Stories from the Wild -- Programs for Your Child

Nature Tales and Trails, LLC was formed in 2011 to meet a growing public interest in nurturing the innate connection children have to animals and nature by providing educational and experiential programs that help kids feel comfortable in nature and inspire them to cultivate their curiosity. As trained scientists with more than 15 years experience in conservation biology, animal behavior, and field research, founders Dr. Jessica Dimuzio and Dr.Tim Halverson provide a unique approach to building an appreciation and respect for the natural world.

Dr. Jessica Dimuzio, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, specialized in wildlife preservation. She has conducted research on elephants, rhinos and wild baboons in Kenya, Africa and has taught field-based conservation programs in the U.S., Africa, and Asia. She has been published in numerous veterinary journals such as Journal of Veterinary Medical Education and Veterinary Economics and in several conservation newsletters such as The Park Enthusiast and Open Spaces, Historic Places. Her interest in writing for children stems from seeing the enthusiasm of students in nature programs she has taught in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Dimuzio is a naturalist with the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. She joined Young Writers’ Day Program in 2009 and teaches persuasive writing and civic responsibility to elementary and middle school children. Dr. Dimuzio’s debut children’s book, the fact-based Bark! Bark! Bark for My Park!, was awarded the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Kimberly Colen Memorial Grant Award and received the Mom's Choice Silver Award in the Green Earth category.  Her second book, Bow Wow Wow! Green Beans Now? will be available Spring 2014.With Nature Tales and Trails, Dr. "D" can share the natural world with more children through her writing, school programs, and nature walks.  
Dr. Tim Halverson earned his doctorate in Ecology and Animal Behavior at the University of Maryland. He has conducted research on insects, amphibians, birds, and mammals around the world, including studying sunbirds in Kenya with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and endangered Asian deer with the National Zoo. He has taught field-based conservation programs in the U.S., Africa, Asia, and South America through the Smithsonian Institution and The School for Field Studies. Dr. Halverson has been published in such journals as American Naturalist, The Canadian Entomologist, and Zoo Biology.  Dr. Tim, (a.k.a. BugMan) works with Audubon Society, Montgomery County Parks and Heritage Services, and the Farm Park Preservation Association to lead bird walks and bug walks for adults and children. He especially enjoys getting kids excited about the fascinating world of insects and birds with "up-close and personal " encounters.