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Discovery Day Programs

Register now for our Discovery Day programs, 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.

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.


EXPLORING TOGETHER  (for 3 to 5 year olds & parent)

This series introduces pre-school children to seasonal changes in the natural world and gives parent (or grandparent) and child an opportunity to learn together.
A younger sibling may attend for a $10 discount, no charge for siblings under age 2. Much of this program is held outdoors, please dress accordingly.

Meets  Friday afternoons 1:15 - 2:15pm

Winter Session I : January 6, 13, 20, 27 (snow day February 3)

Winter Session II : February 10, 17, 24; March 3 (snow day March 10)

Spring Session I : March 17, 24, 31; April 7

Spring Session II :  April 21, 28; May 5, 12

Spring Session III : May 19 26; June 2, 9


EXPLORATIONS (for students in grades K - 3)

Meets Wednesdays 3:45-5:00 pm

Whoo's Out There?
Learn aabout the five species of Connecticut owls and discover which owls
are living in Werner Woods.

Meets February 8, 15, 22; March 1 (snow day March 8)

The Eye's Have It
Animals have amazing eyes.  How do they differ from ours?  Let's find out who has the best eyes for distance, color, and movement.

Meets March 15, 22, 29; April 5

Spring is the time for eggs.  Find out who is laying eggs and

where you can find them.

Meets April 19, 26; May 3, 10

Spring Showers Bring May Flowers
Wildflowers are blooming in the woods.  Where can we find them?  Who planted them?  What makes these flowers so special?

Meets May 17, 24, 31; June7


EXPLORATIONS TOO (for students in grades 4 and up)

Enrichment programs for older students.

Meets Thursdays 3:45-5:00 pm

Junior Vets
At the Nature Center we care for a variety of sick and injured animals.
Learn about what our staff cares for scaly, feathery and furry animals of all sizes.

Meets March 16, 23, 30; April 6

Fantastic Beasts
There are an amazing array of magical creatures that live in our own forests, ponds and streams. Let's head outside and search for these fantastic beasts! 

Meets April 20, 27; May 4, 11 

School Vacation Programs

Tuesday - Wednesday
December 27-28
9 am - Noon

Thursday - Friday
December 29-30
9 am - 3:30 pm

Explorations...in Winter
Vacation Program for Grades 5-9

Students in grades 5 - 9 who enjoyed our summer "Explorations" program as well as those who have not 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.

4-Day Class Cost: $195 Members, $225 Non-Members

For registration form, click here

Pre-registration with payment required

Monday, February 20
Tuesday, February 21
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, snowshoeing or even maple sugaring will be
part of this two-day vacation program.

Daily Rate: $35 members, $40 nonmembers.
Pre-registration with payment required

Click here for registration form.

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Monday, April 10
Tuesday, April 11
Wednesday, April 12
Thursday, April 13
Friday, April 14

9 am - Noon

Spring Fever!
Vacation Program for Grades K-5

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

Daily Rate: $35 members, $40 nonmembers
Full Week: $165 members, $190 nonmembers.
Pre-registration with payment is required.

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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

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