Tickets are now on sale for a special event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day—a talk by Douglas Tallamy, Professor of Entomolgy and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware and best-selling author of Bringing Nature Home. He will be the guest speaker at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive, Wayne on Sunday, April 19 at 2:30 pm.

Tallamy will discuss the dire consequences of habitat destruction and how individuals can help reverse this alarming trend by providing a welcoming environment for wildlife. The program is hosted by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum. Tickets are $30 for members of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum and $55 for non-members (includes a 1-year membership). Space is limited, and early purchase of tickets is recommended. To purchase ticets, go to www.laurelwoodarboretum.org

Tallamy’s widely acclaimed book, Bringing Nature Home, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing, The book was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association, Tallamy’s new  book, Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard, takes the next step and outlines his vision for a grassroots, homegrown approach to conservation by turning backyards into conservation corridors that are essential for the wellbeing of wildlife and, ultimately, humankind.

Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum is the non-profit organization that helps preserve and manage the 30-acre arboretum in partnership with Wayne Township. For additional information about the program or other upcoming events, go to www.laurelwoodarboretum.org, send an email to  info@laurelwoodarboretum.org or call 973-831-5257.