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About Expeditions


Naturalist, author, educator and Emmy-winning host Dr. Patrick McMillan embarks on fascinating adventures throughout North and South America in Expeditions with Patrick McMillan. This series overflows with compelling wildlife and wilderness footage captured in the United States and beyond.  McMillan's passion and contagious enthusiasm for the natural world is evident as he journeys through gorges, immense seas of grass, deciduous forests, Arctic tundra and other ecologically rich destinations. Expeditions with Patrick McMillan is presented nationally by South Carolina ETV through American Public Television (APT).

About Patrick McMillan

Patrick is the co-creator, writer, and Emmy-Award winning host of Expeditions with Patrick McMillan.  Patrick received his BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his PhD in Biological Sciences from Clemson University.  For over 20 years Patrick has worked as a professional naturalist, biologist and educator. His range of experience has concentrated on botany though he is also well-respected through his work in ichthyology, herpetology, and mammalogy. Patrick is a professional naturalist, faculty member of the School of Agriculture, Forestry and Environmental Science at Clemson University, and director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden.  He gives over 100 lectures annually around the country.

Patrick’s intense interest in natural history began at a very young age. He attributes his memorization of thousands of scientific names to his grandmother, who would read him Animal Kingdom books and wildflower books as a young child, including the Latin names—quite a contrast to Dr. Seuss! He spent his early childhood in the Fakahatchee Strand and Big Cypress Swamp with his father and grandfather and when he wasn’t out in the swamp he was across the street from his Naples home at the Naples Zoo, aka Jungle Larry’s, where he was such a common feature that the Mynah birds, as well as Larry’s Wife Jane, knew him by name.  Patrick and his family moved to Alleghany County, North Carolina in 1976 where he lived a few hundred feet off the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 231. Alleghany County was a great place to grow up if you liked the company of plants and animals, but there weren’t many children in the neighborhood to make friends with. His childhood consisted of one long walk through the woods, punctuated by those pesky daily tasks like school and dinner. Every day was spent familiarizing himself with the rhythm and diversity of his neighborhood woods, fields and streams. By the time he entered the University of North Carolina his explorations had already documented plants formerly unknown in North Carolina.

He joined the faculty of Clemson University in 2000.  He is married with a son and two step-daughters.  His son Nic has contributed camera work to Expeditions.

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