Traveling Natural History Program

Learning Comes Alive with a Chewonki Natural History Presentation

We provide live, interactive experiences for your students, patrons, or private group as we explore intriguing animals and natural phenomena. Our team of science educators will join your group with one of 17 different captivating presentations full of live animals, rare specimens, and engaging activities that will spark curiosity and wonder in participants of all ages.

Upcoming Public Events:

Ginny the Oppossum

July 5: Mammals of Maine

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July 5, 2022 3:00 pm
July 5, 2022 4:00 pm

This exciting and interactive program introduces students to our native warm-blooded vertebrates: Maine mammals. Hosted by the 7 Lakes Alliance in Belgrade, Maine.

July 6: Tide Pools

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July 6, 2022 11:00 am
July 6, 2022 12:00 pm

The tide pool is home to a variety of species whose unique adaptations allow them to maintain stability in a world that is in a constant state of change. Hosted by the Witherle Memorial Library in Castine, Maine.

July 7: Fins and Flippers

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July 7, 2022 10:30 am
July 7, 2022 11:30 am

Learn about the four major groups of marine mammals, their special adaptations for keeping warm, finding food, and breathing air in the marine environment, and the many threats they face. Hosted by Gray Public Library.

July 8: Tide Pools

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July 8, 2022 11:30 am
July 8, 2022 12:30 pm

The tide pool is home to a variety of species whose unique adaptations allow them to maintain stability in a world that is in a constant state of change. Hosted by Lithgow Public Library in Augusta, Maine.

July 11: Tide Pools

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July 11, 2022 1:00 pm
July 11, 2022 2:00 pm

The tide pool is home to a variety of species whose unique adaptations allow them to maintain stability in a world that is in a constant state of change. Hosted by Parsons Memorial Library in Alfred, Maine

July 12: Predators

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July 12, 2022 3:00 pm
July 12, 2022 4:00 pm

Explore attitudes toward predators and reasons for their decline throughout history because of habitat loss and human interference. Discussion of current events emphasizes the importance of predators in maintaining the world’s ecological balance. Participants have the opportunity to study mounted animals and see three live, non-releasable predators. Hosted by 7 Lakes Alliance in Belgrade, Maine.

Animal Adaptations

July 14: Animal Adaptations

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July 14, 2022 10:30 am
July 14, 2022 11:30 am

In this fun-filled hour, students will learn about adaptations, try on fun costumes, and see firsthand how three of our live, non-releasable animals have adaptations that help them thrive in their specific habitats, including our local marine habitat. Hosted by the Waldoboro Public Library.

July 14: Fins and Flippers

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July 14, 2022 6:00 pm
July 14, 2022 7:00 pm

Learn about the four major groups of marine mammals, their special adaptations for keeping warm, finding food, and breathing air in the marine environment, and the many threats they face. Hosted by Rice Public Library in Kittery, Maine.

July 20: Biomes

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July 20, 2022 10:00 am
July 20, 2022 11:00 am

From forests to deserts, and grasslands to the oceans, we will explore different biomes of our planet and how they’re being affected by our changing climate. In this custom version of our Biomes presentation, funded through a grant secured by the ME State Library, we will spend time exploring one far away biome and two that are closer to home: the temperature forest and marine biomes. Hosted by Winterport Memorial Library in Winterport, Maine.

July 20: The Bugmobile

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July 20, 2022 2:00 pm
July 20, 2022 3:00 pm

Is a bug an insect? Is a spider a bug? Chewonki’s “Bugmobile” transports the world of arthropods—insects and their relatives—into the Rumford Public Library.

July 22: Tide Pools

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July 22, 2022 1:00 pm
July 22, 2022 2:00 pm

The tide pool is home to a variety of species whose unique adaptations allow them to maintain stability in a world that is in a constant state of change. Hosted by the Topsham Public Library.

July 26: Scales & Tails

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July 26, 2022 3:00 pm
July 26, 2022 4:00 pm

Many people conjure up images of slimy skin and bloodthirsty monsters when they hear the word “reptile.” This program works to dispel some of those fears by allowing participants to examine snakeskins, turtle shells, skeletons, and other unique reptilian artifacts. Hosted by 7 Lakes Alliance in Belgrade, Maine.

July 27: Tide Pools

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July 27, 2022 1:00 pm
July 27, 2022 2:00 pm

The tide pool is home to a variety of species whose unique adaptations allow them to maintain stability in a world that is in a constant state of change. Hosted by the Milbridge Public Library.

August 2: Fur, Feathers & Feet

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August 2, 2022 3:00 pm
August 2, 2022 4:00 pm

A great program for children from pre-school through 2nd grade. Discover the differences and similarities between birds and mammals as we encourage active learning by dressing two students in our bear and bird costumes. Hosted by 7 Lakes Alliance in Belgrade, Maine.

August 3: Tide Pools

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August 3, 2022 2:00 pm
August 3, 2022 3:00 pm

The tide pool is home to a variety of species whose unique adaptations allow them to maintain stability in a world that is in a constant state of change. Hosted by the Ricker Memorial Library in Poland, Maine.

August 4: Fins and Flippers

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August 4, 2022 4:00 pm
August 4, 2022 5:00 pm

Learn about the four major groups of marine mammals, their special adaptations for keeping warm, finding food, and breathing air in the marine environment, and the many threats they face. Hosted by Auburn Public Library.

Animal Adaptations

August 5: Animal Adaptations

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August 5, 2022 10:30 am
August 5, 2022 11:30 am

In this fun-filled hour, students will learn about adaptations, try on fun costumes, and see firsthand how three of our live, non-releasable animals have adaptations that help them thrive in their specific habitats, including our local marine habitat. Hosted by the Carrabassett Valley Public Library.

August 9: Tide Pools

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August 9, 2022 10:30 am
August 9, 2022 11:30 am

The tide pool is home to a variety of species whose unique adaptations allow them to maintain stability in a world that is in a constant state of change. Hosted by the Skowhegan Free Public Library.

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Since 1985, Chewonki has been home to a collection of ambassadors. Birds, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians arrive at our campus with injuries or conditions that prevent their return to the wild. Our teachers are extensively trained and take deep pleasure in making connections with students, and in passing on a lifelong appreciation for the value of wildlife and nature.

"The students loved the presentation. You could hear a pin drop."
An Educator
from Greene, Maine

Our programs will help you enhance the environmental literacy of your children, students, or community members. They will spark interest and appreciation for sciences, wildlife, and conservation.

"Our presenter had a great ability to captivate an audience and keep their interest... live animals are a big hit and I look forward to your program every year."
An Educator
From Cornville, Maine

With support from business partners, we’re working to keep our Traveling Natural History Programs accessible and affordable for schools and companies like yours. Let us know how we can provide these high-quality programs for your school, library, organization, business, or seasonal program.

"Conceptually excellent and beautifully presented... wonderful user-friendly props."
A Participant
From Newburyport, Massachusetts

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