Some of our very happy customers
Following is a partial list of clients, some with reviews.
Contact information for references provided upon request.
Angela Painter, Parent in WV
"I have been to one of her shows with my children; and they loved every minute of it."
Ann Mountz, Parent in Harpers Ferry, WV who booked a party two years in a row!
"Melissa's shows are wonderful! Her variety of animals, knowledge of each one's biology and personality, and general fun nature make her shows a great addition to any event. She works hard to involve all of the kids while making sure they are comfortable with their interaction with the animals. Her Russian tortoise is my favorite. My daughter loves her variety of snakes."
Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library, Harpers Ferry, WV
"Critters & Conservation has been providing wonderful programs at our library for three years now. Melissa and her animals get better every year. Melissa has gone out of her way to make every program special. Parents and children enjoy hearing about the animals and love the hands-on experience during the program. Can't go wrong with Melissa and her animals!!" - Martha Kasmier, Children's Librarian
Burke Street Elementary School, Martinsburg, WV
Chick-Fil-A, Ranson, WV; Martinsburg, WV; and Winchester, VA (Rutherford Crossing)
Chioma Onwuanibe, Parent in Howard County, Maryland
"For my son's 2nd birthday, Melissa came and shared her animals with kids who ranged in age from 18 months to 8. The animals were a huge hit! I am now planning to have a Critters & Conservation corner at my neighborhood's Halloween party."
CW Shipley Elementary School, Harpers Ferry, WV
"Melissa Kowalski of Critters & Conservation visited CW Shipley Elementary in May 2012. She could not have come on a better day! The warm days of spring had turned to dark cloudy days of rain; and our school was full of children ready to play. But alas, melissa came to play! She arrived prepared with interesting animals and facts to share with our students. It was the perfect activity for any day at school, because melissa captivated all of our students from kindergarten to fifth grade. And to this day, students say they remember when Melissa and creatures came to play on a rainy day." - Jennifer Miller, Member of CWS Multi-Cultural Committee and Teacher
Donna Loveless, Parent in Harpers Ferry, WV
"I saw her at a preschool where I taught. Her show is not just fun, but educational."
Driswood Elementary, Shenandoah Junction, WV
Educare Learning Center, Jefferson, MD
Emmy Dardick, Parent in Jefferson County, WV
"Melissa Kowalski is an absolute professional who willingly shares what she has learned about animals with anyone who needs her help. My family and I have had the opportunity to hire Melissa for my son's birthday party and we were so impressed by her knowledge of the animals she holds so dear. More than that, she is an exceptional human being who gives her time unselfishly, and is committed to the cause of conservation of even the animals most people don't appreciate. She not only cares for animals and reptiles, she educates herself to the fullest extent on every aspect of their requirements and behavior. She uses her knowledge to educate others and does the important work of conservation. When I have been in her presence I have felt I was in the company of someone who has a calling. I believe Melissa to be one of those rare people who hear their calling and commit their lives to it. We all can, and do, benefit from her knowledge and efforts. She is known as 'The Reptile Lady' by my children and many other children in our area and the title is well-deserved. Jefferson County, WV is a better place for having her in it."
Faith Christian Academy, Martinsburg, WV
Fellowship Bible Church, Shenandoah Junction, WV
Jefferson County Parks & Recreation, Shenandoah Junction, WV
Kimberly Winters, Parent in Shepherdstown, WV
"Critters & Conservation are the best! They are very knowledgable and are a wonderfully giving company. They donated their time to our fundraiser and even brought a camera and printer for snapshots of the children to handout as an additional way of raising funds for pediatric cancer research. Melissa tries hard to "do it all," a wonderful wife, mother and friend. She thinks of everything all the way down to the hand sanitizer! A wonderful addition to any party or school/church function."
Kristen Vella, Parent in Ranson, WV
"I would highly recommend Melissa Kowalski of Critters & Conservation. We have used her at our son's birthday party; and I see her at all the events around the community. She is great and so are her animals. Super friendly and great with kids!!!!!!"
Manidokan Camp & Retreat Center, United Methodist Church, Knoxville, MD
"I run a camp and retreat center; and we have brought in Critters & Conservation for two programs at our facilities in 2012. Melissa was great to work with as we planned our event, even adjusting the length of her program to fill the time we had designated. Melissa was able to keep the attention of the youth (both programs were for middle schoolers) and was able to convey an immense amount of knowledge about the animals she was presenting. When I first met Melissa, it was very clear that she is an animal lover and cares a great deal for her animals and their well being. I will definitely be working with Critters & Conservation again!" - Chris Schlieckert, Director
Martinsburg-Berkeley Public Library, Martinsburg, WV
"As the Youth Services Director of Berkeley County Library System (main library with three branches), I have had the pleasure of working with Melissa from Critters & Conservation for consecutive summer reading programs. I have found her presentations to be informative, age appropriate, entertaining and always exciting. For a wildlife program, it is also responsibly priced. Critters & Conservation also offers a "Rent-a-Reptile" service which I used last summer and had such a positive experience that I will rent a bearded dragon for Chinese New Year. I don't often say this, but for quality, flexibility and conservation message, you can't go wrong with a Critters & Conservation program. Don't take my word for it, book a show and reap the rewards." - Jane Levitan
Middletown Middle School, Middletown, MD
Musselman South Berkeley Community Library, Inwood, WV
Purcellville Children's Academy, Purcellville, VA
Shenandoah University, Winchester and Ashburn, VA campuses, Penny Hagerty
"Wonderful presentation! The girls and my own kids talked and talked and talked! Thank you so much (especially for the extra [party favor] bag - you are a wonder!). We will be calling you for a birthday party guaranteed! Thanks!"
Shepherdstown Public Library, Shepherdstown, WV
"The audience was delighted at the chance to see your Eastern Box Turtle, two Northern Leopard Frogs, and Praying Mantis up close. It was a wonderfully interactive show: you asked as many questions of the kids, as they did of you. Bringing a stack of three different copyright-free coloring sheets and a bottle of hand sanitizer was helpful and generous. We are looking forward to your next presentation for us. As always, [it is] sure to combine warmth, humor, and age-appropriate information!" - Anne Eden, Children's Reference Librarian
Small Scholars Academy, Charles Town, WV
St. Andrews Mountain Community Center, Harpers Ferry, WV
Stacy Battaglini, Parent attending Children's Day at the Martinsburg Mall (WV)
"I have to say that was the first time I ever touched a snake. I am scared to death of them and stay as far away as possible. It did not feel anything like I thought it would. Don't think it conquered my fears of them, but it is a start."