Drew Lanham
Photo: Camilla Cerea

J. Drew Lanham is a native of Edgefield and Aiken, South Carolina. He holds an endowed chair as an Alumni Distinguished Professor and was named an Alumni Master Teacher in 2012. Dr. Lanham is a widely published author and award-nominated poet, writing about his experiences as a birder, hunter and wild, wandering soul. He is the author of “The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature” and “Sparrow Envy”.

Coloring the Conservation Conversation with Dr. Drew Lanham

Monday, September 12, 2022

We’d like you to consider a sponsorship opportunity for what promises to be one of KNC’s most popular events in years. On Monday, September 12, KNC will host a public talk by Dr. Drew Lanham, a Clemson University ornithologist and best-selling author of the 2017 memoir “The Home Place.”

In Coloring the Conservation Conversation, Lanham will discuss what it means to embrace the full breadth of his African-American heritage and his deep kinship to nature and adoration of birds. The convergence of ornithologist, college professor, poet, author and conservation activist blend to bring our awareness of the natural world and our moral responsibility for it moving forward in new ways. Candid by nature — and because of it — Lanham will examine how conservation must be a rigorous science and evocative art, inviting diversity and race to play active roles in celebrating our natural world.

Lanham comes to KNC under the auspices of our Terry Todd International Speaker Series Fund. As co-sponsor, you can enjoy a thought-provoking presentation, and learn a thing or two about birds, too. Your sponsorship includes an invitation to a special luncheon with Dr. Lanham along with the sponsor benefits listed below.


Three Ways to Sponsor!
1. Secure online signup here >
2. Fill out this form and mail to: Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 North Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI. 49009
3. Contact: Lisa Panich, Communications Director at or (269) 381-1574 x 38

Sign up for a Sponsorship here

Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

Indigo Bunting Sponsor $2000

Sponsor benefits include:    

  • Name and logo on top level in publicity
  • Logo and link on top level on KNC event page
  • Recognition in Nature Center News
  • Six tickets to sponsor luncheon
  • Eight passes to Keynote event

Cerulean Warbler Sponsor  $1500

Sponsor benefits include:

  • Name and logo on 2nd level in publicity
  • Logo and link on 2nd level on KNC event page
  • Recognition in Nature Center News
  • Four tickets to sponsor luncheon
  • Six passes to Keynote event

Scarlet Tanager Sponsor  $1,000

Sponsor benefits include:

  • Name and logo on 3rd level in publicity
  • Logo and link on 3rd level on KNC event page
  • Recognition in Nature Center News
  • Three passes to sponsor luncheon
  • Four passes to keynote event

Chipping Sparrow Sponsor  $500

Sponsor benefits include:

  • Name and logo on 4th level in publicity
  • Name and link on KNC event page
  • Recognition in Nature Center News
  • Two tickets to sponsor luncheon
  • Two passes to keynote event