Registration is required for all programs.
Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.
PARENT & CHILD GARDENING!
Get Down to Earth! Gardening Plots for Parents and Children
Memorial Day (May 31) – Labor Day (September 6)
This year, we are offering a limited number of garden plots and a special opportunity for parents to introduce their children to the wonders of gardening! Your 3’ x 6’ plot will be within our fenced-in vegetable garden.
What our farmers are offering you:
• Richly fertilized and roto-tilled soil
• Access to fresh water
• A team of encouraging volunteer advisors, if you need help
What our farmers are asking of you:
• A current updated Family membership (or higher) to the Education Center
• To consider planting seeds from this recommended list: radishes, beets, lettuce, carrots, or basil (please no vining plants – the plot size is to small)
• An agreement to weed and water at least 3-times a week (a daily basis is preferred)
• Your commitment will run from Memorial Day to Labor Day, after which time the gardens will be “put to bed”
By becoming a part of this cooperative gardening community, you will meet fellow enthusiasts and be required to work together to meet your responsibilities
NPF Members Only
Registration is required by Wednesday May 26
Orientation meeting TBA
$150 per Member family
Saturday, June 19, 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. CANCELLED due to cloudy skies
Weather permitting, we will use binoculars and the unaided eye to view Venus, the Moon, summer constellations: Hercules, Cygnus, Lyra, and the Summer Triangle (Vega, Altair, and Deneb).
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.
This program is limited to 20 participants.
$5 per member, $8 per non-member
More Programs Coming Soon!
Family Outdoor Activities
To help get everyone outside
we have several flexible options for you!
Spring 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 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
Up to 12 participants, 90-minute program
$90 per member group, $100 per Non-member group
Up to 8 participants, 90-minute program
$90 per member group, $100 per Non-member group
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 updated Spring 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.
Eastern Woodland Indians
Visit our longhouse and wigwam. Learn about Woodland Indian: family life, what they wore, how they cooked, what they ate, and games played. Sample traditional foods while sitting in a Woodland Indian kitchen.
Become a member of the Bug Squad! Using nets, bug boxes, and magnifying glasses we will hunt for, examine, and observe a fantastic variety of insects in our pollinator meadow, wetlands, and gardens.
Learn about life cycles, food chains, and the important roles insects play in nature and in our lives as pollinators, decomposers, and more!
Learn about the Pollinator-Pathway initiative right here in Redding and neighboring towns.
Moo, cluck, baa, oink! Meet our cows, chickens, sheep, and pigs and learn about what’s on their menu, where they sleep, and their activities on the farm. Then meet our smallest members of our livestock: honey bees! Visit a hive and learn about all the inner dynamics that are taking place amongst the specialized players who live inside!
From crayfish to salamanders and turtles to tadpoles, let’s discover who actually lives in our stream, pond, and marsh and try to figure out why they select these different habitats. Learn about the parade of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians that just visit these wetland areas.
Help us to do some problem solving-what happens to these creatures during times of high and low water? Please wear clothes and shoes that can get get!
Two different options exist: the first for younger participants ages 3-6 and the second for ages 7 and up. Younger scavenger hunters will focus on “hunting” along the farm road loop while more advanced hunters will
venture up to the trails on the hill. Watch the excitement level increase on either pathway they are on. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
If you would like to view samples of past programs, our past calendars can be found here