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News From Max & The Wild Things

The conservation and preservation of fragile and threatened reptile ecosystems and species was Max's passion as evidenced by his many years of work in the field, educating the general public, assisting in biological research projects, breeding rare species, and investigating reptiles in their native habits worldwide. Now, his work in the field of education and preservation can only continue through the generosity of others.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 2:44pm

Maxtravaganza at Elawa Farm

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Mary Beth Schewitz
The Maxtravaganza, the Max Schewitz Foundation's annual fundraiser, was held 5/21 on Max's birthday at Elawa Farm. Rob Carmichael, curator of the wildlife Discovery Center, and his staff introduced our guests to creatures who live at the WDC, while many of us told stories about Max as we toasted him on his birthday. (more...)
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 3:45pm

Maxtravaganza May 21, 2016

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Lindsay Hansen


We had thought last year’s Maxtravaganza would be our last, but the combination of a full, blue moon on Max’s birthday made us reconsider. We’re hoping you can join us on Max’s birthday, May 21st, at the place where he developed his passion for conservation: The Wildlife Discovery Center at Elawa Farm.
 

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Monday, February 1, 2016 - 7:56pm

Judgmental Snakes and How To Save Them

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T-Ann Pierce
I am the mother of a tail-ender. In many ways an only child and the last child of older parents, he has a deep advantage: we are tired. We are tired and our once high standards have fallen dramatically over the years.
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Monday, January 4, 2016 - 11:00am

Beyond the Curb

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Lindsay Hansen
Below are tips to go beyond curbside recycling to step up your conservation efforts. Recycling by breaking down the product to make another product is about the best you can do for many disposable items. But here is a list of items that can be reused as they were initially built, saving the energy to recycle and rebuild these everyday household products.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 2:01pm

Save the Sea Turtles

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Matthew Jimenez

Adam (Max's brother) shares a great video from his friend Forrest Galante.  As Forrest says, "Citizen scientists can and do make a huge difference all around the world every day, and it is the mentality that each and every one of us can lend a hand with 

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Monday, December 14, 2015 - 11:45am

Deer in Wauconda

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Matthew Jimenez

The magic of the season happens on many levels. The sense of wonder and appreciation of nature is deepened by the 12-year-old future filmmaker's encounter with deer in Wauconda this past weekend. How can your child better connect with nature?

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 11:17am

Maximus at Wildlife Discovery Center

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Mary Beth Schewitz

 Rob Carmichael, Curator of the Wildlife Discovery Center, shows off Maximus, a captive-bred Saltwater Crocodile acquired in 2008. As Maximus grows too large for the WDC, he will be swapped for another juvenile. Maximus will then be mature for breeding and will return to his place of birth to keep the species going.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 11:04am

Wild Life Discovery Center Knob Tailed Geckos

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Matthew Jimenez

Sign up to get the electronic version of the Wild Life Discovery Center's Newsletter (Be green).  Rob has fabulous pictures and newsworthy updates on local conservation efforts not often covered in the press.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 12:21pm

MaxBikes

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Mary Beth Schewitz

The Max Schewitz Foundation would like to see more active use of our local forest preserve, and we are considering sponsoring a bike-share program. The bike share stand would be at the entrance to the Middlefork Savanna, adjacent to Elawa Farm in Lake Forest. Here’s how the program would work: 

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:58pm

Spring has Sprung Elawa Farm

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Matthew Jimenez

The Max and the Wild Things Prairie Garden at Elawa Farm had its first "burn" yesterday. These pictures show the before, during, and after. Despite the prolonged winter, there were green shoots under all that dried plant material. Spring is really on its way!

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