Lucas Miller, the "singing zoologist," brings his science-oriented songs and stories to the Grand Prairie Main Library on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Miller is scheduled to appear in two free programs for all ages: the first at 11 a.m. and the second at 4:30 p.m.
Accompanying himself with an electric guitar, a trunk full of puppets and animated videos on a large screen, Lucas delights children of all ages while he teaches them about metamorphosis, wetlands, adaptations and other topics.
"I'm an educator first and foremost," says Lucas, who really does have a degree in zoology. "My goal is to provide kids with accurate information about wildlife. They want to have fun, of course, so I basically act like a wild man to keep them engaged."
Browsing his YouTube videos about arthropods, frog calls and anacondas provide a good glimpse of his zany approach to science education.
"I work hard to create material that appeals to the whole family," he says, "and I often hear from parents, teachers and even high schoolers who tell me they enjoy the songs as much as kids do."
Based in Austin and endorsed by the Texas Commission on the Arts, Lucas has performed at the Texas state capitol, the National Zoo, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Moody Gardens, and well over 1,000 elementary schools across the country.
Lucas makes another Grand Prairie appearance on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at Central Park. Flight of the Monarch celebrates the annual migration of the monarch butterfly. Central Park is located at State Highway 161 and Arkansas Lane and Warrior Trail. This spectacular free event includes monarch butterfly releases, kite flying, a Kid-Zone with bounce houses, arts and crafts, vendors, food, a costume contest and parade for butterfly costumes.
Visit www.luscasmiller.net for music videos, book previews and more information about Lucas Miller and his programs.
For more information about the Grand Prairie Library programs, visit www.gptx.org/library or call 972-237-5700.
For more information about Flight of the Monarch, contact Mae Smith at 972-237-8107.