"Finding Nature...Finding Us"

Published on: April 06, 2009

The symposium is designed to create awareness of the ecological wealth in the Houston area and to help connect people with nature through poetry, prose, photography-as well as providing education about the promotion, preservation and protection of our region's precious remaining environmental resources. All of the presentations and workshops are free and open to the community.

The event will host four exceptional presenters, which include nationally renown nature authors, a photographer and a Houston area wilderness advocate.

Richard Donovan, whose book "Paddling Down the Wild Neches," will discuss canoeing down the free flowing reaches of the river-which are threatened by development. David Taylor, editor of "Pride of Place: A Contemporary Anthology of Texas Nature Writing," will give all booklovers, writers, and nature lovers insight into the uniqueness of Texas nature. Photographer, Kathy Adams Clark, whose photographs have been published in "National Geographic Books," "Birder's World" and the "New York Times," will offer her talent and expertise through a hands-on workshop for photographers during the day and an evening photographic presentation of the beauty and wonders of this earth.  And, prominent eco-advocate, Rosie Zamora, president and CEO of Houston Wilderness, will present the importance of protecting, preserving and promoting the unique biodiversity of the region's precious remaining ecological capital.

The day's events will include individual morning presentations from the authors from 9:30 to 11: 30 a.m., an afternoon open-panel discussion with all presenters, 1 to 2 p.m. and hands-on individual professional workshops with all four special guests, 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. The symposium will conclude with special presentations by Rosie Zamora and Kathy Adams Clark, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the college's Performing Arts Theatre.

Zamora will highlight "Enjoying Nature in Your Own Backyard," discovering and preserving Houston's wilderness and developing the Sam Houston Trail & Wilderness Preserve, a 650-mile route of green space through 24 counties.  Clark's presentation, "Celebrate the Earth," will take participants on a visual venture into our natural world as seen through an artist's eye and camera's lens.

All presentations are free to the community. For a complete schedule of the day's events visit: NorthHarris.LoneStar.edu/lyceum. For more information, call 281.618.5425.

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit: NorthHarris.LoneStar.edu.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including CyFair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and Lone Star College-University Center. It is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.

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