New Pond Farm 2023


Adult Programs

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

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

Coming in 2024!

Talking Trash

Confused about what goes in the trash can versus the recycling bin? Wondering what you can do with your family’s food waste? Come get these answers and more while learning the ins and outs of solid waste management in Connecticut. With a representative from the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA) here to share their knowledge and answer your questions, you will leave with the knowledge to reduce waste, save money and help the planet.

Rewilding Your Yard

Interested in rewilding your yard? Unsure about what is involved or where to start? Join local nature enthusiasts Cathy Smith and Joe Bear as they walk you through the steps to creating a healthy, nature-friendly area on your property.
Free for Members, $5 per Non-member

In Partnership with The Mark Twain Library

Light Pollution & Bird Migration (Hybrid)

Millions of birds pass through Connecticut every fall and spring on their way to summer nesting grounds and winter habitats. Our state is located along the critical Atlantic Flyway, where shorelines and green spaces offer havens for birds to rest and refuel.

But light pollution is disrupting this critical migration pattern and endangering birds on the Atlantic Flyway. Artificial light emitted by homes, buildings, street lights and bridges can disorient birds, causing them to crash into windows, or circle for hours until they drop from exhaustion. The result is catastrophic: Nearly 1 billion bird deaths in North America each year.

This is a hybrid program that will take place both live at the Library, and virtually over Zoom. For a full experience we recommend attending this program live at the Library.

About the speaker:
Craig Repasz is co-founder and co-chair of Lights Out Connecticut, which advocates for legislation to protect birds from light pollution and conducts educational outreach across the state.

Craig is also president of the Friends of Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, an organization devoted to supporting critical habitats. He was president of the New Haven Bird Club and the conservation chair of the Connecticut Ornithological Association. He has been the volunteer coordinator for the Connecticut Bird Atlas for six years. He enjoys backpacking and conducts Mountain Birdwatch surveys for the Vermont Center of Ecostudies, focusing on the Bicknell’s Thrush and other high elevation species.

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