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Exhibits, Events & Nature Walks

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Exhibits - Special Project


In 2013 the Nature Center and
the Friends of the Roaring Brook
will be holding a variety of fundraisers to support the construction of new raptor cages
for our wonderful resident and rehabilitating birds.

Stay tuned to learn more about
the upcoming events...

Call the Nature Center if you want
to help with this project or
the fundraisers.

To learn more about our birds,
click here.


Nature Programs & Events



Submit orders
by Friday, January 9

Seed pick-up
at Petals & Paws
January 16, 17, & 18

Mid-Winter Bird Seed Sale

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

This year we are also offering bird feeders - a great gift for the bird lover on your holiday shopping list!  Click pictures below to learn more about these feeders.

To order online, click here.

For an order form, click here.


Our thanks to Petals & Paws

in Canton & West Hartford

for their support & assistance

with this sale!




January 2
10 am — 4 pm

Blizzard Blast! 

Drop by for a family day of outside and inside winter fun! Enjoy an “Animal Hiding Spot Hunt”, winter crafts and nature games. Then let your creativity shine with snow sculptures up in the field!

Make sure to dress for the snow and cold!

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

Members do not need to pay admissions. Donations appreciated.

Saturday      Sunday
January 3    January 4
7 pm — 8:30 pm

Full 'Wolf Moon' Hike - POSTPONED TO JAN 4

Dress warmly as we’ll head to the open field for some moon gazing, astronomy and listening for great horned owls, to be followed by hot cider and cookies in the Nature Center auditorium.

This program is not geared for young children and participants should dress for cold evening temperatures!

Cost: $5 members, $7 nonmembers
Pre-registration is required


January 16
10 am — 4 pm

January 19
10 am — 4 pm

Guided hikes at 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm Crafts all day

Winter Wonderland

Looking for some fun winter activities? Visit the Nature Center for a guided hike through the woods. 

Visit our bear cave and learn about our 'Super Hibernators'. 

See whose tracks we can find around the Nature Center and in the woods.

Make a winter animal craft.

Hike and crafts free with admission to the Nature Center. 

No need to preregister. Donations appreciated.



January 31
9 am — 10:30 am Sunday

Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic

Take a behind the scenes look into the Wildlife Rehabilitation Program at the Roaring Brook Nature Center! Find out about the hundreds of injured and orphaned wild animals that find their way to the Nature Center each year and the specialized care we provide.

This program is geared for anyone who is 18 and up and has an interest in wildlife rehabilitation.

There is no cost to the program but donations to the Rehabilitation Program are much appreciated.

Pre-registration required.

February 1
1:30 pm — 3 pm

Groundhog Day Hike

Will the Groundhog see his shadow and what does it really mean?

Walk gently through the forest to uncover the mysteries of wildlife habits in mid-winter.

Cost: $4 members, $6 nonmembers: half-price children.

Pre-registration is not required.


February 7
2 pm — 4 pm

Family 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.

Program includes fire building and shelter construction.

Dress for winter weather.

Not geared for children under 9.

Cost: $5 members, $7 nonmembers;
        $15/family (members), $20/family (nonmembers).

Pre-registration required

Monday – Sataturday
February 9 - 14
10 am — 5 pm
Crafts all day
Animal demos at 11 am & 4 pm

LOVE OUR ANIMALS! Valentine Week

Monday – Beautiful Bugs

Tuesday – Fantastic Frogs

Wednesday – Terrific Turtles

Thursday – Splendid Snakes

Friday – Radiant Raptors

Saturday – Out Lovable Critters

Join us as we celebrate Valentine's Week with our wonderful animals. Each day we will make special Valentines for our animals and loved ones. Special visit with the animal of the day. Crafts and animal demo free with admission to the Nature Center.   

No need to preregister. 

Donations appreciated.



March 8
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: $4 members; $6 nonmembers; half-price children Pre-registration is not required.





December 15  -
  10:30—11:30 am

No January story hour

February 9   -    1—2 pm

March 9   -   1—2 pm

Adventure Story Time
for children ages 2-5

Adventure Story Time for children ages 2-5 will be held on selected Monday afternoons each month. Adults and children can participate in a shared story with a craft and short walk.

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Pre-registration is requested

There is a charge of $3/child; maximum $6 per family

Discovery Day Programs

Registration is open for 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 students in grades 1-3. 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.

School Vacation Programs for Grades K - 5
9 am - Noon

Monday, December 29
Tuesday, December 30
Wednesday, December 31

Winter Wild

Ever wonder where the animals go in the winter or how the snow and ice form! If so, here is a winter vacation program for you! These three days will be packed full of discovery and winter adventure. Each day has a theme and is geared for students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade.

    Monday, December 29 - Animal Tracks & Mysteries
    Tuesday, December 30 - Frozen
    Wednesday, December 31 - Snowflake Secrets

Daily Rate: $35 members, $40 nonmembers
Three-day rate: $90 members, $105 nonmembers

Pre-registration with payment required

For registration form, please click here.



9 am - Noon

Monday, February 16
Tuesday, February 17
February Nature Carnival

Fun with snow and ice, animal tracking and, depending upon weather conditions, snowshoeing or even maple sugaring will be part of this two-day vacation program. Each day has a theme and is geared for students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade.

    Monday, February 16 – CT Wild Kratt’s Winter
    Tuesday, February 17 – Teenage Mutant WINTER Turtles

Daily Rate: $35 members, $40 nonmembers

Pre-registration with payment required

For registration form, please click here.

Home School Programs

Wednesday mornings  
January 7
February 4
March 4
10:00 – 11:30 am

Wednesday in the Woods

Designed for Homeschool children, this class is a hands-on, active exploration of nature in winter. Themes may include: hibernation, active animals, animal tracking and plant survival.

A portion of each class will be held outdoors. Please dress for the weather.

Cost:$45 per child per classes.

Pre-registration is required.

A general outline of our plans for Wednesday in the Woods will be posted shortly.

Call the Nature Center for more information.

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
November 22, 2015
Noon - 4:00 pm

Holiday Craft Fair

Are you interested in being a part of our 2015 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
Email: rbnc@thechildrensmuseumct.org
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