July 19- July 24, 2018
Wuhan Natural History Museum
Artist and conservationist John Banovich was the keynote speaker at the Behring Forum with the topic of “The Power of Art to Increase Awareness for Conservation.” Additionally Banovich and Banovich Wildscapes Foundation COO, Kimberly Fletcher participated in the Behring Global Education Foundation, Global Natural History Days program as international judges for the exhibition competition and the painting competition. This was the second year Banovich and Fletcher participated in the event.
Global Natural History Day (GNHD) is an international education program designed to inspire elementary and middle school students’ interest in natural science and history and conservation. GNHD is a new, younger sibling of the high acclaimed National History Day competition in the U.S. The principles of conservation and preservation are related through participants real world projects. Winning participants and their educators have been sponsored on learning tours to the United States capitol, the Smithsonian Institute and other venues.
GNHD is based in Shanghai, China and involves students throughout China and other countries. This year’s program was held at the Wuhan Natural History Museum in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province.
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Kenneth E. Behring founded and supports the BGEF to identify, create and oversee multiple initiatives with a common goal of improving the health, education and overall well-being of people in the United States and around the world.
"The Behring Global Education Foundation is curating some of the finest animal exhibits from around the globe and these magnificent collections become important, relevant, current portals to the natural world. Experiencing these exhibits can be an awe-inspiring moment and similar to Fine Art collections, they can move, reveal and Inspire us to seek a deeper understanding of the world around us." John Banovich