Welcome to The Nature of Things. We are an environmental outreach program that presents quality live animal presentations to schools and centers throughout the greater Metropolitan areas in New York and Connecticut. The program originated in 1982 through the efforts of Deborah and Allan Mumford. Early childhood centers, elementary schools, special needs programs, recreation programs, and senior centers are provided with hands-on and developmentally appropriate science education that features an inquiry-based approach to live animal exploration. Professional naturalists are available weekly, monthly, and annually. We even come to private homes excited to edu-tain young children and their families about the wonders of the natural world!
Wild Animal Parties!
Let The Nature of Things help you celebrate your child’s birthday with animals from all over the globe! In our one-hour adventure, your child and guests will explore animal habitats through a hands-on discovery of the rainforest, desert, woodland, farms, and even the mountains. Birthday party guests will meet an assortment of amphibians, reptiles, insects, mammals, and birds. Our hands-on nature experience will fascinate your child as they discover why certain animals are slimy, scaly, creepy, furry, and feathery.
The educators at The Nature of Things carefully utilize developmentally appropriate methods to “edu-tain” the children with approximately 8-10 live animals, stories and artifacts for about one hour. Above all else, The Nature of Things will make this a special day for your child. The birthday child may help to hold some of the animals with the naturalist depending upon their age and capabilities, and will also receive a nature book at the conclusion of the party.
Dr. Mumford continues to do presentations and enjoys providing young 2-5 year olds a unique music/nature experience with her guitar in hand! Young children (and adults!) will enjoy watching the rooster peck at corn seeds as the group sings Old MacDonald!