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The Children's Museum in West Hartford

Nature Programs, Hikes & Events


Winter Tree ID
Until March 3

All About Owls
Until March 31

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs
Until April 15

Bird Nests
Until April 30

Spring Wildflowers
Until May 15

Frog & Toad in CT
Until May 31

The Bear Facts
Until June 15

 


Along Our Trails
Scavenger Hunts

The Nature Center is posting
a series of nature scavenger hunts
along our trails to add to your enjoyment. 
Scavenger hunt maps are available at the
front door of the Nature Center.

DONATIONS WELCOME!





Roaring Brook Nature Center
Valentine Packages!

Looking for a unique gift for that special animal lover in your life?
Do you want to help support the resident wildlife at Roaring Brook Nature Center?
  Look no further.

To order, call the Nature Center 860-693-0263 or email

Limited availability. Pick up only.

Profit from packages will go towards the animals' care!

 

Children's Friendship Package
$30 each

Includes:

a picture of chosen animal,

a letter from the animal,

species information and their story,

a heart shaped crayon,

coloring pages, and

craft materials with instructions.




Adult's Love Our Animals Package
$30 each

Includes:

a picture of chosen animal,

species information and their story,

link to an RBNC Wildlife Jeopardy,

an RBNC bumper sticker,

and "Giving in Numbers"
(what your money supports)


Friday - Sunday
February 12 - 13
Regular admission hours

Love Our Animals Fundraiser

The animals who call Roaring Brook Nature Center home would love to see you over Valentine’s Day weekend. Bring them a homemade valentine card for your favorite animal and if you can, a little present to show them how much you care.

Click on their Wish List to see what they may like

Make a Donation to Support Our Animals

Click Here to Purchase a RodentPro Gift Card

Click here to view our Amazon Wishlist
to find needed items for our animals


Cost: Donations readily accepted in lieu of admission.

 


Saturday
February 27
7 pm — 8:15 pm

Under the ‘Snow’ Moon Night Hike

Join us for a guided walk under a full moon. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Snow Moon because the heaviest snows usually fell during this time of the year. Since hunting is difficult, this moon has also been known by some tribes as the Full Hunger Moon, since the harsh weather made hunting difficult.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight

Cost: $10 each / $30 family of four

MASKS & RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

To register for this hike, click here


Groups limited to 12 people

Program may be subject to change or cancellation
if conditions require


Sunday
March 14
12-1   and   2-3 pm

Maple Sugaring in Your Own Backyard

Our annual demonstration teaches you how to make maple syrup the easy way. We’ll cover the entire process from identifying the tree to the best part – tasting the final product.

Cost: $10 each / $30 family of four

MASKS & RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

To register for the 12- 1 pm program, click here

To register for the 2- 3 pm program, click here

Groups limited to 12 people

Program may be subject to change or cancellation
if conditions require

 


Friday
March 19
11 am

Frogs of Spring
VIRTUAL Program

The wood frogs are waking up from their long winter’s frozen nap and other amphibians will soon be waking up as well. Join us as we celebrate these remarkable creatures. Listen to stories about frogs and salamanders.

Program is free. Donations appreciated.

Click here at 11 am on March 19 to join this program.


 

 


Saturday
March 20
10 am

Spring Equinox Hike

In Hartford, the spring equinox occurs on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 5:37 am. Join us to celebrate the beginning of astronomical spring. Look for signs of spring on our trails.

Cost: $10 each / $30 family of four

MASKS & RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

To register for this hike, click here


Groups limited to 12 people

Program may be subject to change or cancellation
if conditions require


Friday
March 26
7:30 — 9:00 pm

March Madness Owl Prowl

Listen and look for barred owls and other nocturnal creatures along our trails.

Not geared for very young children.

Cost: $10 each / $30 family of four


MASKS & RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

To register for this hike, click here


Groups limited to 12 people

Program may be subject to change or cancellation
if conditions require



Sunday
March 28
7:30 pm — 8:45 pm

Under the ‘Sap’ Moon Night Hike

Join us for a guided walk under a full moon. This moon was known to Native Americans as the Full ‘Sap’ Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.

Cost: $10 each / $30 family of four


MASKS & RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

To register for this hike, click here


Groups limited to 12 people

Program may be subject to change or cancellation
if conditions require


Friday - Sunday
April 2 - 4
Regular admission hours

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs!
Spring Scavenger Hunt

Spring is the season of eggs – bird eggs, frog eggs, turtle eggs, fish eggs! Learn about the animals that laid them and the nests they have built to hold them.

Hike the trails looking for the scavenger hunt signs. Complete the scavenger hunt and win a small prize.
Craft bags will be available for children.
All activities will be outdoors.

Free with admission to the Nature Center.
No need to preregister.

Donations appreciated.

 


Sunday
April 11
2 pm

Gardening with Frog & Toad VIRTUAL PROGRAM

A garden filled with the peeps, trills, quacks, or croaks from our native frogs and toads is one of the fastest ways to judge the health of your local ecosystem. Learn how to garden to help the amphibian populations in your yard and beyond.

Program is free. Donations appreciated.

Click here at 2 pm on April 11 to attend.


Monday – Friday
April 12 - April 16
9 am – Noon

Spring Fever!
Vacation Program for Grades K-5

How do animals know that spring has arrived? Join us for a week of morning fun & exploration in forest, field and pond. Spend vacation mornings looking for wildlife at Roaring Brook Nature Center.

Dress for the weather – classes will be held outdoors.
Students are required to wear masks.

Daily Rate: $50 members, $60 nonmembers
Full Week: $200 members, $250 nonmembers

Pre-registration & Masks required.

Click here to register
.

 


Tuesday
April 20
5 pm – 8 pm

Flatbread Pizza Night
Fundraiser for the Nature Center

Support your local Flatbreads and Roaring Brook Nature Center with your TAKE OUT purchase of a pizza or two (or more) pizza from Flatbread’s at The Shoppes at the Farmington Valley. A percentage of the pizza sales supports the Nature Center.


Sunday
April 25
2 - 3 pm

World Frog Day Hike

Join us on a guided hike on World Frog Day. See who lives in our woods and wetlands. Learn about their interesting life cycles, where they are laying their eggs, and how to identify their spring calls.

Cost: $10 each / $30 family of four

MASKS & RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

To register for this hike, click here


Groups limited to 12 people

Program may be subject to change or cancellation
if conditions require



Thursday
April 22
7 pm

Earth Day VIRTUAL Presentation: Seeing Red (Why Friends Don't Let Friends Plant Burning Bush)

Nationwide, three million acres are lost each year to alien plants. Removal is expensive & time consuming. Learn what makes these plants so damaging and how gardeners can restore ecological balance to our neighborhoods.

Program is free. Donations appreciated.

Click here at 7pm on April 22 to attend program.


Saturdays
April 24
May 1
May 15
7 — 9 am

Weekend Bird Walks

An early morning walk through Werner’s Woods provides welcome sights and sounds for beginning birders as well as those with more experience in the field. Bird walks are not geared for younger children. Bring binoculars and dress for wet ground underfoot.

Cost: $10 each / $30 family of four

MASKS & RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

To register for these hikes:

Click here for April 24

Click here for May 1

Click here for May 15

Groups limited to 12 people

Program may be subject to change or cancellation
if conditions require


Thursday
May 6
7 pm

Spring Wildflowers
VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Connecticut has a myriad of spring wildflowers. Discover why they bloom in the spring, where to find them, how they got their names and what makes these plants so special.

Program is free. Donations appreciated.

Click here at 7 pm on May 6 to attend.

 


MOTHER'S DAY
Sunday
May 9
Hike 2 - 3 pm

Mother's Day Wildflower Hike

Connecticut has a myriad of spring wildflowers. Find out why they bloom in the spring, where to find them, how they got their names and what makes these plants so special. Join us for a special guided walk through our native plant gardens and woods looking for wildflowers. Bundle

Cost: $10 each / $30 family of four

MASKS & RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

To register for this hike, click here


Groups limited to 12 people

Program may be subject to change or cancellation
if conditions require




Thursday
May 27
7 pm

Gardening for Bees, Butterflies and Other Pollinators
VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Pollinators play a critical role in in the production of most fruits and vegetables and they need our help. Learn about our many native pollinators, their important role in keeping our ecosystems healthy, and how you can manage your garden to provide just what they need.

Program is free. Donations appreciated.

Click here to participate at 7pm on May 27



Sunday
May 23
1 – 4 pm

World Turtle Day

Join us in our outdoor turtle enclosure to celebrate World Turtle Day. Visit with Tobey, the ornate box turtle; Juliette, the box turtle; Timber, the wood turtle, and others.

Free with admission to the Nature Center.

No need to preregister. Masks required.


 

Nature Center closed for Memorial Day May 31
Trails open dawn to dusk

 

* Family rates apply for two adults and two children (over two years of age)

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Classes

DISCOVERY DAYS PROGRAMS

 

Discovery Day Programs

Registration is open for the upcoming Discovery Days, the Nature Center’s enrichment series for children. Four week programs are offered for pre-schoolers and a parent, for students in kindergarten and kindergarten readiness programs and for elemantary age students. For more details, click here.

SUMMER PROGRAMS




Roaring Brook Nature Center's
SUMMER 2020 Programs
offer your child a unique blend of
education and recreation
that takes advantage of the
curiosity and sense of wonder
that all children feel toward the natural world.  

Click here to learn more and to register online

Click here for our
SUMMER PROGRAMS 2020 brochure

 

Home School Programs

 

The Nature Center can create special programs
for your home school group. 

Explore the wonders of our
woods, fields, and stream.

Each class will investigate a different aspect
of a central theme, complete with
hands -on experiments &
plenty of time outdoors.

Classes comply with
CT State Sceince Standards for
Pre-K to Grade 2

To learn more or to schedule a program,
email us at rbnc@thechildrensmuseumct.org
or call 860.693.0263

Click here to learn about
Homeschool programs
offered by
The Children's Museum in West Hartford

Guided Nature Walks

Nature Walks

During July and August, group nature walks may be scheduled by individuals, families or by organized groups on selected weekday afternoons. Walks may be general or may focus on a specific topic of interest.

Call the Nature Center for additional information.

The Werner Woods trails are open year-round for self-guided tours.  Trail guide books are available in the Nature Center store for $2.00.


Volunteers Needed!
  • Volunteers interested in working with the Nature Center's Raptor Care Program (must be over 18 years of age), please call the Center (860) 693-0263. Whatever time you can offer will be appreciated.
For more information on our volunteer needs, click here.

 


Birthday Party Opportunities

During the school year, the Nature Center offers birthday parties on Saturdays (morning parties from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM, afternoon parties from 1:30-3:30 PM) and on selected weekday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

During July and August, the Nature Center will offer birthday parties on selected weekday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:30 PM. (Please note that birthday party availability is subject to the Nature Center’s summer program schedule of classes and public events).

Parties include a live animal demonstration, nature walk, and use of our auditorium for holding the party. Cost of a party is $150 for members, $175 for nonmembers.

For more information, click here. To make a reservation call the Center at (860) 693-0263.


Sunday before Thanksgiving
Noon - 4:00 pm

Note: Due to COVID, this Fair
will not be held in 2020

Holiday Craft Fair

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS! 
Are you interested in being a part of our Holiday Craft Fair?  We welcome vendors who have produced hand-made gifts and/or natural products to sell as 'gifts' during the holiday season.

For an registration form, please contact Margery Winters at mwinters@thechildrensmuseumct.org or 860.693.0263


Scout Programs

Leaders of Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scout Troops, as well as Cub Scout Troops, will find that numerous badge requirements may be fulfilled by a visit to Roaring Brook Nature Center. To learn more, click here.
 


70 Gracey Road, Canton, CT  06019          Phone: 860-693-0263          rbnc@thechildrensmuseumct.org
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