Schedule a Presentation

The Center’s founder Campbell Plowden and sometimes other Center representatives are available to do presentations for groups interested in learning about the ecology, conservation and communities of the Amazon region. A typical presentation lasts 30 - 60 minutes. The topic and length can be adjusted to match the group’s needs. See the list of Upcoming and recent presentations for ideas about titles and the range of audiences met with so far. View Dr. Plowden’s biographical summary or full curriculum vitae to consider a wider range of potential topics that could be presented. Special presentations could feature interactive formats such as laboratory exercises that explore the concepts and quantitative aspects of estimating the sustainable harvest of a non-timber forest product or role-plays and discussions that focus on the environmental and social challenges faced by indigenous and traditional Amazon communities. Half-day or full day workshops could be designed on request. Speaker fees for presentations are negotiable.

Presentations are often accompanied by a display of Amazon native handicrafts made for festivals or everyday use. These include jewelry (bracelets and necklaces), hunting gear, bags, baskets, and various tools used for preparing food. The plants and processes used to make these items can be discussed to give people an appreciation for the ethnobotanical side of these handicrafts. Some items can be offered for sale to help support native artisans, their communities and the Center’s work.

Here's what Jim Morrill, a teacher at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT said about a talk and lab that Dr. Plowden presented to both of his AP Environmental Science classes:

"Campbell Plowden’s class and lab dealing with the Amazon rain forest is excellent.  His class is a visually stimulating PowerPoint presentation documenting the major human forces that are destroying the rain forest.  He then shows slides of the Tembe Indians with whom he has lived for several years and discusses resin production from the copal tree in Peru and Brazil as an introduction to the lab.  Students collect simulated lumps of copal resin from campus trees, take measurements, and then calculate how long it takes for the resin to regenerate itself from an initial harvest.  Students come to realize that a species of weevil, feeding on the copal tree, stimulates resin flow which provides a resin lump that is home to the weevil as it completes its life cycle.  Campbell is a talented teacher who brings a wealth of environmental expertise to the class presentation and lab. I highly recommend what Campbell has put together.  It can be adapted for almost any age group from grammar school to college."

If you would like to discuss scheduling a presentation for your group, please contact the Center. Please provide as much of the following information as possible:

Contact information for you: Your name, telephone number, and email address
Presentation host contact information: The name, address, telephone number, and website address of your organization
Type of presentation desired: The desired topic and length of time for the Center presentation. Please be specific if you would like a regular talk or special presentation (lab, role-play, workshop, etc.)
Estimated number of attendees: The approximate number (or range) of people that will attend the presentation
Place and time: The desired location and date for the Center presentation

The Center can provide references and contact information for previous audiences on request.