About Riverside Reptiles
Riverside Reptiles is passionate about giving quality educational programs about reptiles, amphibians, and other fascinating creatures of the animal world. With over 25 years of experience, we look forward to sharing our knowledge with you.
We specialize in giving adults and children "hands on" learning experiences. All those at the show will have opportunities to touch or look eye to eye with many captivating critters while learning the natural history of these diverse animals.
Who we serve
Riverside Reptiles is available for schools, libraries, birthday parties, recreation, day care programs, scout troop meetings,
and any other organization that would like a fun and unique educational program. We provide live reptile shows for Connecticut and surrounding areas.
A little about me
My name is Brian Kleinman and I am a true Naturalist. I grew up in a very rural town called Barkhamsted in the state of Connecticut. I spent my childhood days in the woods, swamps, and ponds behind my house exploring and observing the fascinating animals that lived there. My family can recall me always bringing home snakes, frogs, toads, turtles, and various other critters. I would often gather a collection of small animals and give presentations in my garage to the neighborhood kids.
As a child, I attended Roaring Brook Nature Centers (RBNC) summer camp program. I flourished in this environment, so much so, that when I was too old to be a camper, I became a camp counselor. I volunteered my time at RBNC after school and on weekends, and then in the summer, I taught children all that had been taught to me.
When it came time to choose a field of study, there was no question in my mind.........Biology! In my years at Franklin Pierce University, I continued my quest for knowledge with a trip to Georgia to study Loggerhead Sea Turtles, a three month stint in Florida (where I spent a majority of my time in the Everglades), and a two week stay in Costa Rica where I studied tropical ecology by living in the rainforest.
After graduating from college, I continued with the summer programs at RBNC and was fortunate enough to fill the Animal Curator position at the Science Center of Connecticut (SCOC) in 1999 (now the Children's Museum). For two and a half years I built habitats, fed, and cared for the animals. I taught the children that came in and out of the SCOC all about the animals that resided there.
I was so inspired by this role that in 2004 I decided to branch out and start my own live animal educational program business, Riverside Reptiles. Now I visit schools, libraries, day cares, camps, fairs, museums, nature centers, and even birthday parties to teach children and adults about the misunderstood creatures of the animal world ~ reptiles and amphibians.
I continue to travel to different parts of the United States (and the world) expanding my knowledge of Earth's great biodiversity. I spend much of my free time outdoors observing and photographing our native species. If I am not outside or on one of my adventures, you will be sure to find me reading about animals or caring for my diverse collection of critters.