Special Events at the 10th Annual Maple Celebration - March 16th, 2013

Animal Embassy LLC

Specializing in providing hands-on, interactive, educational experiences for students of all ages, Animal Embassy is dedicated to fostering an individual’s appreciation and respect for the natural world and the incredible diversity of life on Earth.

Animal Embassy has rescued or adopted more than 500 exotic animals over the years and currently maintains over 100 non-releasable animals in educational exhibits, including small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, insects and birds.

Animal Embassy’s live Animal Ambassadors play a vital role in programming by enhancing the presentation of a wide range of topics including diversity, biodiversity, adaptations, habitats, conservation, and more. Program offerings allow people of all ages to connect with the natural world through live animal visits, artifacts, digital slide presentations and interactive experiences. Through outreach programming, Animal Embassy educates students in preschool through high school classes, as well as adults of all ages in schools, libraries, nature centers, senior centers and other venues.

Chris Evers, Director & Founder

Chris Evers, Director and Founder of Animal Embassy, is a naturalist specializing in wildlife conservation and environmental education. In 2002, Chris founded Animal Embassy, dedicated to exotic animal rescue/adoption and environmental education. Chris brings over twenty years of experience teaching children, working with nature centers and nonprofit environmental organizations, and developing educational programming.

Chris has traveled extensively in the United States, Africa, India, and Central America to photograph and study some of the most critically endangered animals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and has experience working with raptors, big cats, bears, wolves, crocodilians and venomous snakes.


Two Dollar Goat

As residents of New York State’s Hudson Valley, Two Dollar Goat can be found all over the region and beyond enthusiastically playing tunes new and old in the Bluegrass style. At parties, on porches, festival parking lots or at a venue near you, ‘The Goat’ share their unique sound and upbeat song interpretations at every available opportunity.

With tight vocal harmonies and a driving rhythm infused with a light-hearted approach to music, this trio thoroughly entertains. Their energetic renditions get feet stomping while preserving an authentic feel and obvious dedication to the ‘High Lonesome’ sound.

Strong believers in acoustic music performed live, Two Dollar Goat are happiest on the stage, making listeners smile and keeping the old songs alive.