The aquatic adventures of an expert scientist

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CORNWALL, Ontario – Dive into the mind behind Brockville’s new freshwater Aquatarium and learn how the St. Lawrence River ecosystem can find new life indoors.

Pictured are Thomas Harder and Jennipher Carter with Aquitarium fish tanks.

Thomas Harder, aquarist and wildlife biologist, will be sharing his 15 years of experience in the development, organization, and maintenance of super-size aquariums at the Science and Nature Speakers Series on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Cornwall Public Library at 7 p.m.

His newest project, a unique indoor microcosm of the great St. Lawrence River, is located inside the Aquatarium’s 25,000 square foot, interactive, learning and discovery centre.

Harder gathered his expertise working on several large-scale aquatic projects in Las Vegas and Virginia Beach.

“Now these are not the 20 or 30 gallon tanks that we are used to seeing in our living rooms. They are complex large-scale educational aquatic habitats that house thousands of gallons of water and hundreds of aquatic species,” said Karen Cooper, communications officer at the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences.

The public is invited to explore a river ecosystem indoors with Harder at no cost - space is limited. Call the River Institute at (613) 936-6620 to reserve your seat or e-mail

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Organizations: Science and Nature Speakers Series, Cornwall Public Library, St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences

Geographic location: St. Lawrence River, Las Vegas, Virginia Beach

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