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Summer 2007 Discovery Days Programs

Roaring Brook Nature Center's �SUMMER 2007� 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 around them.  

This summer's program offerings include activities for pre-schoolers through students entering grade 10. Grade levels are those your child will enter in the fall. There is a $5 discount for each additional class a child attends. A limited number of partial scholarships are available; deadline for application - May 15th. Print and use the registration form (registrations are not taken by telephone). Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly recommended! Call the Nature Center at (860) 693-0263 for additional information. 

REFUND POLICY: $20 non-refundable deposit must accompany each class registration. For cancellations after June 1st, balance will be refunded only if your child's place in the program can be filled from a waiting list.


Pre-school Programs - 2 1/2 and 3 year olds

An opportunity for the young child and a parent to learn together.
Child must be three years old by January 1, 2008. Sorry, no older siblings.

Exploring Together I ... June 19 & 21 (Tuesday, Thursday)
Limit: 8 students Time: 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Members: $20.00 Nonmembers: $30.00

Exploring Together II ... August 7 & 9 (Tuesday, Thursday)
Limit: 8 students Time: 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Members: $20.00 Nonmembers: $30.00


Pre-school Programs - 3 1/2 and 4 year olds

Child must be four years old by January 1, 2008 OR have had one year of nursery school. Limit: 12 students
Time: 9:15 - 11:30 AM
Members: $60.00 Nonmembers: $70.00

    Sharing Nature's Wonders ... June 18, 20, 22 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
    A close-up look at habitats around the Nature Center.

    Do You See What I See? ... August 6, 8, 10 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
    Using your senses to uncover mysteries in the out of doors. SESSION FULL

Programs for 4 & 5 year olds

    Members: $80.00 / Nonmembers: $90.00 (per program)
    Monday - Thursday except as noted
    Limit: 12 students
    Time: 9:15 - 11:45 AM

Birds, Beasts and Bugs....June 25 - 28
A program for pre-schoolers who enjoy learning the secrets of animals and exploring the world of nature that surrounds us.

Puddles and Ponds ... July 2, 3, 5, 6 (NOTE: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.)
Water, water everywhere - what does it do? Where does it go? 
Who lives in it? Who needs it?

Nature's Kaleidoscope (NEW!) ...July 9 - 12
Let's check out the beautiful colors and designs of nature's creatures. What's their purpose? Camouflage? To scare away predators?

Dirt Makes My Lunch...July 16 - 19
Grab a handful of soil! Find out what's in it. Discover why animals depend on it and why we need it for growing food.

Butterfly Bonanza ... July 23 - 26
Experience the magical journey from caterpillar to butterfly. What happens inside a "pupa?" 
Can you say metamorphosis?

Nature's Buddy System (NEW!) ... July 30 - August 2
Explore how animals and plants depend upon each other for food, shelter and protection.

Who Goes There? ... August 13 - 16
Tracks, a stray feather or an owl pellet - who's been here? Look for clues that animals leave behind.

Programs for Grades K - 1

Each week offers a theme around which activities have been developed. Programs include short hikes, games, stories, crafts and observations of animals kept at the Nature Center.
Participants should bring a snack daily.
Limit 15 students. 
Time: 9 AM - Noon
        Note: afternoon sessions also available on certain weeks from 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Members $100.00 / Nonmembers: $115.00 per program (except where noted)

Animal Babies ...June 25 - 29    AM SESSION FULL
Find out how animals take care of their babies. Learn about the baby animals cared for at the Nature Center.         
          Afternoon Session Available 1:00 - 4:00 pm  

BUGS!...July 2, 3, 5, 6 (four day program)
Insects are the largest and most diverse of all animal groups. From beetles to butterflies, from ants to aphids, we'll study the lives of these six-legged creatures.
Members: $80.00      Nonmembers:  $90.00

Fish, Frogs, and Pollywogs ... July 9 - 13    AM SESSION FULL
Get your feet wet and find out about life in a pond.  Find out why pond creatures are so important to us. 
Afternoon Session Available 1:00 - 4:00 pm     

Creepies & Crawlies ... July 16 - 20    SESSION FULL
What lives under a log?  Spiders, snakes and worms! Use a hand lens and net to learn 
how these animals live.

Journey to the Center of the Earth! ... July 23 - 27
We won't find real dinosaurs, but we will discover rocks and roots, fossils and even furry creatures.  We'll also learn some secrets about the earth.  
          Afternoon Session Available 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Where the Wild Things Are (NEW!)....July 30 - August 3    SESSION FULL
Prickly porcupines, wily weasels and star-nosed moles are but a few of the animals that live here, but are rarely if ever seen. Find out where they live and learn their secrets.

Color Play (NEW!)... August 6 - 10   SESSION FULL
Blue birds! Green Darners! Goldenrod and purple coneflowers! Explore our world of color by looking at plants and animals. You'll be glad you are not nocturnal!

Summer Sun, Winter Wind ...  August 13 - 17

Observe the signs that tell us fall is on the way. Learn about bird migration, how tadpoles become frogs and why the groundhog gets fat.


Programs for Grades 2, 3 and 4

Programs for youngsters with a developing interest in the world of nature.
Participants should bring a snack daily. 

Limit: 15 students
Time: 9:00 AM - Noon
Note: afternoon sessions are available on certain weeks from 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Members: $100.00 / Nonmembers: $115.00 per program (except where noted)

Wild Animals I Have Known (NEW!)... June 25 - 29
How much can you know about an animal? Get to know the habits of mammals, birds and other creatures by direct observation and by sharing experiences through stories and art.

Nature Games and More (NEW!) ... July 2, 3, 5, 6 (four day program)
This new program features an exciting array of nature games and activities indoors and out. Earlier generations had fun without TV, video and computer games.
         Members $80.00   Nonmembers: $90.00

The Art of Tracking ... July 9 - 13
Learn to read the language of animal signs. A closer look at the forest will reveal tracks, 
scrapes and feathers....hidden signs that tell a story.

Indian Woods Wisdom... July 16 - 20    SESSION FULL
Help set up camp in the woods following ancient Indian methods and traditions of concern for the natural world. Experience animals tracking, nature crafts and shelter building.
         Afternoon Session 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Nature Arts ... July 23 - 27   SESSION FULL
Designed to help students interpret what they see in the natural world in an artful way. You'll 
have the opportunity to paint, draw, sculpt and move using natural materials whenever possible.

People of the Earth ... July 30 - August 3
People who know their environment, take care of it. We'll try ways people in the Arctic, desert, tropics and our own forests use their knowledge of nature to survive.

Rocks, Minerals and Dinosaur Tales ... August 6 - 10
Learn how crystals form, hunt for rocks and minerals and uncover the secrets of 
Connecticut's dinosaurs.
         Afternoon Session (1:00 - 4:00 PM) Available     2 OPENINGS LEFT

The Water World ... August 13 - 17    2 OPENINGS LEFT
Water lovers will enjoy wading across streams and along pond banks in search of their favorite aquatic creatures.
         Afternoon Session (1:00 - 4:00 PM) Available

Programs for Grades 5 - 8

Designed for the student with a high degree of interest in the natural world.   Several programs include field trips to other natural areas around the state. 

Please note times and fees for each class.
Bring a snack. For all-day classes participants should also bring lunch.

Things That Fly ... June 25 - 29
Identification, observation and censusing of unusual birds, butterflies, and dragonflies. Includes field trips to natural areas. An insect net is recommended.
Limit: 8 students             
Time:  9:00 AM - Noon (Monday - Wednesday);
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Thursday - Friday)
Members: $165.00              Nonmembers: $180.00

On the Trail of Vanishing Species (NEW!) ...July 2, 3, 5, 6 (four day program)
Find out about Connecticut's endangered, threatened and special concern species. Includes an all-day field trip to look for rare animals.
Limit: 8 students 

Time: 9:00 AM - Noon (Monday, Tuesday,Thursday); 9:00 - 3:30 PM (Friday)
Members: $100.00            Nonmembers: $115.00

Exploring Connecticut ... July 9 - 13
An active week of hiking the Appalachian Trail corridor, canoeing the Farmington
River, exploring  tidal  salt marshes and more! Good physical condition is required. 
Limit: 12 students               
Time:  9:00 AM - 3:30 PM 

Members: $260.00             Nonmembers: $285.00

Farmington River Ramblin' ... July 16 - 20    SESSION FULL
Find out about the wildlife, ecology and history of the Farmington River. Includes 
a series of short field trips, plus an all-day Friday canoe trip. 
Limit: 12 students
Time:  9:00 AM - Noon (Monday. - Thursday); 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Friday)

Members: $130.00              Nonmembers: $145.00

Hidden Gems in the Farmington Valley (NEW!) ... July 23 - 27    SESSION FULL
Daily hikes and natural history exploration of spectacular overlooks and scenic waterfalls right here in the valley! Participants should be in good physical condition.
Limit: 8 students             
Time:  9:00 AM - Noon (Monday - Wednesday);
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Thursday - Friday)
Members: $165.00              Nonmembers: $180.00

Reptiles & Amphibians ... July 30 - August 3
Get ready to look for and learn about frogs, salamanders, turtles, and snakes. Includes field trips to local natural areas.
Limit: 12 students             
Time: 9:00 AM - Noon

Members: $100.00              Nonmembers: $115.00

More Exploring Connecticut ... August 13 - 17
Another week of exciting all-day field trips to Connecticut's unique natural areas.  Includes a 
visit to our state's only National Wildlife Refuge, as well as opportunities for hiking, canoeing, 
and wildlife observation.  Bring a snack and lunch.  For graduates of "Exploring Connecticut," 
a whole new series of natural history field trips. 
Limit: 12 students        
Time: 9:00 - 3:30 PM

Members: $260.00      Nonmembers: $285.00


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