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Roaring Brook Speakers - Programs

The Nature Center staff have a variety of presentations available that may be of interest to your club or civic organization. Programs can also be tailored to your club's interests. 

Presentation Topics: Jay Kaplan

jkaplan@TheChildrensMuseumCT.org
860.693.0263

Changing Land, Changing Wildlife: Connecticut’s landscape has changed dramatically over the last 500 years, from forest, to field, to thicket, and back to forest. As the land has changed so has our wildlife. Learn how our current land use practices may impact our wild areas.

Birdlife of Connecticut (or Canton): Find out what birds can be found in Connecticut (or Canton), where they can be seen and when. How are bird populations are changing and why.

Attracting Birds to Your Yard (or Attracting Wildlife to Your Yard): Learn what you can do to make your yard more attractive to our feathered friends.

Connecticut's Wildlife Digest (or Wildlife of Canton): Learn what animals call Connecticut home, which animal populations are declining, which are increasing and why.

Reptiles & Amphibians: From box turtles to the mysterious spadefoot toad,learn more about these fascinating groups of animals.

Snakes Alive!: Whether they fascinate you or scare you, there is much to learn bout snakes.This presentation includes live snakes. 

Butterflies (and Moths): Connecticut has a wide array of interesting butterflies and moths. Learn about these creatures including some of our more exotic varieties.

Animal Adaptations: Animals require clean air, water, food and shelter from the environments in which they live. Learn how animals adapt to meet their needs and hat happens if they are unable to do so.

The Farmington River - a Multi-use River: Our Farmington River is the most heavily utilized River in State. Find out what makes it important, what creatures call it home and what we must do to keep it “wild & scenic”.

Owls of Connecticut: Whoo can be found here? Learn about the owls that live here or visit our area and how to find them.

Travelogues:  Atlantic Rain Forest of Brazil

 

Presentation Topics: Margery Winters

mwinters@thechildrensmuseumct.org
860.693.0263

Going Native: The benefits and beauty of our native plants and how and why we should recapture native habitats in our own gardens.

Saving Our Wild Areas, One Yard At A Time: By reconsidering how and why we manage our yards as we do we can help promote wildlife diversity in our own back yards and in our wild areas.

Plants and Insects /Friends or Foe? Fascinating new scientific findings on the relationships between plants and insects that should make us rethink some of our gardening practices.

Soil – It’s Not Just Dirt: There is so much more going on beneath our feet in our gardens – it’s a intriguing ecosystem and it keeps our plants healthy!

Changing Land, Changing Wildlife: Connecticut’s landscape has changed dramatically over the last 500 years, from forest, to field, to thicket, and back to forest. As the land has changed so has our wildlife. Learn how our current land use practices may impact our wild areas.

Spring Wildflowers: Connecticut has a myriad of spring wildflowers. Why do they bloom in the spring, where do we find them, what makes these plants os special?

Connecticut’s Story: The history of Connecticut is written in its rocks. By reading the rocks one can learn Connecticut’s exciting geological history.

Beyond Birdfeeders -Gardening for the Birds: Learn what you can plant in your yard to provide food to an even wider variety of birds throughout the year while promoting biodiversity in your neighborhood!

Butterfly Gardens Are For The Birds: Butterfly gardens may attract a host of beautiful winged creatures to your yard, not just butterflies. Find out what makes a successful butterfly habitat.

The Importance of Wetlands: A presentation illustrating the various types of wetlands in Connecticut, their importance and how we can preserve or mimic some of them in our gardens.

Celebrating the Winter Season: People around the world celebrate the end of the year and our winter season. Learn what causes our winter season, why snowflakes have six sides, and how winter transforms our landscapes in surprising and beautiful ways. 

The History of Environmental Science: A discussion of the environmental movement, and the past, present and future issues that have impacted or continue to affect our planet.