sandra stetson aquatic center
The two-story Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center building is the home of the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience and Stetson University’s rowing teams.

Join us on Earth Day, April 22, at the beautiful Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center on Lake Beresford for an informative and engaging panel discussion, a delicious lunch and a mural dedication complete with student-composed musical accompaniment!

Climate Conversations: From the Sea to the St. Johns will include esteemed panelists like Stetson University associate professor of environmental science and studies Jason Evans, St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman and more. Panelists will discuss our most recent challenges due to sea level rise and river flooding, resiliency planning, and comparative and practical solutions for our communities. Our interactive panel discussion will be followed by lunch, where you can further your conversation with the panelists.

Afterward, join us outdoors on the grounds of the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center for more fun. A new mural, designed by local artist Johnny Dame and implemented with Stetson student assistance, will be unveiled.

The event will also feature a new musical composition, A Jeaux D’eau for Lake Beresford, composed for Earth Day by Stetson School of Music student Luis E Quiroz Galvez and performed by Stetson School of Music students Olivia Corporon (violin I), Katarina Nieminen (violin II), Briana Mehershahi (viola), Georgie Gonzalez (cello), and Britney Pflanz (vibraphone).

Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Volusia County, the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience Stetson University, St. Johns Riverkeeper, and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, this free event will run 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center, 2636 Alhambra Ave. in DeLand. The event is free, but a suggested donation for the lunch is $20.

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