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Oxbow Eco-Center hosts a variety of speakers and presentations throughout the year. Check our Calendar of Events page for upcoming opportunities that bring together environment, history, health and more.

Some of our past presentations include:


Join the Blue Revolution
Florida’s economy and idyllic lifestyle are built on a foundation of pure and plentiful water. Yet for the first time in history, the latest generation of Floridians has not inherited waters as clean and abundant as their parents. In this uplifting program, award-winning author Cynthia Barnett demonstrates why this water-rich state could face water scarcity and quality woes, and how we can turn it around with a Blue Revolution.




The Most Interesting Floridians I Have Known Author Jeff Klinkenberg introduces some of the most interesting people he’s known over a lifetime of writing about Florida’s culture. From influential leaders to salt-of-the-Earth everyday people, Klinkenberg will share stories about living the quintessential Florida life. Prepare yourself for an entertaining program featuring these intriguing citizens through Jeff’s award-winning storytelling.


Dr. Edie WidderWhat Goes Around Comes Around: Where Water and Health Meet  Florida’s toxic algae blooms have been much in the news lately.  These blooms raise potential health concerns not only for local wildlife, but people as well.  It turns out that what we put into our waterways can return to us in the form of contaminated fish and toxic algae blooms. Dr. Edith Widder, founder of Ocean Research & Conservation Association, shares findings from her research in the Indian River Lagoon, Lake Okeechobee and St. Lucie Estuary, and presents strategies that we can all use to improve the health of our waters.


Marjorie Harris Carr: A Florida Super Hero
Using engaging historic postcards, photos, and lively discussion, historian Dr. Peggy Macdonald blends environment and history to convey an inspirational message through the life and work of Marjorie Harris Carr. Despite growing up in Florida during a time when women were discouraged from seeking careers in science, Marjorie became a super hero in environmental conservation. She led a small but influential group of citizens to do big things — like stopping the Cross Florida Barge Canal by Presidential order and conserving hundreds of thousands of acres of critical habitat. The land that was to be dredged from the Atlantic to the Gulf is now the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, memorializing this powerful woman.


Land Remembered

Take a Trip through Patrick Smith’s “A Land Remembered”
Prepare yourself for a visual feast of storytelling highlighting Patrick Smith, famed author of the Florida classic “A Land Remembered.” Patrick’s son, Rick Smith (aka Patrick Jr.), cleverly utilizes family video, special effects and music to bring his unique presentation to life. Rick discusses his late father’s body of work to tell the story of the “real” Florida.


Dr. Nool
Florida Water Stories
Take a thought-provoking look at Florida’s long and sometimes difficult relationship with water along with University of Florida master lecturer Dr. Steve Noll. Discover why Florida’s geography and natural history create water concerns more pressing than perhaps anywhere else in the nation. You’ll hear how and why Floridians attempted to re-shape the state by turning land into water and water into land.


President FDR

 Through the Eyes of Roosevelt: the Essential Role of Government and Public Service President Franklin D. Roosevelt led the country at one of the most challenging and defining times in our history, leading us through the Great Depression followed by World War II. His presidency offers an excellent message on the essential role of government in a great society. Although controversial at the time, his programs were highly successful and carried Americans through difficult times. The Works Progress Administration included construction projects and the collection of cultural stories still enjoyed today. In clever fashion, historian David Schmidt inspires the audience to consider the ethic of public service that Roosevelt awakened.


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