Discovery Lecture Series | Coastal Discovery Museum

Discovery Lecture Series

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The Coastal Discovery Museum’s popular Discovery Lecture Series is held most Wednesday at 2:30 (Sept-May). Guest presenters share educational and fascinating stories about our unique Lowcountry environment, history, and culture that will appeal to residents and visitors alike. Whether your interest is learning, preserving, or exploring ways to make an impact, the Lecture Series gives you access to the experts throughout the year.

This year’s speakers will include authors, university professors, artists, environmental educators, historians, museum directors, archivists, librarians, not-for-profit directors, archaeologists, and more as guest speakers enriching our community’s engagement with its culture, history, and ecology. Join us to connect with all the Lowcountry has to offer!

$7 per person.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or by clicking Register Now (above).

Nov 16th, 2:30-3:30 - Artist’s Lecture by Lisa D. Watson
Lisa Watson will discuss her process as an artist, including for her current exhibition Avant Gardener. Lisa D. Watson merges her love of art, gardens, and environmental activism to raise awareness of the plight facing the natural world. In her current body of work, she explores endangered native plant species of the Southeast, highlighting their beauty and fragility in the face of increasing pressures on their natural environment.

Nov 30th, 2:30-3:30 - Plant Communities of the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem - Lisa Lord, Longleaf Alliance
The Longleaf Pine ecosystem was once the dominant habitat in the southeastern United States. Covering more than 90 million acres extending from Virginia to Texas, today less than 5% of its historic range remains intact. This unique habitat is considered one of the most biodiverse in North America. Lisa Lord, Director of Conservation Programs for the Longleaf Alliance will discuss the natural communities of the longleaf pine ecosystem. Each of the natural communities holds a unique diversity of plants and wildlife with intricate relationships. Lisa will also explore the relationship between prescribed fire and longleaf pines.

Dec 7th, 2:30-3:30 – Every Bird Counts, An Introduction to the Christmas Bird Count
Carol Clemens provides an overview of the Christmas Bird Count. Learn what it is, how it got started and how you can participate in this important international citizen science project. You do not have to be a skilled birder. You do not even have to leave the comfort of your home. Come and enjoy photographic images of our local birds, and you just might be inspired to help! Carol Clemens moved to the Lowcountry after retiring in 2005. She holds advanced degrees from the University of Notre Dame. Carol is a Lowcountry Master Naturalist, who devotes her life to volunteerism in many areas. She is an avid nature photographer and participates in various bird counts for the Hilton Head Audubon Society and is the coordinator of the Hilton Head Osprey Watch program.

No Lecture - Dec 14, 21, 28, 2022


January 4th, 2:30-3:30 - "The Year of Jubilee Has Come!" - Camp Saxton and the First South Carolina Volunteer Infantry
On January 1, 1863 an estimated 3,000 formerly enslaved African Americans met at Camp Saxton, along the Beaufort River, for a public reading of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Among those in attendance were soldiers of the 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry, who were recruited from the freed population of the Sea Islands and trained at the camp for US Army service. These men laid the foundation for Black enlistment in 1863 while preparing to strike a blow against the institution of slavery and asserting their status as United States citizens. Learn more about these freedom fighters who celebrated emancipation at Camp Saxton on the first day of "The Year of Jubilee."

Check back for more programs - we update the schedule frequently.