It was in Rotorua, New Zealand, on May 19, 2011, that Don Culwell spoke to a group of about 50 persons in a special community lecture for the University of the Third Age (an international organization for retired persons that exists for the presentation of programs for discussion that involve knowledge, skills, and subjects of interest; www. u3arotorua.com). His presentation was entitled “A Walk in the Woods”where he described the organization, functions, and activities of South Fork Nature Center located at Clinton and The Jewel Moore UCA Nature Reserve located on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas. Also noted were the activities of the Arkansas Native Plant Society that include numerous hikes into natural areas of AR for the enjoyment and education of the participants. These nature centers encourage an understanding of biodiversity and the enjoyment of nature. Kiwis (New Zealanders) were encouraged to enjoy and learn about the biology within their own natural environment taking advantage of their parks, preserves, exceptional landscapes, and ecosystems.
Culwell was in New Zealand with a UCA biology class for the month of May; the class hiked and experienced the ecosystems of both the north and south islands (including the active volcano, White Island, the Franz Josef Glacier, Kiwi preservation parks, lectures on biotechnology for better breeding at the Plant and Food Research Center, tour of a sheep, cattle, and truffle farm, and white water streams).