Tap into the Science of Sea Level Rise with the South Carolina Aquarium

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Interactive Conversation at Holy City Brewing to Focus on Rising Seas in Charleston

Join the South Carolina Aquarium October 19 for a compelling conversation about sea level rise while enjoying some tasty brews. The Aquarium is teaming up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Holy City Brewing to present the second installment of the Holland Lifelong Learning series, A Need to Sea Change: Charleston’s Resilience.

Dr. Jeffrey Payne, Director of NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, will present on local trends in sea level rise, increase in sunny day flooding, impacts of sea level rise on ecosystems and communities, and ways the community can adapt to sea level rise. Attendees are encouraged to grab a beer and come prepared to ask questions and learn more about this critically important topic. The event is $5 per person and starts at 6:30 p.m. at Holy City Brewing. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (843) 577-FISH (3474) or visit scaquarium.org/lifelonglearning.

The Holland Lifelong Learning series enables the Aquarium to offer educational opportunities that will spark inquiry and exploration among an adult audience. The initiative is made possible by a generous contribution by Mary and Mason Holland to the Aquarium’s Watershed Fund. These opportunities reflect the Aquarium’s vision of connecting people with water, wildlife and wild places. The remaining five lectures will focus on issues directly impacting our oceans and the Lowcountry. Each lecture is facilitated by industry leaders and takes place in a unique setting aimed to inspire and educate those who attend.

Knot the Typical Connection: Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Classroom
There is an interesting link between a living fossil, the horseshoe crab, and the life cycle of red knots. Learn of the importance of horseshoe crabs on South Carolina’s beaches for sustaining red knot populations.

Branch Out: Shark and Ray Evolution
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, College of Charleston at Harbor Walk
Hear how one shark expert uses medical technology to map the ancestry and adaptations of sharks and rays.

Blue Mind: Water for Your Wellbeing
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, Davies Auditorium at Ashley Hall
Discover the connection between water and human health as told by a leader in the emerging field of neuroconservation. Take part in the Blue Marbles Project, aimed to celebrate the beauty and fragility of our planet.

Plastic Planet: Turning the Tides on the Plastic Pollution Crisis                
Thursday, March 30, 2017, Francis Marion Hotel
Join us for the Holland Lifelong Learning finale. This panel discussion will feature internationally renowned experts on the threat of plastic pollution, presenting diverse and innovative perspectives on how to address this growing threat to our planet’s health. More details to come.

For more information on the remaining five lectures, call (843) 577-FISH (3474) or visit scaquarium.org/lifelonglearning.

For all media inquiries, please contact Kate Dittloff at (843) 579-8660 or kdittloff(at)scaquarium(dot)org.

About the South Carolina Aquarium:
The South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston’s most visited attraction, features thousands of amazing aquatic animals from river otters and sharks to loggerhead turtles in more than 60 exhibits representing the rich biodiversity of South Carolina from the mountains to the sea. Dedicated to promoting education and conservation, the Aquarium also presents fabulous views of Charleston harbor and interactive exhibits and programs for visitors of all ages.

The South Carolina Aquarium, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Aquarium is closed Thanksgiving Day, half day Dec. 24 (open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Dec. 25. Admission prices are: Toddlers (2 and under) free; Youth (3-12) $17.95; Adults (13+) $24.95. For more information call 843-720-1990 or visit scaquarium.org. Memberships are available by calling 843-577-FISH.

About the Watershed Fund:
In 2014, the South Carolina Aquarium launched the Watershed Fund, a campaign to scale and optimize our education and conservation programs that enrich our community. The goal of the Watershed Fund is to secure $25 million by 2020, enabling the Aquarium to reach nearly 70 percent more students statewide, to present world-class interactive exhibits like Shark Shallows and the Sea Turtle Hospital experience, and to launch a conservation program designed to inspire and educate the next generation of environmental stewards. For more information on the Watershed Fund visit scaquarium.org/watershed/.

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