Edward Kanze Lectures and Workshops

Ed is an experienced and popular lecturer, known to make audiences laugh, cry, and say "Aha!" all in the same hour. His most popular talks are tailored to meet the needs of particular occasions and audiences. They include:

  • The World of John Burroughs. A seventy-minute program featuring color slides, quotations, and narrative, all breathing life into the story of John Burroughs (1837-1921). Burroughs, raised on a hardscrabble farm in New York's Catskill Mountains, was an author, naturalist, literary critic, and friend of Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Walt Whitman, John Muir, and others. Burroughs published some 27 books and during his lifetime was America's most celebrated nature writer. Twice this program served as the keynote address for scholarly conferences on John Burroughs at the State University of New York at Oneonta. It's always evolving, and several groups have booked it twice. click here to learn more about the Book.
  • My Very Big Backyard: The Adirondacks in Microcosm. Since May, 2000, when they moved onto an 18-acre Adirondack property along the Saranac River, naturalists Ed and Debbie Kanze have been striving to identify and know every living species on "their" property. This slide program, updated frequently, gives a progress report. Included are mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, lichens, fungi, and a good deal more.
  • Kangaroo Dreaming: An Australian Wildlife Odyssey. A companion program to Ed's acclaimed book of the same name. This slide program whisks the audience along on a 25,000-mile jaunt through wild places across the Australian mainland and Tasmania. Narrative and photos bring stories and images about the wild things Australia is famous for: kangaroos, wallabies, the egg-laying mammals the duck-billed platypus and the short-beaked echidna, wombats, dugongs, emus, rainbow lorikeets, poisonous snakes, orchids, eucalyptus forests, and more. Click here to learn more about the Books
  • Notes From New Zealand: A Naturalist Explores The Other Land Down Under. Five times Ed Kanze has traveled to green New Zealand, a diverse, highly civilized, and simultaneously wild country lying 1,000 miles across the Tasman Sea from Australia. Ed has traveled the length and breadth of the country, getting to know the wildlife and the people. He brings delivers his entertaining, informative report through slides and narrative. Featured are kiwis and keas, tree-ferns and giant kauri trees, and some of the finest, most unspoiled scenery in the world. Click here to learn more about the Book

Ed Kanze Author and Adirondack Naturalist
In addition to his standard lectures, Ed crafts lectures and workshops (indoors and out) to fit particular needs. He has offered classes in nonfiction writing, nature writing, nature photography, how to get published, beginning birdwatching, maple sugaring, the art of interpretation, and other subjects. Fees vary. Please contact Ed at info@edwardkanze.com to discuss your needs.

Ed Kanze has spoken at a wide range of venues, among them:
  • The American Museum of Natural History, New York City
  • Buffalo Museum of Science (he delivered a Hayes Lecture, in a series that has also included Edward O. Wilson and Stephen Jay Gould)
  • Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake
  • Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, Tupper Lake
  • Adirondack Ecological Center, Newcomb
  • Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Centers at Newcomb
  • Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Centers at Paul Smiths
  • Adirondack Mountain Club lecture series at Adirondack Loj
  • Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York
  • New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York
  • State University of New York at Albany
  • State University of New York at Oneonta (keynote addresses for two conferences)
  • Atmospheric Sciences Research Laboratory at Whiteface Mountain
  • Paul Smith's College, Paul Smiths, New York
  • North Country Community College, Saranac Lake, New York
  • Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York
  • Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida and Mississippi districts
  • J.L. Scott Aquarium, Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Pensacola Historical Society, Pensacola, Florida
  • Finger Lakes Land Trust, Ithaca, New York
  • Saranac Village at Will Rogers, Saranac Lake, New York
  • Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining, New York
  • Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, New York
  • Westchester Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Purchase, New York
  • And professional conferences, garden clubs, and Audubon societies in many states.


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Edward Kanze
Moose Hill Farm, Bloomingdale, NY 12913
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