The Westport Rotary Club will host a talk by John D. Horkel on his 27 years at Earthplace at noon Tuesday, Oct. 16, at The Westport Inn, 1595 Post Road East.

Horkel, who joined Earthplace in December 1985, was executive director until this past September and now holds the title of executive director emeritus. Previously, he worked as a curator at The Texas Zoo in Victoria, Texas, and then held the position of executive director of The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, according to a release.

He grew up in Houston, Texas, and has a Ph.D. in wildlife and fisheries sciences from Texas A & M University. His professional interests include nature education and urban wildlife ecology.

For relaxation John engages in fitness walking and urban gardening. He also keeps goldfish and hermit crabs, the release states.

The public is welcome. There is a $20 fee, which includes lunch.

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