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Children’s Programs

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)

Nature Explorers (Ages 3-5)

Tuesdays October 4, 11, & 18
1 – 2 p.m.
Drop off your preschooler for three afternoons of outdoor exploration and nature discoveries. They will reap the benefits of the time spent in nature as we explore the forest, fields, pond, and stream.

This 3-part program is:
$24 per Member Child, $30 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here


October Stories & Outdoor Adventures for Toddlers & Young Children

October 25, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Join “Miss Lisa” from The Mark Twain Library, for stories about the Fall season, nature, or the farm. Then join a member of our staff for a program that brings the themes to life. All programs will be held outside when weather allows.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Group size is limited.

Each program is:
    $8 per Member Child/Adult team, $10 per Non-member Child/Adult team.

Please Register Here


Winter Stories by the Fire

Saturday, December 17This program is FULL, but we are taking a waiting list
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join our new Program Director, Emily Ciffone, for some great holiday stories down at the warming shed along with a few holiday refreshments.

This program is:
$10 per Member Child, $14 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here for the Wait List


Elementary School Students

(These are drop-off programs unless otherwise noted)

GRADES K-2

Nature Explorers

Thursdays, October 6, October 13, & October 20
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Join us for this 3-part series full of outdoor adventure. 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.

This 3-part program is:
    $24 per Member Child, $36 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here


Fall Leaf Craft

Saturday, October 22
10 – 11 a.m.
Join us as we gather an assortment of fall leaves to turn into colorful, creative nature collages.

This program is:
$8 per Member Child, $12 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here


Making Wildlife Feeders

Saturday, October 29
10 – 11 a.m.
Come build a simple wildlife feeder! Together we will drill holes and fill them with a tasty and nutritious treat. Take your feeder home to feed the bluejays, chickadees, nuthatches, squirrels, and other creatures in your neighborhood. Note: nuts and nut products will be used during this program.

This program is:
    $10 per Member Child, $14 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here


Nature Prepares for Winter

Saturday, November 5
10 – 11 a.m.
Skunks, bears, foxes, and other wild neighbors are busy preparing for the cold weather ahead. Discover some of the clever strategies they use to survive the harsh winter and then meet some of our reptiles and amphibians in our animal room!

This program is:
    $8 per Member Child, $12 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here

GRADES 3-5

Nature Explorers

Wednesdays September 28, October 5, & October 12
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Join us for this 3-part series full of outdoor adventure. 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.

This 3-part program is:
$24 per Member Child, $36 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here


Annual Pumpkin Carving & Decorating

Wednesday, October 19
4 – 5 p.m.

Join a member of our staff as we help you tap into your creative skills to carve and/or decorate a unique Halloween pumpkin to take home.
All materials, including pumpkins, will be provided.

This program is:
$10 per Member Child, $14 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here


Children’s Introduction to Tai Chi

Saturday, October 22
12 – 1 p.m.
Join Deby Goldenberg for a lesson that will show you how to use Tai Chi exercises to release stagnant energy, improve circulation, and train your brain to use left and right hemispheres equally. Have fun, use your voice to count out loud, breathe lots of fresh air and walk away feeling refreshed and energized! This is an outdoor program, please dress for the weather.

This program is:
    $8 per Member Child, $12 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here


Festive Seasonal Crafts

Saturday, December 3
10 – 11 a.m.

Join us as we create traditional garlands, enchanting snowmen and gnomes. It’s sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit! All materials will be provided.

This program is:
    $10 per Member Child, $14 per Non-member Child

Please Register Here

FOUR-PART PROGRAM DURING R.E.S CONFERENCES

FUN-FILLED AFTERNOONS OF ACTIVITIES!
ALL PROGRAMS ARE 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

This program is now FULL, but we are taking a waiting list

This 4-part series is: $64 per member child, $80 per non-member child
Group size is limited and programs will be held outside weather permitting, if needed, we will move inside due to unfavorable weather.

Adventures in Science

Tuesday, November 15
Calling all budding scientists! Join us for an afternoon exploring basic principles in chemistry and physics while we build and launch homemade rockets. We will be using common household materials so you can continue the fun at home.

Animal Adventures

Wednesday, November 16
Get hands-on with some of our live animals. We will spend the afternoon learning how to handle, feed, and provide enrichment for our reptile friends.

Outdoor Adventures

Thursday, November 17
With binoculars, collection boxes, and field guides in hand, we will spend the afternoon searching for some of the animals that call our property home. As a group, we’ll decide if we want to scoop on the pond, dig through the leaf litter, search trees, scan the skies or better yet, do them all!

Art is an Adventure

Friday, November 18
Together we will hunt the property for materials we can use to create unique pieces of art. Creativity leads the way as we turn sticks, stones, feathers, bark, and other treasures into one-of-a-kind nature art.

Please Register Here for the Waiting List

Middle and High School Students


Animal Care Workshop!

Tuesday, October 11 This program is now FULL, but we are taking a waiting list
OR
Tuesday, October 18
4:15 – 5 p.m.
Join a member of our staff for an introduction to feeding and handling a selection of friends from our wildlife room. We are always eager to train responsible individuals to help our staff with daily feedings! We are looking for volunteers that are comfortable with our program animals and available to help after school or on weekends, come see what’s involved..

This program is:
FREE — Participants under 18 years old must come with a parent or guardian.
Space is limited to 2 child/adult teams.

Please Register Here for the Oct. 11 Wait List Please Register Here for Oct. 18


Cyanotype Prints

Saturday, October 29
1 – 2 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:
$10 per Member, $14 per Non-member

Space is limited.

Please Register Here

Don’t miss our educational videos and nature activities.


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