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IC professor to give virtual talk for Cleveland Botanical Garden


Hitchcock Professor of Biology Lawrence W. Zettler will give a virtual presentation on orchid conservation Saturday as part of the Cleveland Botanical Garden Orchids Forever event.

In his talk, “Orchids on the Edge: Conservation in a Changing World,” Zettler will describe the life cycle of wild orchids and what is needed to ensure their survival. The live, virtual program will air Saturday, March 6, at 10 a.m. and is $10 for members and $25 nonmembers.

Zettler, who leads the Orchid Recovery Program at Illinois College, continues to raise the profile of the need for conservation of wild orchids through his work and speaking opportunities. 

The Orchid Recovery Program and collaborating institutions are leading efforts to conserve orchids in the Midwest and around the world, through research in places that include Palau, Madagascar, Ecuador and Cuba. Last year, the Orchid Recovery Program received a $50,000 gift from the American Orchid Society Dorothy Nieter Trust to support orchid conservation work in Illinois.

More than 100 undergraduate students have contributed to the program’s work over the course of more than two decades.

For more information about the Orchid Recovery Program at Illinois College and a link to Zettler's lab website, visit

For more information about the event and how to register, visit

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Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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