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National Geographic Society’s Pete McBride to speak at NOVA’s 2016 Green Festival

Pete McBride
Pete McBride, Photo by Ashley Mosher, courtesy of National Geographic Society

In celebration of Earth Day and 100 years of National Parks, Northern Virginia Community College will host the 2016 Green Festival with Keynote Speaker Pete McBride – National Geographic Society’s “freshwater hero” and award-winning photographer, writer and filmmaker. Green Festival 2016 is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2016 in the forum of the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at NOVA’s Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA.

McBride has spent almost two decades studying the world with his camera. He’s a self-taught photographer and filmmaker who has traveled on assignment to more than 60 countries for the publications of the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Outside, Men’s Journal, Esquire, STERN and others. After more than 10 years working abroad, McBride returned home to Colorado and spent more than two years studying and documenting the Colorado River.

McBride has taken pictures from innumerable vantage points, created the coffee table book “The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict,” and won several film festival awards for his film “Chasing Water.” McBride’s talk will begin at 1 p.m. in the theater of the Ernst Center during the Green Festival.

NOVA has celebrated nature and national parks for many years by partnering with Fairfax County for Arbor Day celebrations before creating the Green Festival three years ago. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 100 Years of National Parks.” The Green Festival will include educational workshops and presentations from the U.S. National Park Service, NOVA’s Recreation & Parks, state local parks and other organizations.

Space is limited for Green Festival 2016, and registration is required for workshops, lunch, swag and door prizes. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on site. Participants are welcome to park in the student lots for free during the event. For more information about Green Festival 2016, contact Cheryl Robinette at crobinette@nvcc.edu.


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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.