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Thank you!  All of the programs are fantastic & you make them the BEST.  People here are top notch.

- Parent of Nature Arts class student

Roaring Brook Nature Center's SUMMER 2021 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.  

Grade levels are those your child will enter in the fall

SUMMER 2021 brochure


KEEPING SAFE THIS SUMMER
Click here to learn about the measures we are taking
to keep your child safe during these times

ONLINE REGISTRATION
Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly recommended!

For Program Descriptions click here

Please click on the green links below to register for classes online

Acorns (for ages 4 & 5)

Sprouts (Kindergarten - Grade 1)

Saplings   (Grades 2, 3, & 4)

Mighty Oaks  (Grades 5 and up)

Summer Send-off (Kindergarten - Grades 5)

 

Click here for information on how we are
keeping everyone safe at the
Nature Center this Summer

To register by mail for our SUMMER 2021 programs
please read Note to Parents & Caregivers
and
fill out Registration & Medical forms below

REGISTRATION FORM (print version) 
Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly recommended!
Full payment is required for all camp registrations


THE FOLLOWING MEDICAL AND PERMISSION FORMS
MUST BE COMPLETED AND SENT TO
RBNC@thechildrensmuseumct.org
AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE START
OF YOUR CHILD(REN)'S PROGRAM

MEDICAL FORM  and MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION FORM
(mail in at least one week prior to program)


NOTE TO PARENTS AND CARE GIVERS
(last page of this document must be signed and returned)

PHOTO PERMISSION FORM


REFUND POLICY
If you find that your summer plans have changed,
please call us at your earliest convenience and
we will make every effort to reschedule your child to another class. 

In the event that your child cannot attend the program,
you will receive a full credit towards
another summer program.



SCHOLARSHIPS

Roaring Brook Nature Center is currently accepting applications for the
Alison Gill & Beth Dal Negro summer program scholarships.
A limited number of partial scholarships are available
and will be awarded on the basis of need.

Scholarship applications are due on June 1

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM


Click here to learn about Summer programs offered in West Hartford at



Each week offers a theme around which activities have been developed.
P
rograms include short hikes, games, stories, crafts and 
visits with the Nature Center's animals.


  Monday through Friday
Time: 9 am - Noon
 
Cost:  $210 members, $265 nonmembers per program
Limit: 15 students   
  

Participants should bring a snack daily (NO peanut products please)


Toad-ley Awesome! ... June 21 -25 
How is a toad different from a frog? Find out what makes amphibians so amazing!

Animal Babies ... June 28 – July 2 
Find out how different animals take care of their young. Look at nests, eggs, tadpoles and much more!

Life Under a Log ... July 5 – 9 
Is anybody home? Explore the mysteries that lurk beneath a forest log.  What secrets are hidden there?

Puddles & Ponds ... July 12 -16 
Water, water everywhere - what does it do? Where does it go?  Who lives in it? Who needs it?

Growing Up Wild ... July 19 –23 
Let’s use our critical thinking skills to build forts in the forest and our creativity to make mud pies! Learn about the world around us through fun, hands-on activities.

Dig It! ... July 26 - 30 
Let’s go digging in the woods and field and see what is happening under our feet. With magnifiers and tools we will explore who lives there and what grows there.

Butterfly Bonanza ... August 2 - 6 
Experience the magical journey from caterpillar to butterfly. What happens inside a “pupa?” Can you say metamorphosis?

MIGHTY minis ... August 9 - 13 
The strongest creatures in the world are often the smallest, but they are also the most unknown. Let’s discover this MIGHTY world of tiny creatures.

 

Each week offers a theme around which activities have been developed.
P
rograms include short hikes, games, stories, crafts and 
visits with the Nature Center's animals.


  Monday through Friday
9 am - Noon  for morning programs
    1 - 4pm
  for afternoon program

         
Cost:  $210 members, $265 nonmembers per program  
Limit: 15 students

Grade levels are those your child will enter in the fall

Participants should bring a snack daily (NO peanut products please)

Summer Kick-off ... June 21 - 25 for students K– 5th Grade
Spend the early days of summer exploring the forest, fields and streams around the Nature Center.

Creepy Critters ... June 28 -July 2     PM classes available
Some creatures just look odd or behave in weird ways. Let’s learn a little more about them and find out that they are not so creepy after all.

Art Adventures ... July 5 - 9   
Travel through the woods in search of inspiration for our art creations.  Use natural materials to paint, sculpt and build. 

Eye Spy ... July ... 12 - 16
Get out your detective spy glasses and magnifiers! We're going to look for clues in the forest, fields and streams to solve the many mysteries of the outdoors. 

Fish, Frogs & Polliwogs ... July 19 - 23 
Get our boots and buckets ready and head to the stream and pond! Discover the mysterious world below the surface. Who lives there and what do they look like?

Water, Wind & Sun ... July 26 - 30    
Find your “force” and the forces of nature! Join us for exciting science experiments, magnets, volcanic eruptions, and much, much more!

Trail Blazers ... August 2 - 6
Take to the trails for a grand exploration! Let’s follow our curiosity and search for animal signs, watch for birds, and peek at plants.

Rockin’ Rocks ... August 9 -13    
Calling all rock hounds!  Jump into geology with this rockin’ good program. We’ll start a collection, make fossils, create sculptures, and even make musical instruments to sing some rockin’ good tunes.  

Summer Send-off ... August 16-20 for students K– 5th Grade
Spend the final days of summer exploring the forest, fields and streams around the Nature Center.


Programs for youngsters with a developing interest in the natural world

Monday through Friday
9 am - Noon  for morning programs
    1 - 4pm
  for afternoon program

Cost:  $210 members, $265 nonmembers per program 
Limit: 15 students

Grade levels are those your child will enter in the fall

Participants should bring a snack daily (NO peanut products please) 

Summer Kick-off ... June 21 - 25 for students K– 5th Grade
Spend the early days of summer exploring the forest, fields and streams around the Nature Center.

Backyard Science ... June 28 - July 2
Time to head outside and rediscover the mysteries that exist in our own backyards. This week will be full of experiments, adventures and explorations!

Caring for Critters ... July 5 - 9        PM classes available
Have you ever made a salad for a turtle or given a rain shower to a frog?  Learn what special care our resident animals need.  Get a behind the scene look at what it takes to keep our animals healthy.

Naturally Creative ... July 12 - 16    PM classes available
Paint, draw, sculpt and more using as many natural materials as possible. Designed to help students interpret what they see in the natural world in an artful way.

Discovery Kids ... July 19 - 23      PM classes available
Why is the sky blue? How does a compass know which way to point? Why does ice float? Become a biologist, chemist, & physicist to discover the answers to these and other questions through experiments, games and outdoor activities.

A World of Water ... July 26 - 30     PM classes available
Did you know that a single drop of water (H20) contains thousands of living things? We’ll search of the creatures that inhabit this wet and wonderful world!

Survival in the Wilderness ... August 2 - 6     PM classes available
What would you do if you were lost in the woods? How would you find and make your own shelter? Discover how people and animals develop skills to survive in the wild.

Native American Naturalists ... August 9 - 13     PM classes available
Step back in time and discover what life was like 600 years ago for the Native Americans who lived here. Learn how to build shelters, make tools, and more.

Summer Send-off ... August 16 -20 for students K– 5th Grade
Spend the final days of summer exploring the forest, fields and streams around the Nature Center.

Designed for the student with a high degree of interest in the natural world.


Morning programs
  Monday - Friday
9am - Noon


Cost:  $210 members, $265 nonmembers per program 
Limit: 15 students

Grade levels are those your child will enter in the fall

Bring a snack and water.
(NO peanut products please)

Limit: 15 students

Summer Kick-off ... June 21 - 25 for students K– 5th Grade
Spend the early days of summer exploring the forest, fields and streams around the Nature Center.

Things That Fly ... June 28 - July 2
Get ready to study and census birds, butterflies and dragonflies in Werner’s Woods and on adjacent land trust properties. We will participate in the Connecticut Breeding Bird Atlas and the Farmington Valley Butterfly Survey.

Reptiles & Amphibians ... July 5 - 9
Get ready to look for and learn about frogs, salamanders, turtles and snakes. This program includes short field trips to local natural areas.

On the Trail of Vanishing Species ... July 12 - 16
Find out about Connecticut's endangered, threatened and special concern species. Includes an all-day field trip to look for rare animals.

Into the Great Green ... Woods July 19 - 23
Northwestern CT’s forests provide habitat for a diversity of wildlife including bear, moose, bobcat and fisher. While we may not see these animals, we will carefully explore the forests they call home. This program takes a close look at how our forests’ have changed over the years.

Naturalist In Training ...July 26 - 30
Spend days birding, identifying, hiking and exploring the outdoor world. Find out what it means to be a Naturalist and the skills needed.

Explorations ... August 2 - 6
An active week of hiking, canoeing the Farmington River and more.

So You Want to Be A Scientist ... August 9 - 13
Our changing planet will need more scientists in the future. Learn scientific techniques and environmental engineering; how to sample water, track wildlife and devise simple science experiments. How can you see the bigger picture when it comes to conservation, protecting wild habitats and the animals that need them?

Summer Send-off ... August 16 -20 for students K– 5th Grade
Spend the final days of summer exploring the forest, fields and streams around the Nature Center.

 
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