Speakers Bureau

Looking for someone to speak to your school, club, business, or other community organization? Reach out to Middle Peninsula Master Naturalist volunteers to give presentations, lead nature walks, lead environmental education activities for youth, or any other program related to natural resources. See list below for topics offered and contact information.

Speaker: Doug Dwoyer
Email: doug.dwoyer@icloud.com
Educational Programs: lecture-style presentation
Formats: classroom, meeting room or auditorium, in-person; webinar, online meeting, or other virtual format
Audiences: youth, 9th to 12th grade; general adult audiences; other Virginia Master Naturalist volunteers
Engaging Diverse Audiences: I have wide experiences talking to diverse audiences from civic organizations, to garden clubs, to elected and appointed officials, to academics.
Topics: Impact of Climate Change on Virginia; Impact of Climate Change on Hampton Roads; The Anthropocene Naturalist; The Anthropocene Citizen
Anything else? I love engaging with audiences in a Q&A format, a general discussion, or a lecture followed by either of these formats. I am willing to engage with even the most skeptical audiences about my topics.
Speaker: Dan Schlangen
Email: dan.schlangen@outlook.com
Educational Programs: lecture-style presentation; outdoor interpretive walk (for example, a nature walk or a tree walk); field or classroom demonstration (for example, a hands-on program on how to plant a tree)
Formats: classroom, meeting room or auditorium, in-person; outdoors in the field, in-person; webinar, online meeting, or other virtual format
Audiences: youth, 6th to 8th grade; youth, 9th to 12th grade; families (multiple ages together); general adult audiences
Engaging Diverse Audiences: prior youth group (teen) church leader; certified instructor with US Coast Guard
Topics: Native plants, animals, birds
Speaker: Hurricane Thompson
Email: henry.thompson.glova@outlook.com
Educational Programs: lecture-style presentation; outdoor interpretive walk (for example, a nature walk or a tree walk); field or classroom demonstration (for example, a hands-on program on how to plant a tree); other: Native Bee Enclosures
Formats: classroom, meeting room or auditorium, in-person; outdoors in the field, in-person
Audiences: pre-school youth; youth, kindergarten to 5th grade; youth, 6th to 8th grade; youth, 9th to 12th grade; families (multiple ages together); general adult audiences; other Virginia Master Naturalist volunteers
Topics: Native Bees; Tree Walks; Purple Martin Houses
Speaker: Elisabeth Wilkins
Email: ilike2hike@ymail.com
Educational Programs: lecture-style presentation; outdoor interpretive walk (for example, a nature walk or a tree walk); interactive environmental education program (for example, a Project Wet activity); field or classroom demonstration (for example, a hands-on program on how to plant a tree)
Formats: classroom, meeting room or auditorium, in-person; outdoors in the field, in-person; webinar, online meeting, or other virtual format
Audiences: pre-school youth; youth, kindergarten to 5th grade; youth, 6th to 8th grade; youth, 9th to 12th grade; families (multiple ages together); general adult audiences; other Virginia Master Naturalist volunteers
Topics: General Nature Walk: varies by season. Use Your Five Senses Nature Walk. Nighttime Nature Walk (without flashlights). Mushrooms/Fungus for Beginners (indoors or out or both…I can bring mushrooms to you, or bring you to mushrooms…seasonally dependent). Mushroom Log Workshop: Grow Your Own Edible Mushrooms. (hands-on workshop using tools; fee charged to pay for mushroom spawn and other materials) Make Your Yard a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. Gardening for Wildlife. Backyard Bird Feeding. Birdwatching for Beginners. Meet the Birds of Your Backyard. Local Birds of Prey. Career Day: Ornithologist. Folklore of Trees. How to Choose and Use Binoculars. The Current State of Local Recycling. Reducing Plastics in Your Life: Why and How. (touches on nature’s decomposers, landfills, and current scientific research) Nature Storytime (can include related craft and/or nature walk). Marine Debris. Nature Games: Food Webs, Predator/Prey. Raising Butterflies/Moths. Going Outdoors/Looking at Nature for Beginners (addresses clothing, gear, tools, etc.). Bring Me Your Idea…and I can probably build an educational program around it! I might need some prep time if I’m working in an area I’m unfamiliar with.
Anything else? Elisabeth Wilkins is a bird biologist and a former Deputy Director of the New York City Urban Park Rangers. She calls herself a “jack of all trades naturalist,” but especially loves birds, mushrooms, and moths. No matter where she has been planted, she has been known for her passion for educating “nature beginners” and her enthusiastic curiosity about anything and everything outdoors.