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Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have driven a transformation of Earth’s climate, outpacing many of Earth’s natural cycles. But natural forces are still at work. Presented by the Smithsonian, the first Earth Optimism lecture of the year, will feature Dr. Pat Megonigal, director of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s Global Change Research Wetland, who will illustrate some of the unseen forces driving Climate Change.

Join a myth-busting journey from the massive ice sheets of Antarctica to microbes in the soil, as he explores the natural phenomena both accelerating climate change and keeping it in check.  Dr. Megonigal will also reveal ways people are already using Nature to fight climate change, through natural climate solutions.

The 2022 series of Earth Optimism lectures will remain all online, with recordings available for those unable to watch live. Closed captioning will be available at the live webinar and on the recording.

The Earth Optimism lecture series airs live on Zoom every third Tuesday of the month at 7pm Eastern, from January through October.

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The Day We Walked on the Moon

On July 20, 1969, the world watched in awe as humanity first set foot on the moon. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this incredible achievement at a special screening of the Smithsonian Channel’s new documentary, “The Day We Walked on the Moon.” This documentary marks man’s first steps on the lunar surface and tells the story of this defining moment in our history. Interviews with key figures in Mission Control, contemporary astronauts and the families of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong shine a light on how dangerous the mission really was and how close it came to failure numerous times. Free but reservations are required. Held at Colonial Players of Annapolis.

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Hives Alive!

Historic Annapolis invites you to make a bee-line for the William Paca Garden to find out what the buzz is all about during this fun-filled afternoon celebrating all things bees while you discover the important roles bees play in our world. Experience the wonder of a honey extraction demonstration from HA’s beekeeper, Peter Quinton. James Gagliardi, Horticulturist for Smithsonian Gardens and editor of the Smithsonian’s first gardening book, Encyclopedia of Garden Plants for Every Location, will provide a lecture about pollinators. The lecture will be followed by a book signing. Family activities.

  • Doors open: 1 p.m.
  • Honey Extraction Demonstration: 2 – 3 p.m.
  • Lecture: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Free for Family and Garden Circle Members; $5 General Admission; $4 for HA Members and Volunteers; $3 for Children 3-17; Free for Children 2 and under.


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