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Speakers, Presenters and Performers

With a Focus on Recycling & Resource Conservation

Speakers & Presenters

Performers & Assembly Programs

Additional Resources & Speakers Bureaus


Below are a list of performers, assembly programs, workshop presenters and possible keynote speakers that provide programs that engage people about environmental issues.  In some cases they specifically address recycling, waste reduction, consumption and the need to conserve natural resources.  If you can recommend others who offer similar programs in the Connecticut region, please contact Sherill Baldwin at 860-424-3440.

    KEY: $ Means performer or speaker charges a fee.

Speakers and Presenters Topics 
Alexis Wilcox
Composting, Vermicomposting
Duck Truck Composting provides presentations and workshops for children and adults about  composting and vermiculture, composting with red wiggler worms. In addition, Alexis can provide technical assistance to help your home, community or school garden develop a composting system.  She also does tabling and programs for special events or eco-festivals.

Connecticut DEEP

School Programs & Field Studies

Susan Quincy
(203) 734-2513

Conserving Earth’s Resources (Grades 3-5) Students become "garbage archaeologists" to learn about a fictitious family and their conservation habits. They sort through a variety of objects and focus on the use of plastic. Students learn what can be recycled and why. These fun, hands-on activities emphasize reasons and methods for conserving earth materials through reusing, recycling and reducing the consumption of natural resources.

Connecticut Ecosystems (Grades 6-8) By conducting their own field investigation, students determine the biotic and abiotic factors affecting the plants and animals within our local ecosystem. Students explore the many interactions occurring within an ecosystem as they participate in predator-prey and food chain simulations.

Populations and Our Environmental Footprint (Grades 9-12) Students investigate the impact humans have on the planet by calculating their own "environmental footprint," thereby showing them the amount of land and water they need to support their life style. Students compare their environmental footprint to footprints from people from around the world. To further illustrate human’s carrying capacity, students participate in an interactive simulation to demonstrate how much the environment can support different human activities.

Dr. Abigail Maynard

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Department of Soil & Water
123 Huntington Street
P.O. Box 1106
New Haven, CT 06504
(203) 974-8516



Composting, Soils

Her specific areas of expertise include composting, utilization of compost in nursery stock and vegetable production, nitrate leaching from compost-amended soil, and the long-term effects of repeated applications of compost on soil characteristics and water quality.

Bill Duesing

Consulting for the
CT Chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)
PO Box 164
Stevenson, CT 06491
(203) 888-5146


Composting, Soils, Food Systems

For over 35 years, organic farmer, author and environmental artist Bill Duesing has been working to promote organic agriculture and greater local food sufficiency in Connecticut and the Northeast through lectures, writings, media and community work. He is author of Living on the Earth: Eclectic Essays for a Sustainable and Joyful Future.  He was founding president of CT NOFA and founding chair of the New Haven Ecology Project and its Common Ground High School, located on a farm in New Haven.

158 Auer Farm Road
Bloomfield, CT 06002
(860) 242-1744


Composting, Soils, Eco-Systems, Seeds, Water Cycles

Hands-on science programs on 120-acre farm or programs can be brought to your school.

Greg Bugbee

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Department of Soil & Water123 Huntington Street
P.O. Box 1106
New Haven, CT 06504
(203) 974-8512




Expert in soil fertility, turfgrass, potting media, composting, utilization of composted biosolids and control of weeds and algae in lakes and ponds. In charge of the soil testing laboratory in New Haven. Holds state supervisory licenses in the care of trees, turf and ornamentals and aquatic weed control. Works with public to solve soil and water related problems.

Jenna Messier
Organic Land Care Program Director
CT Chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)
Introduction to Organic Land Care for Homeowners
Please contact the presenter for details.

Vivian Felten

Resource Conservationist
Natural Resource Conservation Service
1185 New Litchfield Street
Torrington, CT  06790
(860) 688-7725 ext. 0202

Backyard Conservation, Lawn Alternatives

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. NRCS soil conservationists, soil scientists, agronomists, ecologists, engineers, planners, and other specialists promote land stewardship by providing technical assistance to address surface and groundwater quality; wetlands, riparian areas, and biodiversity; aquatic and terrestrial habitat; and impacts of land-use changes.

   KEY: $ Means performer or speaker charges a fee.


Program Information
360 22nd Street, Suite 730
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 251-5990

Local contact:
Alan Palm, New England Region
(508) 728-5992

Climate Change Assembly Programs
(Grades 4-12)
Made to be Age Appropriate ACE’s main vehicle for spreading awareness is through its educational presentations. ACE’s program presents current climate science to students through brief (45-60 minute) age-appropriate and entertaining assemblies delivered by ACE’s trained educators. Program is concluded by communicating the urgent need for action and envisioning the greener, cooler future for our country and the world. ACE also provides grants, scholarships and action kits to help students get started.
119 Highland Avenue
Middletown, CT
Circus for a Fragile Planet uses the spectacle and excitement of circus to convey a powerful message about Earth’s endangered hydrosphere, how it affects us and what we can do to alleviate the situation.
The sixty minute, five person show show starts on the beaches, lawns and bathrooms of central Connecticut and journeys around the globe, exploring human impacts on the hydrosphere through the artistry, imagination and spectacle of circus.

Barbara Herson

16 Linder Terrace
Newton, MA 02458
(617) 964-7463


EarthTunes (Grades K-5)

Music environmental education programs for children.

Bill Shontz

PO Box 1345
Brattleboro, Vermont
(802) 380-8800


Animal Tales (Pre-School through Grade 3)
Uses some of the same songs as "Green Up" – but this is geared to younger ages.

"Green Up" (Grades K-12)
Tailored to the age of the audience. Bill has the exact song material and sense of humor to engage and hold the attention of audiences of any age, even the hard to reach middle schools and high schools. Bill performs solo, or with his Green Up Band. He brings a slide show, with photographs and lyrics for some of the most sing-able songs. As always, Bill sings mostly original songs from his award winning album, as well as plays the flute, clarinet, and saxophone.

BJ Hickman

BJ Hickman Magic Shows
623 Sixth St. 
Dover, NH 03820
(603) 742-4010
(888) 262-4425


"Recycling Magic" (Grades K-8)

This is magician BJ Hickman's newest school assembly program. It's lots of fun as bottles, cans, cardboard, paper and more are used (and reused) to promote the importance of recycling. BJ Hickman takes the participants on a magic journey through the "A to Z" list of who should recycle, why we recycle, how to recycle, and what to recycle. The magic words, "I reeeee-cycle" will be remembered for years! Waste Management is often the sponsor.

C.J. May - Resourcerysm

Better World Magic


CJ May is the Resourcerersm
CJ May uses magic to entertain, educate and communicate the message of sustainability to his audiences.  The strength of his performances comes from the combination of his years as an environmental professional, a magician and a storyteller. His landmark “Recycling is Magic” performance has been seen by thousands since CJ created it in 2005.  Resourcerysm, his blend of magic and message on issues of sustainability, has reached elected officials, civic organizations, and leaders in the business and environmental communities.
CJ is available to perform and educate about a variety of environmental themes:
Recycling and Waste Management, Energy, Water, Sustainability as Core Value of the 21st Century, and Green Business Opportunities

Dennis Waring
Waring Music

Middletown, CT
860- 347-5354


From Trash to Tunes Assembly (Grades K-12)
Music-Science-Fun! Imagine two giant tables covered with magical, mythical, musical instruments. "From Trash To Tunes" is a performance of scores of handmade musical instruments based on ideas from around the world. Dr. Waring weaves tales of the origins of music and how all cultures through time have built fascinating sound making devices. Interesting sights, sounds and stories provide students with new insight into folklore, music, craft, science and world view. Instruments are from materials which are usually thrown away as trash. Guitars can be made from plastic containers, sticks and fishing line; sweet sounding flutes assembled from water pipe; xylophones fashioned using scrap wood and twine; drums built using tubes and cans.

EarthCapades – Environmental Vaudeville

446 Old County Road
Ste 100-405
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 557-4258
(888) 235-7124


Waste Reduction Production (Grades K-8)
Learn simple things everyone can do to reduce waste at school and at home; conserve natural resources, enjoy nature, and explore ways we all can live in balance with Planet Earth.

Planetary Circus (Grades K-8)
EarthCapades effectively weaves comedy and circus skills with clear lessons about ecology, Earth science and positive environmental choices to demonstrate that every day is Earth Day.

Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children’s Theater

Leslie Elias
Artistic Director
110 Cream Hill Road
West Cornwall, CT 06796
(860) 672-0286


Grumbling Gryphons (Grades K-12)
Using songs, stories, masks, movement, and captivating costumes, Grumbling Gryphons’ performances bring to life folktales from around the world and shed light on timely environmental issues. Extensive audience participation as well as intensive pre-performance drama workshops and residencies enhance the theater experience for children. Repertoire includes: "The Ghost Net: An Environmental Musical of the Sea," "Anansi – The Trickster Spider: A West African Folktale," "The Myth of Persephone," and "Trickster Tales: Native American Stories."

Jack Golden

PO Box 933
Greenfield, MA 01302
(413) 774-3563


Garbage is My Bag (Grades K-8)
In "Garbage Is My Bag", an award winning performance program for school audiences, Jack Golden is the comedic "expert", Dr. T., who delves into a mountain of trash and an even bigger bag of vaudeville and circus tricks in search of answers to these questions. Garbage Is My Bag is a forty five minute program designed for assembly presentation to grades K-8.

A Litter Bit Goes a Long Way  (Grades K-8) Now Dr. T. shares the stage with the quintessential game show personality,  Les Litter  in a mad cap adventure into the messy world of litter. Together they explore this serious issue in a comic and upbeat way that is guaranteed to leave smiles on the faces and ideas in the minds of students about where litter comes from, why people litter and what can we do to prevent litter.

JuggleJoy Educational Entertainment

Keith Hughes or M.J. Moriarty
29 Seymour Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06119 
(860) 231-8954


JuggleJoy (Grades K-12)
Offers circus-inspired, curriculum-based shows, and workshops designed to enhance science, language arts, physical education, and social studies units. Science shows include: "Why Did the Dinosaur Cross the Road?;" "Reduce, Reuse, Re-unicycle;" and "Sir Isaac Newton Goes to the Circus." Additional shows include American vaudeville history, school year kick-offs/wrap-ups, and reading rallies. Workshops/residencies include physical science and laws of motion; circus skills for physical education; recycling through mask making; dinosaur digs; and storytelling and improvisation.

Kathleen Jacobs & Puppets

Forest Hill, MD 21050
(410) 893 – 1979
(410) 838 – 6848



Recycling Show (Grades K-6) While cleaning up litter, a wacky clean-up lady begins to play with newly found trash treasures. What should be saved? How might it be recycled? Inspired she decides to "recycle" old trash into puppets and "recycle" old folktales into a script.

Mad Science

Mad Science
Fairfield/New Haven Counties 
Terry Wright
(203) 381-9754

Mad Science
Southeastern CT
Christopher Colter
(860) 376-9451


Mad Science (Pre-school to School Age)
Programs include workshops, after-school activities, school assemblies, stage spectaculars, booths, science nights/carnivals, camps, and birthday parties. Mad Science’s "edu-tainment" provides fun, hands-on, interactive, and educational activities that give children a clearer understanding of what science is really about and how it affects the world around them.

The Magic of Recycling

Timothy Wenk
373 North Lake Avenue
Brunswick, NY 12180
(800) WENK-123


The Magic of Recycling (Grades K-5)
This show is a 45-50 minute fun-filled, educational live show designed to teach students about the benefits of recycling. Through the use of audience participation, comedy, and the visual impact of magic, students learn what recycling is, why it’s important, and how to do it.

Michael J. Caduto

P.O. Box 1052
Norwich, VT 05055


Storytelling, Science, Environment (Grades K-8) Michael’s presentations range from programs on natural history and science to performances of story, song, dance, instruments and a cast of humorous and dramatic characters that share Earth stewardship and cultural understanding. Programs include "Minibeasts of the Stream," "The Loon’s Necklace," "The Children Who Plant Trees" and "Kid’s Power Program: Renewable Energy for Today’s Kids."  Performances include "Earth Tales from Around the World," "Keepers of the Earth," "Native American Games," "Tales from the Deep: Legends of the Living Waters," "Earth Gardens and the Seeds of Life," "The Rainbow  Garden: Celebrating Cultural Diversity," "Native American  Thanksgivings," " Flying Turtles & Talking Bears," "Bird Tales from Around the World" and "Keepers of the Night: Moths & Monsters, Bats & Bones."

Michael J. Caduto is creator/co-author of the best-selling Keepers of the Earth series (NAPPA Gold Award) and Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects and Recipes for Families ( NAPPA Silver Award).

Steve Trash
Maura Allard
Executive Assistant to Steve Trash
Frog Pond, AL
Trash & Recycle Show  (Grades K-8) This is no ordinary school MAGIC show. It is an excellent blend of entertainment and education tailored to the age of your students. Students will learn how to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, that trash is a natural resource that someone has simply DECIDED isn't valuable anymore, why littering is a bad idea, ways to prevent litter, what things are recyclable and have fun and be amazed.

Trash Can Lid Productions

Jeff Erwin
P.O. Box 1522
Portsmouth, NH 03802


Trash Can Music (Grades K-12)
TLP is truly one-of-a-kind and has influenced the lives of many youth throughout New England. They blend the disciplines of science, conservation & recycling, language arts, math, pop culture, music and performance art through fun, hands-on experiences. Workshops are modified to meet students at their developmental level and include multi-sensory learning strategies. Programs can be modified for all age levels and for alternative venues such as camps and after-school programs.

   KEY: $ Means performer or speaker charges a fee.

Additional Resources & Speakers Bureaus

The New England School Performing Arts Directory  Alphabetical listing of performing artists whose storytelling programs support topics in Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, and Health. Search for "environment".

Children and Nature Network Speakers Bureau The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature. The network provides a critical link between researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being. C&NN also promotes fundamental institutional change and provides resources for sharing information, strategic initiatives and success stories.

National Wildlife Federation Speakers Bureau The National Wildlife Federation’s conservation work is focused in three major areas: confronting global warming; connecting people with nature by getting them outside; and safeguarding wildlife and restoring wildlife habitat.

New England Wild Flower Society Speakers Bureau Topics they can cover include invasive plants, climate change, ecology and conservation, gardening for biodiversity, soil food web, edible gardens, rain gardens, and butterfly gardens.

EPA - New England Speakers Bureau Dozens of EPA employees with a variety of subject matter expertise, from global warming to hazardous waste, fill speaking requests at elementary and middle schools, high schools, and universities throughout New England. Presentations range from hands-on activities to slide shows, depending on your need. Staff participate on career panels, speak to small or large audiences, and participate in Earth Day and health fairs.

CT Climate Change Speakers List Organizations and individuals available to do presentations on climate change. The Governor's Steering Committee on Climate Change does not necessarily endorse these organizations or the content of their presentations. You should contact the individuals directly to determine presentation suitability and availability of the speaker for your needs.

Connecticut DEEP Educator Workshops


Disclaimer: The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) maintains the content on this web site to enhance public access to information and facilitate understanding of waste reduction, reuse and recycling. The DEEP is not recommending these resources over any others and recognizes these represent only a partial listing of resources on this subject.

Content Last Updated February 2020