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Sun, Oct 01


Nippersink Forest Preserve

Sunday service with Guest Speaker Deb Krohn

The Blessing of the Animals (outdoor service at Nippersink Forest Preserve)

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Sunday service with Guest Speaker Deb Krohn
Sunday service with Guest Speaker Deb Krohn

Time & Location

Oct 01, 2023, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Nippersink Forest Preserve, 900 W Belvidere Rd, Round Lake, IL 60073, USA

About the event

Please join us for a special PCUUC service honoring the animals that enrich our lives. Deb Krohn will bring several of her favorite amphibians and reptile friends to help share stories of how even the slimy and scaly bring joy and wonder to our world. There will be a blessing of the animals as part of the service. All who would like their animals to be blessed are welcome to join in this ritual.

If you would like to bring your special friend to this outdoor service, please make sure they are safely restrained and/or in secure travel containers that will keep your animal safe. As you consider whether this service is appropriate for your pet, please remember that many types of animals might be present. Feel free to bring a picture of your animal for the blessing if your animal would be better off at home, or if you would like to remember a pet that has passed away. You can also bring objects and photos to put on our “animal tribute altar” to represent any creatures that are part of our interconnected web of life. (E.g. a nest, a pet’s favorite toy, a photo of a fish tank or pond).

Please consider inviting neighbors to this multigenerational service.

Click here for more info about Nippersink Forest Preserve.

Since Deb's two earliest memories include picking grass at the park for her pet rabbit and taste-testing her dog's kibble for flavor, it's apparent she's been an animal lover since the very beginning. As a child that desperately wanted to work with animals for a living she was dismayed to hear every adult in her life tell her she "would have to be a veterinarian." As a young girl she couldn't stand the thought of working with sick or injured pets and as she got older she was terrified of college-level math classes so she thought her dream of animal employment would never come true. Luckily, in high school, she was mailed a Wildlife Biology pamphlet from Iowa State University and just like that the dream was alive again! Deb later graduated with that Wildlife Biology degree (albeit with a D- in Trigonometry) and became a professional naturalist and wildlife educator. She now has her own business, FrogLady Presentations, where she specializes in reptile/amphibian education. She has never used any math during her career. Ever. Deb lives in Grayslake with her husband, Chris, their son, Nicholas, the world's two cutest dogs and a large assortment of frogs, turtles, lizards and snakes.

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