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Summer 2009 Discovery Days Programs

Roaring Brook Nature Center's �SUMMER 2009� 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 8. 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 and medical form (registrations are not taken by telephone or email). Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly recommended! Call the Nature Center at (860) 693-0263 for additional information. 

PAYMENT / REFUND POLICY: $20 non-refundable deposit must accompany each class registration (amount of deposit is included in total class cost). Balance is due June 1 for all classes. For cancellations after June 6, balance will be refunded only if your child’s place 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, 2010. Sorry, no older siblings.

Exploring Together I ... June 23& 25 (Tuesday, Thursday)   FULL
Limit: 8 students Time: 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Members: $20.00 Nonmembers: $30.00

Exploring Together II ... July 28 & 30 (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, 2010 OR have had one year of nursery school. Limit: 12 students
Time: 9:15 - 11:30 AM
Members: $60.00 Nonmembers: $75.00

    Sharing Nature's Wonders ... June 22, 24, 26 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
    A close-up look at habitats around the Nature Center.

    Do You See What I See? ... July 27, 29, 31 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
    Using your senses to uncover mysteries in the out of doors.

Programs for 4 & 5 year olds

    Members: $80.00 / Nonmembers: $100.00 (per program)
    Monday - Thursday
    Limit: 12 students
    Time: 9:15 - 11:45 AM
    Participants should bring a snack daily

Here Comes Summer (NEW) ...June 22 - 25
As summer approaches, our world changes rapidly. Explore how plants and animals adapt to these changes. How do we adapt to them?

Mystery Animals ... June 29 - July 2
What creatures inhabit our woods? What are they doing here? Where do they live? Why don't we see them?

Butterfly Bonanza ... July 6 - 9    
Experience the magical journey from caterpillar to butterfly. What happens inside a "pupa?" 
Can you say metamorphosis?

Dirt Makes My Lunch...July 13 - 16
Grab a handful of soil and find out what's in it! Discover why animals depend on it and why we need it for growing food.

Puddles and Ponds ... July
20 - 23     FULL
Water, water everywhere - what does it do? Where does it go?  Who lives in it? Who needs it?

Who Goes There? ... August 3 - 6    FULL
Tracks, a stray feather or an owl pellet - who's been here? Look for clues that animals leave behind.

Teeth, Tails & Claws (NEW) ... August 10 - 13  
Why does a hummingbird have a beak like a straw and an opossum a tail like a rope? How do animals' adaptations help them live in the woods?

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
Members $100.00 / Nonmembers: $120.00 per program.

Animal Babies ...June 29 - July 3     
AM FULL - call if interested in afternoon program

Find out how animals take care of their babies. Learn about the baby animals cared for at the Nature Center.         
BUGS!...July 6 - 10        
AM FULL - call if interested in afternoon 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.

Color Play! ... July 13 - 17  
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!

Journey to the Center of the Earth! ... July 20 -24   
We won't find real dinosaurs, but we will discover rocks, roots, fossils and even furry creatures.  We'll also learn some secrets about the earth.  

Creepies & Crawlies ... July 27 - 31    one opening
What lives under a log?  Spiders, snakes and worms! Use a hand lens and net to learn how these animals live.

Fish, Frogs, and Pollywogs ... August 3 - 7     
AM FULL - call if interested in afternoon program

Get your feet wet and find out about life in a pond.  Find out why pond creatures are so important to us. 
Summer Sun, Winter Wind ... August 10 - 14     FULL
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 natural world.
Participants should bring a snack daily.  Limit: 15 students
Time: 9:00 AM - Noon
Members: $100.00 / Nonmembers: $120.00 per program

Animals, Animals ... June 29 - July 3      
AM FULL - call if interested in afternoon program

Thousands of animals inhabit our forests and fields. How many kinds can we find on our weeklong "bioblitz." How will some interact in the terrarium we make for them?

Survival in the Wilderness ... July 6 - 10   
PM program available 1 - 4 PM

What would you do if you were lost in the woods? How would you find food and shelter? How do people and animals develop skills to survive in the wild?

Nature Arts ... July 13 - 17    one opening
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.

CSI: Roaring Brook (NEW) ... July 20 - 24 
AM class FULL  -  call if interested in afternoon program
Use your powers of observation and the clues around you to find who's for dinner and other mysteries of the field and forests. A Nature Center's "who done it?"

Indian Woods Wisdom... July 27 - 31  
AM class FULL  -  
call if interested in afternoon program
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.

Rocks, Minerals and Dinosaur Tales ... August 3 - 7  
AM class FULL

PM class available 1 PM - 4 PM
Learn how crystals form, hunt for rocks and minerals and uncover the secrets of Connecticut's dinosaurs.

The Water World ... August 10 - 14  
AM class FULL  
PM class available 1 PM - 4 PM - two openings
Water lovers will enjoy wading across streams and along pond banks in search of their favorite aquatic creatures.

Programs for Grades 5 - 8

Designed for the student with a high degree of interest in the natural world, the programs include field trips to other natural areas in Connecticut. This summer, unless otherwise noted, our grade 5 - 8 programs will consist of
three half-day and two full day programs.
9 AM - Noon (Monday - Wednesday)
9 AM - 3:30 PM (Thursday - Friday)
Members: $200       Nonmembers: $240

Bring a snack. For all-day classes, participants should also bring lunch.

Chasing Dragons ... June 29 - July 3
Identification, behavioral observations of dragonflies and censusing of these prehistoric creatures. Includes physically active field trips to natural areas in the Farmington Valley and beyond. An insect net is recommended.
8 students

Reptiles & Amphibians ... July 6 - 10  
Get ready to look for and learn about frogs, salamanders, turtles, and snakes. Includes field trips to local natural areas.
Limit: 8 students             
Time: 9:00 AM - Noon
(Monday - Friday)
Members: $100.00              Nonmembers: $110.00

Explorations I ... July 13 - 17      FULL
An active week of hiking , canoeing the Farmington River, exploring tidal salt marshes along the coast. Good physical condition is required. 
Limit: 12 students               

On the Trail of Vanishing Species ... July 20 - 24   FULL
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 

Farmington River Ramblin' ... July 27 - 31
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

Hidden Gems in the Farmington Valley ... August 3 - 7
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             

Explorations II ... August 10 - 14
Another week of exciting field trips to Connecticut's unique natural areas.  Includes opportunities for hiking, canoeing,  and wildlife observation. 
Limit: 12 students     

For a registration form, please click here.
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