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Noticing without Naming: Seeing with Fresh Eyes

May 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

A Biodiversity Garden Party event developed in partnership with the Carolina Biodiversity Collaborative


Curated in Triangle wild spaces, these informal gatherings will celebrate the state’s natural wonders, educate us about changes and threats to biodiversity, and inspire new perspectives about our role in North Carolina’s ecological future.


We’re pairing scientists and humanists in interactive explorations at the intersections of science, art, literature, history, and more. Through wandering conversations, rather than lectures, we’ll gather in community with experts to explore new ways to encounter the natural world.

Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch, comfortable walking shoes, and a sense of curiosity.


Learn to “look” in new ways with a biologist and a photographer, honing observational skills to notice details, relationships, and contexts of plants and animals in nature. What questions might we ask, or stories might we inspire, through thoughtful observation and composition of images in wild spaces. Participants will be encouraged to explore and take pictures on their own at the end of the program.


Karin Pfennig, Professor of Biology and adjunct faculty of Environment, Ecology and Energy Program

Jon Gardiner, University Photographer, UNC Office of Communications



COST: Free, advance registration is required and space is limited.

DATE and TIME: Thursday, May 2 | 12:30-2pm

LOCATION: UNC Coker Arboretum and Battle Grove

WEATHER: These events will go forward in light rain or weather. We’ll send participants an email by 10am the day of the event, should we decide to cancel due to hazardous weather conditions.

Registration is available in advance online or by calling 919.962.1544 before 3pm on May 1st.

Register online or by calling 919.962.1544


May 2
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Coker Arboretum
399 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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