New Pond Farm


Special Programs

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

Arsenic & Old Lace

Saturday, November 13
First Church of Christ, Congregational
7 – 8:30 p.m.

A New York drama critic’s life is turned upside down when he discovers that his two spinster aunts have taken to poisoning their gentleman house guests and burying them in the cellar. This quirky Broadway comedy was written in 1941. We will be presenting a one-hour radio version of the play with live music by David Morgan and sound effects by Fred Newman. Directed by Nancy Ponturo and starring talented actors Nancy and Bob Ponturo, Katy Dobbs and Fred Newman, Annie Evans and Marty Robinson, Julia Levo, Jeffrey Rossman, Cooper Smithers, and Don Striano.

Weather permitting, after the performance we hope you will join the actors for an outdoor gathering for tasty libations, Lady Baltimore Cakes, and lively conversations!

This in-person evening for adults is:
$50 per member, $60 per non-member

Space is limited, registration is required.

Registration is Now CLOSED

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 (
or call (203) 938-2117

Please take a look at some of the nature activities and videos we have put together.

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