Due to unexpected circumstances, our Aug. 18 Floating Classroom session has changed to include two new presenters and a new theme -- focused on the various snake species you can find in our watershed, along with some songs written to pay homage to our river-based resources.
Our watershed is home to a diverse number of snake species, which provide a vital role within the greater ecosystem. This float is devoted to reviewing the region's common species and dispelling myths and misconceptions that lead to an unnecessary fear of these reptiles. Meanwhile, KJ Reimensnyder-Wagner will offer music around the campfire, tying in how we can best share the outdoors with snakes and other species.
The session is slated to run 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, aboard the Hiawatha Paddleboat in Williamsport.
Karl Miller, of Liberty, PA, is extremely active within the state's snake-based circuits, promoting the safe catch-and-release of various species including rattlesnakes. He has received numerous accolades for his work, but his biggest accomplishment is to help people confront their unwarranted fears of snakes and promoting their many benefits within the greater ecosystem.
Singer, songwriter, entertainer and motivational speaker KJ Reimensnyder-Wagner started her musical career after mistakenly being left at a summer camp, forging a bond with the camp's musical director while she waited to be picked up. She is a strong advocate for the environment, farm families and land conservation via her music, helping uplift others. Find out more about her at her website by clicking here. Hear a podcast interview featuring KJ by clicking here.
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.