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ALL NEW SUMMER PROGRAMS

Please join us for a Summer Celebration of nature’s wonders. Our 102-acres provide a bounty of diverse habitats for active exploration. Since our regular summer camp programs have been cancelled, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have created a series of outdoor programs which focus on the natural world, native American culture, and life on the farm. These summer programs will be loads of fun, and in keeping with our mission of inspiring your children to actively engage with the world around them.

The health of your family and our staff are of the utmost importance. With that in mind, please review the attached letter which details the wide variety of safety protocols that will be observed during our summer programs.

Please contact us with any questions (info@newpondfarm.org or 203-938-2117). We can’t wait to see you!

Parents, please read about our protocols before registering.

NPF Protocols

 

Programs for 4-5 Year Olds and a Parent

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 – 11 a.m.
(Note: Registration is required, each class for this age group is limited to 4 parents and 4 children)

Week #1: Wildlife Week
($30 per member child, $40 per non-member child)

This program is now FULL, but we are taking names for a waiting list.

Tuesday July 7- Wetland Wildlife
Tadpoles, dragonflies, diving beetles, and frogs are just some of the fantastic creatures waiting to be discovered! Wear your water shoes, bring your bright eyes, and get ready for fun in our wetlands.

Thursday July 9- Birds of a Feather
What makes a bird a bird? Using an assortment of mounted specimens, you will be amazed at the wonders of birds like owls, geese, and woodpeckers. Then we will be off to the coop to meet our chickens, hold a warm egg, and learn some fun facts about these feathered friends. Make a simple feeder to take home for your backyard birds.

Wait List


Week #2: Farm Week
($30 per member child, $40 per non-member child)

This program is now FULL, but we are taking names for a waiting list.

Tuesday July 14- Barnyard Beauties
Spend the morning with our cows and sheep! Learn about udders, eyelashes, hooves, and tails. Come into the dairy barn, brush one of our girls, find out what she eats, and where she sleeps. Then it’s off to the pasture to visit with members of our Romney flock, learn how their fleece keeps them dry in the rain and how it is turned into yarn, and then make a fleecy craft to take home.

Thursday July 16- Honey Bees and Other Pollinators
Explore what the BUZZZZ is all about! Learn about our amazing honey bees, look into our observation hive and discover worker bees, drones, and maybe even the queen! Then head out into our meadow to search for many types of beautiful pollinators and discover the important role each of these insects plays in nature.

Wait List


Week #3: In Celebration of Eastern Woodland Indians
($30 per member child, $40 per non-member child)

This program is now FULL, but we are taking names for a waiting list.

Tuesday July 21- Living off the Land Part I: Family life, Homes, and Games
Come to our longhouse and hear stories about the family life of our area’s original residents. Where did they live, how did they make it through the seasons, what were some of the children’s activities? Indian legends tell us that in addition to hard work, children loved to play games. You will play some of these traditional games of chance and skill and create a game to take home.

Thursday July 23- Living off the Land Part II: Hunting, Fishing, Gathering, and Gardening
Learn about the important roles woodland Indian boys and girls played in keeping their families healthy. Discover (and try) some favorite Native American foods, learn about gardening and the Three Sisters, and storing food for the winter. Make pinch pots out of clay, just the way children did hundreds of years ago.

Wait List


Week #4: Habitat Week
($30 per member child, $40 per non-member child)

This program is now FULL, but we are taking names for a waiting list.

Tuesday July 28- Habitat Hunt
Calling all Nature Detectives! Let’s explore our woodlands, meadow, and stream. By gently rolling over logs and rocks, and using sweep nets, you will be surprised at how many quiet creatures live right beneath your feet! Let’s put our heads together to consider how animals choose their homes.

Thursday July 30- Nature Scavenger Hunt
Follow our clues, discover exciting natural treasures that are hidden around our pasture and woodlands, and learn more about wildlife along the way! Fun prizes for EVERYONE!

Wait List


Programs for 6-8 Year Olds

Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
(Note: registration is required, each program in this group is limited to 6 participants)

Week #1: Wildlife Week
($40 per member, $50 per non-member)

This program is now FULL, but we are taking names for a waiting list.

Monday July 6- Wetlands Explorations
What’s the difference between a pond, a marsh, and a stream? Figure out the benefits and challenges of each habitat, and discover why animals like tadpoles, dragonflies, diving beetles, and frogs are so selective about where they live. Wear your water shoes, bring your bright eyes, and get ready for fun in our wetlands.

Wednesday July 8- Wildlife CSI
Our Program Closet is a treasure chest of bones!! Examine skulls and skeletons to determine whether it’s a raccoon, a fox, a coyote, a bear- you will have to follow the clues! You will discover what teeth, beaks, skulls, skeletons, and footprints can tell us about our wild neighbors.

Wait List


Week #2: Farm Week
($40 per member, $50 per non-member)

This program is now FULL, but we are taking names for a waiting list.

Monday July 13- Chickens, Cows, and Sheep, Oh My!
Spend your morning on one of the last working farms in Fairfield County. Discover why our local farms are so important as you visit our chicken coop, barn, Dairy Annex, and pasture. Meet some of our chickens, dairy cows, and members of our Romney flock.

Wednesday July 15- Beekeeping and Planting for Pollinators
Spend time exploring our observation hive and discover the amazingly complex society that lives there. Discuss food sources and the impact of pesticides and weather on the hive. Then stroll through our beautiful pollinator meadow, searching for butterflies, wild bees, and other pollinators. Learn why we are so pleased to be a part of Redding’s Pollinator Pathway and what you and your family can do to help.

Wait List


Week #3: In Celebration of Eastern Woodland Indians
($40 per member, $50 per non-member)

This program is now FULL, but we are taking names for a waiting list.

Monday July 20- Native Americans: Outdoor Survival
How did they do it: no stores, no cars, no internet? Join us in our longhouse and learn how Native Americans found everything they needed by living off the land- food, medicine, clothing, and materials for their homes. Build your own survival shelter, learn how to use a pump drill, and more.

Wednesday July 22- Native Americans: Hunting, Gathering, and Gardening
Learn about the important roles woodland Indian boys and girls played in keeping their families healthy. Discover (and try) some favorite Native American foods, learn about gardening and the Three Sisters, and storing food for the winter. Make pinch pots out of clay, just the way children did hundreds of years ago.

Wait List


Week #4: Habitat Week
($40 per member, $50 per non-member)

This program is now FULL, but we are taking names for a waiting list.

Monday July 27- Scavenger Hunt
Create your own Naturalist’s Journal, hike on our trails finding hidden treasure along the way. After fine tuning your skills in observation you may discover signs our wild neighbors have left behind-evidence of flying squirrels, pileated woodpeckers- you never know! Your journal will be perfect for recording your discoveries.

Wednesday July 29- Habitat Hunt
Calling all Nature Detectives! Let’s explore our woodlands, meadow, and stream. By gently rolling over logs and rocks, and using sweep nets, you will be surprised at how many quiet creatures live right beneath your feet! Let’s put our heads together to consider how animals choose their homes.

Wait List


Programs for 9-10 Year Olds

Mondays and Wednesdays 1 – 3 p.m.
(Note: registration is required, each program in this group is limited to 6 participants)

Week #1: Wildlife Week
($40 per member, $50 per non-member)

This program is now FULL, but we are taking names for a waiting list.

Monday July 6- Wetlands Explorations
What’s the difference between a pond, a marsh and a stream? Figure out the benefits and challenges of each habitat, and discover why animals like tadpoles, dragonflies, diving beetles, and frogs are so selective about where they live. Wear your water shoes, bring your bright eyes, and get ready for fun in our wetlands.

Wednesday July 8- Wildlife CSI
Our Program Closet is a treasure chest of bones!! Examine skulls and skeletons to determine whether it’s a raccoon, a fox, a coyote, a bear…you will have to follow the clues! You will discover what things like teeth, beaks, skulls, skeletons, and footprints can tell us about our wild neighbors.

Wait List


Week #2: Farm Week
($40 per member, $50 per non-member)

This program is now FULL, but we are taking names for a waiting list.

Monday July 13- Chickens, Cows, and Sheep, Oh My!
Spend your afternoon on one of the last working farms in Fairfield County! Discover why local farms are so important as you visit our chicken coop, barn, Dairy Annex, and pasture. Meet some of our chickens, dairy cows, and members of our Romney flock.

Wednesday July 15- Pollinator Parade
Spend time exploring our observation hive and discover the amazingly complex society that lives there. Then we will walk around the property to view honey bees, butterflies, and beetles in action. Learn the importance of pollinators and about the Pollinator Pathway initiative within our state and town. We will discuss what you can do on your own property to help our pollinators.

Wait List


Week #3: In Celebration of Eastern Woodland Indians
($40 per member, $50 per non-member)

This program is now FULL, but we are taking names for a waiting list.

Monday July 20- Native Americans that Walked our Lands
Examine discoveries made in archeological digs that give us clues to the past – arrowheads, projectile points, hide scrapers, pottery shards, and more. Learn about Woodland Indian families and their strategies for constructing shelters, finding food, and making tools that allowed them to thrive in their surroundings.

Wednesday July 22- Native Americans: Outdoor Survival
How did they do it: No stores, no cars, no internet, no cell phones, no electricity? Join us at our longhouse and learn how the Woodland Indians found everything they needed by living off the land. They were like scientists, discovering medicinal plants, selecting seeds for their gardens, learning how to preserve their food, understanding the habits and importance of their wild neighbors. Learn some of their survival techniques and build a shelter, use a pump drill, make cordage, flake an arrow, and more.

Wait List


Week #4: Summer Fun
($40 per member, $50 per non-member)

This program is now FULL, but we are taking names for a waiting list.

Monday July 27- Scavenger Hunt and Hike to Mt. Baldy
Create your own Naturalist’s Journal, hike up to the highest point on the property and following clues, find hidden treasure along the way. After fine tuning your skills in observation you will follow Baldy Ridge Trail searching for signs that our wild neighbors (flying squirrels, pileated woodpeckers, and wild turkeys to name a few) have left behind – you never know what you will find! Your journal will be perfect for recording your discoveries.

Wednesday July 29- Old-Fashioned Toys and Games
Make your own kite, paper airplane, whirligig, bullroarer, comet, and more! Let’s have some old-fashioned fun with these flying devices and field test them on the property.
There’s no need for a store when you can create your own toys!

Wait List


Family Fun Fridays

Join us on a Friday this summer with your family or friend group. Our staff will lead a program for up to six (6) people, allowing you to maintain your own social distancing group. At least one member of the group must be an adult unless all the children are 8-years or older.

Since it’s just for you, any of the programs below can be shared on the Friday of your choice. Please note, space is limited.

July 10
Morning Session
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. FULL, but taking a waiting list
Afternoon Session
1 – 3 p.m. FULL, but taking a waiting list

July 17
Morning Session
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. FULL, but taking a waiting list
Afternoon Session
1 – 3 p.m. FULL, but taking a waiting list
July 24
Morning Session
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. FULL, but taking a waiting list
Afternoon Session
1 – 3 p.m. FULL, but taking a waiting list

Each program is:
$75 per member family or group
$90 per non-member family or group

Wetland Explorations
Tadpoles, dragonflies, diving beetles, water pennies, and frogs are just some of the fantastic creatures waiting to be discovered! Wear your water shoes, bring your bright eyes, and get ready for fun in our wetlands.

Native American Encampment
Come to our longhouse and hear stories about the family life of our area’s original residents. What did they look like, where did they live, and how did they survive without stores, cars, and computers? Learn about the lives of the Indian children, sample some of their traditional foods, make rock paint, and create one of their favorite games to play and take home.

Insect Hunt
Using nets and bug boxes, you will hunt for insects in our meadow, wetlands, and gardens. Discover what makes these creatures unique and learn about their life cycles. We will celebrate our pollinators while talking about our local Pollinator Pathways, and you will learn how to help insects in your own backyards!

Farm Animals
Spend time with our cows, sheep, chickens, and pigs! Learn about udders, eyelashes, hooves, and tails. Come into the dairy barn, brush one of our cows, find out what she eats, and where she sleeps. Then it’s off to the pasture to visit with members of our Romney flock, learn how their fleece keeps them dry in the rain and how it is turned into yarn. You will also have a chance to observe our smallest livestock members- our honey bees! Discover the differences between workers, drones, and even the queen!

To reserve a family program,
please email us at info@newpondfarm.org with your desired topic, date, and time slot.

All requests must be made at least one week in advance.



Until our general programs return, please take a look at some of the nature activities and videos we have put together.


If you would like to view samples of past programs, please view past calendars here.