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Conversations on Conservation

About  | Hosted by the Center for Conservation & Stewardship at Cincinnati Nature Center, this new series promotes science with solutions by sharing information about conservation research and initiatives and by connecting like-minded people who want to help make a difference.


Opening a Dialogue | Following each lecture, Dr. Cory Christopher, Director of the Center for Conservation & Stewardship will moderate an open discussion between the presenter and the audience. Moving beyond the traditional Q&A, audience members will have the opportunity to network with each other about local initiatives relevant to the topic, and share ways that everyone can contribute.

Children and the Future of Conservation with Dr. Louise Chawla

Sunday, April 30, 2 pm
Rowe Visitor Center Auditorium

How do we prepare future generations to become conservation-minded citizens? And what is at stake if we don’t? Rachel Carson once wrote that we must “prepare the soil” in childhood if we are to grow adults who value nature. Join Dr. Louise Chawla to learn how we can all help empower children to become civic- minded adult conservationists.


About the Presenter: Louise Chawla, Professor in the Environmental Design Program in the University of Colorado Boulder. She is Associate Director of the Children, Youth and Environments Center for Community Engagement (CYE Center) and Co-editor of the journal Children, Youth and Environments. As a member of the Executive Committee of Growing Up Boulder, she helps lead a partnership between the CYE Center, Boulder Valley School District, and the City of Boulder’s Departments of Community Planning and Sustainability, Parks and Recreation, and Transportation, along with numerous community organizations, to integrate the ideas of children and youth into urban planning and design. As International Coordinator of the Growing Up in Cities program of UNESCO from 1996-2006, she revived an initiative that has involved young people in cities around the world in evaluating and improving their urban communities. She has written two books and many book chapters and journal articles on children and nature, children in cities, and the development of active care for the natural world.    


Free, but please preregister to reserve your seat and receive to updates.

Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Us

Guest speaker: Doug Tallamy
Hosted by Cory Christopher, Director of the Center for Conservation at Cincinnati Nature Center

Sunday, June 18, 2 pm

If you have a yard—whether it’s the size of a postage stamp or three acres—please add some native plants. Natural areas in the United States have been disappearing at an alarming rate, creating a negative impact on insects, birds and mammals which depend on native ecosystems. Doug Tallamy will describe how this loss affects humans and our critical need for biodiversity. Humans cannot live as the only species on this planet because it is other species that create the ecosystem services necessary for our survival. Doug will explain how to share our living, working and agricultural spaces with biodiversity, and he will encourage us to “garden as if life depends on it!”

About Doug Tallamy
Professor & Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, Doug Tallamy has authored more than 80 research articles in addition to teaching Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans & Nature, Insect Ecology and other courses for 35 years. His book, Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, has sparked a national conversation about the link between healthy local ecosystems and human well-being.

Free for Cincinnati Nature Center members. Daily admission fee for nonmembers.
Please preregister to reserve your seat.