Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

The four programs I’ve presented at over 150 libraries and senior communities:

Dry Tortugas National Park
National Christmas Tree

    Fascinating Stories from

Our National Parks


        In my most popular program, I give an overview of our National Park Service, Illustrating how they showcase not only our great scenery, but also explain our  past.The interactive talk starts with a quiz—but don’t worry! No grades, just fun, and I answer all the questions.    


Presidential Sites in

Our National Parks


        Learn about the Chief Executives who have dedicated sites in the Park Service. I survey these and other presidential-related places in the parks, including First Ladies and Mount Rushmore (why were those four chosen to be engraved in  stone anyway?).


Christmas and Winter Holidays in

Our National Parks


        From the District of Columbia to California, our parks celebrate the season of lights in a variety of ways, through historical reenactments, ethnic food festivals, and music. You’ll even find Santa Claus as well as a giant menorah, along with many dazzling illuminations.


 New in 2024

Native American Sites in

Our National Parks


        November is National American Indian Heritage Month, and the Park Service showcases the rich—and often heartbreaking—stories of our country’s original     

inhabitants. I explore the Trail of Tears, artifacts from many Native cultures, plus individuals who played a part in this history.



If you’d like to book one of these secular programs for your library, senior residence, or community group, please contact me.

Martin Van Buren
Osceola

Brevard County

Broward County

Charlotte County

Clay County

Collier County

Columbia County

Flagler County

Hallandale Beach

Heartland Cooperative

Indian River County

Florida Libraries

Lake County

Lee County

Osceola County

Pasco County

Polk County

St. Johns County

Sarasota County

Sumter County

Tampa-Hillsborough County

Volusia County

Florida Senior Residences

Abbey Delray, Delray Beach

Advent Christian Village, Live Oak

Allegro—Boynton Beach, Fleming Island,

                St. Augustine, Stuart & Tampa

Alliance Community for Retirement Living, Deland

All Seasons Naples

Amavida Living, Fort Myers

Aravilla, Sarasota

The Arbor at Delray, Delray Beach

The Arlington, Naples

Aston Gardens, Venice

Atlas Senior Living—The Goldton at Venice;

                                    Lake Howard Heights, WInter Haven

Atria Meridian, Lantana

The Atrium at Gainesville

Augustine Landing, Jacksonville

Azalea Park, Lakeland

The Barrington, Largo

Bay Village, Sarasota

Brookdale—Lake Worth, North Boynton Beach &

                      Palm Beach Gardens

Buena Vida Estates, Melbourne

Calusa Harbor, Fort Myers

Camellia at Deerwood, Jacksonville

Centerfield of Tallahassee

The Carlisle, Naples

Cascades at Estero

The Coves at River Garden, Jacksonville

Cypress Cove, Fort Myers

Desoto Beach Club, Sarasota

Devonshire at PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens

Discovery Village--Tampa & Vero Beach

Edgewater Pointe Estates, Boca Raton

Élan Buena Vista, The Villages

Elison Senior Living, Largo

Estates at Carpenters, Lakeland

Five Star Living—Ft. Myers, Plantation &

                              Pompano Beach

The Floridian Club, Venice

Forest Trace, Lauderhill

Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, St. Petersburg

Freedom Pointe at The Villages

Glenmoor, St. Augustine

Good Samaritan Society, Deland

The Glenbrooke at Palm Bay

The Grande, Brooksville

Grand Living at Wellen Park, Venice

Gulf Coast Village, Cape Coral

Harbor Chase at Dr. Phillips, Orlando

Holiday by Atria—Eustis, Lantana, Ocala,  

                               Ormond Beach & Oveida

Holiday Cherry Laurel, Tallahassee

Isles of Vero Beach

Jacaranda Trace, Venice

The Lake Club, Lakewood Ranch

Lakehouse West, Sarasota

Lakeview Terrace, Altoona

Las Palmas, Palm Coast

Legacy Pointe at UCF, Oveido

The Lenox at Merritt Island

Lexington Place, New Smyrna Beach

The Marbella, Naples

The Mayflower, Winter Park

Merrill Gardens—ChampionsGate & Kissimmee

Moorings Park, Naples

Oak Hammock at the University of Florida, Gainesville

Oakmonte Village, Lake Mary

Osprey Village, Amelia Island

Palace Suites, Miami

Plymouth Harbor, Sarasota

The Preserve at Palm-Aire, Pompano Beach

Regency Residence, Port Richey

Renaissance Senior Living, Tampa

Retirement Unlimited—Elancé Pasadena, St. Petersburg;

                                        Elancé Sarasota;

                                        Seascape at Naples;

                                        Seaside at Fort Myers

St. Andrews Estates, Boca Raton

Sandalwood Village, Naples

Shell Point Retirement Community, Fort Myers

Sonata, Lake Mary

Sterling Court, Deltona

The Summit of Fort Meyers

The Terraces at Bonita Springs

Veranda Club, Boca Raton

Vi at Aventura

Village on the Green, Longwood

Village on the Isle, Venice

The Villages at Gainesville

Water’s Edge of Bradenton

The Waterford, Juno Beach

Westminster—Bradenton (2), Jacksonville, Orlando, 

                         St. Petersburg, St. Augustine,

                         Tallahassee & Winter Park

Georgia Senior Residences


Legacy Reserve at Old Town, Columbus

Terra Bella Riverplace, Columbus