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Ongoing Events Along Our Trails

Scavenger Hunts

The Nature Center is posting a series of nature scavenger hunts along our trails to add to your enjoyment. Scavenger hunt maps are available at the front door of the Nature Center.  Come enjoy these free seasonal experiences.

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Ongoing Happenings at Roaring Brook

Nature Programs, Hikes & Events

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Night Hike

Almost Full 'Thunder Moon' Hike

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THURSDAY, July 18

8 – 9:15 pm

Join us for an evening walk under the Thunder Moon, the Native American name for July’s full moon when summer storms are common.

Long sleeves, a flashlight & insect repellent are recommended.

Cost: $11 each / $36 family of four.

Pre-registration is required.

Sundays in the Garden Series:
How to Bring Nature to Your Yard

Gardening Under the Stars:
Saving Our Nocturnal Pollinators

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SUNDAY, July 28

1 – 2:30 pm

The glow of uncontrolled outdoor lighting is causing serious harm to nocturnal animals, migrating birds, and insects, as well as our own health. Learn how you can make your garden more attractive to our important nocturnal pollinators and how you can help our fireflies and migrating birds.

This free program has been funded by The Canton Greater Together Community Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Pre-registration is required.

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Family Event

Butterfly Tea Party & Storytime

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WEDNESDAY, July 31

1 – 3:30 pm
Storytime at 1:30 pm

Dress in your butterfly attire & waltz out to the Butterfly Garden for lemonade & cookies!  Meet our resident butterflies & caterpillars, make butterfly crafts, and attend the storytime.

Event is included with admission to the Nature Center.

No registration necessary.

Sundays in the Garden Series:
How to Bring Nature to Your Yard

Gardening for Bees, Butterflies & Other Pollinators

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SUNDAY, August 11

1 – 2:30 pm

Pollinators need our help. Learn about our many native pollinators, how they keep our ecosystems healthy, and how you can manage your garden to provide just what they need. We will hike to our native plant gardens to learn how these plants are designed for our native pollinators.

This free program has been funded by The Canton Greater Together Community Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Pre-registration is required.

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Family Event

Teddy Bear Picnic & Storytime

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WEDNESDAY, August 14

1 – 3:30 pm
Storytime at 1:30 pm

Join us for lemonade and a sweet treat. Bring your favorite teddy bear, make a bear craft, learn what our local bears are doing as summer ends. Bring a photo of the bears that have visited your yard.

Event is included with admission to the Nature Center.

Pre-registration is not required.

Night Hike

Almost Full 'Corn Moon' Hike

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THURSDAY, August 15

7:30 – 8:45 pm

Join us for an evening walk under the almost full Corn Moon, a time when corn is ripe.

Long sleeves, a flashlight & insect repellent are recommended.

Cost: $11 each / $36 family of four.

Pre-registration is required.

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Sundays in the Garden Series:
How to Bring Nature to Your Yard

Gardening with Frog & Toad

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SUNDAY, September 1

1 – 2:30 pm

A garden filled with the peeps, trills, quacks, or croaks from our native frogs and toads is one of the best ways to judge the health of our local ecosystem. Learn how to garden to help the amphibian populations in your yard and beyond throughout the year. Hike down to our wetlands to learn more about their habitats.

This free program has been funded by The Canton Greater Together Community Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Pre-registration is required.

Bird Watching

Saturday Morning Bird Hikes

September 7, 14, & 21       
7:30 — 9 am

Join us as we wander the trails through Werner’s Woods during the fall migration season. Binoculars and footwear for wet ground conditions are all you will need. Geared for all levels of birding expertise, but not for very young children.

Donation requested.
Pre-registration not required.

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Mushroom Hike

Mushrooms with 'Mushroom Marlene'

Saturday, September 7
Time TBD

Join Marlene Snecinski of the CT Valley Mycological Association for a hike along Werner’s Woods trails looking for mushrooms.

$11 per person / $36 per family of four
Reservations required  Link coming soon.

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Sundays in the Garden Series:
How to Bring Nature to Your Yard

Gardening with Critters

SUNDAY, September 15

1 – 2 pm

Chipmunks, rabbits, and deer – oh my! No matter how much we enjoy wildlife many of these creatures can wreak havoc in our gardens. Learn how to humanely co-exist with these local creatures.

This free program has been funded by The Canton Greater Together Community Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Pre-registration is not required but reservations appreciated.

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Night Hike

Full ‘Harvest’ SUPER Moon Hike

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Tuesday, September 17
7:30 – 8:45 pm

Join us for a guided hike under the full moon known by early Native American tribes as the Harvest Moon as it marked the period of time when corn was harvested. A supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth, known as perigee.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.
$11 each / $36 family of four

Reservations required.

Nature Hike

Autumnal Equinox Family Hike

Sunday, September 22
10 – 11:15 pm

Fall begins at 8:43 am EDT on September 22. Join us for this guided family walk on the autumnal equinox to look for signs of fall. Discover how the warmth of summer has turned into a bounty of fall berries, seeds and nuts.

$11 each / $36 family of four
Registration required.

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Sundays in the Garden Series:
How to Bring Nature to Your Home

Butterfly Gardens Are For The Birds

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SUNDAY, September 29

1 – 2:30 pm

Butterfly gardens attract a host of beautiful, winged creatures to your yard, not just butterflies. Find out what makes a successful butterfly habitat. Tour RBNC’s butterfly garden to learn how it transforms into a bird garden at different times of the year.

This free program has been funded by The Canton Greater Together Community Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Pre-registration is not required but appreciated.

Special Event

Woolly Bear Fall Festival!

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Thursday , October 3
anytime 10 am — 4 pm (school holiday)

Storytime at 10:30 am & 1:30 pm

According to legend, woolly bear caterpillars can predict whether we will have a mild or cold and snowy winter. Visit the Nature Center ahd head out on the trails for a self-guided scavenger hunt to learn more about our wildlife winter weather prognosticators.

Fall crafts & trail scavenger hunt free with admission to the Nature Center

Pre-registration not required.

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Nature Program

Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands

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Monday, October 14
10 am – 4 pm

Storytime at 10 am
Special one-hour program  at  1pm (registrations required)

Join us to celebrate the native peoples who were here before Columbus. Our program will discuss the wisdom and contributions of the pre-European native people of the eastern woodlands in New England. We will visit our longhouse, examine Native American tools, and learn which foods we inherited from them.

Crafts, scavenger hunt, and story time are free with admission

Registrations required for special one-hour program.

Night Hike

Full ‘Hunters’ SUPER Moon Hike

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Thursday, October 17
7:30 – 8:45 pm

Join us for a guided hike under the full moon known by early Native American tribes as the Harvest Moon as it marked the period of time when corn was harvested. A supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth, known as perigee.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.

$11 each / $36 family of four
Reservations required.

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Special event

HOBGOBLIN FAIR

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Saturday, October 26 

Two Sessions
9:30 – 11:30 am
OR
1 – 3 pm

What “critters” will appear on our trails this Halloween? Join us for our annual Hobgoblin Fair held the Saturday before Halloween. The Fair is hosted by The Friends of Roaring Brook Nature Center.

Children are encouraged to wear costumes IF suitable for walking in the woods and participating in the craft activities. Parents should plan to stay with their children. Please note that there are no refunds and participants should attend the session for which they register.

Cost: $10 per person
Fee includes our featured ‘Track & Treat’ walk, take-home craft bags, have your picture taken with Hoot the “owl”, Hunt in the Leaves, and more…

Suitable for children ages 3 – 8.

Pre-registration required. 

Special Event

Oh Deer! It’s Election Day

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Tuesday, November 5
anytime 10 am — 3 pm 

Storytime at 11 am & 1 pm

This election day, drop in and learn about our white-tailed deer and their wonderful antlers. Crafts and deer scavenger hunt available.

Free with admission to the Nature Center.
No need to pre-register.

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Night hike

Full ‘Beaver’ SUPER Moon Hike

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Friday, November 15
7:30 pm – 8:45 pm 

Join us for a guided hike under the full moon known by early Native American tribes as the Hunters Moon. This time of year the leaves are falling and the game is fattening up for winter. A supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth, known as perigee.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.

$11 each / $36 family of four
Reservations required

Fundraiser for RBNC

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR

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Sunday, November 24
Noon — 4pm

The Friends of Roaring Brook Nature Center will hold their annual Holiday Gift and Craft Fair on the Sunday before Thanksgiving from Noon until 4 pm. Start your holiday shopping with nature-related gifts for all ages. Handmade crafts include felted ornaments, pottery, jewelry, soaps and many other items made by local artisans. The proceeds from the Fair benefit the Nature Center’s programs and activities.

There is no charge to visit the Nature Center or attend the Fair on this date

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Nature Center closed Thanksgiving Day November 28
Trails open dawn to dusk

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Nature Program & Guided Hikes

Turkey Daze! Scavenger Hunt

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Friday, November 29  & Saturday, November 30
anytime 10 am — 4pm 

Guided hikes at 1:30 pm each day

How well do you really know Meleagris gallopavo, the wild turkey, a cousin of the domesticated turkey? What is a turkey’s snood? What is a Jake? Do turkeys have beards? Take a self-guided turkey scavenger hunt or register for a guided hike at 1:30 pm. Crafts, quiz and more.

Free with admission to the Nature Center.

Registration required for guided hikes
$11 per person / $36 for family of four

Night Hike

Full ‘Cold’ Moon Night Hike

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Saturday, December 15
7:00 – 8:15 pm 

Bundle up and join us for a guided woodland hike under December’s full moon. This month’s moon is known by early Native American tribes as the Full Cold Moon because this is the time of year when the cold winter air settles in and the nights become long and dark.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.

$11 each / $36 family of four
Registrations required. 

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Special Program & Guided Hike

Winter Solstice Celebration & Hike

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Saturday, December 21 
2:30 – 4 pm

The Winter Solstice arrives at 4:19 am EDT on Saturday, December 21. In terms of daylight, this day is 6 hours, 4 minutes shorter than on June Solstice. Join us on one of the longest nights of the year to celebrate the Winter solstice and learn how people have observed this special day and season over millennia.

Presentation will be followed by a late afternoon hike to enjoy the long shadows and peace of the woods in winter. Learn how nature anticipates the upcoming lengthening of the days.

$11 each / $36 family of four
Registrations required.