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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


Wreath Making for Families

In accordance with advisories from the CDC and our local health department, we have made a few adjustments.

Unfortunately we will not be able to gather together to listen to carols, catch up with friends, and share our traditional festive evenings of Wreath Making!

Do Not Despair!! We will have your wreath rings, wire paddles, beautiful fresh greens, bows, picks, and accent pieces ready and waiting for you!

Once you’re registered, we’ll arrange a time when our staff members (in their favorite holiday masks and gloves) will be socially distanced to guide you and your family as you put together your own “wreath-making kit”, which will include the items mentioned above along with simple instructions on how to create your very own spectacular wreath!

The greens will be pre-bagged, but please bring your own bag or bin for the rest of your materials.

We can’t wait for a happier and healthier 2021 when we can all be together again!

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 203-938-2117.

With warmest regards,

The Elves of New Pond Farm

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

Remaining Spaces are Limited,
Please Call 203-938-2117 to Register.


Family Outdoor Activities

Fall is the perfect season to get outside and
we have several flexible options for you!

In response to the impact of COVID-19 on the reopening of 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.

OPTION #1: 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 8 participants, 90-minute program
    $75 per member group and $90 per non-member group
OPTION #2: Arrange a Drop-Off Program for 6 Friends
Ages 6-10*
Up to 6 participants, 90-minute program
    $20 per member child and $25 per non-member child
    (Program minimum $80 for members/$100 for non-members)

OPTION #3: Customized Program for Your Group or Family
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Give us a call or take a look at some of our wonderful school programs, which we can adjust for families or small home-school groups.
    $100 minimum for custom programs.

View Our School Programs Here


How It Works:
Choose a time that fits your schedule September-November: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; Saturdays: September 26, October 3 or 31, and November 14; some Sunday slots are also available
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 updated Fall 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). * We will need a form from each Friend 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 up 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 as you gather your very favorites, make leaf creatures, and create solar prints (sunshine permitting).

Feathers & Scales, Talons & Tails
Using some of our favorite live animals (large and 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!

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.

Life in the Longhouse
Travel the woodland path to our authentically recreated encampment, complete with a thatched longhouse and barked wigwam. Sit by the fire on deerskin-covered logs and explore ways that our local tribes lived off the land. Learn about shelters, food gathering, hunting, cooking, clothing, and roles of family members.

Sensational Seeds
As we collect a variety of seeds on the property, we will learn about their amazing strategies for dispersal – do they fly on the wind, travel on animal fur, float on the water, get eaten and “planted” by birds, or buried by squirrels? Your seed collection will then be used to create a seasonal work of art.

Perfectly Productive Pollinators
Our gardens and meadow are teaming with beautiful butterflies, beetles, and honey bees, all doing their part to pollinate our fall wildflowers. Search our asters and goldenrods to see how many pollinators you can find, stop by one of our active beehives to observe our tireless worker bees, and make a pollinator craft to take home!

Redding and our surrounding towns have joined the Pollinator Pathway and we will share some fun ideas of how your family can help to Save Our Pollinators! (Best before the first frost)

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 Mondays, recommended for ages 8 and up or a family group.

    Limited to 6 participants, all equipment will be provided.

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

To reserve a family/group program,
please email Gwen Denny at gwen@newpondfarm.org.

All requests must be made at least a week in advance.



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


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