New Pond Farm 2023

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Registration is required for all programs
(Unless noted otherwise)
Please register online or by calling 203-938-2117

Bio Blitz & City Nature Challenge

Although this has passed, you can see a list of all the discoveries we made with the link below!

Our Discoveries

Saturday, April 27
7am – 7pm

New Pond Farm staff, local naturalists, and friends of the farm will be canvassing the woodlands, wetlands, meadow, and pastures searching for all the flora and fauna we can find. We will make observations and record what we see and hear using the iNaturalist app. Come help us discover the biodiversity of our 102-acres!

There are 3 ways you can get involved:

  1. Download the iNaturalist app and on April 27th go out with friends and family to make observations at New Pond Farm and record your finds.
  2. Join staff and local naturalists during select timeframes as they explore the property making observations and recording their finds. See schedule below.
  3. Stay at home and visit New Pond Farm on iNaturalist. See what has been observed and help verify identifications through the app.

There will be staff on site throughout the day to answer questions, help with the app, suggest places to explore, assist with identification, and more.

We will have equipment to lend if needed, including binoculars, hand lenses, nets, and identification books.

Things to Bring
– Clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather and terrain
– Water and snacks
– Phone, fully charged, with iNaturalist app downloaded
– Identification books, if you have them
– Binoculars, if you have them
– Hand lens, if you have one

Schedule

(We will continue to update as local experts confirm attendance)

7:00am – 7:00pm Welcome tent with NPF Staff – get suggestions on where to make
observations, borrow equipment like binoculars and id books, and learn how to use iNaturalist
7:00am – 9:00am Birding with local naturalist Joe Bear
8:00am – 11:00am Plants and more with local naturalist Cathy Smith
11:00am – 12:30pm Microplastics testing with NPF Board members Tim Keyes and
Bruce Ward
12:30pm – 3:00pm Butterflies and more with local lepidopterist Victor Demasi
2:00pm – 4:00pm Trees and Shrubs with NPF Staff
4:00pm – 6:00pm Amphibians, invertebrates and more with NPF Executive Director
Ann Taylor

No Registration Required!

For the Love of Gardening

Saturday, June 15
Every three years, we partner with the Redding Garden Club to bring you a self-guided tour of several private gardens here in Redding. This year will include a joyful tour of eight exceptional gardens that you won’t want to miss!

Learn More


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