CHARLESTON, S.C. — Jan. 20, 2016 — Join a legendary panel of conservation luminaries, including celebrated oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, as they look at how aquariums, zoos and other conservation institutions help to increase our capacities for concern, empathy, affection and care for the whole community of life. “Why Do Zoos and Aquariums Matter?” is the finale event in the Holland Lifelong Learning series, and is made possible through a partnership with the Center for Humans and Nature. The event takes place Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
The progressive series, which launched in September 2015, offers educational opportunities that spark inquiry and exploration for all age groups. Made possible through the generous contribution from Mary and Mason Holland to the Aquarium’s Watershed Fund, the program serves the Charleston community with educational experiences that reflect the Aquarium’s vision of connecting people with water, wildlife and wild places.
2016 Finale Event: Why Do Zoos and Aquariums Matter?
Every year, an estimated one tenth of the world’s population passes through the gates of zoos and aquariums. It has been shown that zoo and aquarium visits can enhance public understanding of wildlife and the conservation of the places animals live. Yet research suggests that an increasing number of people oppose the concept of captivity. The finale in the Holland Lifelong Learning series will bring together thought leaders who will explore the foundational elements of the ethics of conservation in order to foster a culture in which people care for both each other and nature. This urgent and meaningful conversation will aim to cultivate a more compassionate, and interconnected future for our natural world.
Dr. Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Author, Lecturer
Jeanne Gang, Architect and MacArthur Fellow, Founder of Studio Gang
Dr. Jeffrey Bonner, President and CEO, St. Louis Zoo
Scott Corwon, Founder, IMPACTS Research
Dr. Alejandro Grajal, Sr. Vice President for Conservation and Education, Chicago Zoological Society
Kevin Mills, President and CEO, South Carolina Aquarium
Julie Packard, Executive Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Holland Lifelong Learning Finale: Why Do Zoos and Aquariums Matter Friday, Feb. 19, 2016
5:30-7 p.m.: Presentation at the American Theater, 446 King St.
7:30-9:30 p.m.: Dinner, William Aiken House, 456 King St.
$10, students; $20, Aquarium-members; $30, general public
$65, Aquarium-members; $80, general public
Space is limited and reservations are required. Click here to reserve your tickets or call (843) 577-FISH (3474).