Have you ever wondered what creatures are walking through yards and forests in the area? By recognizing scat you can identify the animals sharing nature! Earthplace naturalist, Becky Newman will share photos and information about the animals that call Westport home with us.

Appropriate for all ages. Becky will identify scat from audience photos! Send photos up to 48 hours before the program to jkeller@westportlibrary.org with SCAT in the subject line.

This is a virtual event, please register.

Becky Newman is Director of Nature Programs at Earthplace for the past 15 years. She oversees the live animal hall that is full of animal scat , as well as spending hours on the trails identifying signs of animals. She has led programs identifying and analyzing animal scat in her time at Earthplace.

Community partner: Earthplace

Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing Douglas Tallamy's BRINGING NATURE HOME.

“A fascinating study of the trees, shrubs, and vines that feed the insects, birds, and other animals in the suburban garden.” —The New York Times

As development and habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. In BRINGING NATURE HOME, Douglas W. Tallamy reveals the unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife—native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plants disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals.

But there is an important and simple step we can all take to help reverse this alarming trend: everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity by simply choosing native plants. By acting on Douglas Tallamy's practical and achievable recommendations, we can all make a difference.

This is a virtual event, please register to participate. Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

Community Partner: Earthplace

Read a review from Stacking Functions Garden or the New York Times.

Sustainability

Discover the Natural World

Practice landing the Perseverance Rover on the Mars' Jezero Crater.  We will build a device that can zip down a line and drop the rover onto a target.  Check out mars.nasa.gov

For Grades K-1 on January 7, please register here.

For Grades 2 - 3 on January 14, please register here.

For Grades 4 - 5 on January 21, please register here.

For Grades 6 - 8 on January 28, please register here.

Discuss The Sound Of a Wild Snail Eating with members of the Earthplace naturalist team and the book's author, Elisabeth Tova Bailey!

Elisabeth Tova Bailey tells the inspiring and intimate story of her year-long encounter with a Neohelix albolabris—a common forest snail. While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches as the snail takes up residence on her nightstand. Intrigued by its molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making ability, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a remarkable journey of survival and resilience, showing us how a small part of the natural world illuminates our own human existence. The author's website includes the sound of a snail eating a carrot!

“How interesting can a snail be? Captivating, as it turns out. [Bailey] is a marvelous writer, and the marriage of science and poetic mysticism that characterizes this small volume is magical.” —Star Tribune

This is a virtual event, please register to participate. Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

Community Partner: Earthplace

Sustainability

Discover the Natural World

Practice landing the Perseverance Rover on the Mars' Jezero Crater.  We will build a device that can zip down a line and drop the rover onto a target.  Check out mars.nasa.gov

For Grades K-1 on January 7, please register here.

For Grades 2 - 3 on January 14, please register here.

For Grades 4 - 5 on January 21, please register here.

For Grades 6 - 8 on January 28, please register here.

Practice landing the Perseverance Rover on the Mars' Jezero Crater.  We will build a device that can zip down a line and drop the rover onto a target.  Check out mars.nasa.gov

For Grades K-1 on January 7, please register here.

For Grades 2 - 3 on January 14, please register here.

For Grades 4 - 5 on January 21, please register here.

For Grades 6 - 8 on January 28, please register here.

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