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High Country Speaker Series

Wildlife in the Rocky Mountains

The 18th Annual High Country Speaker Series presents: Our Public Land: Stories of inspiration and stories of challenge

Join the Eagle Valley Library District and Walking Mountains Science Center as we welcome a variety of experts, authors, and practitioners for a conversation about our public lands. Hosted at the Avon Public Library and at Walking Mountains Science Center.

The High Country Speaker Series is a partnership between the Eagle Valley Library District and Walking Mountains Science Center with the mission of encouraging environmental awareness, inspiring positive relationships with the natural world, and creating thought provoking dialogue in our community through FREE dynamic programming. 

Upcoming Speakers

Michael Kodas as FirefighterWednesday, March 25, 2020 | 5:30pm CANCELED 
Presenter: Michael Kodas
Location: Avon Public Library

Presentation Topic: Mega Fire. During the ensuing half decade megafires exploded not only in Colorado and California, but across the United States and around the world. After visiting the scenes of some of the most massive and destructive wildfires around the world, Kodas learned that a fire doesn’t have to be huge, hot, or fast to be “mega.” Learn what has changed the behavior of wildfires around the world and what can be done to slow their destruction with dramatic storytelling and detailed science.  

MegaFire Book jacketMichael Kodas is the Deputy Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism in the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information. His work has focused on environmental issues including overfishing, deforestation, climate change, development, and wildfire. His writing and photojournalism have appeared in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Denver Post, National Public Radio, The PBS Newshour, Newsweek, the CBS Evening News, OnEarth, National Geographic New Watch, Mother Jones, and many other publications.


Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | 5:30pm CANCELED 
Presenter: Colorado Avalanche Information Center 
Location: Walking Mountains Science Center

Presentation Topic: The Big Avalanche Project. Learn about Colorado's 2019 historic avalanche season and the research that is being conducted.


Previous Speakers

Atlas of the National Parks

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 5:30pm
Presenter: Jon Waterman
Location: Walking Mountains Science Center

Jon Waterman 60th Birthday headshotSpeaker Biography: Jonathan Waterman has worked as a wilderness guide, magazine editor, park ranger, but more than anything else, he is a writer and photographer. He is renowned for unprecedented mountaineering ascents, long river descents, and arduous wilderness traverses—such as his solo of the Northwest Passage, winter ascent of Denali’s Cassin Ridge, or source to sea descent of the Colorado River. The National Geographic Society has frequently supported his journeys. His fourteen books include Chasing Denali (Lyons Press, 2018), Running Dry: A Journey From Source to Sea Down the Colorado River (National Geographic Books, 2010), and Arctic Crossing (Knopf, 2001). The recognition for his work includes magazine awards, a Special Achievement Award from the National Park Service, a literary fellowship from the National Endowment for the arts, and an Emmy.


Sylvan Lake Long View

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 5:30pm
Presenter: Mike Wall
Location: Avon Public Library

Presentation Topic: Sylvan Lake State Park. Sylvan means a peaceful, wooded place and that's what visitors will find at this beautiful park surrounded by the White River National Forest. Stunning mountain scenery, abundant recreation, wildlife to watch and top-notch fishing and hiking provide year-round diversions.


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