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Now in its seventh 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. These events are made possible by the generous support of Mary and Mason Holland.

If you have questions about this lecture series, please reach out to Laura Christensen at lchristensen@scaquarium.org or (843) 579-8593.

Next season’s lectures will be announced soon. Until then, view our other events!

Season 7, Lectures 1–5

Talkin’ Smack: The Life Cycle and Future of Jellies

Wednesday, September 15 | 6:30 p.m. | South Carolina Aquarium
What is a jelly? Will jellies take over our ocean? Why should I care? Join us for another season of Holland Lifelong Learning to discover the answers to these questions and many more! We’ll welcome Skidaway Institute of Oceanography researcher, Dr. Laura Treible, as well as Shannon Howard, senior biologist II at the Aquarium, as they help us understand and appreciate smacks, or groups, of jellies.

Thank You to Our Sponsors
Mary and Mason Holland
Christopher Kauker, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Missed the lecture? No worries. Watch the live recording.

Kiawah Bobcats: Understanding Lynx in the Food Chain

Tuesday, October 19 | 6:30 p.m. | South Carolina Aquarium
GPS collars have given scientists an inside look into the elusive lives of bobcats. Join Jim Jordan, wildlife biologist with the Town of Kiawah Island, to learn about our local bobcat population, the crucial role they play in the food chain and ways you can help ensure a future for bobcats.

Thank You to Our Sponsors
Mary and Mason Holland
Christopher Kauker, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Missed the lecture? No worries. Watch the live recording.

Their Tern: Protecting Bird Sanctuaries

Wednesday, November 10 | 6:30 p.m. | South Carolina Aquarium
From plovers to skimmers to terns, hundreds of thousands of birds flock to our coast each year. Serving as a stopover for birds with long migrations and a nesting site for resident species, South Carolina’s bird sanctuaries are critical to many species’ survival. Join Nolan Schillerstrom, coastal program associate at Audubon South Carolina, as he takes us under his wing and sheds light on the importance of bird sanctuaries and public beaches to coastal birds.

Thank You to Our Sponsors
Mary and Mason Holland
Christopher Kauker, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Missed the lecture? No worries. Watch the live recording.

Sowing Sea Beans: From the Saltmarsh to the Dinner Plate

Thursday, January 20 | 6:30 p.m. | South Carolina Aquarium
What are sea beans? How do you cook with them? Heron Farms works with over a dozen salt tolerant plants, like sea beans, that are changing the face of seawater agriculture. Join their CEO, Sam Norton, is as he fills us in on these salty snacks and the importance of saltmarsh restoration.

Thank You to Our Sponsors
Mary and Mason Holland
Christopher Kauker, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Missed the lecture? No worries. Watch the live recording.

Fecal Matters: Get the Scoop on Poop

Thursday, February 17 | 6:30 p.m. | South Carolina Aquarium
It’s the who’s who of poo! Join Kristina Wheeler, natural history interpretation specialist of the Charleston County Parks, and learn how scat can help us identify animals on our nature adventures and how it provides an inside look into an animal’s natural history.

Thank You to Our Sponsors
Mary and Mason Holland
Christopher Kauker, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Missed the lecture? No worries. Watch the live recording.

Speed Dating With Scientists: Continuing the Conversation

Thursday, March 31 | 6:00 p.m. | South Carolina Aquarium
What’s the main goal of a second date? Getting to know each other better! Join a few of our past Holland Lifelong Learning speakers as they give us updates on how their work has developed since we last saw them, from funding turtle protections and using biomimicry for regenerative highway systems, to advancing dolphin research and how the world is turning to aquariums as conservation leaders.

The evening’s experts include:

  • Clinton Doak, assistant curator at Turtle Survival Alliance
  • Deborah Bidwell, certified biomimicry professional and senior instructor of biology at the College of Charleston
  • Kevin Mills, president and CEO of the South Carolina Aquarium
  • Meghan Galipeau, volunteer and teen programs manager at the South Carolina Aquarium and dolphin research scientist

Thank You to Our Sponsors
Mary and Mason Holland
Christopher Kauker, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

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