Randy Baker – Topics

Lewis & Clark Expedition” by Randy Baker 
Randy portrays Sergeant Patrick Gass of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, a carpenter on the journey and the first to publish his journal after the expedition. Patrick Gass lived to be 98 years old and thus had a better perspective on how the Lewis and Clark Expedition changed the course of American history than any other member on the expedition. Why they went, what they saw, who they met, and what they did on this extraordinary adventure into American west is our focus. A wide variety of artifacts utilized throughout the  program helps to bring history to life.  In the year 1800 Meriwether Lewis served as paymaster for  Fort Detroit and some of Patrick Gass’ relatives still live here in Michigan. Program length one hour. Best suited for  grades 4 through adult.

”Michigan’s Native American” by Randy Baker 
The history of how the Native Americans lived in Michigan is the emphasis of the program. We focus on how the local resources were utilized by the Native Americans in Michigan. Medicinal plants, plants used for food, how stone tools, and bone tools  were made and used are just a few of the topics covered during the program. Myths, hunting techniques, cooking methods, methods of preserving food and how their lives changed over time are also covered during the program. A wide variety of tools, Native American foods, and other artifacts are utilized to bring a better understanding of what life was like hundreds and even thousands of years ago. How Michigan’s first inhabitants impact our lives as Americans today is also emphasized during the program. Program length one hour and best suited for ages 3rd grade through adult. Program is well suited for school and organizations interested in history and cultures.

“Michigan’s Wild Life” by Randy Baker
The life history and ecology of a wide variety of Michigan’s wildlife is covered during this 45 minute to one hour long program. Live animals and biofacts are utilized to teach about the amazing animals that are found within Michigan’s boundaries. From birds and mammals to reptiles and amphibians this program covers the uniqueness of each species and how they fit into the ecosystem. Our programs utilize  cutting edge information, new discoveries in science, and exciting educational techniques to stimulate the mind and spawn a desire to learn even more about our wildlife. How Michigan’s  wildlife has  changed due to human activities over the centuries, how it is doing now, and what the future might hold for these Great Lakes residents is just a part of this exciting program. Programs are adjusted for grade levels and are suitable for ages  5 – Adult.

“Voyageurs of the French Fur Trade Era” by Randy Baker
This program fits extremely well with Michigan History, Canadian History, and units on explorers. It is suitable and adaptable for all grade levels from grades 3 and above. It is also an exciting presentation for a variety of adult organizations that have an interest in history. This program’s emphasis is on why they came, how the voyageurs lived, what they did, who they were, their interactions with the Native Americans, and their dependence on the natural resources of the area. Randy Baker dresses the dress, talks the talk and even walks the walk of a voyageur. Arctic rivers, the mighty Mississippi, and hundreds of miles of Lake Huron shore line are just a few of the places that this living voyageur has canoed. Randy’s life long portfolio of canoeing experience allows him to bring a perspective of voyageur life that only someone that has been there can bring. Fresh, energetic, and highly educational are just a few of the terms that have been used to describe this amazing program. Program length one hour.

“The Wild Life of the Americas” by Randy Baker 
Live animals and biofacts from North America, Central America and South America are utilized in this exciting presentation. Ecology, natural history and animal adaptations are but a few of the topics covered during the program.  The wildlife throughout  North, Central, and South America is changing rapidly and has changed drastically from the  days of the  early European explorers. We will never see it the way they did, and our children will not see it the way that we do today. Many of our most common forms of wildlife today were rare in centuries gone by, and many animals abundant in centuries past are already gone or on the verge of going. Through education we hope to develop a greater appreciation for wildlife and perhaps by doing so we can alter history for those that will inherit it from us. Suitable for ages 5 – adult. Program length 45 minutes to one hour.