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Writer and photographer Rick Halsey to speak on exploring chaparral Sept. 19 at Museum of Ventura County

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On Thursday, Sept. 19, Rick Halsey, director of the California Chaparral Institute, will present “Exploring the Chaparral and Rediscovering Yourself through Nature,” a community lecture from 7 to 9 p.m.. at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura.
A part of Ventura Land Trust’s ongoing Environmental Speaker Series, Halsey will discuss how connecting with nature through local native habitats offers us a way to achieve what so many philosophers through the ages have identified as essential to achieving a meaningful existence – "to know thyself.”
“For more than 2 million years, evolution took place out in nature and was driven by our instincts,” said Halsey. “Today, as we try to reconcile the conflict between the demands of civilization, social expectations, and our ancient, wild selves, nature often provides the best remedy.”
Halsey is a writer, photographer and the director of a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of California's native chaparral ecosystem and supporting the creative spirit as inspired by nature. He has given more than 500 presentations and written numerous papers and articles over the past 15 years concerning the importance of re-establishing our connection with nature and understanding local habitats, especially the chaparral.
Reservations are recommended by calling 805-653-0323, ext. 0, and a $10 donation is suggested at the door.