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Grandfather Presents: Ian Shive

June 8, 2023 @5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

$20.00 – $60.00
Ian Shive

Award-winning author, photographer and filmmaker Ian Shive presents “From America’s National Parks to the National Wildlife Refuge System.” A speaker in our Grandfather Presents series, Ian has authored several award-winning books including “The National Parks: An American Legacy” (2020), which is where the evening journey will begin — with iconic locations of “America’s Best Idea” but also an exploration of what National Parks represent today and in the future of conservation. Through the lens of Ian’s work on Yellowstone National Park’s 150th anniversary, to recovery efforts on Channel Islands National Park, in California, Shive will share two decades of stories in the parks and how they compare to one of America’s other great, protected areas, the National Wildlife Refuge System. There is perhaps no other person in the world who has been to more protected areas in both the parks and refuges than Shive.

Ian is an Ansel Adams award-winning American photographer and filmmaker whose work documents some of the world’s most pristine environments and brings to the public important conservation stories from around the globe. In March 2021, Ian took audiences to a protected and remote Alaskan archipelago with the launch of his documentary, “The Last Unknown,” as well as an ASMR experience in our National Wildlife Refuge System with “Secret Islands of the Pacific,” both now streaming on Discovery+. In 2020, Ian Shive launched a digital series on Discovery Channel titled “Nature in Focus,” where he explores our planet as host and executive producer. In 2019, Ian led several expeditions to some of the world’s most remote coral atolls for the giant-screen film, “Hidden Pacific,” which he directed and produced. “Hidden Pacific” brings to life in IMAX 3D the vibrant marine national monuments at the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean — thriving ecosystems filled with colorful coral reefs, large colonies of birds and threatened species that depend on these habitats for survival.

Ian’s work has been critically acclaimed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, CNN and countless other media. Since its inception in 2010, Ian has worked as CEO of the company he founded, Tandem Stills + Motion, Inc., a leading health, fitness and environmental media company. He is proud to be a steward of his local community’s injured and vulnerable wildlife as a member of the board at the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network.

Follow Ian’s adventures on social media @ianshivephoto and learn more about Tandem at tandemstillsmotion.com.

Buy tickets below beginning May 15, 2023.

“VIP” tickets include a VIP reception with the guest speaker that includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, in addition to the program and the “meet-and-greet” session after the event. Admission to the park for the day is also included.

  • $60 “VIP” Adult
  • $51 “VIP” Bridge Club Member

“Regular” tickets are a more cost-effective option and include only the speaker’s program and the “meet-and-greet” session after the event.

  • $25 “Regular” Adult
  • $20 “Regular” Bridge Club Member
  • Children 12 and under admitted for free (max of four free children per purchase)


  • 8 a.m. | Park opens for the day and “VIP” ticket holders allowed access to the park
  • 4:45 p.m. | “Regular” ticket holders allowed to enter the park and head to the Wilson Center for the event
  • 5 – 5:30 p.m. | “VIP” Reception in one of the classrooms in the Wilson Center (VIP ticket holders only)
  • 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. | Speaker Presentation in the Classroom in the Clouds
  • 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. | Meet-and-Greet or Book Signing with Speaker
  • 7:45 p.m. | Park should be clear of all Grandfather Presents guests

Full refunds will be given to individuals who reach out to us at least five days before the event. This allows time for individuals on the waiting list to make accommodations to attend the event. To cancel your registration, please call 828-733-2013, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More About Grandfather Presents
Our 2023 speaker series at the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery includes five big Thursday night events with internationally and nationally known presenters. Presented by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the series also includes two Saturday afternoon presentations focused on nature, adventure or conservation-related topics on a local or regional scale. Read more.


June 8, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$20.00 – $60.00
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2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Grandfather Mountain | Home to the Swinging Bridge, Animal Habitats and Nature Museum

GPS: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Mailing: PO Box 129, Linville, NC 28646

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