Schedule a Program

Larry's presentations are suitable for general adult audiences, especially those with an interest in conservation and the outdoors.

  • Each program is 35-40 minutes, with another 20 minutes or more for questions and discussion.
  • Basic program fee is $150, plus mileage and lodging. Negotiable.
  • Humanities Iowa may have grants available for some programs. For details, visit the Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau.
  • See the Events Calendar for currently scheduled programs.
  • Contact Larry Stone for more information or to schedule a program for your group event.

Program List


Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa’s Bird Lady

The late Gladys Black of Pleasantville was widely known throughout Iowa as a conservationist, educator, and expert on birds. Larry and coauthor Jon Stravers have written a book about Gladys and have prepared a program acknowledging this colorful woman’s impact on so many Iowans.

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Whitetail: Treasure, Trophy or Trouble? – A History of Deer in Iowa

Although Iowa’s original deer herd vanished in the face of white settlement, the animals rebounded during the 20th century to the point of over-population. Adapted from a 2003 book written for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, “Whitetail” traces that history. It’s a story with broad appeal to farmers, hunters, motorists, and wildlife watchers – anyone whose life has been affected by Iowa deer.

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Iowa: Portrait of the Land

Based on Larry’s award-winning Earth Year 2000 book for the Iowa DNR, “Portrait” is a reminder to Iowans of the rich history of their natural resources, with an appeal for protecting that heritage.

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Floating Through History

Not just for paddlers, this is an entertaining look at the natural and cultural resources that canoeists, visitors, and residents may experience along our waterways.


Sylvan T. Runkel: Citizen of the Natural World

Get better acquainted with a beloved naturalist whose books, public TV appearances, nature hikes, and love of life touched thousands of Iowans. (Based on the 2003 book by Larry Stone and Jon Stravers)


The Amazement Connection

Larry has never outgrown his love of playing in the creek, or his fascination with the amazing array of critters on Earth. He’s convinced that today’s kids need to get wetter and dirtier – and to be amazed at their environment.

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