GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History and University of Florida Performing Arts are partnering to present “National Geographic Live” on March 23 and April 18 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

tiger lying down with cub
©Photo courtesy of Steve Winter

“National Geographic Live” is a night of exploration through film, photography and discussion with acclaimed National Geographic photographers. Each event features an hour-long presentation followed by Q&A with audience members.

“We wanted to bring the premium storytelling and visually stunning imagery that National Geographic is known for to our stage,” said Sam McKee, marketing and communications specialist at UF Performing Arts. “We hope that attendees will come away from each event enlightened and inspired.”

Award-winning photographer Steve Winter will speak at the March 23 presentation, “National Geographic Live: On the Trail of Big Cats.” Co-author of the National Geographic book “Tigers Forever,” Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of big cats while working to save them.

fish swimming underwater
©Photo courtesy of Brian Skerry

The April 18 presentation, “National Geographic Live: Ocean Soul,” features Brian Skerry who has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater telling the oceans’ stories. He dives eight months of the year, often in extreme conditions beneath arctic ice or in predator-infested waters.

“Bringing these world-class explorers to the Phillips Center offers an opportunity for our community to get a greater sense of the natural world, its wonders, the challenges it faces, and the solutions being posed by experts,” McKee said.

Tickets for each event are $25 for adults and $10 for UF students and children ages 3-17.

For more information or to buy tickets for “National Geographic Live: On the Trail of Big Cats,” visit or call 352-392-2787.

For more information or to buy tickets for “National Geographic Live: Ocean Soul,” visit or call 352-392-2787.


Writer: Nikhil Srinivasan, 352-272-2034,
Source: Sam McKee, 352-273-2483,
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054,