Third Thursday Speaker Series

FREE | Select Thursdays starting at 6:00pm
Harwood Nature Center at the Lawrence Wetlands Preserve
Please park in the town lots on the 300 block of Cannon Street.
Preserve is located at 301 S. Mill Street | NO PARKING AT THE PRESERVE
Limited mobility?  Please call 410-778-5954 in advance
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Grab a glass of wine and engage with some of the most interesting authorities on the history, culture, and natural environment of the Chesapeake region.

2024/2025 Season Schedule

Sept 19, 2024 | Adam Goodheart | Stepne Manor & Chestertown
Using a 1790’s painting of Chestertown and Stepne Farm as a starting point, Adam Goodheart – noted historian, author, and Director of the CV Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College, will discuss the history of the plantation and its role in the development of Chestertown.

Oct 17, 2024 | Dan Small | Meadow Restoration Large & Small
Director of the Natural Lands Project at Washington College, and a regional expert in grassland and successional habitat management, Dan Small will speak on the unique environmental role played by grasslands, using the Lawrence Preserve’s recently installed warm grass meadow as an example.

Nov 21, 2024 | Kate Livie | Nature Journaling: Then & Now
Following in the early traditions of John White and Benjamin Latrobe, noted regional author Kate Livie will use sketches and prose to help participants better understand the Chesapeake Bay.  

Mar 20, 2025 | Panel Discussion | Diversity in the Outdoors
SEF’S John Mann will host a panel discussion, featuring Doncella Wilson (founder of Minary’s Dream Alliance), local business leader, Jen Baker, and Jamie “Big Mixx” Barrett, exploring the experience of minorities and individuals with disabilities in the outdoors.

Apr 17, 2025 | Dennis Coker | Modern Natives of the Delmarva
Dennis Coker, Chief of the Lenape Indian Tribe, will recount the tribe’s ongoing efforts to receive recognition from the state of Delaware.

May 15, 2025 | Pete Lesher |Changing Visions of the Chesapeake
This illustrated talk will explore and contrast the work of three famed 20th Century photographers who worked on the Chesapeake Bay: Baltimore pictorialist A. Aubrey Bodine, Annapolis photojournalist Robert de Gast, and Chestertown’s social documentary photographer, Constance Stuart Larrabee.