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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.

Updated Safety Protocols

Ages 3 – 5Elementary SchoolMiddle & High SchoolSpring BreakSummer Opportunities


Students Ages 3 – 5

Spring Stories & Outdoor Adventures

Tuesday, April 6 or 20
Tuesday May 11 or 25
All programs are FULL, but we are taking a wait list for each
10 – 11 a.m.

Join “Miss Lisa”, from the Mark Twain Library, for stories about the farm and animals in nature. Then join our staff for a program that features something special that was featured in the stories.

All programs will be held outside when the weather allows. If we encounter inclement weather we will move to an inside space that will allow for proper social distancing.

Children must be accompanied by an adult and dressed for the outdoors.

Group size is limited to 4 children/adult pairs

    Each program is $8 per member child with an adult, $10 per non-member child with an adult

Please register with the appropriate link below or by calling (203) 938-2117.

April 20 Wait ListMay 11 Wait ListMay 25 Wait List


Scavenger Hunt & Hike

Tuesday, May 18 This program is now FULL, but we are taking a waiting list
10 – 11 a.m.
Join Program Director, Tim Laughlin, for a scavenger hunt. Hike our pasture loop looking for signs of nature found along the way, perhaps our wild neighbors will have left a few clues for you to discover!

Children must be accompanied by an adult and dressed for the outdoors.

Group size is limited to 4 children/adult pairs

$8 per member child with an adult, $10 per non-member child with an adult

Please Join the Wait List Here


Elementary School Students


Spring Vacation Adventures

Monday – Friday, April 12 – 16
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Spring has sprung and it’s time to make new discoveries!! Dress for exploring and join us for an action-packed week of outdoor fun for children ages 6-8 and 9-12. Nature Hikes, Scavenger Hunts, Animal Extravaganzas, Spring Farm Celebrations, and more!
We can’t wait to see you!

This week-long program is $200 per member, $250 per non-member

Ages 6-8 Wait List FULL, but we are taking a wait list
Ages 9-12 Spaces are still available!


Make Your Own Seed Paper!

Thursday, April 22
4 – 5 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day with a craft that can be planted on your property. We will be using seeds from sunflowers and native wildflowers so that when they bloom they will help the pollinators.
What a great gift to give back to “Mother Earth”!

Limited to 6 participants

    $8 per member child, $10 per non-member child

Please Register Here


SCHOOL’S OUT EARLY — LET’S HAVE FUN!

Each Program is limited to 8 participants
$8 per member child, $10 per non-member child

Piglets to Tadpoles

Wednesday, April 28 This program is FULL, but we are taking a waiting list
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

It’s time to forget about the snow and ice and to celebrate signs of spring! Let’s search our woodlands, wetlands, and animal paddocks for emerging plants and young animals. Dress for the weather conditions.

Please Join the Wait List Here


Chicken and the Egg

Thursday, April 29
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Just in time to visit the chicken coop to see the new chicks, the chickens, and if there is any activity in the egg laying boxes. Learn about the chicken’s egg laying schedule, their feeding areas, potential intruders and where the eggs go once collected.

Please Register Here


Bees and Bugs

Friday, April 30
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Find out what all the “BUZZ” is about! See an active beehive, learn about its new inhabitants and how they got to the farm. Then take a short walk looking for evidence of “bug” activities, both on land and in the water!

Please Register Here

Wednesday Explorers!

May Dates: 5, 12, and 19
3:30 – 5 p.m.
We’ve been having so much fun with our Wednesday afternoon programs, we’re continuing them through the Spring! Explorers will head out onto our 102-acre property to make exciting seasonal discoveries.

Once again, we will limit group sizes and programs will take place outdoors or in one of our indoor spaces with plenty of distance. Masks will be worn unless we are in an outdoor area where we can be spaced safely apart.

Each Month: $75 per member child, $90 per non-member child

Please register with the appropriate link below or by calling (203) 938-2117.

6 to 8-year-olds

May

9 to 12-year-olds

Only a few spaces left!

May


Creating Gifts for Mother’s Day!

Thursday, May 6 Only A few spaces left!
4 – 5 p.m.
Let us help you in preparing two wonderful gifts to be given to a special person in your life. Your creations will show how much you appreciate
everything she does for you and your family.

Limited to 6 participants

$10 per member child, $14 per non-member child

Please Register Here

Make Gifts for Dad!

Wednesday, June 16 This program is now FULL, but we are taking a waiting list
4 – 5 p.m.
Join us in creating two handmade gifts that will help Dad remember the important things on his “to do” list. He will certainly put them to good use!

Limited to 6 participants Only a few spaces left

$10 per member child, $14 per non-member child

Please Join the Wait List Here

Middle and High School Students

After School Animal Care Workshop

Tuesday April 27 or
Tuesday May 25 Only a few spaces left
4 – 5 p.m.

Join a member of our staff for a workshop on how to feed and handle the amphibians and reptiles in 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 out after school or on weekends.

Each program is limited to 2 student/adult teams.
Participants under 18 years-old must come with a parent or guardian.

FREE

Please register with the appropriate link below or by calling (203) 938-2117.

AprilMay


Letterboxing Scavenger Hunts

Tuesday May 4 or
Thursday May 27
4  – 5 p.m.
Join us up on the trails for a unique scavenger hunt format called Letterboxing. Following specific geographical directions to a “hidden”
letterbox where you will discover a new set of directions, and continue the process until you complete the hunt. Thinking skills are required!

These programs are each limited to 8 participants

These drop-off programs are each $8 per member, $10 per non-member.

May 4May 27


Art Week
For Elementary & Middle School Students

While your child/children join us for the program, browse through the art show upstairs in our Gathering Place and Common Room.
Each program is limited to 6 participants

Nature’s Paintbrushes

Monday, June 7
4 – 5 p.m.
Make your own paintbrushes using twigs, leaves, and grasses then have fun practicing your drawing and calligraphy on a “magic” disappearing cloth.

$10 per member child, $14 per non-member child

Please Register Here


Shadow Boxes

Tuesday, June 8
4 – 5 p.m.
Create a unique shadow box using natural materials gathered from the farm and layered with photographs of landscape scenery and animals.

$10 per member child, $14 per non-member child

Please Register Here


Earth Art

Wednesday, June 9
4 – 5 p.m.

Simply using our hands for tools and found natural objects for art supplies, the earth becomes a blank canvas upon which to create these beautiful ephemeral works of art.

$10 per member child, $14 per non-member child

Please Register Here


Flower Wall Hangings

Thursday, June 10
4 – 5 p.m.
Experiment with natural pigments in flower stems, petals, and leaves. These we will artfully arrange on cloth and hammer into a beautiful fluttering wall hanging to take home.

$10 per member child, $14 per non-member child

Please Register Here


Fairy Gardens

Friday, June 11 This program is now FULL, but we are talking a waiting list
4 – 5 p.m.

Plant a garden for your resident fairies using natural materials and miscellaneous bits and pieces. These we will fashion into a charming landscape design that you can transplant to your own backyard.

$10 per member child, $14 per non-member child

Please Join the Wait List Here


SUMMER TIME FUN

Six one-week-long opportunities are available
to children ages 6-8 and 9-12
Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
June 21 – 25, June 28 – July 2, July 12 – 16,
July 26 – 30, August 2 – 6, and August 9 – 13

    Our 102-acre outdoor classroom, with its woodlands, wetlands, meadows, pastures, and barnyard, will be ours to explore! Every morning will be filled to the brim with hands-on outdoor adventures based on the theme of the day.

Search the stream for crayfish, explore the pond for tadpoles, get up close and personal with our turtles, frogs and other program animals, build survival shelters, learn about woodland Indians, visit with our farm animals, plant and harvest in the gardens, do some nature crafting, play fun conservation games, and so much more. This summer program includes two opportunities to swim in our crystal-clear pool, under the supervision of a lifeguard. Young explorers will leave us as nature detectives and nature defenders!

All programs are designed to be held outside (rain or shine), however in the event of extreme weather we will move inside to large well-ventilated spaces that allow for social distancing.

    Each week is $275 per member, $325 per non-member
    (includes daily snacks, a t-shirt, & two swims)

Please register with the appropriate link below or by calling (203) 938-2117.

6 to 8-year-olds

Only a few spaces left for August 2 – 6

June 21 – 25June 28 – July 2July 12 – 16July 26 – 30August 2 – 6August 9 – 13

Don’t miss our educational videos and nature activities – including our NEW monthly Nature Explorers.


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