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Franco Feeney, Betsy Ecosystems Large and Small Music,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Based on two songs by award-winning songwriter Christine Lavin, AMOEBA HOP and HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA . They tell of the tiny ecosystems in a drop of clean water and the gulf of Mexico, a large ecosystem that was polluted in the Oil Spill of 2010. Binary vision (of a paramecium), wildlife rehabilitation, and clean energy are all part of this slide and video presentation. To hear the songs and view images of the books, go to http://www.puddlejumppress.com/www.puddlejumppress.com/SchoolProgramsByBFF.html. In conjunction with this program, classroom workshops are sometimes conducted where the students create pinwheels to illustrate wind energy. Workshops are approximately 45 minutes.
$201- $350
Fratello, Steve Rainforest Butterflies Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Science
A simply spectacular collection of rainforest butterflies and moths, many collected by the presenter, will provide a glimpse of the stunning beauty and infinite variety of tropical rainforest life, tropical rainforest climate & geography, and biological concepts relating to these rainforest creatures are covered. A few rainforest photos are shown and actual rainforest experiences are related. Presenter to audience and audience to presenter questions throughout the program. Presenter has explored the world's tropical rainforests for approximately 1,000 days: Australia, Borneo, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, Malay Peninsula, New Guinea, Peru, Sulawesi and Venezuela; and led a half dozen major scientific expeditions for the Smithsonian and Field Museums.
$201- $350
Morse, Andy READY, SET, SING! Health & Fitness- Other,
Music,
Nature- Animals
Kids, bring your family, friends, caregivers, neighbors and head to your local library on foot, bike or car. Once there, Andy The Music Man will offer an age-appropriate, fun- filled, energetic, educational musical program for pre-schoolers through 3rd graders. Ready, Set, Sing! participants will sing, dance, play-act and hear stories in song as they learn about summer activities, nutrition, vocabulary, transportation, animals and much more. Children will be encouraged at the end of the program to hunt for books about the subjects they have sung about. Ready, Set, Sing! is a great combination for your mind and body.
$501- $1000
Powers, Eric What Makes A Mammal A Mammal? Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Lions, and Tigers and Bears, Oh MY! Wolves, and bats, and sperm whales! What do they all have in common? Come and learn about this inspiring group of animals. There will be skulls, furs, and other artifacts on hand to see and touch during and after the presentation. If allowed, we also bring a LIVE Mammal or two, such as our Therapy Dogs, Gangsta and Bailey, and Herbie the Hedgehog.
$201- $350
Powers, Eric Google Earth Expeditions Nature- Environment,
Nature- Other,
Science
Where does your food come from? Clothing? Students will tabulate all the things they use in a day to run their life, and then we will see what impact their choices have on the whole planet! I will teach them how to create a flying journey as we explore where all their daily things come from. Bring a USB storage device to save it and take it home to share with family and friends. Grades 5-12.
$201- $350
Visco, Christopher Digging Dinosaurs Nature- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment
I am a geologist, and I travel around the US collecting dinosaur fossils. In this program I explain how I locate the fossils, and the types of fossils that can be found. During the talk, I will show samples of my fossils including teeth, bones, footprints, eggshells, gastroliths, coprolites and amber.
$101- $200
Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea City That Drinks the Mountain Sky History,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
The epic story of water for New York City, told in the elemental beauty of mask & puppet theatre. Heralded as one of the wonders of the world, New York City's ingenious system of aqueducts and reservoirs provides clear mountain water from the Catskills to nine million downstate residents. And though the struggle over these water resources has, at times, bitterly divided city managers and watershed residents, it has also irrevocably united them. Through a shimmering tapestry of poetry, puppetry and evocative music, City that Drinks the Mountain Sky brings alive the lyrical landscape of the Catskills— to portray the on-going story of the watershed and the uneasy marriage of those who must protect its vulnerable flowing treasure. You can expect plenty of visual punch and timely wit as the Hudson Valley's premier eco-logic theater traces life's quintessential liquid from mountain top to city tap. Study guide and post performance discussion provided for school audiences. Photos and video available at www.armofthesea.org
$1001- $3000
FELDMAN, GARY (ORGANIC FOOD/NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS) THE 3 THINGS WE NEED TO SURVIVE Life Skills- Food,
Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Environment
AIR: Discover how and why geoengineering has drastically altered the air and atmosphere. Learn the tremendous consequences of the destruction of trees and forests, tree farming, and how extreme climate disruption is creating havoc upon nature and all living things. WATER: Find out many of the differences between bottled, tap, and other water sources. We will discuss the widespread effects of fracking upon our earth, air, oceans and the municipal water supplies and wells throughout the United States. Learn the factors behind all the devastating drought-stricken areas. Discover the consequences of water privatization. Water: the new commodity? FOOD: Learn the severe consequences of commercial farming and what has become of our food supply. This program will give you the knowledge to “think critically” past the media sound bites. Gary Feldman teaches about organic and genetically modified food, was an innovator in the retail nutritional supplement field and shares over two decades of knowledge in these subjects.
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane Water Wizards! Nature- Marine Life,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Let’s go where the wet things are in this entertaining program with master storyteller Diane Edgecomb. We’ll act like CLAMS, JELLYFISH and LOBSTERS in the Native American legend: How Whales got their Spouts and explore the water cycle in Diane’s fun water conservation tale: What Now, Cloacina?!! Check under Diane’s Wizard hat and you may find the secret potion that ends every Water Wizards performance with instant FOG! Recommended for ages 4 and above.
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Once Upon A Halloween Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
What would Halloween be without some chillin' tales for the spookiest time of the year? Once Upon A Halloween is a fun-filled, Halloween event - complete with a huge cauldron bubbling over with fog for the last dramatic story! This family program contains some old chestnuts as well as great new Halloween stories full of surprises. All tales are appropriate for family audiences and contain a well-rounded blend of suspense and humor. "Thank you again for a wonderful Halloween performance. The children were engaged whether laughing or quivering! As everyone was leaving I heard nothing but praise and positive comments. You are a master of your craft!" Anne Vantram Children's Librarian, East Bridgewater Public Library, East Bridgewater, MA
$351- $500
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