ELC’s ‘Adventures in Learning’ lecture series begins Jan. 28

NEWS RELEASE

The Environmental Learning Center is proud to launch its 2018 ELC Adventures in Learning Lecture Series, focusing on the interaction of nature, science and the arts with human well-being. These talks will take place at the ELC campus on three Sundays: January 28, February 18 and March 18, at 2:30 pm with a second lecture repeated at 4:30 pm.

Angela Hanscom

Opening the series on January 28 will be Angela Hanscom, founder of TimberNook, the award-winning nature-based children’s school with locations in the US, Australia, and New Zealand. She will speak on “Nature Play for Healthy Child Development.” Ms. Hanscom is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post and National Public Radio education blogs.

Following on February 18, nature photographer

Melissa Groo

will present a talk on “Conservation and Ethics in Nature Photography.” Groo’s nature photos have been featured in and on the covers of Smithsonian magazine, Audubon magazine, Outdoor Photographer, National Wildlife, and other news outlets. Her photo of Rothschild’s giraffes in the wild was just selected as one of Smithsonian magazine’s “Most Powerful Photos of the Year.”

Melissa Groo

“Designing Green Healthy Cities for all” will be the topic of the final talk of the series on March 18. The presenter will be Jenna Cramer, a green building and communities expert focused on transforming where humans live, work and play into habitat that is environmentally and financially sustainable as well as socially equitable. She is Vice President for Transformation and Community at the Green Building Alliance.

“We look forward to bringing such talented, visionary speakers to our campus,” says ELC Executive Director Mollie Steinwald, “and providing this not-to-be-missed opportunity for the community.”

The price for single tickets for each lecture is $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 2 – 11 and students with ID. ELC members receive a 20% discount. A season pass to all three lectures is available at a cost of $50 for adults, $25 for children 2 – 11 and students with ID. Again, ELC members receive the 20% discount. A 75% discount is available with proof of financial need: SNAP, EBT or Medicaid Cards, or Free/Reduced Lunch or TANF letters.

The Environmental Learning Center is located north of Vero Beach off County Road 510 at the end of the Wabasso Bridge. Its mission is to educate, inspire and empower all people, including those with minimal access to nature, to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being. The 64-acre campus includes exhibit areas, native plant gardens, picnic facilities and visitor center. ELC membership benefits, a list of its many field excursions, EcoVentures, including nature walks, canoe excursions, and boating adventures can be found at www.DiscoverELC.org.

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