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Phone: 845-331-6750
For grades: Preschool to Princeton
Fees for live visit: 1 hour assemblies - 1- $375.00 2-$575.00 3- $775.00 4-975.00
Funding: He does accept B.O.C.E.S.


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Rusty Johnson wildlife assemblies include animals such as Hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, alligators, lizards and giant pythons over 15 feet long. Each assemby is 45min to one hour long and focus on Predator/prey relationship, protection of endangered species, adaptations for survivial, and why we must respect all life.

Rusty also explains his dislike for school while battling with the learning disabilities Dyslexia and Aphasia (graduating high school with only a second grade reading level), he needed to discover alternative ways to learn.

It was his passion for the natural world that helped him find his way through this difficult period and develop a rewarding life. His childhood experiences give inspiration and hope to people who have difficulty with school and are too embarrassed to reveal their problems. He shows that there are alternative ways to learn and cope in life.

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Rusty Johnson, age 32, has spent the last 15 years speaking to over 250 educational institutions annually, teaching and entertaining people about the wonders of the world. He bridges the gap between humans and the earth's wild creatures and cultures. He also includes live animals within his programs which act as ambassadors to their wild cousins.

Rusty has pursued this approach at many diverse venues such as The American Museum of Natural History, The New York Botanical Gardens, The Explorers Club, Mensa, The Sierra Club, The Long Island Museum of Science, The Staten Island Zoo and the National Audubon Society. He has assisted Jim Fowler of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and his television credits include Late Night with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, The Late Show with Conan O'Brien, and The Today Show. His lectures at Princeton University has been rated to be the best of their Natural History Seminars.

Besides Mr. Johnson's extensive knowledge of the natural world, he has many years of first-hand expertise. He is state and federally licensed for falconry, and for the raising of protected and endangered species, including alligators, falcons, eagles and condors. He has also assisted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in capturing Bald Eagles for vital research.

Rusty's busy lecture schedule overlaps an itinerary of field excursions that have taken him to divergent destinations ranging from monitoring environmental decimation on an actively volcanic island, to documenting the dwindling elephant herds in the course of a 3,000 mile trek through southern Africa, as well as exploring the deep jungle of the Peruvian Amazon. He also leads group and private trips into the Peruvian Amazon for students or adventurous travelers. In 1996, at the age of 25, he was one of the youngest people ever inducted into The Explorers Club.

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