Legendary journalist, travel writer, world explorer, environmental activist — and Bedford native — Alex Shoumatoff will be the featured speaker at Westchester Land’s Trust’s Leon Levy Environmental Symposium.
The event happens Sunday, March 6th, at 3pm, at the Bedford Village Historical Hall. Admission is free and will be followed by an informal reception.
Mr. Shoumatoff is one of the most far-flung of environmental and travel writers. He writes for Vanity Fair, is a former New Yorker staff writer, has authored 10 books, and his website Dispatches From a Vanishing World, dedicated to raising consciousness about disappearing species and cultures, is visited by readers from over 90 countries every month.
A graduate of Bedford’s Rippowam-Cisqua School (and later of Harvard University), Shoumatoff credits his youth in Bedford as the primary force in making him a committed, passionate conservationist.
As a young man, he was curator of the Marsh Sanctuary in Mount Kisco and taught natural history at Rippowam-Cisqua, having inherited a love of the outdoors from his father and brother. Nicholas Shoumatoff Sr. was president of Westmoreland Sanctuary and Bedford Audubon; Nicholas Jr. was curator of the Trailside Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.
Appropriately, his talk is “Westchester, Bedford and the Making of a Conservationist,” and will focus on how his youth here led to his career as a writer and activist on environmental issues.
This symposium is an annual event held in honor of the late philanthropist Leon Levy, a South Salem resident who established the Jerome Levy Foundation, which provided the majority of the funding to create the Leon Levy Preserve.
The event is free, but seating is limited, so reservations are a must! RSVPs are being taken at:
Disclosure: I was not compensated to promote this event.