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Exhibits, Events & Nature Walks

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Exhibits - Special Project


In 2015 the Nature Center and
the Friends of the Roaring Brook
will be holding a variety of fundraisers
to support the construction of
new raptor / animal enclosures
for our wonderful resident / rehabilitating birds and animals.

Stay tuned to learn more about
the upcoming events...

Call the Nature Center if you want
to help with this project or
the fundraisers.

To learn more about our birds,
click here.


April 24
7:30 pm — 10 pm

Thank Frog It's Friday

Bring your friends for a fun evening of live music, refreshments, and activities.

This is an adults only (21 and over) fundraiser for the Nature Center.

To order tickets, click here.

Call the Nature Center for more information - 860.693.0263



Nature Programs & Events


March 27
7:30 pm — 9:00 pm

Owl Prowl  

Listen and look for barred owls and other nocturnal creatures along our trails.

Pre-registration is required for this program as space is limited.

Not geared for very young children.

Cost: $5 members; $7 nonmembers.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
April 3—5
10 am - 4pm

Eggs, Eggs and MORE Eggs! Scavenger Hunt

Spring is the season of eggs – bird eggs, frog eggs, turtle eggs, fish eggs!  Help us find them and learn about the animals that laid them. We have scattered eggs around the trail and inside the Nature Center for you to find.

Scavenger Hunt Map will be sold in Nature Center Store for $2.00 plus admission to the Nature Center.

No need to preregister.

April 9
7 pm — 8:30 pm

Vernal Pool Walk /Amphibians Program

Learn about the amphibians that inhabit vernal pools as we search for nocturnal wildlife.

Pre-registration is required for this program as space is limited.

Not geared for very young children.

Cost: $5 members; $7 nonmembers

April 11
Noon—4 pm

Family Raptor Day

Join us for a fun day of children & adult programing featuring the Roaring Brook birds of prey. 

Cost: $4 members, $6 nonmembers

Preregistration not requested.

April 21
5 pm — 8:30 pm

Flatbread Pizza Night Fundraiser
for the Nature Center

Bring your friends, bring your family for dinner at Flatbread’s at The Shoppes at the Farmington Valley.

A percentage of the pizza sales supports the Nature Center.

April 25, May 2, May 16
7 am — 9 am

Weekend Bird Walks

An early morning walk through Werner’s Woods provides welcome sights and sounds for beginning birders as well as those with more experience in the field.

Bird walks are not geared for younger children.

Bring binoculars and dress for wet ground underfoot.

Cost: $3members ; $5 nonmembers

Pre-registration is not required.

May 1
7pm - 9pm
Doors open at 6:45pm

Painting in the Woods

Be creative, have fun, paint a colorful woodscape painting to take home —several color palettes to choose from!

No experience necessary. Local artist, Lori Racicot-Burrous, will guide you through the process of choosing your color palette, planning your design, and completing your painting.

Cost: $45 includes canvas, paint, instruction & helps support the Nature Center.
Adult event (21 and up).     BYOB.

Desserts and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

Click here to reserve your spot —  space is limited

Call the Nature Center for more information - 860.693.0263.


Sunday, May 10
Talk 1 pm—2 pm
Walk 2 pm—3 pm

Annual Mother's Day Wildflower Talk & Walk

Connecticut has a myriad of spring wildflowers. Find out why they bloom in the spring, where to find them, how they got their names and what makes these plants so special.

Join us for a special lecture at 1 pm and at 2 pm for a guided walk through our woods and our native plant gardens looking for wildflowers. 

Geared for all ages.

Cost: $4 members; $6 nonmembers; children half-price.  Moms admitted free.

Pre-registration is not required.

May 16
3 pm - 4 pm

Muddy Kids are Healthy Kids

There is so much going on beneath our feet in soil – it’s an intriguing ecosystem and it keeps our plants, and our children healthy!  

Join us as we get the dirt on soil and learn how playing in the mud actually benefits kids.

Cost: $4 members, $6 nonmembers. 

Preregistration requested. 

May 23
1 pm

Hunt for Wild Common Milkweed
with “Wildman” Steve Brill

Naturalist/author “Wildman” Steve Brill will lead one of his world famous foraging tours on his annual visit to the Nature Center, scheduled as late spring herbs & greens should be popping up.

A 30-minute talk followed by a 90-minute walking tour along the trails of Werner’s Woods in search of wild food.

Space is limited. Preregistration recommended.

Advance Registration $15 / $20 at the door

June 21
1:30—2:30 pm

Summer Solstice Father’s Day Hike

Join us on the first day of summer for guided walk on the Quarry Trail and learn about the history of the land before it became Werner’s Woods. 

Cost: $4 members; $6 nonmembers; children half-price.  Dads admitted free.




SUMMER 2015 Discovery Days

Enrollment is now open for Roaring Brook Nature Center’s “SUMMER 2015” Discovery programs.  These 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 towards the natural world around them.

To learn more, click here.



Mondays from 1 - 2 pm

April 13
May 11
June 8

Adventure Story Time
for children ages 2-5

Adventure Story Time for children ages 2-5 will be held on selected Monday afternoons each month. Adults and children can participate in a shared story with a craft and short walk.

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Pre-registration is requested

There is a charge of $3/child; maximum $6 per family

Discovery Day Programs

Registration is open for Discovery Days, 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 elemantary age students. For more details, click here.

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.

School Vacation Programs for Grades K - 5
9 am - Noon
Monday - Friday
April 13 - 17

Wildlife Wakes Up!

How do the 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
Week Rate: $150 member; $175 nonmember

Pre-registration with payment required

For registration form, please click here.

Home School Programs

The Nature Center staff can create special programs for your home school group.

Email us at rbnc@thechildrensmuseumct.org or call 860.693.0263

Guided Nature Walks


Nature Walks

During July and August, group nature walks may be scheduled by individuals, families or by organized groups on selected weekday afternoons. Walks may be general or may focus on a specific topic of interest. Call the Nature Center for additional information.

The Werner Woods trails are open year-round for self-guided tours.  Trail guide books are available in the Nature Center store for $2.00.


Volunteers Needed!
  • Volunteers interested in working with the Nature Center's Raptor Care Program (must be over 18 years of age), please call the Center (860) 693-0263. Whatever time you can offer will be appreciated.

For more information on our volunteer needs, click here.

Birthday Party Opportunities

During the school year, the Nature Center offers birthday parties on Saturdays (morning parties from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM, afternoon parties from 1:30-3:30 PM) and on selected weekday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

During July and August, the Nature Center will offer birthday parties on selected weekday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:30 PM. (Please note that birthday party availability is subject to the Nature Center’s summer program schedule of classes and public events).

Parties include a live animal demonstration, nature walk, and use of our auditorium for holding the party. Cost of a party is $150 for members, $175 for nonmembers.

For more information, click here. To make a reservation call the Center at (860) 693-0263.


Sunday before Thanksgiving
November 22, 2015
Noon - 4:00 pm

Holiday Craft Fair

Are you interested in being a part of our 2015 Holiday Craft Fair?  We welcome vendors who have produced hand-made gifts and/or natural products to sell as 'gifts' during the holiday season.

For an registration form, please contact Margery Winters at mwinters@thechildrensmuseumct.org or 860.693.0263


Scout Programs

Leaders of Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scout Troops, as well as Cub Scout Troops, will find that numerous badge requirements may be fulfilled by a visit to Roaring Brook Nature Center. To learn more, click here.


70 Gracey Road, Canton, CT  06019
Phone: 860-693-0263
Email: rbnc@thechildrensmuseumct.org
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