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Outdoors Conservation lecture series every Thursday at HBS

Every summer the Highlands Biological Foundation hosts free evening lectures on Thursdays focused on the theme of natural history and conservation, a tradition that began in the 1930s. The Zahner Conservation Lecture Series serves to educate and inspire the public through a series of talks from well-known regional scientists, conservationists, artists, and writers.

On Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m., Rekha Morris will discuss “The Demise of a Single Floral Genus as an Indicator of Environmental Devastation.” Rekha teaches several programs for the South Carolina Master Gardeners, and her special interests are shade gardening, and native plants of the southeastern U.S. and their Asian counterparts.

On Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m., the topic will be “Environmental Health, Genes, and Contaminants: New Lessons from Wildlife.” The speaker, Dr. Louis Guillette, is professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has spent decades examining how environmental pollutants such as endocrine disrupters affect the development and functioning of the reproductive system in vertebrates, specifically alligators, fish, and frogs. The public is invited to participate in these free lectures, which will be held at the Highlands Nature Center, 930 Horse Cove Road in Highlands.

The Highlands Biological Foundation also organizes a “Think About Thursdays” family activity series. On July 18, from 1 until 3 p.m., Meet Your Neighbours co-founder Clay Bolt will lead a conservation photography workshop for kids and their parents. Join award-winning nature photographer Clay Bolt as he teaches the basics of wildlife filmmaking and editing. Students will learn the fundamentals of composition, image and sound recording and editing. This workshop is limited to ten kids, ages 10 - and up - and their guardians. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Advanced registration is required.

For a full schedule of events at the Highlands Biological Station (HBS), visit or call the Highlands Biological Foundation at (828) 526-2221.

The Highlands Biological Foundation is presenting a photography workshop for kids ages 10 and up. Pre-register at or call (828)526-2221.

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