July 15, 2017 –
NCYGS is the only national event of its kind where you can network with like-minded teachers, garden designers, community leaders, program coordinators, and others involved with connecting kids to the natural world. Our final key note speaker will be Brian "Fox Ellis, delivering the 'Comic Misadventures of Lewis and Clark'
Brian “Fox” Ellis is a full-time storyteller, educator, author and free-lance environmental activist. Mr. Ellis will bring to life a character well known to the Pacific Northwest, Meriwether Lewis in his presentation of “Comic Misadventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Imagine an evening in Philadelphia with some of the greatest scientific minds in Early American history where Meriwether Lewis reveals for the first time many of the scientific discoveries of the Corps of Discovery. Join Lewis in this exciting blend of stories and song, journal excerpts, and American Indian folklore. Equal parts stand-up comedy and musical theater, this program focuses on the scientific mission as ordered by our most botanical president, Jefferson. Encountering grizzly bears and collecting soil samples, capturing prairie dogs and cataloguing plants, Lewis identified 122 new animal species and 178 new plants. In this original performance, Fox sings the praises of the geology, diverse flora and fauna, and the web of life that binds us to the land.
In addition to Meriwether Lewis, Mr. Ellis brings to life other scientific figures such as John James Audubon, Charles Darwin, and Gregor Mendel for youth and adult audiences. Mr. Ellis has helped dozens of schools plant gardens, authored a dozen books on ecological and educational themes, including Learning From the Land: Teaching Ecology and Creative Writing through Storytelling.