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Animals and Us: Family Fridays
August 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Friday, repeating until August 23, 2019
Family Fridays return to the Berkshire Botanical Garden in August, focused on the natural world, on mammals, animal habitats and birds of prey, with Nature Matters.
Nature Matters is home to a diverse collection of animals. Many came to to them unable to survive in the wild due to an injury, or were born in captivity and have never learned how to fend for themselves. These animals are not pets, but they are also no longer able to be wild. Learn how species of birds, mammals and reptiles come to the organization, and how the choices and actions people take affect the lives of animals who share the world. This is an interactive, family-friendly program with hands-on opportunities.
Jen Leahey, founder and director of Nature Matters, has had a lifelong passion for animals and nature, and sharing the beauty, wonder and importance of the world with others, especially children. She has worked as Assistant Curator of Live Animals at the Museum of Science in Boston; as Coordinator of Farms at Old Sturbridge Village; and for the New England Heritage Breeds Conservancy, before revitalizing Leahey Farm as a working organic dairy with her husband Phil Leahey.
Nature Matters is a non-profit organization based at Leahey Farm in Lee, a 300-acre working organic dairy farm thath has been family owned and operated since 1889. The farm’s pasture, fields, woodlands and wetlands border the town’s reservoir and October Mountain State Forest, the largest state forest in Mass.