CLEMSON – “Expeditions with Patrick McMillan,” a public-television nature series produced by Clemson University video productions is building a national following.

“Expeditions with Patrick McMillan” debuted in 2006 on SC-ETV. In 2009, the weekly series expanded to PBS stations that reach more than 54 million television households coast-to-coast, including seven of the nation’s top 10 markets:
1 – New York City (NewJersey Network)
2 – Los Angeles (KLCS)
4 – Philadelphia (New Jersey Network)
6 – San Francisco (KCSM and KQED)
7 – Boston (via New Hampshire Public Television)
9 – Washington, D.C. (Maryland Public Television)
10 – Houston (KUHT)

On Sept. 30, “Expeditions” joins the New Jersey public broadcast network’s prime-time lineup of nature programming. The 9:30 p.m. broadcast follows “Nature” and “Natural Heroes” and reaches New York City and Philadelphia, as well as the entire state of New Jersey.

“Our goal in producing ‘Expeditions’ is to increase awareness of the critical importance of environmental issues, their global interconnections and the need to develop a sustainable balance between nature and mankind,” said McMillan, series host and creator.

The 2009 season features coastal diversity in Port Royal Sound, frogs as environmental bellwethers in South Carolina and around the world, arid land tortoises from South Carolina to California, the Pigeon Mountain caves and ecosystem in northern Georgia, the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, the temperate rainforests of Chile, the importance of suburban woodlands and the little-known wonders of the Clemson Forest and Table Rock State Park.

McMillan earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Clemson University. His research has been featured in both National Wildlife and South Carolina Wildlife magazines, as well as regional news media. He served as curator of Clemson’s Campbell Museum of Natural History from 2006 until August 2009, when he became director of natural resource programs for the University’s Youth Learning Institute.