Celebrate Our Springs – A panel discussion on April 20

springs-eternal-webAs part of the Florida Museum of Natural History Earth Day observance on Saturday, April 20, Springs Eternal and Finding the Fountain of Youth exhibit principals John Moran, Lesley Gamble and Rick Kilby will participate in a panel discussion to be moderated by journalist and author Cynthia Barnett.

There is no charge to attend the event and the exhibits are open to the public. The panel discussion begins at 11 a.m. Barnett is the author of Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, which was named on of the top 10 science books of 2011 by The Boston Globe.

The Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fragile Fountains of Youth exhibit is a 30-year retrospective of Florida nature photographer John Moran’s love affair with the springs of Florida. The exhibit mixes stirring text with dramatic then-and-now pairings of photos, showing the changes to our springs that many of us have seen. The project channels joy and beauty and grief and anger and is a sobering wake-up call for every Floridian who uses water. Plus the exhibit features a very cool and dramatic 60-foot-wide backlit translucent clerestory window photo of a pair of manatees at Crystal River.

The exhibits run through Dec. 15. The Florida Museum of Natural History is located in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza off SW 34th St. and is open six days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m D.

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