Videos and Livestreams - Lunchtime Lecture Series

Lunchtime Discovery wednesdays noon to 1 pm

The Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs hosts a guest lecture series called the Lunchtime Discovery Series. Professionals from a wide range of environmental backgrounds come and give presentations about their work and offer an opportunity for attendees to learn about a variety of subjects during the lunch hour. Topics range from spider diversity in North Carolina to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), to how to incorporate music in environmental education programming. 

The are several taped presentations on a wide variety of environmental topics that can be used in the classroom to supplement existing lessons on ecosystems, natural resources, and North Carolina history.

You can sign up for weekly email notifications about upcoming lectures! Contact an office staff member if you have trouble subscribing. 

Learn about the Lunchtime Discovey Series

Oh, For the Love of Leeches!

Oh, For the Love of Leeches!

Bronwyn Williams, Research Curator, Non-Molluscan Invertebrates, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
SECU Daily Planet Theater, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, March 11 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

What is your knee-jerk reaction to the mention of leeches? Yes, we thought so, but urge you to give it a second thought. Join Bronwyn Williams, Research Curator of Non-molluscan Invertebrates at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, to learn about these much maligned, yet fascinating and important organisms from a social and scientific perspective. Be prepared to dance…the leech dance! 

Watch the Livestream Part 1 and Part 2

photo of Bronwyn out in the field looking for leeches, close up of a leech in the palm of a hand and a head shot of Brownwyn

Transplanting Traditions – Connecting Cultures through Farming and Food

Transplanting Traditions – Connecting Cultures through Farming and Food

Transplanting Traditions – Connecting Cultures through Farming and Food

Kelly Owensby, Founder and Executive Director, Transplanting Traditions
SECU Daily Planet Theater, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, March 4 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Kelly Owensby, founder and executive director of Transplanting Traditions will discuss how a non-profit teaching farm in the heart of Chapel Hill is
supporting women farmers and small farm owners from Burma. Learn how this model creates community, income and preserves culture through the lens of farming and food. 

Watch the Livestream

Photo of women farmers from Burma, head shot of Kelly, photo of female farmer working and close up of flower

Masters of Our Own Destiny - North Carolina African American Farmers

Masters of Our Own Destiny - North Carolina African American Farmers

Melody Hunter-Pillion, Ph.D. Student, Public History, Department of History, NC State University
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, February 26 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Melody Hunter-Pillion uses the oral histories of North Carolina’s African American farmers and fisherman to tell the story of how these families have shaped North Carolina and how they are dealing with heritage depletion, land loss and climate change.

Watch the Livestream

Head shot of Melody and group photo of a family of African American family who farms in NC

Warren County North Carolina – Birth of the Environmental Justice Movement

Warren County North Carolina – Birth of the Environmental Justice Movement

Bill Kearney and Wayne Moseley
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, February 19 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Dollie Burwell, Bill Kearney and Wayne Moseley discuss their role as community members in the Warren County PCB Landfill protests which
are recognized as the beginning of the Environmental Justice Movement in the United States.

Watch the Livestream

photo of Bill, a photo of a road in warren county and photo of Wayne

A Tale of Two Ships – One Ship with Two Identities – Queen Anne’s Revenge and La Concorde

A Tale of Two Ships – One Ship with Two Identities – Queen Anne’s Revenge and La Concorde

Angela Thorpe, Director, North Carolina African American Heritage Commission
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, February 12 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Angela Thorpe, director of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission discusses Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, and its earlier life as the slave ship La Concorde.

Watch the Livestream 

Head shot of Angela and photo of a historic ship that could look like Queen Anne's Revenge

The Story of Sankofa Farms

The Story of Sankofa Farms

Lunchtime Discovery Series: The Story of Sankofa Farms

Kamal Bell, Owner, Sankofa Farms
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, February 5 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Kamal Bell, owner of Sankofa farms, tells us how he turned 12 acres of land in Cedar Grove, North Carolina into a place where teens can learn to grow their own food while developing important life skills. The talk will focus on the importance of learning from our past and rich history to help solve our problems of today, and how our youth represent the change that our community needs.

Watch the Livestream 

Photo of a student in front of a tractor, photo of Kamal, photo of a man holding a chicken

Wild Ideas for Williamson Preserve – 406 Acres of Forests, Trails and Farms for You!

Wild Ideas for Williamson Preserve – 406 Acres of Forests, Trails and Farms for You!

Wild Ideas for Williamson Preserve – 406 Acres of Forests, Trails and Farms for You!

Sandy Sweitzer, Executive Director and Deja Smith, Community Engagement Associate, Triangle Land Conservancy
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, January 29 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Triangle Land Conservancy’s Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve is a 405-acre mosaic of fields and forests just fifteen minutes from downtown Raleigh that will open to the public on April 25th. The property will host working farmland to support our local food scene, several unique ecosystems, and hiking and mountain biking trails that will connect to the Neuse River Greenway Trail, East Coast Greenway, and Mountains to Sea Trail. Come see how TLC and our partners are working to make the Triangle a more vibrant place to live, work, play, and eat!

Watch the Livestream

Three photos of Williamson Preserve

Searching for Intermediate Mass Black Holes in Spiral Galaxies with the Help of Citizen Scientists

Searching for Intermediate Mass Black Holes in Spiral Galaxies with the Help of Citizen Scientists

Searching for Intermediate Mass Black Holes in Spiral Galaxies with the Help of Citizen Scientists

Dr. Patrick Treuthardt, Assistant Head, Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Lab
SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Today @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

How can you help solve the mystery behind the origins of supermassive black holes? Join us Wednesday, January 22 as North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences astrophysicist
Patrick Treuthardt explains how citizens are helping with his latest research project to find black holes by identifying spiral galaxies.

Watch the Livestream 

photo of a spiral galaxy

Fort Bragg - Longleaf Pines and the Saint Francis' Satyr

Fort Bragg - Longleaf Pines and the Saint Francis' Satyr

Fort Bragg - Longleaf Pines and the Saint Francis' Satyr

Brian Ball, Wildlife Biologist, Endangered Species Branch, Directorate of Public Works, Fort Bragg

SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, January 15 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Watch the Livestream 

Fort Bragg is one of our nation’s largest and most important military installations. In addition to the thousands of troops stationed there, Fort Bragg is home to over 1,500 species of plants and animals. Over 70 species of rare plants and animals can be found on the installation. Perhaps the most unique and one of the rarest species is the Saint Francis' Satyr, a federally endangered butterfly found on Fort Bragg and nowhere else in the world.

Photo of pitcher plants at Fort Bragg, photo of one man and two women doing stream restoration, photo of Saint Francis' Satyr

Barred, Barn, Great Horned and Screech (and sometimes Snowy) – Owls of North Carolina

Barred, Barn, Great Horned and Screech (and sometimes Snowy) – Owls of North Carolina

Colleen Bockhahn, Assistant Park Manager, Lake Crabtree County Park

SECU Daily Planet Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Nature Research Center, 1st Floor
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 @ Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Owls are known as symbols of wisdom and magic. Gain some wisdom about our local owl species, and discover the magic behind their unique adaptations and natural histories. Did you know that great-horned owls prey on other owls? Which North Carolina owl species is declining in northern states? Get the answers to these questions and many more!

Watch the Livestream

photo of an owl in the cavity of a tree and two other up close owl photos