Lions, tigers, and tiger lilies: oh my

A wildly natural symposium at Longwood Gardens will combine zoo and horticultural experts to explore ways that public gardens and other institutions can inspire their audiences to advocate for conservation.

  Registration is now open for the March 2 symposium, entitled “The Panda and the Public Garden: Reimagining Our Conservation Story.” Designed for the professional staff of public gardens, conservation-oriented organizations, and cultural institutions, the daylong symposium will start at 8 a.m.

Speakers will include Jerry Borin, former executive director of the Columbus Zoo, who will discuss how to gain a mass media audience for conservation, drawing on both his experience at Columbus Zoo, and of his protégé, Jack Hanna through national television exposure. John Gwynne, emeritus chief creative officer and vice president of the Wildlife Conservation Society, will speak on inspiring conservation through effective message design, based on his twenty years of creative leadership at the Bronx Zoo. That theme will also be expounded by Alistair Griffiths, curator of the Eden Project in the UK; Catherine Hubbard, director of the ABQ Biopark in New Mexico; and Kathy Wagner, consultant and former vice president for conservation and education at the Philadelphia Zoo.

The daylong event costs $75 for professionals, and $55 for full-time students. To register or get more information, visit, or call the Longwood Graduate Program office at 302-831-2517.

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