Curious Encounters with the Natural World

Two people sitting in the grass are surrounded by penguins.

Michael R. Jeffords and Susan L. Post have circled the globe--and explored their own neighborhood-- collecting strange and beautiful curiosities from across the natural world. Join them for an evening lecture in which they open their personal cabinet of curiosities and share stories of their most unusual encounters with nature.

From the "necking" battles of mate-hungry giraffes to the breathtaking beauty of millions of monarch butterflies at rest, Jeffords and Post share stunning photographs and their own insights on their spectacular journeys in nature. Their training as entomologists offers unique perspectives on surprise stag beetle swarms and spider hunting habits. Their photographic eye, honed by decades of observation, finds expression in once-in-a-lifetime images.

The tales they will share will be selected from their book, Curious Encounters with the Natural World, a riveting, eye-witness collection of essays and over 200 photographs of startling and unusual phenomena that illuminates the diverse life inhabiting our planet. Purchase a copy at the event and have it signed by the authors.

Instructor: Susan Post and Michael Jeffords
Note: Held indoors. Book sales are cash or check only ($20).  Limit 75

Course number


Schedule and Location

Thursday, November 15, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Founder’s Room, Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$16.00 member
$20.00 nonmember

Registration Information

ONLINE:  REGISTER NOW, opens new tab
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted, M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
IN PERSON: Stop by Visitor Center during open hours.


Weather Cancellation Hotline
Classes run rain or shine unless there is a threat of server weather. If severe weather is forecast please call 630-719-7979 for updates on weather related cancellations.