Natural Wonders

OLLI at Ringling College presents ‘Celebrating Florida’s Wild Wonders’

Leslie K. Poole is co-editor of "The Wilder Heart of Florida" and assistant professor of environmental studies at Rollins College.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College will present “Celebrating Florida’s Wild Wonders,” a one-day event inspired by the book, “The Wilder Heart of Florida,” on March 11 at the Ringling College Museum Campus, 1000 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

The forum features celebrated writers, poets, educators, environmentalists, architects, and artists. General admission is $125, including lunch and a reception. Call 941-309-5111 or visit

Julie Cotton of OLLI’s Advisory Council’s Strategic Program Committee said participants will “expand their emotional connection to Florida’s natural treasures and learn about places they never knew existed.”

Jono Miller, a local environmentalist, is editor of "The Palmetto Book: Histories and Mysteries of the Cabbage Palm."

The day will include book signings and local environmental and art groups at display tables. Cotton encourages audience members to prepare for the event by reading “The Wilder Heart of Florida” and “The Palmetto Book.”

“This event was inspired by ‘The Wilder Heart of Florida,’” Cotton said. “Using the arts as our vantage point via evocative prose, poetry, painting, photography, architecture, and film, we aim to engage hearts and minds in celebrating and safeguarding our precious wild wonders.”

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