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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 2019 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

NEED AN EARLY DROP-OFF?
Children (all ages) will be able to participate in a few morning activities
before classes begin
Monday—Friday Time: 8 am - 9 am
$10 per day or $40 per week
TO PRE-REGISTER, CLICK HERE

 

For our SUMMER PROGRAMS 2019 brochure
CLICK HERE...

ONLINE REGISTRATION
Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly recommended!
Please click on the links below to register for classes online.

Buds: Nature for Little Ones  (3 year olds)
Session I
Session II
Session III

Acorns: Pre-School  (4 & 5year olds)

Sprouts (Kindergarten - Grade 1)

Saplings   (Grades 2, 3, & 4)

Mighty Oaks  (Grades 5 and up)

Summer Send-off   (K - Grade 5)

To register by mail for our SUMMER 2019 programs
please 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

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

 

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. 

Refunds are available only if your child's place
can be filled from our wait lists.


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.
Application deadline is June 3

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM


 

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


Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday      
Time: 9:00 - 11:45am


Members: $95.00   Nonmembers: $120.00

Limit: 12 students

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

    Nature for Little Ones
    Fun, fun, fun in the outdoors! Explore, laugh and play during this week of hands-on explorations!

    Session I:  June 17, 18, 19

    Session II:  June  24, 25, 26

    Session III:  August 5, 6, 7




    Monday - Thursday (except where noted)
    Time: 9:00 - NOON


    Members: $130.00 / Nonmembers: $155.00 (per program)
    Limit: 12 students

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

    Toad-ley Awesome!... June 17 – 20    
    Search the forests, streams and ponds for toads, frogs and their cousins the salamanders! Where do they live? What are they doing on these summer days?

    Animal Babies (NEW)... June 24 – 27    
    Find out how different animals take care of their young. Look at nests, eggs, tadpoles and much more!

    Butterfly Bonanza... July 1, 2, 3   3-day class 
    Experience the magical journey from caterpillar to butterfly! Search far and wide for eggs, caterpillars, butterflies, and moths!
    3-Day Class Cost: $95 Members, $120 Nonmembers

    Dig It!... July 8 - 11    
    Let’s go digging outside and see what is happening in the world beneath our feet. With magnifiers and tools we will head out and explore what lives in the soil.

    Who Goes There?  (NEW)... July 15 - 18   
    Search for tracks, feathers and other clues that animals leave behind. Use our detective skills to learn who’s in our forest.

    Growing up WILD!... July 22 - 25  
    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.

    SPLISH & SPLASH ... July 29 - August 1   
    Water, water everywhere! Where does it come from, where does it go? Enjoy a week of explorations in the pond, river, and stream!

    Life Under a Log... August 5 - 8    
    Is anybody home? Explore the mysteries that are hidden beneath a log and on the forest floor.

    MIGHTY Minis ... August 12 - 15
    The strongest creatures in the world are often the smallest, but they are 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
Time: 9 am - Noon
 
       
Members $160.00 / Nonmembers: $195.00 per program
Limit: 15 students

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

Nature's Detectives ... June 24 - 28    
Who left these tracks? What made that sound? We live in a world of wonder, so let’s explore, use fancy gadgets, and find answers to these and other questions.

Creepy Critters... July 1, 2, & 3  3-day class     
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.
3-Day Class Cost: $95 Members; $120 Nonmembers

Nature’s Builders (NEW)... July 9—13   
Unplug and use your ‘Minecraft’ skills outdoors. Using natural materials, we will test our building skills.

Fish, Frogs & Polliwogs ... July 15—19  
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?

Rockin’ Rocks ... July 22—26      
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.

Busy Beavers ... July 29—August 2  
Busy beavers let’s get to work! Did you know that a beaver is a fantastic architect and engineer? Let’s learn beaver skills and try to impress them with ours!

Water, Wind & Sun (NEW) ... August 5—9
Find your “force” and the forces of nature! Join us for exciting science experiments, magnets, volcanic eruptions, and much, much more!

Where the Wild Things Are!... August 12—16
Let’s take to the forests, fields, streams and ponds and search for the “Wild Things” that live in different habitats!

Summer Send-off ... August 19, 20, 21 for students K– 5th Grade
Spend the final days of summer exploring the forest, fields and streams around the Nature Center.
3-Day Class Cost: $95 Members, $120 Nonmembers

 

Programs for youngsters with a developing interest in the natural world

Monday through Friday (except as noted below)
Time: 9:00 am - Noon

Members: $160.00 / Nonmembers: $195.00 per program
Limit: 15 students

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

Survival in the Wilderness ... June 24—28
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.

Paws, Claws & Jaws    July 1, 2, & 3     3-day class  
A coyote’s jaw, a squirrel’s paw, a bear’s claw - each of these animals is specialized to find food, climb, dig and more. Discover the unbelievable adaptations different creatures have and why.
3-Day Class Cost: $95.00 Members, $120.00 Nonmembers


Naturally Creative ... July 8—12
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. ART SHOW: Friday at 11:45 am for family members and friends!

Junior Naturalist (NEW) ... July 15—19
Learn about the various animals in your backyard and what makes them so unique.

Nature’s Engineers ... July 22—26
Nature has some of the best problem solvers. Let’s learn from them and see who is the best builder.

Indian Woods Wisdom ... July 29—August 2
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.

H2-Whoa! A World of Water ... August 5—9
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!

Trail Blazers (NEW) August ...12—16
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.

Summer Send-off ... August 19, 20, 21 for students K– 5th Grade
Spend the final days of summer exploring the forest, fields and streams around the Nature Center.
3-Day Class Cost: $95 Members, $120 Nonmembers

 

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.


Unless otherwise noted, these programs will consist of
three half-day and two full day programs.
9am - Noon (Monday - Wednesday) / 9am - 3:30pm (Thursday - Friday)


Members: $250       Nonmembers: $290
(except as noted)

Bring a snack. For all-day classes, participants should also bring lunch.
(NO peanut products please)

Chasing Dragons...June 24 – 28     Grade 5 & up
CT’s only program on our fastest-flying insects, it combines natural history, physical fitness and hand-eye coordination as we attempt to “catch” these prehistoric creatures and add to CT’s dragonfly database.
Limit: 12 students
 

Saving CT’s Wildlife... July 1. 2 & 3
NOTE: Class runs from 9—3:30 pm each day
How do we help protect CT’s wildlife? Discover the world of conservation and different steps we can take to preserve our native animals and their habitats.
3-Day Class Cost: $220 Members, $260 NonMembers
Limit: 12 students

Explorations I ... July 8—12
An active week of hiking, canoeing the Farmington River, exploring tidal salt marshes and more.
Limit 12 students


Junior Vets ... July 15—19
Interested in animals or becoming a vet or wildlife rehabilitator when you grow up? Join us to learn about caring for exotic animals and wildlife. Take an in depth look at what it means to be an animal caretaker.
NOTE: Junior Vets I and II are similar classes
Cost:$265 Members, $310 Nonmembers

Limit 8 students

Reptiles & Amphibians ... July 22—26
Get ready to look for and learn about frogs, salamanders, turtles and snakes. This program includes short field trips to local natural areas.
NOTE: Class runs from 9 - Noon (Monday - Friday)
Cost: $165 Members, $200 Nonmembers
Limit 12 students

Reptiles & Amphibians...July 23 - 27
Get ready to look for and learn about frogs, salamanders, turtles and snakes. This program includes short field trips to local natural areas.

Junior Vets II...July 29 - August 2
Interested in animals or becoming a vet or wildlife rehabilitator when you grow up? Join us to learn about caring for exotic animals and wildlife. Take an in depth look at what it means to be an animal caretaker.
Note: Junior Vets I and II are similar classes
Cost: $265 Members, $310 Nonmembers
Limit: 8 students

Farmington River Ramblin'...August 5 - 9
Find out about the wildlife, ecology and history of the Farmington River. Includes a series of short field trips, plus an all-day canoe trip.
Limit 12 students

Explorations II... August 12 – 16
Another week of exciting field trips to CT’s unique natural areas. Includes opportunities for hiking, canoeing, and wildlife observation.
Limit 12 students

Summer Send-off ... August 19, 20, 21 for students K– 5th Grade
Spend the final days of summer exploring the forest, fields, and streams around the Nature Center.
3-Day Class Cost: $95 Members, $120 Nonmembers

 

 
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