Coleen O'Connell gave a free Aquarium Lecture about her mission to instill in children the confidence and ability to tackle the complex issues that are hurtling toward them. The lecture was webcast here.
O’Connell is on the faculty in the Environmental Studies Division of Lesley University in Cambridge. She designed and has been the lead faculty member in the Ecological Teaching and Learning MS Program. This program, the first of its kind, works with formal and informal educators to make complex systems thinking and ecological principles the foundation of their teaching practices. As an ecological educator for 30 years, she has traveled extensively with the Audubon Expedition Institute and Living Routes programs. She has been active in the New England environmental education community for 20 years and founded Ravenwood Sustainability Education Program with colleagues on 170 acres in Maine.
The next Aquarium lecture will be given by New England Aquarium Research Scientist Dr. Randi Rotjan, entitled "Corallivore’s Dilemma: Understanding the Relationship between Fish and the Corals They Consume." Note that it will not be webcast. Register to attend that free lecture in person here.
The Aquarium has been providing free lectures and films by scientists, environmental writers, photographers and others since 1972. The Aquarium Lecture Series is presented free to the public through the generosity of the Lowell Institute, which has been providing funding for free public lectures at universities and museums since 1836.
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