National Geographic
Student Matinee

Hidden in Plain Sight

Photograph by Carlton Ward Jr.

  • March 20, 2018

  • 10 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Regular $5.00

  • National Geographic Campus

    Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

About this Student Matinee

Follow in the footsteps of bears and panthers with National Geographic Explorer Carlton Ward Jr. on epic treks to discover wild spaces hidden in the heart of Florida. Students will learn how Carlton’s using photography to elevate critical conservation issues while revealing the wonders of a world on the brink of being lost.

THEMES: wildlife, conservation, ecosystems, photography, geography


Photograph by Mac Stone

Carlton Ward Jr.


An eighth-generation Floridian, National Geographic Explorer CARLTON WARD JR. uses photography to inspire conservation of his home state’s nature and culture. Carlton founded the Florida Wildlife Corridor campaign in 2010 to build public support for corridor science and keeping Florida wild. With fellow explorers Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie, he has since trekked more than 2,000 miles through the corridor, during two National Geographic–supported expeditions, to showcase a statewide vision to protect Florida’s wild places. Both expeditions produced award-winning books, PBS films, and widespread outreach. Carlton is the author of four books, and his photographs have been published widely, including in National Geographic, Audubon, Smithsonian, and Nature Conservancy magazines. Carlton has received the Conservation Leadership Award from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida and the Rolex Artist-in-Exploration Award from the Explorers Club.

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