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

Please read our updated protocols before registering.

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Geology Walks:
Learning to Read & Understand Our Landscape!

It is our pleasure to introduce you to our fascinating new neighbor, Bruce Ward. Bruce has a PhD in geology, is married to a geologist, was raised by two geology teachers, and (no surprise) is an inspiring geologist! As the Chief geologist for e4sciences, an international company that started on a kitchen table in Redding, Bruce is eager to share his passion with all of us! Please join us for these two exciting and eye-opening programs. Geology has played a key role in the landscape of Western CT. Our property is underlain by bedrock over 450 million years old that has been sculpted by glaciers, rivers, and humans. Learn how geology influences our soils, plants, rivers, and streams.

Boulders to Mud

Sunday, October 18, 2 p.m.
Some of the most active present-day movement of sediment on our property is along Blackman’s Pond Brook. Walk the brook as it meanders past the pastures, visiting our active spring, and discovering a variety of sediment types and sizes. Learn how stones and sediments are used, including in human and wildlife homes. We will pass a popular place for viewing animal tracks along the way.

Recommended for families

Limited to 6 participants

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. This walk will take you from the hill next to the Learning Center to the stone wall beyond the meadow by the marsh- mostly a flat gentle walk.

    $10 per member, $15 per non-member

Boulders and Sediment of New Pond Farm

Saturday, October 24, 2 p.m.
This program is now FULL, but we are taking a waiting list

After a brief introduction to the rock and sediments found on our property, we will use basic geological maps and sketches to put the property and the Blackman’s Pond Brook watershed in context with the Earth. As we walk, Bruce will help us to read the landscape by sharing insight into the surrounding bedrock, glacial sediments (including boulders), and stream sediments.

Recommended for Middle School students – Adults

Limited to 6 participants.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. This walk will take you up to the top of the hill next to the Learning Center, some parts of this walk are steep.

    $10 per member, $15 per non-member

Wait List


Introduction to Fly Tying for Adults

Saturday November 7, 2 – 3 p.m.
Join our Program Director, Tim Laughlin, for an afternoon of fun. Come learn how to tie a basic fly pattern that could be used in our local waters. Once you tie your first fly you will be hooked on this new hobby. All materials and equipment will be provided.

Program limited to 6 participants.

    $10 per member, $12 per non-member

Please Register Here


Wreath Making for Adults

Wednesday, December 2, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 3, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Limited spaces remaining
Friday, December 4, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. FULL, but we are taking a waiting list
Fresh greens, pinecones, pods, bows, frames, and your imagination will transform these materials into a family treasure: a spectacular evergreen holiday wreath! We will be offering 3 nights of wreath making this year so we can be creative in a safe and friendly environment.
Please bring a pair of work gloves, clippers, and a mask. All other materials will be provided.

This program is limited to 14 participants and everyone will be spaced between different spaces within the Learning Center to ensure social distancing.

    $65 per member, $75 per non-member

Please register with the appropriate link below:

Wednesday (12/2)Thursday (12/3)Friday (12/4) Wait List


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.