The Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society is proud to announce that the Conservation Leadership Lecture Series, sponsored by Bank of America, is the winner of the 2016 Environmental Education Program of the Year. The Leadership Series is being recognized by Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center.
"Palm Beach Zoo was chosen because the Conservation Leadership Lecture series is a such a unique, engaging and thought provoking program, specifically in this area. The series makes environmental issues in South Florida accessible so that interested parties may go and learn about simple ways to make a difference. The awards committee felt it was only fitting for those efforts to be recognized," said Andrea Lazzari, Green Schools Program Coordinator.
FAU officials confirm that this annual award is given to a formal or non-formal environmental education programs that incorporate the following five fundamental elements of environmental education: awareness, knowledge, attitudes, skills and participation.
In addition, the awards committee says the winning program should inspire personal action from participants, prompting them to become engaged and informed citizens of South Florida and stewards of our natural world. The consensus is that Palm Beach Zoo's Conservation Leadership Lecture Series exceeds those requirements.
“Our Leadership Lecture Series is at the core of our mission to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. The series allows us to bring nationally recognized leaders and experts to our Zoo to provoke an engaging conversation and advance an understanding of conservation issues and solutions,” said Kristen Cytacki, Director of Education at Palm Beach Zoo.
The Conservation Leadership Lecture Series began in 2007. Since its inception nearly 2,000 people have attended the series. Featured speakers have included Dr. George Archibald, a visionary leader in international crane conservation; and Dr. Susan Lieberman who works in international biodiversity conservation with a focus on the impact of wildlife trafficking on diverse species and ecosystems.
As the final speaker of the season, Dr. Stuart Pimm will present “How Conservation Science Saves Species,” on April 21 at 6 p.m. Dr. Pimm is the Doris Duke Chair of Conservation Ecology at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He studies present day extinctions and what can be done to prevent them. Animal experiences, cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres are included in the lecture. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit www.palmbeachzoo.org.
“In just a few years, the Lecture Series has grown to become one of our most popular programs and this recognition is a true honor,” said Cytacki. The leadership series award will be presented at FAU’s ‘Green Gala,’ which will be held on Saturday April 9, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center.