Spring & Summer Programs at Point Lookout
Join Vivian Williams, Education Programs Manager, for a variety of workshops sponsored by the Point Lookout Farmlife and Water Preserve Foundation:
- Wed., June 5: Letterbox and Tree Identification
- Sat., June 8: Learning the Landscape through Letterboxing
- Sat., June 22: Paddling the Brandywine: Searching for Macroinvertebrates
For more details and registration information, visit the workshop calendar.
Joan & Dick Stroud Memorial Lecture
Featuring the Documentary Film Chasing Ice
and Special Guest Speaker, Director/Producer Jeff Orlowski
Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.
“If there was ever a film that needed to be on the big screen, this is it!” — David Courier, Sundance senior programmer
“Amazingly beautiful... FIVE STARS” — The New York Daily News
“Stunning ... timely ... a solitary quest with global implications.” — The New York Times, ‘Critic’s Pick’
“This is the most important film of the year.” — Chris Columbus, director and producer
About the Film
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.
Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.
About the Speaker
Jeff Orlowski, Director/Producer of Chasing Ice. Photo © James Balog
In 2007, Jeff Orlowski got his first taste of the Arctic when as a Stanford student he seized an opportunity to work as a videographer with National Geographic photographer James Balog on the initial expedition of The Extreme Ice Survey (EIS). That winter, the EIS team scouted and filmed glaciers that now appear in the documentary feature film Chasing Ice.
Orlowski, a New York native, has been filming the EIS project around the world, working in some of the most extreme conditions imaginable on locations in Iceland, Greenland, Bolivia, the Alps, Alaska, and Glacier National Park, Montana.
Jeff’s previous work has taken him to the Tour de France for a behind-the-scenes documentary, and he has photographed and filmed a number of people including Robin Williams, Jane Goodall, and Nelson Mandela.
Dr. Jane Lubchenco (left), Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan (right), Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting NOAA Administrator
Save the date for our annual gala event!
Tues., October 15, 2013
at Longwood Gardens
The 2013 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence will be presented to Dr. Jane Lubchenco, outgoing Under Secretary of Commerce for the National Oceans and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting NOAA Administrator.
Dr. Jane Lubchenco was the first woman to be appointed under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. She served in this role from 2009 to 2013. Under her leadership, NOAA has focused on restoring fisheries to sustainability and profitability, restoring oceans and coasts to a healthy state, ensuring continuity of the nation’s weather and other environmental satellites, developing a Weather-Ready Nation, promoting climate science and delivering quality climate products, strengthening science and ensuring scientific integrity at NOAA, and delivering the highest quality science, services and stewardship possible. Dr. Lubchenco is one of the “most highly cited” ecologists in the world, and eight of her publications are recognized as “Science Citation Classics.” Read more about Dr. Lubchenco
Dr. Kathryn Sullivan was one of the first six women selected to join the NASA astronaut corps in 1978 and holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space. She flew on three shuttle missions during her 15-year tenure, including the mission that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. Dr. Sullivan has also served on the National Science Board (2004-2010) and as an oceanographer in the U.S. Navy Reserve (1988-2006). Dr. Sullivan’s impressive expertise spans the frontiers of space and sea. An accomplished oceanographer, she was appointed NOAA’s chief scientist in 1993, where she oversaw a research and technology portfolio that included fisheries biology, climate change, satellite instrumentation and marine biodiversity. Read more about Dr. Sullivan
About The Water’s Edge
Each year Stroud™ Water Research Center hosts its gala in celebration of our most precious resource — water. This special evening allows us to bring together our friends and neighbors whose support is critical to our endeavors. Proceeds from the evening support the Center’s freshwater research and education programs.
About The Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence
The Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence, a prestigious award for outstanding achievement in freshwater-related activities, has been awarded each year since 2011 at The Water’s Edge. The award, which includes a sculpture specially designed and created by Simon Pearce Inc., honors individuals, institutions, or organizations whose work contributes broadly to the conservation and protection of freshwater resources and ecosystems, to improving the quantity and quality of fresh water on the planet, or to developing policies and practices which help perpetuate clean fresh water for future generations of humans and wildlife.