LIVE ANIMAL SHOW: Wildlife Diversity with Eric Powers
Welcome to the world of wildlife! This topic is purposefully left wide open to give you a total surprise of what’s to come. Be certain we will have at least 7 LIVE Animals at this show, as well as a multitude of animal artifacts, such as furs, feathers, skulls, sheds, and much more! LIVE Animals will be a menagerie of the coolest animals I have on hand, such as: mammals, reptiles, bugs, amphibians, or birds. Plus our 2 Therapy Dogs, Gangsta and Bailey!
For as long as he can remember, Eric Powers loved playing with turtles, salamanders, snakes, and bugs. Today, Powers heads and works full-time for Your Connection To Nature (YC2N), a Long Island-based company that he started in 2003 to help city dwellers appreciate and gain a deeper respect for nature. “My mission is to save the Earth by helping save plants and animals from extinction,” Powers boldly states. “I do this through education, by showing people animals and taking them into nature.”
As a child in Greeley, Colorado, Powers was only allowed to keep bugs and reptiles as pets if they did not cost his parents money to maintain them. That is when he began interacting with nature in a strong, fun, educational manner. He remembers having to care for his first pets, saying “it not only made me more responsible but made me learn about the ecology of the animals without even realizing it. I had to learn exactly what it ate and go out and catch it.”
Powers, through YC2N, offers several wilderness trips, live animal shows, and many other programs in the NY area. According to his website, YC2N.com, Powers promotes reconnecting with nature because it “can teach us lessons about ourselves, our religious beliefs, and help us keep perspective in our lives.”
“I often tell people that if you take away all of nature, people die.” Powers explains, “but if you take away all the people, nature thrives. I think that really helps people understand my message.”
They will be performing throughout the day during our Port Jeff Greenfest.
GREEN YOGA with Diane McDonald
Diane McDonald, It Takes A Village Wellness, will be doing yoga