Thursday, June 2nd at 6:30
Registration begins May 15th
“Butterflies of the World" is a power point presentation featuring images of butterflies from every major continent throughout their life cycles. Participants learn fascinating facts about these enchanting insects, including myths and legends about butterflies in different cultures, distinguishing characteristics of the five butterfly families, wing coloration, feeding behavior, mating, and migration. Information about landscaping for butterflies, including instruction in establishing butterfly gardens, is also presented. Comments and questions are welcome throughout the program.
Thursday, June 23rd at 6:30
Registration begins June 1st
Taverns in early colonial America were known by a variety of names including; Ordinary, inn, tippling house, and public house to name a few. In New England, initially, inns were tightly controlled and licensed by the church-based government. The innkeepers were instructed to disallow the use of tobacco, a stiff drink or card games. But with the ever-expanding road need for wayside meals and overnight lodging, rules relaxed. During the American Revolution, the word “Inn” seemed too British and the inns became known as taverns. Whatever the name, these public houses needed signs to alert people to their location and tavern signs are a story in themselves. In this fun and unique program, John Cilio will share some insights on specific inns across New England with a focus on Connecticut locations. Several still stand.
Thursday, June 16th at 6:00pm
Registration begins June 1st
There are only about 4,00 – 6,000 snow leopards left in the wild owing to hunting, global warming, retribution killing and habitat loss. Unfortunately, there are few research programs or scientists available to ascertain their status. As a result, the Snow Leopard Trust in Seattle enlists citizen scientists and academic researchers in other fields to assist in research. This illustrated program will give participants an orientation to the snow leopard – habits, habitats and status and show two scientific expeditions – one to Siberia and one to Mt Everest undertaken by the presenter in 2015 and 2018 on behalf of the Snow Leopard Trust to expand our knowledge on this beautiful but rare wild cat. Given by the delightful, Dr. Richard W. Benfield.
Dr Richard W. Benfield is Professor of Geography at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut where he teaches courses in Human Geography, Plants, Predators and Parks, Russia, The European Union and many of the courses in the departments tourism track. Prior to coming to Central he was Senior Program Coordinator in the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Oklahoma where he instructed citizens of the new Russian Federation on privatization and the transition to a market economy. He obtained his doctorate in geography from the University of Oklahoma in 1998.
Attendance at juvenile programs is limited to children of the age group for which the program is intended and their caregivers.