Live animals will be highlight of children's wildlife program


BENNINGTON -- On Sunday, July 27, One World Conservation Center, on Route 7 in Bennington, will host the program, "Wildlife in Vermont," with Michael Clough of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum.

The program, which starts at 4 p.m., costs $4 for a single person and $8 per family, and is made possible by donations from sponsors Whitman's Feed Store and Wills Insurance. "This multi-media, interactive presentation brings a variety of live animals for a personal look at the changing landscape and wildlife of Southwestern Vermont," reads a release from One World, "Touchable artifacts and interactive discussion will supplement the animals." SVNHM does not specify which animals will be present for the program, but the museum itself, located on the Hogback Mountain Scenic Overlook on Route 9 in Marlboro, houses a wide variety of species, including eagles, owls, snakes, turtles, and more.

"The program is designed for kids of all ages," said summer educator Holly Betit, "He's a very dynamic speaker, always talking and engaging the audience."

Clough has been working in science education since 1995, when he started as an intern with the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, and is currently a member of SVNHM's board of directors. He travels the state giving similar presentations, including last February, when he visited Fisher Elementary School in Arlington to give a presentation on owls. "I was always interested in nature stuff," said Clough, "I couldn't tell you when the War of 1812 was fought, but I could name eight kinds of African antelope."

SVNHM was founded in 1996, and, according to Clough, put on 155 learning programs in 2013. One World is happy to host one of those programs. "Mike Clough does a first-rate program," said president Mary Fuqua.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, year-round. It is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For more information, you can visit their website at

One World Conservation Center, operated by non-profit New England Tropical Conservatory Inc., hosts learning programs at their Education Center, a former Howard Johnson's restaurant on Route 7. They also operate the Norman and Selma Greenberg Conservation Reserve, located across the street from the education center.

This summer, they have put on events at Lake Paran and the Molly Stark School, said Betit, "We offer nature programs in the community, and host guided nature walks every Sunday at 1 [p.m.]," she said.

For those interested in seeing a presentation by Clough, but are unable to make it this Sunday, the Bennington Free Library will host him next Thursday, July 31, at 2 p.m.

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