Now in its third season, Holland Lifelong Learning allows you to explore top issues in conservation, research and science with expert-led discussions geared toward adults in a relaxed social environment.

Holland Lifelong Learning is pledging to be plastic-free this year! Enjoy complimentary food and refreshments at each session and be sure to bring your own reusable water bottle!

These events are made possible by the generous support of Mary and Mason Holland and their commitment to the Watershed Campaign. Interested in sponsoring a lecture? Please reach out to Stephanie Gabosch at or (843) 579-8628.

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Dolphins Are Sounding the Alarm: Are We Listening?

Wednesday, September 20 | 6:30 PM | Harbor Overlook at the South Carolina Aquarium
We’re all connected by land and water, but what exactly lies beneath the surface? Dolphins are helping us decipher this question and giving us important insight into our shared fate. Don’t miss the Holland season opener with MUSC research professor Dr. Patricia Fair and the Aquarium’s resident dolphin expert Meghan Galipeau. Read the lecture recap.

The Tide Is High: Where Art and Action Collide

Monday, October 23 | 6:30 PM | Great Hall at the South Carolina Aquarium
Can one man’s trash be another’s treasure? Activist artist Aurora Robson focuses on intercepting the waste stream and changing the conversation around plastic pollution. With an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans today, Robson demonstrates how to reuse plastic in sculpture form with Wave, a breathtaking “ring of fire” made from recovered Tide detergent bottles. Read the lecture recap.

Thank You to Our Sponsors
Pearlstine Family Fund
Paula R. Feldman
Tom and Kathleen Wright

Biomedicine in Our Backyard: The Power of Blue Blood

Wednesday, November 15 | 6:30 PM | Charles River Laboratories
Ever wonder who, or what, is behind a majority of medical advances? You can thank your neighbor, the horseshoe crab, and learn of their amazing contribution to medicine through Dr. Norm Wainwright, Director of Research and Development at Charles River Laboratories. Stick around for an exclusive tour and see firsthand how these animals are making an impact. Read the lecture recap.

A Blue Vision: A Bright Future For Our Oceans

Monday, February 12 | 6:30 pm | Great Ocean Tank at the South Carolina Aquarium
What has the ocean done for you? What would you do for the ocean? Join the South Carolina Aquarium as we host David Helvarg to learn how individual actions and community solutions can help protect our oceans’ future. David Helvarg is an author, journalist, and Executive Director of Blue Frontier. Read the lecture recap.

Craft Your Coastline: What’s Brewing with Oyster Restoration

Wednesday, February 21 | 6:30 pm | Cooper River Brewing
Oysters hold more value than just the occasional pearl – Michael Hodges, Biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, will pry open a new understanding of oyster biology. Enjoy a cold brew while learning about the many benefits these bivalves provide for coastlines and our communities. Read the lecture recap.

From Gigabytes to Nature Hikes: Connecting With the Outdoors in a Digital Age

Friday, March 16 | 6:00 pm | Francis Marion Hotel
At the finale of this year’s Holland Lifelong Learning series, we’re taking a deep dive into technology’s influence on our perception of nature and conservation of the natural world. To begin the conversation, pioneering author Richard Louv will deliver a virtual keynote address on why we need more nature as our lives become more high-tech. During the panel discussion, industry experts Danni Washington, Scott Snider, and Brad Krey will examine how technology is shaping our understanding of the wild in ways that we could only imagine years ago. Join us to examine the intersection of technology and nature in depth and to renew your passion for the great outdoors. Read the lecture recap.