The Niabi Zoo is hosting a series of lectures on conservation, ecology, biology and zoology. 

“We want to connect people to the natural world through science and education,” says Lee Jackson, director of Niabi Zoo. “Questioning the validity of science is becoming all too common. One of the best ways to restore confidence in the scientific method is to hear from the scientists themselves who are leaders in their respective disciplines and are directly involved in field conservation and research.”

Niabi Zoo members, zoo volunteers, students (with valid college ID) are invited to attend the series at no cost. An $8 fee per lecture will be charged to all other individuals wishing to attend. No parking fee will be collected.

Space is limited to 45 individuals per lecture. Those interested in attending should RSVP online at or call 309-799-3482 x 222

Martha Smith has been with University of Illinois Extension since 1994. She earned a bachelor degree from University of Illinois in Ornamental Horticulture and a Master’s degree in adult education from Western Illinois University. Martha is a member of the Perennial Plant Association, Illinois Green Industry Association, North America Rock Garden Society, American Conifer Society and is a certified arborist. Her current responsibilities serve Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark counties in Illinois as horticulture educator. She coordinates and teaches both the Master Gardener and Master Naturalist trainings in her unit and offers various programs across the state. 

Niabi Zoo • 13010 Niabi Zoo Road • Coal Valley, Illinois
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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