Headwaters’ STEM Speaker Series and more fun events
- August 6, 2020 -

We’re gearing up for heading back to school!


Join us for this celebration of science and education. From August 17-31, join Headwaters for fun events and science talks that celebrate our love of education, hands on learning, and community.


  • Women in STEM Speaker Series August 17-26
  • Online raffle August 1-31
  • Children’s digital scavenger hunt competition August 21-28
  • Free online learning programming August 17-31

Location: View the talks and programs on our Facebook Live

Tickets: Free. Purchase an optional “ticket” by donating to Headwaters.


Schedule of events: Women in STEM Speaker series

Melissa Cristina Marquez

August 17, 5:30 p.m. on Facebook Live

Melissa Cristina Márquez is a Latina marine biologist and wildlife educator with a BA (Hons) in Marine Ecology and Conservation degree from New College of Florida (USA) and an MSc in Marine Biology from Victoria University of Wellington (NZ). Márquez is a freelance environmental writer for Forbes, a Scholastic author, the ConCiencia Azul podcast host, and TV presenter. She is also founder of The Fins United Initiative (TFUI; www.finsunited.co.nz), a program that brings attention to the unusual and diverse sharks (and their relatives) of the world, the diverse scientists who study them, and the threats these animals face. Márquez is currently doing her PhD at Curtin University, studying human-wildlife conflict and shark habitat use. For more information on Melissa, please see here.

Mary Ellen Hannibal

August 20, 5:30 p.m. on Facebook Live

Mary Ellen Hannibal is an environmental journalist and the author of five books.  Among many fellowships and residencies, she is the recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Science and Society Award and Stanford University’s Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism.  Her most recent book, Citizen Scientist:  Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, was named a best book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and won a Nautilus book award. She is a creator and writer of “Nature in the City,” a spatio-temporal map of San Francisco, synthesizing more than 40 maps of the terrain and telling stories of change over time.  She is a regular contributor to many publications, including The New York Times, Science, Nautilus, and Bay Nature.  She is an adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts.  Her recent TED talk is about butterflies and the human soul:  go.ted.com/maryellenhannibal

Tucker Malarkey

August 26, 5:30 p.m. on Facebook Live 

Tucker Malarkey is the author of the critically acclaimed and national bestselling novels An Obvious Enchantment and Resurrection. Stronghold, her first major work of non-fiction, describes one man’s journey to save salmon habitat in the US and Russia. Stronghold, due out in paperback in October 2020, was an editor’s pick for The New York Times, National Book Review, Outside and Forbes. With a career that began at The Washington Post, Tucker’s love of human culture and wilderness have since taken her all over the world. She now lives with her son in Berkeley, California.

More events:

Lunch With A Scientist


Annalise Blum, hydrologist | Jessica Tse, microbiologist

8/18 and 8/25 on Facebook Live, 11 a.m.

Join us for our Tuesday speaker series which shows you what science careers look like. Learn about STEM jobs, science research, and stay for live Q&A.

Online Raffle

Purchase tickets  through 8/31

Enter to win great items like a gift certificate for dinner, hotel stays, and more in this fundraiser to benefit free science education for the 2020-21 school year. Purchase raffle tickets through our web store. The winners will be drawn live on Facebook on 8/31.

Children’s Scavenger Hunt

Watch our Friday lesson 8/21 and then complete the scavenger hunt challenge. Send us a picture of your checklist and be entered to win a prize! This free challenge is open to all children under 12. 

Email your sheets to: lea@headwaterssciennceinstitute.org


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