Adult Lecture Series

The Parker Cultural and Scientific Commission is pleased to present talks on topics that impact Colorado citizens and residents of Douglas County. The intent of these talks is to increase the understanding of how arts, science and technology affect current and future issues facing our community, and provide the opportunity to learn and discuss a variety of trending topics.

Parker Arts Adult Lecture Series is sponsored by Parker Adventist Hospital. Please click here to download the 2019/2020 Adult Lecture flyer.

All lectures take place at PACE Center and are FREE and open to the public. We like to anticipate the number of guests attending, so although an RSVP is not required, it is appreciated. Please RSVP via email, Sign Up Genius, or phone at 303.805.6800.

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2018/2019 Lecture Schedule

September 5 – Habitat Heroes: Native Plants for Birds and Wildscaping 101
October 3 – Climate Science
November 7 – Colorado 14’ers
January 9 – African Wildlife Photography
February 6 – How to manage chronic pain without opioids
March 6 – Front Range Landscaping
April 3 – Climate and Colorado Agriculture
May 1 – Good Zzzzzs: An Interactive Talk About Sleep and Sleep Disorders

Habitat Heroes: Native Plants for Birds and Wildscaping 101

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Kate Hogan, 
Audubon Nature Center and the Native Plant Gardens at Chatfield State Park.
Are you interested in becoming a habitat hero?  Not only can your personal backyard be a private sanctuary for you and your family, but it can also be an amazing habitat to support local birds, pollinators, and other wildlife.  Join the Audubon Society of Greater Denver for an in depth look at these new trends in landscaping!  This program will offer suggestions on native plant choices to attract local and migrating birds, as well as tricks for supporting a miniature ecosystem around your home.

Climate Science

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Christian Shorey
, Assistant Department Head of Geology and Geologic Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines
Climate science has been a politically controversial topic recently, but its origins are divorced from such politics, and go back a few centuries. By exploring the story of the scientists and science involved in climate, a clearer picture of what we know and how we know it will be revealed.

Colorado 14'ers: Balancing Recreational Use and Environmental Protection

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Lloyd Athern
, Executive Director Colorado Fourteeners Initiative
Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks are “approachable Everests” that draw hikers and climbers from across the globe due to their high elevations, ease of access and unique alpine ecosystems. An estimated 311,000 people climb the 14ers annually, which generates an economic impact of more than $84 million for Colorado. However, growing recreational use also places at risk rare and fragile alpine vegetation that, in some cases, can only be found on these high peaks, as well as alpine-specific wildlife that is not easily seen across much of the country. Learn more about how recreational use and natural protection coexist on Colorado’s 14ers, some of the research being done to manage high-altitude hiking, as well as how to responsibly climb Colorado’s highest peaks.

African Wildlife Photography

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Russ Burden
, Owner of Russ Burden Nature Photography Tours
Photographer Russ Burden will give a two-part presentation entitled, “Under Tanzanian Skies.” Part one includes an instructional “how to” presentation that illustrates making award-winning safari and wildlife images, and demonstrates his fondness for Tanzania through photos depicting his most common tour mottos: It’s All About The Light, Edit Before Pressing the Shutter, Exhaust All Possibilities, Watch For Those Blinkies, and more.   Part two is an escape into the land of the Serengeti showing a slideshow of both wildlife and scenery.

How To Manage Chronic Pain Without Opioids

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Carter Jones
, Board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine with a Ph.D. in Pharmacology.
Chronic pain is a common and complex medical problem.  Historically, opioids have been a mainstay of treatment for patients with pain, however their inappropriate use has revealed serious consequences, without demonstrating evidence of benefit, especially with long-term use.  In contrast, there are many distinct non-opioid therapies that have been shown to produce sustained improvements in both pain and function.  The goal of this talk is to discuss what non-opioid treatments are available for chronic pain and the evidence to support them, from conservative approaches like psychotherapy to more invasive techniques like spinal cord stimulation.  By combining these approaches, most patients can achieve a life of satisfactory pain control and function.

Front Range Landscaping

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Tony Hahn
, Swingle-SavaTree
Attend this informative discussion on the challenges of maintaining a lawn and landscape along the Front Range of Colorado. Learning about site selection and species selection will make all the difference, while myths about lawn and tree care will be dispelled. Hear from the experts what we do right and what we do wrong to our landscapes in the weather extremes of Colorado.

Climate and Agriculture in Colorado

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Thaddeus Cummins
, Chapter Co-Lead Colorado Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Colorado has a strong agricultural tradition dating back to before the dust bowl of the 1930s when many Colorado farmers lost their farms and their lives. The growing threat of climate change to our agricultural communities continues to threaten the industry. Climate impacts on farming and cattle husbandry will vary from location to location but the likely increase in temperature and extreme weather impacts could impact crop yields as much as three percent per one degree of average higher temperature during the growing season (US Department of Defense, 2017). To protect our farming culture scientists and engineers have some new technologies to mitigate risks. Specifically, biochar, precision farming, and carbon sequestration could buffer increasing water demands and capture carbon as we move into the future of Colorado agriculture.

Good Zzzzzs: An Interactive Talk About Sleep and Sleep Disorders

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. 
David E. McCarty, MD, FAASM, Medical Director, Colorado Sleep Institute
Dr. David E McCarty is a board certified Sleep Medicine specialist who is passionate about a good night of sleep. "Sleep is the world's first and best performance-enhancing drug!" he will intone, as he works with his patients to help them rediscover a better night of sleep. Dr. McCarty is the Medical Director for Colorado Sleep Institute, a comprehensive and multidimensional medical clinic dedicated to the treatment of sleep disorders, such as insomnia, hypersomnia syndromes (such as narcolepsy), sleep disordered breathing, and restless legs syndrome. Dr. McCarty uses a spontaneous "chalk-talk" approach to delivery, and welcomes questions from the audience during his discussion of the basic mechanisms of sleep and wake, and how these natural functions can go wrong, to contribute to human disease.