The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is announcing the Conservation Leadership Lecture Series for 2014, generously sponsored by Florida Crystals Corporation. The first lecture features Syd Kitson, President and CEO of Kitson & Partners and former NFL player, on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Zoo’s Tropics Café. The second lecture features Carlton Ward, Jr., native Floridian and environmental photojournalist, on Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., also at the Zoo’s Tropics Café.
In “An Evening with Syd Kitson,” Kitson will talk about his plans to build a solar-powered city in southwest Florida. In 2006, Kitson completed the historic purchase of the Babcock Ranch, which encompasses more than 92,000 acres. More than 80% of the original land purchase, some 73,000 acres within Charlotte and Lee counties, has been preserved by the State of Florida and Lee County in the largest single land preservation agreement in the state’s history. With the remaining land, Kitson & Partners will build a sustainable, green community where residents will live, work and play amidst the natural splendor of Florida’s undeveloped wilderness, providing an exceptional example of environmental preservation and responsible growth.
Kitson is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, lectures at Princeton University, sits on the Policy Advisory Board for the Florida Solar Energy Center, serves on the Board of Directors for both the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, and is a member of the Florida Council of 100. Kitson is a member of the NFL Alumni Association and the National Football League Players’ Association.
In “An Evening with Carlton Ward, Jr.,” Ward will discuss his passion for nature, which was born from the Florida landscape where eight generations of family history have grounded his perspective. His 2009 book, Florida Cowboys, won a silver medal in the Florida Book Awards. For that work, Popular Photography Magazine featured him as one of three photographers working to save vanishing America. His stories have been featured in Smithsonian, National Wildlife, Africa Geographic and Outdoor Photographer.
Ward’s current focus is the Florida Wildlife Corridor Initative, which he co-established in 2010. In 2012, he co-led the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition—a 100-day, 1000-mile trek from the Everglades to Okefenokee, to raise awareness for the opportunities to protect a corridor of connected lands and waters throughout the Florida peninsula.
Seating for the Conservation Leadership Lecture Series is limited. Tickets are $20.00 per person per event. Cocktails & passed hors d'oeuvres will be served. To purchase your tickets online, please click on one of the links below, or visit www.palmbeachzoo.org. If you have any questions about the event, please call the Zoo, at (561) 547-WILD ext. 285.
Please follow the links below for more information regarding each of the lectures...