Museum’s Virtual Summer Programs & Lectures

This summer the Museum will host virtual events. Below you will find the list of upcoming Children’s Programs and Adult Lectures for the months of July and August.

Important Note About Our Virtual Children’s Programming

We have switched from a Zoom webinar to a Zoom meeting platform for all Children’s Programs this season. It will allow the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center to interact with animals—and kids—face-to-face! For security reasons, there is no registration for children’s programming on our website. You can register for the next scheduled children’s program through the link provided below the program the Museum’s description in their weekly e-messages. You will receive a confirmation e-mail from Kim Hargrave at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (DPNC) on behalf of the HLFM.

If you would like to register in advance for future children’s programs, please e-mail with the specific program/s of interest along with date/s and we will send you the matching registration forms. You can find the list of upcoming children’s programs on our website or in the HLFM newsletter. In your email, please note the name and age of the attendee/s.


Register for Future PRFCT Garden HERE

The Future PRFCT:  How Gardens can save your sanity, your health, and the birds too!  Edwina von Gal, landscape designer and founder of the Perfect Earth Project, a non-profit organization based in East Hampton, NY. will present an illustrated talk. She will discuss why and how landscapes, no matter how small, can play a leading role in healing our injured ecosystems, curing your eco anxiety, and bringing bounteous beauty to your property.  Her talk will cover the basics of nature based design with practical, irresistible tips for beginners to professionals, as she invites all to toss the chemical crutches and step into a whole new world of land partnering. Edwina will discuss dangers posed by chemical lawn treatments, particularly to children, pets and the wildlife found in and around ponds, marshes, fields, coves, and harbors. I hope you will be able to join us Sunday, August 2, 2020. Time: 4 p.m. Virtual Talk.

Sunday, August 2nd, to learn more about detoxifying your soil and creating a safer, greener home garden.

Beaks, Feet & Feathers. Explore the amazing adaptations of birds! Meet a live bird and learn how to identify the birds you may see in your backyard. DPNC family program for ages 5 & up. Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Time: 2 to 2:40 p.m. Virtual Program.

An Introduction to Backyard Butterflies by Kim Hargrave, Education Director Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. Have you ever wondered what butterflies were visiting your backyard? Join us for this online class for an introduction to our backyard butterflies. We will discuss how to attract butterflies to your yard, their important role as pollinators and learn more about their incredible life cycles. This talk is designed for adults, but suitable for interested older children and teens. Sunday, August 9, 2020. Time: 4 p.m. Virtual Talk.

Frogs – Facts vs Fiction.  Did you know that in the winter some frogs freeze or that you can’t get warts from a toad? See some of the Nature Center’s resident frogs as we learn to separate the facts from fiction regarding these awesome amphibians. DPNC family program for ages 5 & up. Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Time: 2 to 2:40 p.m. Virtual Program.

Storms or Trophies or History: Why Do We Sail? A talk by John Rousmaniere. Challenging, romantic, and (some think) strange—the challenges and appeals of sailing always inspire entertaining discussion.  The debate will be reviewed by John Rousmaniere, along with a few sea stories and tips for safe sailing. A widely experienced sailor, he has written widely about the sport in books that include Fastnet, Force 10 (about a storm he survived), The Annapolis Book of Seamanship (a “boating bible”), and histories of races and organizations, including the Fishers Island Yacht Club. Sunday, August 16, 2020. Time: 4 p.m. Virtual Talk.

For a combination of reasons, including safety concerns, logistical difficulties, and over exposure of children to Zoom programming, the HLFM has cancelled the FIND program for 2020, previously scheduled for the week beginning Aug. 17, 2020. We look forward to the return of the FIND program in 2021.

Remarkable Raptors. See live hawks and owls, as you learn more about raptor’s important role in the ecosystem and discover which ones you might be able to see near your house. DPNC family program for ages 5 & up. Wednesday, August 19, 2020. 2 to 2:40 p.m. Virtual Program.

Regenerative Gardening: How to Garden with Mother Nature while reducing your work load, increasing your production and nutritional quality, while also reducing your costs. Craig Floyd is a tenth generation Farmer from Stonington who currently is the Farm Manager at the Giving Garden at Coogan Farm which is owned by the Denison Pequotseops Nature Center in Mystic. A social activist, and a Renegerative No-Till No Spray farmer, Craig is a Ted Talk presenter as well as a frequent speaker on regenerative farming techniques. He teaches a year-long Regenerative Farming Course and his volunteer-run Giving Garden has donated over 65,000 pounds of produce in the last five years. Sunday, August 23, 2020. Time: 4 p.m. Virtual talk.

Blowin’ in the Wind? The Latest on Offshore Wind Development in the Northeast. The Block Island Wind Farm, the United States’ first and only offshore wind farm to date, began supplying renewable energy to Block Island and mainland Rhode Island in 2016. This five-turbine, nearshore project is likely to be only the first of many larger offshore wind farms to be developed further offshore in the waters off New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Dr. Tiffany Smythe, professor of maritime policy at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, will provide an update on offshore wind development throughout the region and share highlights of her research on the political and social dimensions of offshore wind farms. Sunday, August 30, 2020. Time: 4 p.m. Virtual Talk.

Visit the Museum’s Annual Exhibit for 2020
by clicking the invitation below.

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