Cuba has an environment which includes a very wide variety of different natural habitats and is home to large number of species, many of them endangered. Since the arrival of European settlers, Cuba has suffered from deforestation for agricultural production, firewood, and building materials. As a result there is significant loss of forests and extinction of some species. Environmental awareness has increased in Cuba, and in the late 1990s and in the 2000s the Cuban government has started new programs to protect the environment and to increase forest coverage.
Stanley Campbell will present a travelogue of his recent trips to Cuba. He as been there nine times since 1993. Mr. Campbell is the executive director of Rockford Urban Ministries, an outreach of 25 area churches, and is also the conservation chair of the local Blackhawk Sierra Club. He will talk about the embargo, how groups are gaining permission to travel to Cuba, and where some of the more interesting places are to visit.
Rockford Urban Ministries, whom Mr. Campbell works for, sponsored an educational tour in February of this year and hosts a tour in March 2019 through Witness for Peace.
Burpee Museum's Mahlberg Scholars Lecture Series brings some of the most interesting and brightest scientists to Burpee for a one-hour lecture.
Directions: Burpee Museum - 737 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103 - From I-90 and E. State St. (US Business 20): west on Business 20 6.5 miles to IL 2 north (Wyman St., first street past the Rock River); right on IL 2 five blocks to the museum complex on the right side of the one-way street (N. Main St.). From the south, I-39: west on US 20 Bypass to IL 2 (S. Main St.); north on IL 2 through the downtown to the museum complex. Park in the Riverfront Museum parking lot or the Burpee Museum lot. An above-ground tunnel connects Riverfront Museum Park and Burpee Museum.