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All November

Native American Month Scavenger Hunt

Nevember is Native American month.  Visit our longhouse and learn about how the local native people lived.  Walk our trails to go on a Native Americans scavenger hunt.   

Free with admission to the Nature Center. No need to pre-register.


Sunday
November 18
Noon — 4pm

Holiday Craft Fair

The Friends of Roaring Brook Nature Center will hold their annual Holiday Gift and Craft Fair on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Start your holiday shopping with nature-related gifts for all ages. Handmade crafts include felted ornaments, pottery, jewelry, soaps and many other items made by local artisans.

The proceeds from the Fair benefit the Nature Center’s programs and activities.

There is no charge to visit the Nature Center / Fair on this date.


Nature Center closed Thanksgiving Day November 22
Trails open dawn to dusk

 

Friday
November 23
7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Under the ‘Beaver’ Moon Family Night Hike

Join us for a guided evening hike under the full moon.  This moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Beaver Moon because this was the time of year that they trapped beavers before the swamps and rivers froze.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. 

Cost: Members - $5 each / $15 family of four; Nonmembers - $7 each / $20 family of four

Pre-registration required.



Friday, November 23
anytime 10 am — 4 pm

Live turkey visit & program - 11 am

Saturday, November 24
anytime 10 am — 4 pm

Sunday, November 25
anytime 1 pm — 4 pm

Turkey Daze! Scavenger Hunt

How well do you really know Meleagris gallopavo, the wild turkey from which the domesticated version at your Thanksgiving dinner was derived? What is a turkey’s snood? What is a Jake? Do turkeys have beards? Join us for a turkey scavenger hunt, crafts, and quiz and more.

“Niblet” the wild turkey (an educational ambassador – program animal) from Christine's Critters, will be visiting the Nature Center on Friday, November 23 for a live program about turkeys.   

Free with admission to the Nature Center. No need to pre-register.



December & January

Home for the Holidays Scavenger Hunt

Hike our trails in December and learn which animals have chosen to spend the upcoming holidays in Werner’s Woods.

Free with admission to the Nature Center.


Sunday
December 9
1 — 2 pm

Sven & Friends: My, What Large Antlers You Have!

Join us on a cozy winter afternoon and learn why Sven, the reindeer from Frozen, has such big antlers.

Examine real animal antlers and create your own pair.

Enjoy a story or two including Imogen’s Antlers by David Small.

Free with admission to the Nature Center.
Pre-registration required.



Friday
December 21
7:00 – 8:15 pm

Winter is Coming!
Winter Solstice Full Moon Family Night Hike

Bundle up and join us for a guided woodland hike under the almost full moon to celebrate the Winter Solstice. This month’s moon is known by early Native American tribes as the Full Cold Moon because this is the time of year when the cold winter air settles in and the nights become long and dark.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. 

Cost: Members - $5 each / $15 family of four;
        Nonmembers - $7 each / $20 family of four
Pre-registration required



Nature Center closed Christmas Day
Trails open dawn to dusk

 

Thursday - Friday
December 27 - 28
9 am - 3:30 pm

Explorations in Winter
Roaring Brook Nature Center Vacation Program
for students Grade 5 and up

Students who have enjoyed our summer "Explorations" programs will enjoy visiting some of these same localities during the winter season.

We'll look for bald eagles along the Connecticut River, explore the winter beach, look for seals at Hammonasset Beach State Park, and see what Simsbury's Great Pond looks like in winter.

2-Day Class Cost: $150 members, $180 nonmembers

Pre-registration with payment required
Click here to sign up online



Thursday
December 27
6 – 7:30 pm

Winter Nature Trivia & Pizza Night

Spend a cozy winter evening at the Nature Center and test your nature trivia knowledge. Pizza slices & sodas and available for purchase. BYOB.  Stay afterwards for s'mores by the fire (weather permitting).

Pre-registration: $5 per person / $15 for family of four

At door: $7 per person / $20 for family of four

Call the Nature Center to register or click here to sign up online



Wednesday - Saturday
December 26 – 29
10 am – 4 pm

It’s a Marshmallow World in the Winter

Make six-sided snowflakes and other crafts, learn how animals survive winter cold, snow and ice, and hike the trails around the Nature Center to find frozen treasures. Go outside on a ‘Frozen’ scavenger hunt. Hot chocolate and marshmallows provided.

Free with admission to the Nature Center.



Sunday
December 30
1:30 – 3 pm
Storytime at 2 pm


Frozen Tea Party with Anna & Elsa

Dress in you 'Frozen" attire and join ‘Anna & Elsa’ for a special tea party and storytime.  Crafts and 'Frozen' Scavenger available.

Cost: $6 per person. Pre-registration required.

Call the Nature Center to register or click here to sign up online





Bird Seed Sale

Feed the birds and support the Nature Center and The Children's Museum by purchasing your seed during our mid-winter bird seed sale.

Click here for an order form

Click here to order online

Pre-orders are due Friday, January 4th

Many thanks to Petals & Paws for their support of our birdseed sale!




Nature Center closed New Year’s Day
Trails open dawn to dusk

 

Saturday
January 5
2 — 4 pm

Winter Survival

What do you do if you get lost in the woods in winter? Learn what basic supplies you may need to survive a night outdoors. Includes shelter construction and fire building.

Dress for winter weather. Not geared for children under 9.

Cost: Members - $5 each / $15 family of four;
        Nonmembers - $7 each / $20 family of four.

Pre-registration required

 

 

 


Friday
January 11
6:30 - 7:15 pm

Cabin Fever PJ Party!

Join us for a fun evening full of movement, music, and imagination.  The evening will be led by LeeAnn Delaney, a preschool teacher at Trinity Nursery School and one of Roaring Brook's summer program teachers. LeeAnn is a certified Music & Movement teacher. 

Geared for families with young children - siblings are welcome. Children under two years of age free.

Pre-registration: $5 per person / $15 for family of four
At door: $7 per person / $20 for family of four




Thursday
January 17
7 pm

Maple Sugaring 101

Rob Lamothe of Lamothe’s Sugar House will present a hands-on program designed to help local residents who hope to make their own maple syrup this year.  The program will include information on tree identification, necessary equipment, how to tap as well as “sugaring” anecdotes gleaned from years of making maple syrup in Burlington, CT!

Cost: $5 members; $7 nonmembers 
Preregistration is required


Friday, January 18
anytime noon — 4 pm
Story time at 2 pm

Saturday, January 19
anytime 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday, January 20
anytime 1 - 4 pm

Monday, January 21
anytime 10 am — 4 pm
Storytime at 11 am & 2 pm

Stories in the Snow

Looking for some fun winter activities? Visit the Nature Center and take a hike through the woods. Weather permitting, look for tracks or other signs of animals who spend the winter in Werner’s Woods. Listen to stories about winter animals.  Make a winter animal craft.  Go on a Home for the Holidays Scavenger Hunt.

Activities free with admission to the Nature Center. No need to preregister.

 


Monday
January 21
7 – 8:15 pm

Under the ‘Wolf‘ Moon Night Hike
FULL MOON - SUPER MOON

Bundle up and join us for a guided evening hike under the full moon. This month’s moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Wolf Moon In Native American and early Colonial times, the Full Moon for January was called the Full Wolf Moon. It appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. We won’t hear any wolves but we may hear owls and other creatures of the night.

This is also the first of three supermoons for 2019. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. 

Cost: Members - $5 each / $15 family of four;
         Nonmembers - $7 each / $20 family of four
Pre-registration required.
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Saturday
February 2
1:30 — 3 pm

Groundhog Day Hike

Will the Groundhog see his shadow and what does it really mean? Take a guided walk through the forest to uncover the mysteries of wildlife habits in mid-winter. Take our groundhog day quiz and make a groundhog craft. Watch a program on groundhogs. Make your prediction on when spring will arrive.

Cost: Members - $5 each / $15 family of four;
        Nonmembers - $7 each / $20 family of four

Pre-registration required.




Sunday
February 3
anytime 1 – 4 pm

Superb Owl Sunday

Before the Big Game this weekend, join us at the Nature Center to celebrate Superb Owl Sunday. Learn about our magnificent native owls and preview their new enclosures. Take part in our animal sports mascots scavenger hunt and discover which mascot would be the best for your dream team. Owl related crafts and games.

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



Monday, February 18
9 am - Noon

Tuesday, February 19
9 am – Noon

It’s Snow Wonder
Vacation Program for Grades K - 5

Fun with snow and ice, animal tracking and, depending upon weather conditions, maple sugaring will be part of this two-day vacation program.

Daily Rate: $40 members, $50 nonmembers

Pre-registration with payment required

Click here to sign up online

 


Tuesday
February 19
7 pm — 8:15 pm


Under the Full ‘Snow’ SUPER Moon
Family Night Hike

Dress warmly and 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.

This is also the second of three supermoons for 2019. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. 

Cost: Members - $5 each / $15 family of four;
        Nonmembers - $7 each / $20 family of four

Pre-registration required.




Sunday
February 24

2 – 3 pm

Winter Tree ID Scavenger Hunt

If you look closely, winter trees aren’t bare at all. Their buds, twigs, bark, and general shape give plenty of clues as to their identity. Join us for a late winter hike to learn who’s who in our woods.

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



Sunday, March 10
2 — 3 pm

Sunday, March 17
2 — 3 pm    SNOW DATE

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: $5 members; $7 nonmembers. Pre-registration is not required.

 


Tuesday - Thursday
March 12, 13, & 14
10 am – 4 pm
Storytime at 11 am & 2 pm

The Wonderful, Wacky Wood Frog

The wood frogs are waking up from their long winter’s frozen nap. Join us as we celebrate these remarkable creatures. Listen to stories about frogs and salamanders. Take a hike to our vernal pool to listen to their spring ‘quacking’ and make wood frog crafts.

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



Thursday
March 21
7:00 pm — 8:15 pm



Under the Full ‘Sap’ SUPER Moon
First Day of Spring Family 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.

This is also the last of three supermoons for 2019. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. 

Cost: $5 members; $7 nonmembers. Pre-registration required.





Friday
March 22
6 – 7:30 pm

Spring Nature Trivia & Pizza Night

Celebrate Spring at the Nature Center and test your nature trivia knowledge. Pizza slices & sodas available for purchase. BYOB.

Pre-registration: $5 per person / $15 for family of four
At door: $7 per person / $20 for family of four

Call the Nature Center to register or click here to sign up online




Friday
March 29
7:30 pm — 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: $5 members; $10 nonmembers
Pre-registration required - space is limited



Thursday
April 4
7:00 — 8:30 pm

Vernal Pool Walk / Amphibians Program

Join us for a program on the amphibians that inhabit vernal pools followed by a walk to local wetlands to view nocturnal wildlife. Not geared for very young children.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. 

Cost: $5 members; $10 nonmembers
Pre-registration required - space is limited




Monday - Friday
April 8 – 12
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

Daily Rate: $40 members, $50 nonmembers
Full Week: $160 members, $200 nonmembers
Pre-registration with payment is required

Call the Nature Center to register or click here to sign up online.

 


Month of April

Welcome Back Birds!
April Scavenger Hunt

Many birds have been spending the winter in warmer places. Where did they go? Why are they returning? Which birds are the first to arrive and who can we expect later? Join us for an outdoor scavenger hunt and crafts. Learn what you can do to welcome our birds back.

Free with admission to the Nature Center. No need to pre-register.




Wednesday – Saturday
April 10— 13 |
anytime 1 — 4 pm

Spring is for Babies

Spring is in the air and it’s time for babies! Join us Wednesday to Saturday afternoons for games and crafts that are all about wild babies, their habitats, families, and diet.

Bring in a baby shower gift donation from our Amazon wishlist
or a monetary donation to enter for a chance to attend
a rehabbed animal release


Drawing is on Sunday at 3:45pm at the April Animal Baby Shower.




Sunday
April 14
anytime 1 — 4 pm


April Animal Baby Shower

Join us on Sunday for a baby shower to benefit the orphaned wildlife that come to the Roaring Brook Nature Center for rehabilitation.

Enjoy an animal demonstration with “Roger” the baby box turtle, hear a 30- minute presentation at 2 pm about what to do when you encounter wildlife babies, and play games inspired by our wild friends!

Bring in a baby shower gift donation from our Amazon wishlist
or a monetary donation to enter for a chance to attend
a rehabbed animal release

Drawing is on Sunday at 3:45 pm at the April Animal Baby Shower.

Free with admission to the Nature Center. No need to pre-register.  

 


Friday, April 19
anytime 10 am — 4 pm

Saturday, April 20
anytime 10 — 4 pm

Sunday, April 21
anytime 1 — 4 pm

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. Find the hidden “nests” around the Nature Center, then head out on the trails on a scavenger hunt to see where eggs will be laid this spring.

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




Tuesday, TBD
5 — 8:30 pm

Flatbread Pizza Night Fundraiser
for the Nature Center


Bring your friends, bring your family for dinner at Flatbread’s at The Shoppes at the Farmington Valley.

A percentage of the pizza sales supports the Nature Center.




Sunday
April 21
2 – 3 pm

Earth Day Talk:
Gardening for Bees & Other Wildlife

Learn what you can do to attract bees, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife in your yard.

Admission free to the Nature Center on Earth Day.  Donations welcome!

 


Saturdays
April 27
May 4
May 18
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: $5 members; $7 nonmembers Pre-registration is not required



Sunday
May 4
1 – 4 pm

The Roaring Brook Turtle Derby:
A Run for the Strawberries

Join us for an afternoon of turtle races.  Will the winner be Tobey, the ornate box turtle; Juliette, the box turtle;  Timber, the wood turtle; or Sunshine, the Russian tortoise?  Turtle crafts.

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



MOTHER'S DAY
Sunday
May 12

Talk 1 —2 pm
Walk 2 —2:30 pm

Annual Mother's Day Wildflower Talk & Walk

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 lecture from 1 pm to 2 pm and at 2 pm for a guided walk through our native plant gardens looking for wildflowers. Geared for all ages.

Cost: $5 members; $7 nonmembers. Moms admitted free.
Pre-registration required.



Nature Center closed for Memorial Day - May 28
Trails open dawn to dusk


Friday
June 21 (Summer Solstice)
6 – 7:30 pm


Summer Solstice Nature Trivia & Pizza Night: Under the Full Strawberry Moon

Spend the summer solstice evening at the Nature Center and test your nature trivia knowledge. Pizza slices, sodas, & strawberry shortcake available for purchase. BYOB.

Pre-registration: $5 per person / $15 for family of four
At door: $7 per person / $20 for family of four


Call the Nature Center to register or click here to sign up online


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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.

The cost of each four-week session is $40.00 for members, $50.00 for nonmembers. A $10 discount is extended to families with a second child attending during the same time period. Portions of the program are held outdoors, please dress accordingly.

Register by mail or in person during regular Nature Center hours. 
For a printable form, click here.

Please call the Nature Center at (860)693-0263 for additional information and to determine if there are class openings prior to mailing your registration.

SUMMER 2018 DISCOVERY DAYS

 

Roaring Brook Nature Center's SUMMER 2018 Discovery 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 for our SUMMER DISCOVER DAYS 2018 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

Email us at rbnc@thechildrensmuseumct.org or call 860.693.0263

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

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.

 

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Phone: 860-693-0263
Email: rbnc@thechildrensmuseumct.org
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