Now in its third season, Holland Lifelong Learning allows you to explore top issues in conservation, research and science with expert-led discussions geared toward adults in a relaxed social environment.

Holland Lifelong Learning is pledging to be plastic-free this year! Enjoy complimentary food and refreshments at each session and be sure to bring your own reusable water bottle!

These events are made possible by the generous support of Mary and Mason Holland and their commitment to the Watershed Campaign. Interested in sponsoring a lecture? Please reach out to Samantha Mills at or (843) 579-8628.

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Dolphins Are Sounding the Alarm: Are We Listening?

Wednesday, September 20 | 6:30 PM | Harbor Overlook at the South Carolina Aquarium
We’re all connected by land and water, but what exactly lies beneath the surface? Dolphins are helping us decipher this question and giving us important insight into our shared fate. Don’t miss the Holland season opener with MUSC research professor Dr. Patricia Fair and the Aquarium’s resident dolphin expert Meghan Galipeau. Read the lecture recap.

The Tide Is High: Where Art and Action Collide

Monday, October 23 | 6:30 PM | Great Hall at the South Carolina Aquarium
Can one man’s trash be another’s treasure? Activist artist Aurora Robson focuses on intercepting the waste stream and changing the conversation around plastic pollution. With an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans today, Robson demonstrates how to reuse plastic in sculpture form with Wave, a breathtaking “ring of fire” made from recovered Tide detergent bottles. Read the lecture recap.

Thank You to Our Sponsors
Pearlstine Family Fund
Paula R. Feldman
Tom and Kathleen Wright

Biomedicine in Our Backyard: The Power of Blue Blood

Wednesday, November 15 | 6:30 PM | Charles River Laboratories
Ever wonder who, or what, is behind a majority of medical advances? You can thank your neighbor, the horseshoe crab, and learn of their amazing contribution to medicine through Dr. Norm Wainwright, Director of Research and Development at Charles River Laboratories. Stick around for an exclusive tour and see firsthand how these animals are making an impact. Read the lecture recap.

Rods and Reels: Charleston’s Local Food Scene

Wednesday, January 17 | 6:30 pm | The American Theater
Can local food satisfy your palate and the planet? The proof is on the plate! Filmmaker Thibaut Fagonde will talk local food, flavor and farmers through screening slices of his film, Overalls and Aprons. Learn how Charleston’s own local chefs are working to conserve the Lowcountry’s cultural culinary landscape. Reserve your spot.

Craft Your Coastline: What’s Brewing with Oyster Restoration

Wednesday, February 21 | 6:30 pm | Cooper River Brewing
Oysters hold more value than just the occasional pearl – Michael Hodges, Biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, will pry open a new understanding of oyster biology. Enjoy a cold brew while learning about the many benefits these bivalves provide for coastlines and our communities.

Saving Science from Extinction: The Need for Nature

Friday, March 16 | 6:00 pm | Francis Marion Hotel
Connectivity to our neighbors and to the natural world is at our fingertips – but is our concern for conservation getting lost in translation? Now more than ever, “screen-time” can be utilized to decipher science and connect us to the natural world. Hear how innovations in technology and research can revitalize mankind’s role in making a positive impact on the world around us.