Flip Nicklin to Speak at the Stroud Center’s Water’s Edge Gala

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2008



WHAT: Flip Nicklin, National Geographic contributing photographer and cofounder of Whale Trust, to speak at the Stroud Water Research Center’s annual fundraising gala, The Water’s Edge — and present a special children’s workshop at the Stroud Water Research Center on October 2nd, 2008

The Water’s Edge
“Whales, A Changing View”
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

6:15 pm Lecture and Dinner

Children’s Education Workshop
“The Art of Communicating Science”
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

11:00 am –12:30 pm

The Water’s Edge
Longwood Gardens
The Pavilion
Kennett Square, PA

Children’s Education Workshop
Stroud Water Research Center
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311

Avondale, Pa. – On Thursday, October 2rd, 2008, the Stroud™ Water Research Center, will host its 6th annual fundraising gala, The Water’s Edge at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Featured speaker Flip Nicklin, a National Geographic contributing photographer and the foremost underwater photographer in the world, will present “Whales, A Changing View.” Nicklin will also join the Stroud education staff earlier in the day to present a special children’s education program for Tatnall School’s 7th grade Life Sciences students entitled, “The Art of Communicating Science”; this program will take place at the Stroud Water Research Center’s Avondale campus.

“I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to speak at The Water’s Edge and to participate in the Stroud Water Research Center’s education program as well,” said Nicklin, the co-founder of Whale Trust, a not-for-profit research and environmental education organization based in Maui. “Education provides both of our organizations with the platform to share our research findings with others — and that’s critical to the preservation and protection of all the world’s resources.”

Students from the Tatnall School in Wilmington, Delaware will benefit from an unusual enhancement to their watershed education program. Nicklin will join these students on the White Clay Creek and will share his philosophy about photography’s role in environmental education — beginning their experience with a presentation of his work.

“Scientific work is important — and when what we learn is conveyed to society at large, it has the potential to make life better for everyone,” said Karen Barker, Life Sciences teacher at the Tatnall School in Wilmington, Delaware. “Tatnall School’s approach to the sciences has always been that we learn best by doing, so the experiential approach taken by the Stroud Water Research Center with its watershed education programs is a great fit. Our students are observing, thinking and doing the work of scientists — and that’s really exciting.”


Media are welcome to attend and photograph “The Art of Communicating Science” program at the Stroud Water Research Center from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm on October 2nd, 2008. Nicklin will present his photography from 11:00 am – 11:20 am, followed by a brief question and answer session. Nicklin will then join Stroud educators and Tatnall students for the remainder of the program on the White Clay Creek.

Journalists are also invited to join us for the lecture portion of The Water’s Edge fundraising gala at 6:15 pm.