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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History for a special presentation by University of Florida alumnus and conservation photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. March 31.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

“Our visitors loved meeting Carlton at the opening of his exhibit ‘Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier’ on Feb. 12,” said Florida Museum education coordinator Kendra Lanza-Kaduce. “We are so excited he is coming back to the museum for this presentation.”

From 7:15 to 8 p.m. museum members may join Ward in the “Florida Cowboys” and “Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition” exhibits for a meet-and-greet event. Membership cards are required for admittance to this portion of the event.

“The museum regularly offers special events for its members,” said Leslie Ladendorf, Florida Museum assistant director of development and membership. “We are thrilled that our members have the opportunity to meet with Carlton in a private setting.”

For more information on becoming a member visit or call 352-273-2047.

During his presentation, Ward will showcase photographs from his book, “Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier” and more recent images focusing on the vital role ranches play in the state’s economy and environment, especially in the Everglades.

“We have a unique opportunity to help restore the Everglades and ensure the future of Florida cattle ranching at the same time through the same efforts,” Ward said.

Ward said photographers, conservationists, cattle ranchers and others interested in the environment will enjoy this presentation.

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Source: Leslie Ladendorf, 352-273-2047,
Writer: Leeann Bright
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054,