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Program Information

Number of Artists: 1

Grade Levels: 4-5, 6-8, 9-12, Family, K-2, K-5

Program Length: 45-90 minutes

Ideal Audience Size: Flexible

Maximum Audience Size: 300

Setup Time: 45 minutes

Breakdown Time: 30 minutes

Technical Requirements: 12' x 12' stage or open space, assistance in unloading and loading

SOL Connections

Science: K.6, 1.5, 2.4, 2.5, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.5, 5.5, 6.8, 6.9, LS.4, LS.5, LS.7, LS.8, LS.9, LS.10, LS.11, LS.12, LS.13, LS.14

English: K.1, K.2, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.2, 5.1

Artists Fees

Single Fee: $725 - $925 plus travel

Back to Back Fee: $975 - $1,375 plus travel

Triple Fee: $1,175 - $1,675 plus travel

Full Day Fee: 4 programs in 1 day $1,375-$1,975 plus travel


$50 in the Bluemont Service Area

Fee Notes

Assemblies run 45-90 minutes, schools can choose the best length for each program.

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Michael Shwedick and Banana Peel visited Washington District Elementary in Westmoreland County, Apri  

Reptile World

Nature's Exciting and Exotic Creatures


Environment & Wildlife

Shwedick ably used his educational program to share his respect and admiration for the reptile world.

Program Type

Curriculum Materials, Elementary School Assemblies, High School Assemblies, Middle School Assemblies, Staff Development Workshops

Subject Areas

Conservation, Geography, Life Science, Live Animals, Oceanography, Poetry, Wildlife

Since 1970, Michael Shwedick has presented Reptile World programs to schools from Miami to Boston. The program gives students a chance to meet, in a non-threatening manner, a wide variety of live, colorful, and gentle reptiles from all over the world. Dispelling many of the myths and misconceptions while teaching a greater appreciation and understanding for their ecological importance, Michael discusses the aspects, general characteristics, habitat, diet and growth potential of each animal.

The school program includes a rare awesome turtle, super tropical lizard, handsome American alligator, exciting African crocodile, a beautiful young anaconda, Mexican milk snake, giant Indian rock python and several native Virginia snakes!