New Pond Farm


Adult Programs

Registration is required for all programs.
(Unless noted otherwise)

Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

Composting at Home

Tuesday, February 21
7 – 8 p.m.

There’s gold in your kitchen scraps, black gold! Join Master Composter Alice Ely and learn how to turn your food waste into a nutrient rich resource you can use in and around your home. In this informative presentation you will learn about various composting methods and how you can easily begin composting at home.

This program is:
$15 per member, $20 per non-member.
This program is underwritten by the Schroeder Education Fund.

Please Register Here

Sip & Succulent Workshop

Friday, February 24
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Join plant stylist and visual storyteller Elissa Capentankis from Imaginariums by Elissa for an evening of inspiration, creativity, and connection as you create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind succulent arrangement. Bring a friend or family member, or come alone, and meet other enthusiastic designers as you spend the evening learning and sharing. Light refreshments will be served.

This program is:
$65 per member, $70 per non-member

Please Register Here

Backyard Syruping Workshop

Saturday, February 25
10 – 11 a.m.
Have you ever wanted to make your own maple syrup? Let us teach you each step of this sweet process and review the materials needed in backyard production. Please dress for the outdoors!

This program is:
$15 per member, $20 per non-member

Please Register Here

Knitting & Spinning by the Fire

March 5, April 2, & May 7
12 – 3 p.m.

Bring your knitting projects and spinning wheels and enjoy relaxing afternoons with talented members from the Nutmeg Western CT Spinners Guild who will coach you on your knitting challenges and invite you to try your hand at spinning. Beautiful skeins of yarn from New Pond Farm’s Romney flock will be available for sale.
Registration is required, please join us for each meeting, one meeting, or anything in-between!
     This program is free, but donations in support of our fleecy flock are welcome!

Please Register Here

Basketry Workshop

Sunday, March 12
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Discover the beauty of birch bark in this full day, intermediate basketry workshop with Barry Keegan. Barry is a primitive skills specialist and long-time friend of New Pond Farm. Participants will make their own medium, box-type birch basket with cut and sewn sides and a sewn-on rim. Fire will be used to bend and shape the bark.

Open to anyone ages 15+.

This program is:
$45 per member, $55 per non-member
This program is underwritten by the Sally Trippe Fund.

Please Register Here

Connecticut’s Reptiles

Tuesday, April 4
7 – 9 p.m.
Join DEEP Wildlife Division Outreach Biologist Paul Benjunas to learn about the natural history and current research efforts surrounding Connecticut’s reptiles. Not sure what a reptile is exactly? This is the perfect opportunity to find out!

This program is:

Registration is required.

Please Register Here

Spring Migration: Birding with Joe Bear

Fridays, April 14 Or May 5
7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Catch the Spring migration by joining expert birder and environmentalist Joe Bear, on a leisurely 2-hour walk through our diverse habitats. We’ll search in open fields, woodlands, and wetlands – seeking out returning Summer residents as well as those on their way to northern nesting grounds.

This program is:
Registration is required.

Please Register Here for April

Please Register Here for May

Wildflower Ramble & Brown Bag Lunch

Wednesday April 25 (Rain Date: April 26)
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Each year in memory of one of our founding Board members, Helen Hermes, we take a leisurely stroll down our stream-side trail to discover some of her favorite spring ephemerals. Trout Lily, Rue Anemone, Dutchman’s Breeches, Trillium, and Spring Beauties will all be here to greet you! Bring a brown bag lunch and share happy conversations on our balcony as you enjoy the weeping cherry blossoms and views into our early spring pastures.

This program is:
$10 per Member, $15 per Non-member

Please Register Here

Honey Tasting with NPF Beekeeper Ann Murray

Saturday, May 6
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Join NPF Apiary Manager, Ann Murray, for a tasty exploration of one of the most popular products of the beehive — honey! Our honeybees forage on many different types of flowers throughout the spring, summer, and fall. As the floral sources change, so does the flavor of their treasured honey. We will discuss the differing nectar sources of several local honeys as we taste our way through this program!

This program is:
$15 per member, $20 per non-member

Please Register Here

Birding & Breakfast with Miley Bull

Wednesday, May 10 (Rain Date: May 11)
7 – 9 a.m.
Miley Bull is a one-of-a-kind treasure, a well- known ornithologist, a world traveler, a raconteur, and CT Audubon Society’s Senior Director of Science and Conservation. Please join Miley for a fascinating morning in search of spring warblers, bluebirds, swallows, and other feathered residents. Breakfast treats await when you return to the Learning Center.

This program is:
$10 per member, $15 per non-member

Please Register Here

ART SHOW: Special Preview

Friday, June 2
6 – 8 p.m.
Visit the art show and mingle with artists and art lovers while enjoying a Signature Cocktail, Local Wine, Brews, and Festive Bites.

This event is:
$50 admits one (includes a $25 art purchase credit)
$100 admits two (includes a $50 art purchase credit)
RSVP by May 25.

Please Register Here

Members Only Opportunity

Pollinator Garden Tour & Tea

Tuesday, June 6
1 – 2 p.m.
Take a break from your busy schedule and spend an afternoon visiting our farmhouse gardens. Enjoy our Fred Schroeder Pollinator Garden, brimming with native plantings, visiting bees and butterflies. Tour our Shakespeare and Herb Gardens, and share iced tea, lemonade, and homemade treats in our shade garden which will be filled with blooming hellebores.

This program is:
Free for Members, registration is required

Please Register Here

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, past calendars can be found here.