Public education is central to the mission of the Trust — and the heart of our educational outreach is OCT’s lecture series. For many years we’ve been hosting informative and entertaining presentations at the Orleans Yacht Club on a wide range of conservation-related topics.

You might learn about the latest shark research, the state of Cape fisheries or the reshaping of our coastlines, how to incorporate ecological design in your garden or landscape, amazing shorebird migrations, or how climate change is impacting our region. And that’s just scratching the surface.

All programs are free and open to the public. Talks start promptly at 6:30 pm, but come at 6:00 pm to mingle with like-minded community members and enjoy a drink from the cash bar. Presentations end with a Q&A.

See below for upcoming and past talks in the series; you’ll also find occasional one-time educational programs hosted by OCT.

“I always learn something new from OCT speakers, even when I think I know all about the topic being discussed."

— Steve O’Grady, OCT Director

Upcoming Programs & Speakers



Documenting Wildlife

January 10, 2023
6:30 pm


Landscaping for Bird Diversity

February 16, 2023
6:00 - 7:30 pm


State of the Waters

March 14, 2023
6:30 pm


Coastal Erosion: What Can We Do?

April 11, 2023
6:30 pm

Past Programs & Speakers

Event Title Date Event Type
Fighting with Fire: A Neglected Method for Managing Habitat November 17, 2022 Programs & Speaker
The Buzz about Mosquitoes Lecture with Aubrey Paolino October 25, 2022 Programs & Speaker
Talk: Climate Change: How Local Communities Can Take Action September 12, 2022 Programs & Speaker
From Coast to Cow: A New Way to Reduce Methane August 30, 2022 Programs & Speaker
Talk: To Boldy Grow – An Author Talk with Tamar Haspel May 31, 2022 Programs & Speaker
Talk: The State of the Bay March 15, 2022 Programs & Speaker
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