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In Between is Living

07 Apr 2017, Posted by Davnet Schaffer in Animals, Early Childhood, Nature Preschool

As early childhood educators we are tasked with addressing not just the joyful parts of a child’s life, but also the more difficult. As naturalists we also have a healthy understanding of the circle of life.  Some animals have distressingly short lifespans, from 2 years…

Meet… Al Brown

04 Jan 2017, Posted by Karin Leiper in Staff Spotlight

Al took a few minutes recently to answer some questions for us! Age? 69 Hometown? Groton Where were you born and raised? I was born in Glasgow, Scotland. I grew up in Groton Heights. Education/degrees? I have my BS in Geology, Oregon State. I have my Masters in GIS…

Meet … Lori Edwards

18 Nov 2016, Posted by Elissa Bass in Staff Spotlight

Lori Edwards is one of the Nature Center’s most beloved preschool teachers, but she is perhaps most famous as Mr. Wiggles’ “Mom.” Mr. Wiggles, as most folks know, was a Virginia opossum that was orphaned as an infant and hand-raised by Lori. He grew quite…

Volunteer Spotlight: Mike & Dori Charnetski

26 Oct 2016, Posted by Elissa Bass in Volunteer Spotlight

Name: Mike and Dori Charnetski Town of Residence: North Stonington What’s your ‘real’ job: Mike: Aquarion Water Co. Dori: Stonington Public Schools What do you do as a DPNC volunteer? Animal Care every Monday and every other Tuesday, Animal Care laundry weekly, monthly enclosure cleaning…

Little Free Library Opens at Coogan Farm in Mystic

09 Sep 2016, Posted by Elissa Bass in Coogan Farm

The Coogan Farm Nature & Heritage Center is home to an official Little Free Library, thanks to the Gionet family of Mystic. A ribbon cutting and reception to officially open the Little Free Library is 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22 at Coogan Farm, 162 Greenmanville…