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.
Stay turned on how to access these events through the Museum’s website.
Animal Senses. Investigate the keen senses of different animals and investigate how they compare to animals in books. Animal participants include live snakes, turtle, frogs and owls. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (DPNC) family program for ages 5 & up. Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Time: 2 to 2:40 p.m. Virtual Program.
The Eclectic Houses of Fishers Island and Beyond. Jacob Albert of Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, Inc., Boston, Mass., will give an illustrated talk focusing on Fishers Island’s diverse, eclectic architecture. Sunday, July 5, 2020. Time: 4 p.m. Virtual Talk.
Terrific Turtles. Meet a few of the Nature Center’s resident turtles as we discover their amazing adaptations, which turtles live in your neighborhood, and what you can do to help protect them. DPNC family program for ages 5 & up. Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Time: 2 to 2:40 p.m. Virtual Program.
Walter Woodward, Connecticut State Historian will give a talk on his new book Creating Connecticut: Critical Moments That Shaped a Great State (Globe Pequot). Sunday, July 12, 2020. Time: 4 p.m. Virtual Talk Sunday, July 12, 2020. Time: 4 p.m. Virtual Talk.
Owl Prowl. Learn about owls’ many adaptations. Children will “meet” a few of the Nature Center’s resident owls and ask questions about their remarkable lives. DPNC family program for ages 5 & up. Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Time: 2 to 2:40 p.m. Virtual Program.
The Science of Climate Change. In a world where facts matter, learn about the science of climate change from F.I. seasonal resident, Peter Raymond. This talk will cover the history of climate change science and how modern day greenhouse gas concentrations are maintained. Pete is a professor of ecosystem Ecology at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where he studies greenhouse gas exchange between ecosystems and the atmosphere and teaches The Physical Science of Climate Change. Sunday, July 19, 2020. Time: 4 p.m. Virtual Talk.
Slithering Snakes. Snakes aren’t scary, despite how they are often portrayed in stories! Participants will see live snakes and learn more about their important role in the environment. DPNC family program for ages 5 & up. Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Time: 2 to 2:40 p.m. Virtual Program.
The Bethlehem Pa. – F.I. Connection: How a Once Strong Link Became Uncoupled. This illustrated lecture by HLFM Director Pierce Rafferty will examine the untold story of Fishers Island’s once strong but now all-but-forgotten connections to Bethlehem, PA., focusing on the Bartlett family, owners of the Bartlett Cottages, the Linderman brothers, builders of the “Garp House” and today’s Baccile house, and the Hoppes family, original owners of the Mononotto Inn. Sunday, July 26, 2020. Time: 4 p.m. Virtual Talk.
Pond Life. Ponds are full of incredible creatures. See the frogs, turtles and insects that make up a pond’s ecosystem and learn more about their fascinating life cycles. DPNC family program for ages 5 & up. Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Time: 2 to 2:40 p.m.Virtual Program.
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 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. Sunday, August 2, 2020. Time: 4 p.m. Virtual Talk.
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.
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.