Dr. Dorceta Taylor | 2018
Dr. Dorceta Taylor is known as an environmental sociologist for her work on environmental justice and racism. She is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability. Dr. Taylor explores the rise of the U.S. conservation movement and the origins of nature protection in America as well as historical and contemporary gender, class, and racial dynamics in nature protection around the country.
Brett Harper | 2015
“I count the wings, not the feathers,” was the credo of the late modernist Charley Harper (1922-2007). Brett Harper, the son of Charley and Edie Harper and director of the Harper studio, presented an illustrated lecture about his father’s 60-year career to accompany an exhibition of Charley Harper’s work, Nature Seen Through the Eyes of Artist Charley Harper. Brett’s presentation demonstrated how Charley developed the style that he described as “minimal realism”, where he captured the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements. Harper’s true love was the portrayal of birds, animals, insects, sea life, in the world around.
Michael Pollan | 2014
Michael Pollan writes about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. Pollan is the author of five books: In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008) The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006), The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World (2001), A Place of My Own (1997), and Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education (1991). Pollan co-starred in the documentary, Food, Inc. (2008), for which he was also a consultant.
Jean-Michel Cousteau | 2011
Since first being “thrown overboard” by his father Jacques Cousteau at the age of seven with newly invented SCUBA gear on his back, Jean-Michel has been exploring the world’s oceans for much of his life. Jean-Michel founded the Ocean Futures Society in 1999, a marine conservation and education organization which fosters a conservation ethic, conducts research, and develops marine education programs.
Brother Yusuf Burgess, ”Using the Power of Nature” | November 5, 2009
Brother Yusuf was an Environmental Educator at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and coordinator of Urban Outreach. His thought provoking presentation focused on how to engage youths in the natural world through outdoor recreational activities like boating, camping, fishing, hiking and skiing excursions. A leader in the No Child Left Inside movement, Brother Yusuf left us too soon, but his insights on the transformations that occur when youths spend meaningful time outdoors, will impact many for decades to come.
Jeff Corwin – ”Tales from the Field” | October 18, 2009
Jeff Corwin is an Emmy winner as host of ”The Jeff Corwin Experience”, one of the most popular shows on cable television. Corwin has been working for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems around the world since he was a teenager.
Cheryl Charles, Ph.D. -The ”No Child Left Inside” Movement | April 16, 2009
Cheryl Charles is President and CEO of the Children & Nature Network and co-chair of the Education for Sustainable Development Working Group of the Commission on Education and Communication, World Conservation Union (IUCN-CEC). Cheryl is an innovator, educator, author and organizational executive. Cheryl served for close to 20 years as national director of the two most widely used environment education programs in North America, Project Learning Tree and Project WILD, and has received numerous awards for her leadership.
Jerome Ringo | 2008
Jerome Ringo has vast experience in organizing environmental and labor communities and his drive to further diversify the environmental movement bridges many of the Apollo Alliances partners to ]create a broad based coalition, providing real solutions to our energy crisis.
Andrew Winston- ”Green to Gold” Author | November 13, 2008
Andrew is a globally recognized expert on green businesses and is dedicated to helping companies both large and small use environmental strategy to grow, create enduring value, and build stronger relationships with employees, customers and other stakeholders.
Jerome Ringo- President, Apollo Alliance. ”The Color of Green, The Next Inconvenient Truth” | November 13, 2008
Jerome Ringo has vast experience organizing environmental and labor communities and his drive to further diversify the environmental movement bridges many of the Apollo Alliances partners to create a broad based coalition, providing real solutions to our energy crisis.
Douglas Tallamy- ”Bringing Nature Home”, Author | October 11, 2008
Douglas W. Tallamy is professor and chair of the Department of Entomology at the University of Delaware in Newark Delaware. He has written more than 65 research articles and has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology and other courses for many years. Chief among his research goals is to understand the way insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.
Richard Louv- ”Last Child in the Woods” Author | October 22,2008
Kalamazoo Nature Center hosts Richard Louv for a second time at the Concert Auditorium at Michigan State University. The “No Child Left Inside” movement has grown to a national scale and more than 2000 people attended to hear the story of the Children and Nature Network.
Jeff Corwin – ”Tales from the Field” | October 29, 2006
Jeff Corwin is an Emmy winner as host of “The Jeff Corwin Experience”, one of the most popular shows on cable television. Corwin has been working for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems around the world since he was a teenager.
Richard Louv, child advocacy expert and journalist, has created a groundswell of action/reaction across the country with this powerful presentation of research showing the adverse effects of “nature deficit disorder” on today’s generation of plugged-in children.
Tom Turpin – ”A Bug in Your Syrup” | September 24, 2005
Torn Turpin is a professor of Entomology at Purdue University. Dr. Turpin is the creator of Purdue’s “Bug Bowl,” a celebration of insect science. He has been featured in numerous news stories includingTime and People magazines, quoted on major television and radio programs, and has appeared on “Good Morning America,” the Guinness World Record Show” and the “Prairie Home Companion” radio show. He also writes a bi-monthly column, “On Six Legs” that appears in over 40 newspapers. He currently is a monthly guest on AM 920 magazine on WBAA.
Jack Hanna-Animal Planet (Wildlife TV Show) | May 13, 2005
Jack Hanna is the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He is the television host of ”Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures”. Jack shares conservation messages through stories of global animal encounters. He regularly appears on ”Good Morning America”, ”The Late Show with David Letterman”, ”Larry King Live”, and the ”Fox News Program”.
Dennis Fijikowski ”Michigan is Cougar Country” | October 19, 2004
Dennis Fijikowski is the Executive Director of the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy. In 2001, this non-profit organization proved the existence of cougars in the Upper Peninsula with a variety of evidence including tracks, cougar-killed deer, and DNA from scat (droppings). The Conservancy recently proved with DNA and other evidence that cougars exist in the Lower Peninsula counties of Emmet, Presque Isle, Alcona and Roscommon.
Bil Gilbert Natural Coincidence, The Trip from Kalamazoo | September 22, 2004
Bil Gilbert is one of America’s most prominent and popular natural history essayists and authors. Over the last four decades, Gilbert has appeared in Audubon, Smithsonian, Discover, Esquire, and the New York Times. And he’s authored several books, including Nature”, ”In God’s Countries”, and ”The Weasels”.
The Kratt Brothers, Adventurers | November 15, 2003
Chris and Martin Kratt began by founding the Earth Creatures Company in 1990, now known as the Kratt Brothers Company, and then formed the Kratt Brothers’ Creature Hero Society, and group that empowers kids to be creature heroes by helping animals in a variety of facets. The success of these endeavors encouraged them to launch the popular PBS television series, ”Kratts’ Creatures” in 1996. Their television series, ”Zoboomafoo with the Kratt Brothers” earned an Emmy Award for outstanding direction in a children’s show in May of 2001.
Ann Bancroft, Journey Across Antarctica | October 12, 2002
Ann Bancroft was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame (1995), named MS. Magazine’s “Woman of the Year” in 1987, and featured in the book ”Remarkable Women of the Twentieth Century”. In 1986, Bancroft crossed 1,000 miles by dogsled from the Northwest Territories in Canada to the North Pole and the only female member of the Steger International Polar Expedition, earning the distinction of being the first known woman in history to cross the ice to the North Pole.
Dr. Robert Bakker- Dinosaurs | July 27 & 28, 2001
Dr. Robert Bakker is a paleontologist who began studying dinosaurs in the 1960’s. He introduced a new way of looking at dinosaurs and their role in the world and was the catalyst for what has been called the “dinosaur renaissance.” He is the author of “Dinosaur Heresies and Raptor Red”.
Dr. Jane Goodall – Wildlife Research, Author | 2000
Dr. Jane Goodall is one of the world’s most recognized scientists, the recipient of numerous awards, the subject of many documentary films, and the author of more than ten books for children and adults, including the best-selling “In the Shadow of Man” (1971).