Nature educator Russell Brust will introduce you to the black bears that live in the forests and backyards of our community. You’ll learn about the bears’ lifestyle, how you can help protect them, and what to do if you meet one! You’ll also learn about aversive conditioning and ways to keep both humans and bears safe. Mr. Brust has been a Bergen County Zoo educator for more than 15 years, and brings a wealth of experience to his presentation.
Author L. Lloyd Stewart will give a presentation from his book "A Far Cry from Freedom," which details the convoluted laws and politics of gradual emancipation in New York State. While New Yorkers often pride themselves on the early law of 1799 for abolition of slavery, most do not realize that its elaborate provisions actually extended slavery for twenty eight years. The month of July thus became a bitter one for New York's enslaved African Americans, for the emancipation date was twenty eight years in the future -- July 4, 1827.