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

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Preschool Students

(These are drop-off programs unless otherwise noted)


Storytime for Children with Adults (Ages 1 – 5)

Tuesdays, February 14, March 14, April 18, May 9, June 13
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. OR 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Join us each month for nature stories and related activities as we explore the seasons at New
Pond Farm. Activities may include live animal encounters, nature crafts, walks on the property and more. Morning and afternoon options available. Programs will be outdoors except in cases of extreme weather.

Each program is:
$10 per Member child/adult pair,
$15 per Non-member child/adult pair
  (Siblings under 1 are free)

Please register with the appropriate button below

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NEW! Caregiver & Child Series (Ages 18 – 35 months)

Fridays
Winter Session – 6 weeks:
February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Spring Session – 6 weeks:
April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26
10 – 11:30 a.m.

A new weekly caregiver and child program for our youngest members. Each week we will gather outdoors and spend 90 minutes connecting with nature and one another through free play, exploratory walks, live animal encounters, nature crafts and seasonal stories. This program is held entirely outdoors except in cases of extreme weather.

Each 6-part program is:
$135 per Member child/adult pair
$165 per Non-member child/adult pair

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Nature Explorers (Ages 3-5)

Thursdays
March 9, 16, 23
April 6, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18
June 1, 8, 15, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Join us for this monthly 3-part series full of outdoor nature adventures. Each week we will explore the property and make exciting discoveries in our woodlands, wetlands, gardens, or meadow. How we spend each afternoon will vary based on group interest – hikes, games, critter hunts, animal encounters, and campfires are just a few of the possibilities. Our focus is on outdoor play and child-led exploration.

Each 3-part drop-off program is:
$36 per Member Child
$45 per Non-member Child

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Elementary School Students

(These are drop-off programs unless otherwise noted)


Valentine’s Day Treats (Grades 2-4)

Saturday, February 11
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Come learn to make some sweet and tasty valentines treats. Children will be making several edible Valentine’s Day gifts. Any one of these will surely touch the heart and stomach of its recipient!

This program is:
$20 per Member Child
$25 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here


STEM at New Pond Farm (Grades 1-4)

Saturdays
February 18, March 18, April 29, May 13

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
A new monthly program for elementary school students! Together we will ask questions and search for answers through observation, investigation, and experimentation. Growing crystals, launching rockets, designing dams, and building simple machines are just some of the possible projects we’ll tackle.

Each program is:
$15 per Member Child
$20 per Non-member Child

Please register with the appropriate link below

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Animal Care Club (Grades 2-4)

Tuesdays, January 31 – March 7
4 – 5 p.m.
Did you know New Pond Farm has more than farm animals? Join the Animal Care Club and learn how to care for the many reptiles and amphibians that live in the Learning Center. Animal Care Club members will make salads for turtles, clean enclosures for snakes, exercise lizards, wrangle crickets for frogs and much more!

This 6-part program is:
$90 per Member Child
$120 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here


Nature Explorers (Grades K-2)

Thursdays
March 9, 16, 23
April 6, 20, 27,
May 4, 11, 18

June 1, 8, 15
4 – 5 p.m.

Join us for this monthly 3-part series full of outdoor nature adventures. Each week we will explore the property and make exciting discoveries in our woodlands, wetlands, gardens, or meadow. How we spend each afternoon will vary based on group interest – hikes, games, critter hunts, animal encounters, and campfires are just a few of the possibilities. Our focus is outdoor play and child-led exploration.

Each 3- part program is:
$36 per Member Child
$45 per Non-member Child

Please register with the appropriate link below

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Easter Egg Trees

Tuesday, March 28
4 – 5 p.m.
Create your own beautiful tree as you decorate hand-blown eggs. This is a perfect decoration for your spring table.

This program is:
$15 per Member Child
$20 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here


Members Only Opportunity

Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 1 (Rain Date: April 8) 
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Bundle up for one of the most egg-citing events on the farm! Children from toddlers to teens will “hunt” our beautiful pastures and gardens for hand-dyed eggs. Different areas for each age group and great prizes for all! Please bring a basket and dress for an early spring (aka muddy) farm.

For NPF Family Members Only!

This event is:
$15 per Member Child

Space is limited.

Please Register Here


Mother’s Day Craft (Grades 2-4)

Wednesday, May 10
4 – 5 p.m.
Shhh, it’s a surprise! Let us help your child create a special gift for that special someone this coming Mother’s Day.

This program is:
$15 per Member Child
$20 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here


Father’s Day Craft (Grades 2-4)

Wednesday, June 7
4 – 5 p.m.
Shhh, it’s a surprise! Let us help your child create a special gift for that special someone this coming Father’s Day.

This program is:
$15 per Member Child
$20 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here


EARLY DISMISSAL & APRIL BREAK PROGRAMS
FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Reptile Roundup

Thursday, February 16
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Spend the afternoon with New Pond Farm’s resident reptiles. With a focus on our turtles, snakes, and lizards, we’ll spend our time learning what makes each special. Participants will try their hand at basic animal care duties such as making salads, weighing animals, and providing enrichment.

This program is:
$30 per Member Child
$40 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here


February Break Program

Friday, February 17 This program is now FULL, but we are taking a waiting list
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Get hands-on with some of our live animals. Spend the morning with friends exploring the 102 acres of woodlands and pastures at New Pond Farm. We’ll hike through the forest, scramble over rocks, build shelters, go sledding (keep your fingers crossed!) and enjoy treats around the campfire.

This program is:
$45 per Member Child
$60 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here for the Wait List


April Early Dismissal Day Programs

April 4 – Birds in the Forest
April 5 – Turtles at the Pond
April 6 – Bugs in the Garden
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
School’s out early, why not spend the afternoon at New Pond Farm? Each afternoon will have a different theme, sign up for one, two or all three days.

Each Program is:
$30 per Member Child
$40 per Non-member Child

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April Break Program

April 11 – 14
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
This 4-part program focuses on Outdoor Skills and Adventure. Throughout the week participants will learn how to create shelters, read maps, track animals, build fires, tie knots and so much more!

This 4-part program is:
$180 per Member Child
$240 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here


Middle & High School Students

Junior Staff: Animal Caretaker

Saturdays
February 25, March 18, April 29, May 13, June 10

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Love animals? Come learn the ins and outs of our animal care. Focused on our resident reptiles and amphibians, this is a hands-on program and Jr. Staff will help with feedings, cleanings, health checks, enrichment, and more. Join us for 1 Saturday, all 6, or any number in between!

Each program is:
Free for Members
$10 per Non-member

Please register with the appropriate button below

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Succulents: Terrarium Workshop

Saturday, March 4
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Use your creativity and imagination to design your own terrarium using succulents and other natural materials. Plant stylist Elissa Capetanakis, from Imaginariums by Elissa, will lead you through the steps to create a beautiful, healthy, unique arrangement.

This program is:
$20 per Member
$25 per Non-member

This program is underwritten by the Schroeder Education Fund.

Please Register Here


Cyanotype Prints

Saturday, June 3
2 – 3 p.m.
Come experiment with an early form of printmaking called cyanotype. With a few simple chemicals and water, we will create a light-sensitive solution that is the basis for our art. Using natural materials we collect together, we will capture their silhouettes on paper, fabric, and wood.

This program is:
$15 per Member
$20 per Non-member

Please Register Here


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