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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


December Astronomy

December 11 Cancelled due to clouds, please stay tuned for a future date.
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Bundle up for the parade of planets that awaits you on Astronomy Hill. Come view Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and spectacular Fall constellations: Andromeda, Aries, Cassiopeia, Pegasus, Pisces, and possibly some Early Winter ones too!

We are still using our Covid safety protocols and asking families to continue social distancing. This is an outdoor program, please dress for the weather, but we will have the heat on in the Observatory for one family at a time to warm themselves.

We Are Back to Using our Wonderful Telescope! Masks and social distancing are required while at the scope. We also encourage you to bring binoculars or to borrow a pair of ours as the astronomers explain the wonders of the night sky.

Registration is required, space is limited to 8 families. Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

      $8 per member or $10 per non-member

*Please bring a flashlight for the walk to and from Astronomy Hill, we also recommend bringing a blanket to use while you wait your turn for the scope.


Family Farm Chores Have Returned!

Saturday, December 18 This program is now FULL, but we are taking a wait list
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 to 4 families. Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

December 18
Wait List


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
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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