with conservation education and action. His passion for freshwater comes partially from his love, fascination and curiosity about aquatic habitats, and partially from a recognition that freshwater fish are one of nature’s true underdogs: misunderstood, understudied and severely threatened by human activity. He gets inspiration from the hope that we can find balance between our needs as humans and the need to preserve increasingly fragile freshwater ecosystems. Zeb is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada-Reno, a National Geographic Society Fellow, United Nations Convention on Migratory Species Scientific Councilor for Fish. He also hosts the National Geographic television series, Monster Fish. His research includes contributions to understanding the migratory patterns and population status of vulnerable fish species, to the designation of the giant Mekong catfish as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, and awareness-raising through international media and local communications about the plight of endangered fish species and their habitats.Buy Tickets
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 5:00 PM
Mac Stone, Conservation Photographer
Dispatches From the Field: Stories From a Conservation Photographer
Mac Stone returns to Boca Grande to discuss a number of fascinating projects he’s been working on – including America’s most endangered bird, the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow; a natural phenomena which occurs once a decade in the desert of California, called the “Super Bloom”; and the history of Florida’s Freshwater Springs, the freshwater equivalent of coral reefs.
Mac Stone is a conservation photographer from Gainesville, Florida. Growing up exploring the springs, swamps, and hammocks of North Central Florida, he developed a passion for photography at a young age. Over the years his camera has carried him to some of the most remote and imperiled areas this side of the globe. Through photography, Stone strives to start new conversations and expose the dynamic relationship between mankind and the natural world. When he is not photographing the bottomlands and backwoods of the southeastern U.S., Stone is a product tester for Columbia Sportswear, a Google Trekker, winner of the Save Our Seas Foundation Marine Conservation Photography Grant, official photographer for Savage Race, a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and the Executive Director of Naturaland Trust.Buy Tickets