‘Galapogos Islands – Let’s go!’

Melanie StatenOur Town Outdoors

In 2022, naturalist and teacher Kris Light traveled to the Galapagos Islands. On Tuesday, May 16, 7 p.m. EDT, she will share her experience at a program sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society.

Kris Light at the Galapagos Islands

This in-person program with Zoom option, will cover the history of the islands, rules for visiting the different islands and the animals, plants, geology and sea life. The Galapagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago considered one of the world’s foremost destinations for wildlife viewing.

A province of Ecuador, the Galapagos lies about 620 miles off its coast in the Pacific Ocean.

The in-person program will take place at the UT Arboretum Auditorium, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge. Seating is limited so registration is required and you will be given the option to choose an in-person ticket or a Zoom ticket. Register at www.utarboretumsociety.org  The program is free and the Zoom portion will be recorded. Closed captions are available. Please contact Michelle at [email protected] for any questions or registration issues.

Kris has taught science outreach classes to local school students through ORNL and the American Museum of Science and Energy for 34 years. She loves to travel and share her experiences with others. She will discuss the pros and cons of the different tours that visit the islands. She will also discuss the animals and plants that are endemic to the islands and the threat of invasive non-natives found there.

The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system, a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture.

Learn more about the Arboretum Society or for questions on this program, go here.

Melanie Staten is a public relations consultant with her husband, Vince.


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