Stories from the Wild -- Programs for Your Child

 Indoor Programs:

As a children's author, non-fiction storyteller, and veterinary conservation educator, Dr. Jessica Dimuzio introduces children to the fascinating world of nature in their own backyard and invites them, as stewards, to make a difference in their world.  Animal heroes, kids, and an enthusiastic presenter makes for lively audience participation. And yes, every tale is true!

Programs for Libraries, Classrooms, Assemblies, and Scout Groups:                                             
     45-60 minutes                                                                                                 
     Suitable for elementary and middle school grades*                                         

* Contact us to discuss customized programs for other audiences or age groups.

Make a Difference Series:                                              Presenter: Dr. Jessica Dimuzio

The following programs are based on the award-winning book, Bark! Bark! Bark for My Park!, the true story of how Johnny Angel, a five-pound dog, saved a 690-acre park from being destroyed. Children learn that civic responsibility doesn't depend on age, size, or even species.

  • Make a Difference:  Dr. Dimuzio presents Bark! Bark! Bark for My Park!and answers questions on writing, illustrating, and...Is this really true?  Discussion on how kids can make a difference in their home, neighborhood, or school instills positive attitude. For schools, she leads students in a civic-minded writing exercise on how they can make a difference in their school or neighborhood. Visit the Teachers Resources page for more information.

  • Meet and Greet Dogs SafelyHands-on experience learning proper techniques with real dogs.

  • Persuasive Writing Workshop:  Author leads students in a civic-minded writing exercise on making a difference in their school or community. (Maximum size 30 students; for 2nd grade and up) Visit the Teachers Resources page for more information.

Gardening to Grow Series:                                             Presenter: Dr. Jessica Dimuzio

The following programs are based on the book Bow Wow Wow! Green Beans Now? the true story of how Johnny Angel, a five-pound dog, introduced his best friend, Beegee, to gardening and the thrill of picking and eating green beans. Children learn the concepts of organic gardening and the joys of eating home-grown vegetables, in a most humorous way.

  • Green Bean Scene: Dr. Dimuzio presents Bow Wow Wow! Green Beans Now? and answers questions on writing, illustrating, and -- is this really true?
  • Hoe Hoe Hoe!  The Funny Things that Happen When Doing Research:  Non-fiction is NOT boring!  Includes hands-on experience with planting seeds.

Animal Tales Series:                                                       Presenter: Dr. Jessica Dimuzio

Based on her experiences studying wild animals in their natural habitats, Dr. Jessica Dimuzio takes the audience on safari to Africa, Asia, North and South America. She inspires children's curiosity, and together they explore the behavior of animals (the science of ethology), learn more about themselves and discover other cultures. Kids are introduced to field techniques used to study free-ranging animals that they can employ in their own backyard.  Program content and length adjusted to audience age.  Here is a sampling of stories:

  • Mischievous Mahler, the Baby Baboon that Played a Most Dangerous Game.  Working with wild baboons in Kenya, Africa, Dr. "D" was lucky to see something rarely seen before, something most others will never see, and something she'll never forget.
  • Knock, Knock. Who's There?  Living in a tent in the African bush near Masai Mara Reserve you never know who might come Knock, knock, knocking on your "door" at 3 AM!
  • How a Very Macho Male Taught Me to Wear Make-up!  Or how eye shadow saved Dr. "D's" life!
  • Elephant Island.  Rafting with a wild bull elephant in Malaysia.
  • Do You See What I See?  UFO sightings in Belize (and remember, I only tell the truth!)
  • Where Do You Wear Your Colors?   Cultural differences explored through hanging underwear.

The Indoor Programs meet the requirements of the PA Academic Standards for:
  • Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening 1.4.5.C
  • Environment and Ecology 4.5.4.A & 4.5.4.C
  • Civics and Government 5.2.6.D & 5.3.4.G