Berkshire Botanical Garden
Our popular Family Fridays return to the Garden this August. Fun for the whole family, this year’s offerings will be interactive, educational and focused on the natural world. Join us for four programs on animals large and small as we explore the lives of mammals, animal habitats, and birds of prey. All programs are free to Garden members and children under 12, and to non-members with admission.
Meet some of the animal educators, wild, domestic and exotic, maintained by Nature Matters. Nature Matters is home to a diverse collection of animal educators. Many of these animals came to us because they were unable to survive in the wild due to an injury, or they 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 us, and how the choices and actions we all take affect the lives of animals who share our 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. Sharing the beauty, wonder and importance of our world with others, especially children, became Jen’s goal. Jen 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. The creation of Nature Matters, based at Leahey Farm, links her deep commitment to the understanding and preservation of our natural world with the greater community. This non-profit organization is the culmination of Jen’s dedication and passion.
Free for members and children under 12; free for non-members with admission to the Garden