New Pond Farm


Adult Programs

Registration is required for all programs.
Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

Beatrix Potter’s Pre-rabbit Years as an Amateur Mycologist

Wednesday October 16, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
    Before Beatrix Potter became the author of her beloved children’s books, she spent a decade steeped in the study of mycology. By her mid-twenties she had two passions: art and fungi. Enthusiastic member of the Beatrix Potter Society Meredith McClung will return for a delightful program accompanied by tea and scones.

    $10 per member, $15 per non-member

Please Register Hereor by calling (203) 938-2117

Introduction to Fly Tying for Ladies

Wednesday October 16, 6 – 7 p.m. Cancelled
or Wednesday October 23, 6 – 7 p.m.

   Join Program Director, Tim Laughlin, for one or two introductory classes to the fascinating art of fly tying. Both classes will offer a different entry level fly that you create and take home. All materials and equipment will be provided. Space limited to 8 participants in each class.

    $10 per member, per class and $12 per non-member, per class

Please Register by calling (203) 938-2117

What do you know about “ticks”?

Thursday October 24, 7 – 8 p.m.
    Professor Dr. Neeta Pardanani Connally, Director of the Tickborne Disease Prevention Laboratory at Western Connecticut State University, will help us to better understand the world of ticks, their habits and habitats, as well as how can we coexist with them. This is surely a current topic that needs more understanding and information for people who live in CT, home of Lyme Disease.

    $10 per member, $12 per non-member

Please Register Hereor by calling (203) 938-2117

Earth, Wind, Water, & Fire:
A Daylong Nature Retreat

Saturday October 26, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    This popular program returns and offers you the opportunity to take a break from your busy routine and treat yourself to a restorative day with Redding neighbor and psychologist Ann Reeves. This is a chance to slow down, to deepen your awareness of the beauty and healing-gifts of the natural world. Together, you and Ann will explore elements of nature in an experiential manner, reconnecting with their energies, bringing yourself peace, and renewing your commitment to be mindful stewards of our Earth.

A simple farm lunch of soup, bread, and salad will be provided.

    $90 per member, $100 per non-member

Registration required, space is limited. Dress for the outdoors, this program will be rain or shine.

Please Register Hereor by calling (203) 938-2117

Annual Mushroom Walk

Saturday October 26, 9:30 a.m.
    Enjoy a morning walk on our property and search for mushrooms with Joe & Kathy Brandt, from the Connecticut-Westchester Mycological Association, and other amateur mycologists. They will teach you how to identify mushrooms that have been collected and they will treat you to sample of delectably prepared mushrooms.

    Free, Registration required

Please Register Hereor by calling (203) 938-2117

Knitting & Spinning by the Fire

Sundays November 3 and December 1, 12 – 3 p.m.
Bring your knitting projects or spinning wheels and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with seasoned knitters and spinners who will coach you on your knitting challenges and invite you to try your hand at their spinning wheels. Beautiful skeins of our yarn will be available for sale.

This program is free, but donations in support of our fleecy flock are welcome!

Please Register Hereor by calling (203) 938-2117

Climate Change: what is it and how does it impact us?

Thursday November 7, 7 – 8 p.m.
    Dr. Stephen Wagener, Environmental Science professor and Chair of the Jane Goodall Center at Western Connecticut State University, will illuminate us on Climate Change. It is in the news daily but do you really understand what it is, how it impacts us, and how it could impact our future? Come find out the answers to these questions and much much more!

    $10 per member, $12 per non-member

Please Register Hereor by calling (203) 938-2117

Black Bears Amongst Us – seen in your town or even your own property!

Friday November 15, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    We see them at feeders, at beehives, strolling down the roads, and even visiting swimming pools. What can we do? Join one of DEEP’s Black Bear Researchers, Melissa Ruszczyk, as she returns for an informative evening to learn about these furry visitors and how to peacefully coexist with them.

This program is free, but guests will be asked to leave a donation for DEEP’s wildlife conservation efforts.

Please Register Hereor by calling (203) 938-2117

The Wobbly Universe

Thursday November 21, 7 – 8 p.m.
    Calling all Star Gazers! Join Astronomy Professor, Hans Minnich from Fordham University, for a talk on why your starfinder is not completely accurate and may never be. The equations used by sky programs to calculate the position of celestial objects do not take into account all the physical influences acting on the earth, moon, planets, and stars. Come find out what these influences are and how they could impact the future of stargazing!

    $10 per member, $12 per non-member

Please Register Hereor by calling (203) 938-2117

Wreath Making

Tuesday December 3, or Wednesday December 4, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Fresh greens, pinecones, pods, bows, frames, and expert hands will be here to greet you. Join us in our Gathering Place and make your spectacular one of a kind evergreen wreath (from scratch)! Due to the popularity of this holiday event, we have added a second evening, so please bring your friends, you are guaranteed to have a fantastic time!

Please bring a pair of work gloves and clippers. Light refreshments will be served.

     $65 per member, $75 per non-member

Please Register Here for Dec. 3or by calling (203) 938-2117

Please Register Here for Dec. 4or by calling (203) 938-2117

Gift Wrapping Using Recycled Materials

Wednesday December 11, 7- 8:30 p.m.
    In this creative workshop local artist, Chanel Dupare, will illustrate how to make personalized wrapping paper out of everyday household items. Learn how to give new life to old books, damaged clothing, those endless homework pages, paper towel rolls, and more while making beautiful, unique wrapping paper, decorative bows, and reusable fabric gift bags. Bring your presents and some recyclables.

    $15 per member, $20 per non-member

Please Register Hereor by calling (203) 938-2117

If you would like to view samples of past programs, past calendars can be found here.