New Pond Farm 2023

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Family Programs

Registration is required for all programs.
(Unless noted otherwise)

Please register online or by calling 203-938-2117

From Prep to Plate – Dairy Delights

Saturday, February 24- Cheese
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
This section is FULL, but we are taking a waiting list.
Challenge your family’s creativity in the kitchen with these hands-on workshops! Join Registered Dietician Jessica Pelletier, and learn the many benefits of dairy products while preparing, experimenting with, and tasting delicious yogurts, butters, and cheeses made with milk from New Pond Farm’s dairy herd.
Each program is:
$30 per Member Family
$35 per Non-member Family

Please register with the appropriate link below

Wait List for February 24
(Cheese)


Members Only Opportunity

Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, March 2
Seating Times:
8:30
(This section is now FULL, but we are taking a waiting list), 9 (This section is now FULL, but we are taking a waiting list), 9:30(This section is now FULL, but we are taking a waiting list), 10 a.m.
Celebrate a delicious New England Tradition! Start the morning with a homemade breakfast of bacon and pancakes topped with fresh berries and our very own maple syrup. Then bundle up and head
down to our Sugar Shed to watch the farmers as they boil down the next batch of sap from our sugar maple trees.
Members Only! $10 per person, children 3 and under are free ($30 max. per family)

Please register with the appropriate link below

8:30
Wait List
9
Wait List
9:30
Wait List
10


Stargazing

Friday, March 8
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Come out to Astronomy Hill for a low-tech night of stargazing. With chairs, blankets, and mugs
of hot cocoa, we will turn our gaze skyward in search of late winter constellations. Part science,
part folklore – this relaxed evening will include the sharing of myths and legends behind common
constellations.
*This program is designed for adults and families with school aged children

$10 per member,
$12 per non-member

Please Register Here

Gardening Basics: Drop-In Programs

Saturday, March 16 – Planting Cold Weather Crops
Sunday, May 19 – Spring Planting
Saturday, June 8 – Garden Tasks: Feeding, Staking, Thinning and more
2 – 4 p.m.
Stop by our vegetable garden to learn some of the many ways you can grow food for you and your family. Come just to observe and ask questions, or get your hands dirty and help out.

Free

No Registration Required!


Astronomy: Viewing the Night Sky

March 16, 8 p.m.
April 13, 8:30 p.m.
May 17, 9 p.m.
June 15 9 p.m.

Join our knowledgeable team of volunteer astronomers out on Astronomy Hill for views of constellations, star clusters, planets, and more!

Gaze through telescopes, hear stories about the stars, watch a short slide presentation, ask deep
questions, and connect with other night sky enthusiasts.

This is an outdoor program, please dress for the weather and be prepared for a short walk from the parking lot out to the Observatory.

Each program is:
$10 per member,
$12 per non-member

Please register with the appropriate link below

March 16April 13May 17June 15

Egg Decorating Using Natural Dyes

Sunday, March 17 This program is now FULL, but we are taking a waiting list
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Join NPF Educator Kristina Scaviola as she leads your family through the steps to create uniquely dyed eggs utilizing natural materials. While the dye sets, go on a farm tour featuring our own friendly flock of chickens. Kristina will share the origin of this style of egg dying through the lens of her Latvian culture as well as share some Latvian language and lore.

For all ages.

$15 per member family,
$20 per non-member family

Please Register Here for the Wait List


Members Only Opportunity

Farm Chores

Weekends:
Sunday,  March 17
Saturday, April 13
Sunday, May 5
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Dress for the outdoors and join farmers Mike or Rachel as they complete daily farm chores. Get a first-hand look at everything it takes to keep our chickens, sheep, and cows happy and healthy.

Members Only!

$15 per family

Please register with the appropriate link below

March 17April 13May 5


Members Only Opportunity

Spring Equinox Campfire

Wednesday, March 20
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Join us around the campfire as we celebrate the Spring Equinox with treats and stories. We will consider what the change of seasons means for the natural world and share what it means to us.

Members Only!

Free

Registration required.

Please Register Here

It’s a Solar Eclipse!

Monday, April 8
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. On April 8, a total solar eclipse will cross North America and Connecticut will see 95% coverage (weather permitting). Come to New Pond Farm and experience this magical event alongside our team of astronomers. Safety is critical when viewing an eclipse. We will have specialized filters on our telescopes as well as safety glasses to share.

Free.

Registration is required, space is limited.

Please Register Here


Members Only Opportunity

Peeper Patrol

Friday, April 26 This section is now FULL, but we are taking a waiting list.
OR
Saturday, April 27 This section is now FULL, but we are taking a waiting list.

7 – 8:30 p.m.
Put on your rubber boots and grab your flashlight, we are going out to look for amphibians! This annual event is great fun for the whole family. We will search the edges of the marsh and surrounding wetlands for spring peepers, green frogs, pickerel frogs, and more!

Members Only!

$15 per family

Please register with the appropriate link below

April 26
Wait List
April 27
Wait List


Hiking 101

Saturday, May 11
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Have you always wanted to take your family for a hike in the woods but were worried about someone getting lost, hurt, hungry, or bored?

Join NPF Educator Kristina Scaviola for a fun and easy family hike where she will cover the basics of following trail signs and hiker safety, while sharing helpful tips for snacks and activities to keep everyone energized and engaged.

$10 per member family,
$20 per non-member family

Please Register Here


Members Only Opportunity

Family Campout

Saturday, May 18, 6 p.m. –
Sunday, May 19, 11 a.m.
Join us for a fun-filled evening that includes a night hike, treats around the campfire, night sky viewing, and a celebration of our nocturnal neighbors! Wake up with the sunrise, then join our farmers for morning chores, followed by a light breakfast.

Members Only!

$80 per family, space is limited

Please Register Here


World Turtle Day Celebration: Animal Meet and Greet

Thursday, May 23
1 – 2 p.m. OR

4 – 5 p.m.
Join us in a celebration of the world’s turtles. Come meet our resident turtles and tortoises and learn what makes each special.

Free.

Registration required

1-2 p.m.4-5 p.m.

Members Only Opportunity

Visit A Hive

Take a personal tour of a honeybee hive! Put on bee suits and join our resident beekeeper, Ann Murray, as she inspects one of our working hives! Ann is an inspirational educator and longtime champion of honeybees. In this one-hour program you are guaranteed to be fascinated by these hardworking pollinators! This program is available for a parent and up to three family members.
Timing will be arranged.

Members Only!

$50 per member family

If you are interested in participating in this program, please email us at info@newpondfarm.org