Oceans of Possibilities – Summer 2022

by Debbie Hadley on January 2, 2022

It’s been a loooonnnnnng two years! Thanks to those of you who reached out since the pandemic started. And for those of you visiting my website now, yes, I will be offering in-person programs this summer, including two programs perfect for this summer’s reading theme. Gyotaku Fish Printing is a hands-on art activity, with an introductory talk focused on fish behavior and anatomy. Beach in a Box is a traveling touch museum, and kids can bring their own beach finds to share and have identified. For this summer’s program fees and offerings, please download my 2022 WILD Jersey Program flyer.

SAFETY FIRST: I am fully vaccinated and had a booster shot, and I will wear a mask for all children’s programs. I follow all current COVID protocols and guidelines, and am happy to comply with your facility’s requirements regarding social distancing, etc. I will only be offering programs for children ages 5 and up at this time.

PROGRAM OFFERINGS: As you likely know, the pandemic has caused some supply chain disruptions, and prices of certain items are volatile at the moment. As a result, I’ve had to trim my program offerings (temporarily), as some materials are difficult to obtain and/or cost prohibitive. I also had to consider the risk of purchasing supplies (like large quantities of air dry clay) that won’t keep, should COVID case numbers rise and cause program cancellations. So, I’m offering a limited variety of programs this summers. I did raise my fees a bit, to cover increasing costs for supplies and travel.

Happy 50th Earth Day in 2020!

January 17, 2020

Thinking of booking a hands-on environmental activity for kids at your library this spring? My April calendar is filling up quickly as we get ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Download the WILD Jersey 2020 fee schedule to get started on finding an activity to meet your budget this program season.

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New Programs for the 2019 Summer Reading Theme

February 8, 2019

Looking for some fun, hands-on science activities to support this summer’s “A Universe of Stories” space theme? I’m offering two new programs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our mission to the moon! We’ll be launching Bubble Rockets and racing Lunar Rovers as we put Newton’s Law to the test. Download the 2019 program fee […]

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Upcoming WILD Jersey Programs at Area Libraries

April 3, 2017

Does your child love science? I’m bringing all kinds of hands-on fun to area libraries over the next few months. Contact the host library for each event to find out how to register for the program. Thank you to all the NJ librarians who support my programs! May 2017 Seed Balls Fair Haven Library Tuesday, […]

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Build a Better World

January 6, 2017

Librarians, are you looking for children’s programs to fit the 2017 summer reading program? Here are some recommendations to complement the “Build a Better World” theme. Build a Potato-Powered Light (NEW!) We’ll learn how batteries work, and then make a potato battery to power an LED light. Kids will take home a kit and the know […]

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July 2016 Nature Programs

July 3, 2016

Interested in registering your child for an upcoming WILD Jersey program? Please contact the host library for more information! Gyotaku Fish Printing – Wednesday, July 6th at 6:30 pm – Lacey Branch, Ocean County Library Papermaking – Thursday, July 7th at 3:00 pm – Manalapan Branch, Monmouth County Library Making Tracks  – Tuesday, July 12th at […]

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Citizen Science, Circa 1884

April 26, 2014

While looking for an obituary for one of my ancestors, I came across this post in the New York Herald, dated February 15, 1884. How about that? A citizen science project! Perhaps this was the predecessor of Cornell University’s Great Backyard Bird Count, a successful volunteer-driven research project. Apparently, observing birds was an activity unsuited […]

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Summer Science Programs for Kids at the Ocean County Library

July 11, 2012

Kids can join me for several hands-on science programs at the Ocean County Library this summer. These programs are free and open to the public, but do require pre-registration, so enroll your child now! Here’s the schedule of WILD Jersey programs: Gyotaku Fish Printing Manchester Branch Monday, July 23rd at 10:30 am Children ages 8-13 […]

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Do You Speak Frog?

July 4, 2012

I just returned from my 9th Earthwatch expedition, Puerto Rico’s Rainforest. If you like mud, this is the expedition for you. For the first few days of the trip, we worked with herpetologist Norman Greenhawk, who taught us quite a bit about the different species of coquí frogs. Anyone who has visited Puerto Rico is […]

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Make Ink from Acorns at the Barnegat Bay Festival

May 27, 2012

Kids can attend a free WILD Jersey program on Sunday, June 3rd at the 15th Annual Barnegat Bay Festival in Island Heights, NJ. We’ll be making tannin ink, which is traditionally made from galls. I’ll show kids how to get tannic acid out of acorns, and then we’ll mix it with a magic ingredient to […]

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