Zoo Changing Lecture Series

New Two-Day Event

Seth Stokes
August 01, 2018 - 11:12 am

(Greenville SC)  The Greenville Zoo is changing things up for the newest installment of its Conservation Lecture Series with a two-day event that includes conservation-themed activities at the Greenville Zoo and The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in addition to the lecture. This Thursday, August 2, a teenage brother and sister team will be the guest speakers for Making a Difference Matters…Not Your Age. Carter (17) and Olivia (15) Ries started their own nonprofit, called One More Generation (OMG), in 2009 to help educate children and adults about the plight of endangered species. One of their first initiatives was to help marine wildlife affected by the BP Gulf oil spill. Since founding OMG, they have created three divisions within their organization: Animal Conservation, Environmental Conservation and Youth Empowerment. Today, Carter and Olivia act as mentors to other youth, helping them become changemakers in their own communities, and have authored an award-winning Plastic and Recycling Awareness Curriculum for K-6 graders, which is available to schools nationwide and is also being considered for use in other countries. 

According to Carter, people often remark that the two have accomplished more in their short years than most do in a lifetime. “While that’s flattering, I’m always quick to point out that it doesn't matter what you have or haven’t done in the past,” said Carter. “What matters is what you’re willing to do today and tomorrow to make a difference."

“We just want kids around the world to realize that,” added Olivia. "Anybody can make a difference, so if we can, you can too."

The lecture begins at 5 p.m. at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, located at 300 College Street. The Conservation Lecture Series is free and open to the public and the subject matter is appropriate for the entire family. While not required, attendees are asked to pre-register online if possible. The lecture will be held on the first floor and attendees should use the museum’s side entrance off Academy Street. Parking is available at the Heritage Green parking deck.

To complement the free lecture, the community is invited to join the museum’s and zoo’s education staffs for conservation-related activities involving Carter and Olivia. These will take place at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 2 and at the Greenville Zoo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, August 3. Both activity events are free with admission.

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