Professor, Author and Visionary Conservationist Doug Tallamy to Speak in New Canaan

Renowned author, professor and researcher, Doug Tallamy, will speak on the topic of his recently published book, “Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard.” Tallamy is best known for the national conversation he sparked more than a decade ago about the link between healthy ecosystems and human wellbeing. His first book, “Bringing Nature Home”, emphasized the irrefutably significant tie between native plant species, native insects and the rest of the food chain essential for a healthy world. Sponsored by the ten organizations that comprise the New Canaan Pollinator Pathway, Mr. Tallamy’s presentation will offer specific suggestions of how homeowners can turn their properties into conservation corridors and help make a difference for global biodiversity. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 3 at New Canaan Country School Auditorium, 635 Frogtown Road, starting at 7:30 pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm). Tickets are $15.

A Framework for Freedom | Creating Partnerships to Combat Modern Slavery

Join us for a panel during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to discuss the critical role that public-private partnerships play in eradicating modern slavery. Local and federal law enforcement are crucial partners in combatting human trafficking, yet there are few organizations that focus their resources on collaborating with these agencies by providing the tools and knowledge required for effective prevention, investigation, and prosecution-related measures and policies. This program will provide an opportunity for the public to hear directly from a survivor and from a panel of experts dedicated to fighting this crime, while highlighting the value that Grace Farms Foundation provides through anti-trafficking law enforcement training and capacity building.

Astronomy at Grace Farms | Taurids Meteor Shower

Associated with the Comet Encke, the Taurid Meteor Shower offers bright, spectacular shooting stars. Join New Canaan High School Planetarium Director Tim Haag and Grace Farms Foundation Nature Initiative Director, Mark Fowler, to learn about the Taurids, and search the sky as we look for shooting stars. Please bring your binoculars. Telescopes will be available, but visibility is dependent on the weather.

Ending Violence Against Women | A Conversation with Dr. Denis Mukwege

Join 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nicholas Kristof as they discuss the urgent need to combat sexual violence against women and girls in conflict zones. Dr. Mukwege, a world-renowned gynecological surgeon, founded Panzi Hospital in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1999 to provide the women in his community with access to high-quality maternal health care. Many of his first patients, however, were not delivering mothers, but instead women and girls who were seeking medical treatment following brutal rapes at the hands of warring militia groups. As the violence against women and girls escalated drastically, Dr. Mukwege and his staff at Panzi Hospital dedicated themselves to treating complex and often life-threatening gynecological injuries. Since then, Panzi Hospital has earned an impressive reputation for its best-in-class service for victims of sexual violence.