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Virtual Speaker Series Focuses On Environment
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Scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19, Justin Fisch will be the speaker at the next MAPS virtual program through Modesto Junior College, speaking on the topic of “A Land Dedicated to Science: The Antarctic Treaty and its Environmental Protocol”. Photo Courtesy Of MJC

The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will be offering a presentation by lawyer and young adventurer Justin Fisch speaking on the topic of “A Land Dedicated to Science: The Antarctic Treaty and its Environmental Protocol” on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. remotely through Zoom.

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Fisch is a young adventurer hailing from Nova Scotia, Canada. The son of a native Cape Bretoner and a Belgian expat, he holds three passports and never seems to figure out to which he really belongs. A global citizen by default, Fisch is an avid absorber of languages, speaking native English and French, in addition to having a professional proficiency in Spanish and Portuguese. He also dabbles in Mandarin Chinese.

A lawyer by trade and an outdoor guide by passion, he has led backpacking expeditions throughout the southeastern U.S., canoes down Florida’s magical rivers, clients up Nicaragua’s stunning volcanoes, as well as interpreted Bolivia’s stunning Andean culture, and encouraged toughness while snowshoeing Quebec’s supernatural winters. His passion for environmental protection and protected area systems led him to work in environmental law and policy, where he previously served the Government of Canada as Parks Canada’s national youth ambassador for the 2015-16 term. In this role, he found novel ways to connect Canada’s youth with their rich natural and cultural history while engaging the new generation of environmental stewards. His role as the producer of the Hello Ukkusiksalik Documentary Expedition fuels his passion for Arctic travel and discovery, allowing him to maintain a strong network of involved youth and discovering remote corners of Nunavut’s Kivalliq region. Fisch formerly taught environmental law at the University of Ottawa.

The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) lecture series has operated since 1990 to foster science education in the community for youths through adults. Once a month during the academic year, MAPS offers stimulating free science programming, bringing educators and local citizens into contact with scientists and mind-expanding ideas.

For more information about the MAPS program contact Catherine Tripp at