The Highlands Biological Foundation (HBF) hosts free evening lectures on Thursdays throughout the summer focused on the theme of natural history and conservation, a popular tradition that began in the 1930s. Today, these lectures are known as the Zahner Conservation Lecture Series, which are presented by well-known regional scientists, historians, conservationists, artists, and writers. This year’s series will run through Sept. 4.
On Thursday, July 10, Jay Erskine Leutze will give a lecture titled, “Stand Up That Mountain: the Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail.” was raised in Chapel Hill, N.C., and lives in the southern Appalachian Mountains on the North Carolina-Tennessee border. Trained as an attorney, he has become a leading voice for state and federal conservation funding for investment in public lands. He is a trustee for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, one of the nation's most established land trusts. Leutze has won numerous awards, including The Reed Environmental Writing Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center.
On Thursday, July 17, Mary Pat Matheson will lecture on “The Art and Science of Botanical Gardens: Connecting People to Science and Nature.” Matheson is the president and CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.