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A Natural History of North Carolina

July 15, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

In collaboration with the North Carolina Botanical Garden

The Tar Heel State features a wide range of natural features and ecological zones, from the coastal waterways of the Atlantic in the East to the mountains in the West. Join us for a day of learning about how North Carolina’s beautiful regions developed and why we have such a diverse range of habitats. Geologist Drew Coleman will review the long (very long) history of the state’s physical features and explain how geological forces created them. Conservationist Johnny Randall will discuss the evolution of plant life of North Carolina in its varied biomes throughout the state. Philosopher Richard Hall will introduce us to William Bartram, the first naturalist to describe the state before it was heavily settled. Participants will enjoy this opportunity to learn about North Carolina’s natural resources and the impact humans have had on its environment.


(One Billion) One Hundred (Million) Years of Solitude: A Geological History of North Carolina

Drew S. Coleman, Professor of Geological Sciences

North Carolina’s Biota: Its Natural and Unnatural History

Johnny Randall, Director of Conservation Programs, North Carolina Botanical Garden

On the Trail with William Bartram: Poet, Painter, Naturalist.

Richard Anthony Spurgeon Hall, Assistant Professor of Government and History, Fayetteville State

North Carolina’s Natural Resources and its People

A panel discussion with our speakers


9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017. The tuition is $140 ($125 by May 24). Tuition for teachers is $70 ($62.50 by May 24). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. Lunch is included with the program.

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

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July 15, 2017
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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NC Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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(919) 962-0522
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