Extreme explorer with Pro Humanitate spirit
Meet an intrepid Demon Deacon. Carlton Ward Jr. (’98), an eighth-generation Floridian, imagined bringing attention to conservation and habitat issues in his home state. He envisioned a 1,000-mile journey over 100 days, and it has come to pass. An environmental photojournalist, he credits Wake Forest with giving him an undergraduate education that he calls “a process of discovery.” He also got a professional start here by shooting Wait Chapel during a perfect crimson sunset.
With another conservationist, a bear expert and a filmmaker who is shooting a public television documentary, Ward has been making his way from the Everglades toward the Okefenokee Swamp on the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition since Jan. 17. The explorers kayak, hike, horseback ride and mountain bike on their intermodal journey, stopping to sleep under the stars. Read more about Ward and his mission here, and enjoy a few of the spectacular images he shared from the trip. As always, go Deacs!
Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large