The Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education will coordinate
assembly requests. If your school would like either or both programs, please FAX the attached
registration form to 906-487-1620 by Friday, January 29, 2010. Scheduling is on a first-come basis.
Presenter: Brian “Fox” Ellis – Award Winning Author, Storyteller and Naturalist
has been the featured speaker at national and state science, social studies, and reading teachers’
conferences across the country. He is also a museum consultant who has developed curriculum and
presented staff training for Chicago’s Field Museum, The Denver Museum of Natural History and
countless smaller environmental education centers. Teaching science literacy, science process skills
and creative writing across the curriculum are his specialties. Fox is the Artistic Director for Prairie
Folklore Theatre, a unique theatre company that celebrates ecology and history through original
musical theatre productions. He is the author of nine books including the critically acclaimed Learning
From the Land: Teaching Ecology Through Stories and Activities, (Libraries Unltd, 1997) and the new
children’s picture book, The Web at Dragonfly Pond (Dawn Publications 2006). www.foxtalesint.com
ADVENTURES IN NATURE – are ecological tales that teach scientific literacy through story-telling
and song. Fox has created these tales with the help of a dragonfly, a hemlock tree, and a mountain
lion. This assembly program brings the water cycle and food web to life through the personal narrative,
including “The Web at Dragonfly Pond,” Fox’s new book published by Dawn Publications. All of these
stories will be adapted to include Great Lakes flora, fauna, and natural
history. Every program includes a mix of true stories, poetry, folklore,
songs and audience participation, blending scientific inquiry and literacy
with high adventure!
ADVENTURES WITH JOHN JAMES AUDUBON – spend an hour in the studio of one
of America’s greatest naturalists and wildlife artists. Listen to his tales of adventures as he
finishes something no one had ever accomplished before: drawing every bird in North
America. Audubon will enchant you with stories of his travels and travails in the wildest
places on the planet, including his journey through the Great Lakes in the 1830’s. With
lessons on field ecology, the scientific method, art history, and bird migration, the audience
is invited to imitate birds and discuss the life histories of their favorite feathered friends.
Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis portrays Audubon in this entertaining and meticulously
GROUP SIZE: 200-300 students. The content of both programs can be adjusted for grades PreK-12.
(With different audiences I tell different stories. If teachers can let us know what they are covering in
science, the program can be custom tailored to reinforce your core curriculum!)
PROGRAM LENGTH: 55 minutes. Program length can be adjusted upon request.
SET-UP/TEAR DOWN TIME: 15 minutes before and after the assembly program.
COST: $300 for the first program, $150 for the second or $800 for a full day in one school, (two
performances and three writing workshops).
For More Information: Joan Chadde, Assembly Coordinator, Western U.P. Center for Science, Math & Env. Education
Email: email@example.com Tel: 906-487-3341 Fax: 906-487-1620