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National Geographic
Hidden Wild: Secrets of the Everglades | Carlton Ward Jr.

March 22nd, 2019

Time: 7:00pm

Author, photographer, conservationist, and National Geographic explorer Carlton Ward Jr. travels the world to find and document conservation stories that have not yet been told. He has lived deep in the Amazon, documented new species in the rainforests of the Gabon, and photographed endangered desert elephants in Mali. Then he discovered the biggest untold story of his career hiding in his own back yard.

An eighth-generation Floridian, he is now using his camera to tell the story of a little-known world surviving in the shadows of the beaches and amusement parks that dominate Florida's identity. He has trekked more than 2,000 miles on two National Geographic-supported expeditions, fighting to protect an endangered wildlife corridor needed to keep the Everglades connected to the rest of America. Join him to follow the footsteps of bears, panthers, and cowboys while discovering the wonders of a hidden world on the brink of being lost.

Carlton Ward Jr.

An eighth-generation Floridian, National Geographic explorer Carlton Ward Jr. uses photography to inspire conservation of his home state's nature and culture. Carlton founded the Florida Wildlife Corridor campaign in 2010 to build public support for corridor science and keeping Florida wild.

With fellow explorers Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie, he has since trekked more than 2,000 miles through the corridor, during two National Geographic-supported expeditions, to showcase a statewide vision to protect Florida's wild places. Both expeditions produced award-winning books, PBS films, and widespread outreach. His current National Geographic project, Path of the Panther, is using sophisticated camera traps and intimate photojournalism to create an unprecedented glimpse into the life of one America's most endangered and elusive predators.

Carlton is the author of four books, and his photographs have been published widely, including in National Geographic, Audubon, Smithsonian, and Nature Conservancy magazines. Carlton has received the Conservation Leadership Award from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida and the Rolex Artist-in-Exploration Award from the Explorers Club.

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