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

Please read our protocols before registering.

Updated Safety Protocols
Note: Programs are limited to 8 participants (unless noted)

General ProgramsSchedule Your Own


Hawks & Fall Migration

Friday, October 1
7 – 8 pm

Registration Required
Join Greenwich Audubon’s Bird Education Specialist, Ryan MacLean, for a virtual presentation on hawks and hawk migration. Ryan will explain what to look for through our binoculars as we gaze skyward during one of nature’s spectacular annual events. This program is perfectly timed because October is a peak month for hawk watching! Ryan will also share some favorite viewing sites like Huntington State Park and perhaps (for our members) our own pastures!
The program will be hosted via Zoom. Registered participants will receive an invitation on the day of the program.

This program is recommended for adults & families

    $10 per member family, $15 per non-member family

Please Register Here


Leave No Trace Awareness Hike

Saturday, October 2
10 – 11 a.m.
Join us for a fantastic hike in celebration of the season! We will explore one of our woodland trails while learning about Leave No Trace hiking. LNT is a national organization that teaches people of all ages how to have a minimum impact when they are enjoying the great outdoors. Their “seven principles” reflect the latest insights from conservationists, land managers, park rangers, and other leaders in outdoor education. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

FREE

Registration is required, spaces are limited.

Please Register Here


Pumpkin People

Saturday, October 2
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Create your very own “pumpkin person” under the direction of our very own Board Member, Deb Rakich! Proudly display your finished product and you will be the talk of the neighborhood! Your trick or treaters will enjoy being greeted by this unique sculpture by your doorway.

All materials will be provided.

Limited to 6 families (1 pumpkin person per family)

$65 per member family, $75 per non-member family

Please Register Here


Astronomy

Saturday, October 9
7 – 8 p.m.

Weather permitting, we will use binoculars and the unaided eye to view Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and spectacular Fall constellations: Andromeda, Aries, Cassiopeia, Pegasus, Pisces, and more!

Please bring your binoculars and a flashlight for the walk to and from the parking lot. Chairs will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own or a blanket to sit on.

 $8 per member, $10 per non-member

Registration is required, space is limited to 20 participants.

Please Register Here


Evening Woodland Walk

Saturday, October 23
Every 30-minutes, beginning at 4:30p.m., the last walk leaves at 7:30p.m.

Wear your costumes (if you’d like) and join our Halloween guides as you wind your way through
our enchanted woodlands learning about our fascinating furred and feathered nocturnal neighbors. Our mounted specimens, including a raccoon, owls, and even a bear, will be here to greet you!

Glowing pumpkins and your guides will help to light your way. No tricks but plenty of delicious treats — including our farm-fresh hot chocolate! Recommended for goblins ten and under.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Group sizes will be a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8. As with all of our programs, every family must sign a waver, have protective masks (vs. a Halloween mask) in place, and practice social distancing. We are doing our best to keep everyone safe!

Guided walks are roughly an hour and leave every 30-minutes, beginning at 4:30p.m., the last walk leaves at 7:30p.m.

$12 per member, $15 per non-member (ages 3 and under are free)

Registration is a must, no walk-ins or strollers.

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

4:30 is now FULL and only a few spots left at 5pm


7:30 p.m.


Woodland Indian Celebration

Saturday, November 6
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Have you ever wondered about how Woodland Indians lived in CT year-round? Join our staff for a wonderful morning of learning. Visit our wigwam and longhouse, sit by the fire and enjoy freshly made cornbread and maple syrup, try traditional chores like grinding corn and scraping a deer hide, visit our museum and discover authentic hammerstones, projectile points, and more!

Registration is required, spaces are limited to 3 families. Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

Please Register Here


November Astronomy

Saturday, November 6
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
A parade of planets awaits you on Astronomy Hill. Come view Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and spectacular Fall constellations: Andromeda, Aries, Cassiopeia, Pegasus, Pisces, and more! Dress for the weather, and bring binoculars if you have them.

 $8 per member, $10 per non-member

Registration is required, space is limited to 20 participants.

Please Register Here


Family Farm Chores Have Returned!

Sunday, November 7 or
Saturday, December 18
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Help our farmers, Mike and Rachel, with their chores as you meet members of our dairy herd and flocks of chickens and sheep. Collect eggs from our coop, watch the afternoon milking, and discover the many careful steps it takes to get our milk pasteurized, and safely into our refrigerator!
Members only!$10 per family
Registration is required, spaces are limited. Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

November 7
December 18


‘tis the Season of Gingerbread and Snow Globes

Saturday, December 4
12 – 2 p.m.
Our infinitely talented board member, Deb Rakich, will help you to create an imaginative snow globe and fill it with your very own freshly baked gingerbread family and scenery, along with sugar crystal snow, and beautiful holiday ribbons for Christmas or Hanukkah.

Registration is required, spaces are limited. Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

$40 per member family, $50 per non-member family

Please Register Here


Family Wreath Making

Saturday, December 4
3 – 5 p.m.
An assortment of fresh greens, holly, seed pods, ribbons, and adornments will be waiting for your family as you work together to create a one-of- a-kind wreath. Your final product is guaranteed will bring joy to you, and your guests during this festive season.

All materials will be provided, please bring work gloves, clippers, and a mask.

Limit 1 wreath per family

$65 per member family, $75 per non-member family

Registration is required, spaces are limited. Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

Please Register Here


Caroling at the Farm

Saturday, December 4 FULL, but we are taking a wait list
or
Sunday, December 5
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Begin the holiday season on a joyous note. Join us as we are led in song by talented local musicians. Homemade cookies and farm fresh hot chocolate will be served!

    Members only $10 per person (over the age of 3)

Registration is required, seating is limited

December 4 Wait List December 5


Family Outdoor Activities

To help get everyone outside
we have several flexible programs for you!

In response to the impact of COVID-19 on the area schools, your unexpectedly fluid schedules, and keeping everyone’s safety in mind, we are offering the following menu of hands-on outdoor activities for your immediate family or your friend group

Arrange a Program for Families & Friend Groups with at least one adult – Great for home-school groups and children of any age with a parent!
Up to 12 participants, 90-minute program
$100 per member group, $120 per Non-member group
**
Drop-off programs also available, please contact us for more details


How It Works:

Time blocks will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.
• All participants will be required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing.
• Please dress for the weather- programs will be held outside whenever possible. If they move inside due to rain, participants will be appropriately distanced in our classrooms.
• Pre-read our most recent Activities Form for COVID protocols.
• A parent/guardian will be asked to sign our Release Form on the day of each program (one per family).
• Pre-registration and payment are required.
• One-week cancellation is required for refunds.

The Wonder of Leaves
Our woodlands are like a festival of trees! Join us for a walk on the trails and discover why and how our trees’ leafy food factories are shutting down for winter and taking on the colors of the rainbow. Learn how to identify several types of leaves (and their trees) as you gather your very favorites to make a seasonal craft when we return to the Learning Center.

Feathers & Scales, Talons & Tails
Using some of our favorite live animals (large & small), and mounted specimens, we will help you to become nature detectives so you can discover some of the fascinating adaptations that are necessary for survival!


Life in the Longhouse
Travel the woodland path to our authentically recreated encampment, complete with a thatched longhouse and barked wigwam. Enjoy fresh cornbread by the fire on deerskin-covered log and explore ways local tribes lived off the land. Learn about shelters, food gathering, hunting, cooking, clothing, and roles of the family members. We will end by playing some fun Native American Games.


Fly Casting
What a perfect time to get hooked on the lifelong sport of fly-fishing! Learn how to cast a fly line in the field, then head down to the pond and see what impact having the line in the water has on your casting process.
Please note this program is not offered on Sundays or Mondays, recommended for ages 8 and up or a family group. Limited to 6 participants, all equipment will be provided.


Nature Scavenger Hunt
Explore our woodlands and meadows, learn about our wild neighbors, and search for clues they have left behind. It’s a terrific time to be outside to witness the many seasonal changes.


Skeletons & Skulls
We have the bones, we just need sharp-eyed detectives to solve some mysteries- do the bones belong to a raccoon, a fox, perhaps a coyote or bear, maybe an owl? Learn how to identify bones you might discover in the woods. Dissect an owl pellet and see if you can find out what the owl had for dinner!


Our Furry & Feathered Friends
Meet some of our friends who call our property home while taking a walk on one of our many trails. With both live and mounted specimens, Learn about where they live, what they eat, and how they might be getting ready for winter.

Or…Choose any of our wonderful school field trip programs, descriptions can be found here

To schedule a program please email Gwen Denny (gwen@newpondfarm.org)
or call (203) 938-2117


Please take a look at some of the educational videos and nature activities we have put together- including our monthly Nature Explorers.


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