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Placer Nature Center and Roseville Utility Exploration Center present an exciting and informative series of lectures with topics ranging from science to culture intertwined with current environmental issues, both local and worldwide.

Presented by leading researchers, professionals and scientists; the First Friday Lecture Series provide an overview of subjects such as outer space, plants, animals and human culture. Lively question and answer periods follow each presentation with the opportunity to meet the presenter afterward.

2011 - 2012 Topics & Presenters

For information about each lecture and presenter, please click on the topics below:

Month Date Topic Presenter Location
Oct. 10/7/2011 ARkStorm - Navigating Atmospheric Rivers Dale Alan Cox
Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project Manager
U.S. Geological Survey
Nov. 11/4/2011 Food Safety and Sustainable Agriculture Liz Spence
Project Manager
The Nature Conservancy
Jan. 1/6/2012 Saving the Snowpack through Sierra Nevada Mountain Meadow Restoration Jim Wilcox
Senior Project and Program Manager
Plumas Corporation for the Feather River Coordinated Resource Management group
Feb. 2/3/2012 The Role of the Media in the Environment Andrew Niskar
Filmmaker, environmental activist
Mar. 3/2/2012 The Dirt on Soil Toby O'Geen
Soil Resource Specialist
Cooperative Extension, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources University of California, Davis
Apr. 4/6/2012 Exploring Electricity and Magnetism Dr. Paul Doherty
Lead Scientist
San Francisco Exploratorium
May 5/4/2012 Practical Steps to Saving Energy, Our Economy and Our Climate Elton Sherwin, Venture Capitalist, author; Roseville
June 6/1/2012 Where Will You Go? Imagining Mobility, Health, and Habitat in the 21st Century David Kyle
Executive Director
Gifford Center for Population Studies


Doors open at 7 PM.

Lectures start promptly at 7:30 PM, typical length of presentation is 45-60 mins. Please arrive early as there are no seat reservations. Stay after for Q&A, raffle of local goods and services. Presenter(s) will also be available for personal introductions and further discussion.

Lectures take place on First Fridays. Read about topics and see dates above...


Auburn: State Theater Roseville: Utility Exploration Center

State Theater
985 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603

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Utility Exploration Center
1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95747

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