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Nature Programs, Hikes & Events

Birds in Winter
Until February 15

 

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.

DONATIONS WELCOME!





Saturday, February 11
10 am – 4 pm


Sunday, February 12
1 – 4 pm

LOVE OUR ANIMALS WEEKEND

Join us as we celebrate Valentine's Day with our wonderful animals. Make special Valentines for our animals and loved ones. Special visits with the animals throughout the day.

Crafts and animal demos free with admission to the Nature Center.

Donations for the animals from
our Wishlist are appreciated


Free with admission to the Nature Center
No need to preregister


Sunday
February 19
1:30 – 2:45 pm

Winter Tree ID Hike

If you look closely, the winter trees buds, twigs, bark, and general shape give plenty of clues as to their identity. Join us for a late winter hike to learn who’s who in our woods.

$11 each / $36 family of four
Pre-registration required

To register click here


Monday, February 20
9 am - Noon

Tuesday, February 21
9 am – Noon

Winter Wanderers
Vacation Program for Grades K - 5


Fun with snow and ice, animal tracking and, depending upon weather conditions, maple sugaring will be part of this vacation program.

Two-day program:
$100 members, $120 nonmembers

Pre-registration with payment required

To register click here

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Monday
March 6
7:00 — 8:15 pm

‘Sap’ Moon Night Hike

Join us for a guided walk under a full moon. This moon was known to Native Americans as the Full ‘Sap’ Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow, and the annual tapping of maple trees begins. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.

$11 each / $36 family of four

Pre-registration required

To register click here


Sunday
March 12
2 — 3 pm

Maple Sugaring in Your Own Backyard

Our annual demonstration teaches you how to make maple syrup the easy way. We’ll cover the entire process from identifying the tree to the best part – tasting the final product.

$11 each / $36 family of four
Pre-registration is required

Link coming soon




Sunday
March 19
Hike at 2 pm

Spring is Coming Hike

This year the spring equinox occurs on Monday, March 20 at 5:24 pm EDT. Join us for a guided hike along the trails as we look for signs of spring.

$11 each / $36 family of four

Pre-registration required

To register click here


Friday
April 7
7:30 — 9:00 pm

Owl Prowl

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

Not geared for very young children

$11 each / $36 family of four

Pre-registration required - space is limited

To register click here


Friday, April 7 anytime
10 am — 4 pm

Saturday, April 8
anytime 10 — 4 pm

Sunday, April 9
anytime 1 — 4 pm

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs!
Spring Scavenger Hunt


Spring is the season of eggs – bird eggs, frog eggs, turtle eggs, fish eggs! Learn about the animals that laid them and the nests they have built to hold them. Find the hidden “nests” around the Nature Center, then head out on the trails on a scavenger hunt to see where eggs will be laid this spring. Crafts all day.

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


Sunday
April 9
Program at 2 pm

The Frogs of Spring

The wood frogs are waking up from their long winter’s frozen nap and other amphibians will soon be waking up as well.

Join us at 2 pm for a short program on our amphibians followed by a short hike to local vernal pool to listen to their spring ‘quacking.’  Frog crafts.

Free with admission to the Nature Center


Monday – Friday
April 10 - April 14
9 am – Noon

Spring Fever!
Vacation Program for Grades K - 5


How do animals know that spring has arrived? Join us for a week of morning fun & exploration in forest, field and pond. Spend vacation mornings looking for wildlife at Roaring Brook Nature Center

Full Week: $250 members, $295 nonmembers  Pre-registration with payment is required

To register click here


Tuesday
April 18
5 — 8:30 pm

Flatbread Pizza Night
Fundraiser for the Nature Center


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

A percentage of the pizza sales supports the Nature Center.

 

 

 


Saturday, April 22
10am – 4 pm

Dark Sky program at 1 pm

Dark Sky hike at 8:00 pm

EARTH DAY: International Dark Sky Week

International Dark Sky Week draws attention to the problems associated with light pollution. A growing body of research suggests that the glow of uncontrolled outdoor lighting is causing serious harm to nocturnal animals, migrating birds, and insects. Learn what you can do to reduce light pollution around your home.

Program free with admission to the Nature Center.  No preregistration required.

Evening Hike:  $11 each / $36 family of four
Pre-registration required

To register click here


Saturday mornings
April 29
May 6
May 20

7 — 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 & dress for wet ground

Donations welcomed

Pre-registration is not required


MOTHER'S DAY
Sunday, May 7
Talk 1 —2 pm
Walk 2 —2:30 pm

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 from 1 pm to 2 pm and at 2 pm for a guided walk through our native plant gardens looking for wildflowers.

$11 each / $36 family of four

Pre-registration required

To register click here


Sunday
May 21
1:30 pm

Gardening for the Bees and Other Pollinators
World Bee Day


May 20 is World Bee Day. Join us (one day late) to learn about our many native pollinators, their important role in keeping our ecosystems healthy, and how you can manage your garden to provide just what they need.

$11 each / $36 family of four

Pre-registration required

To register click here


Sunday
May 14
1 – 4 pm

Turtle Derby:
A Run for the Strawberries


Join us for an afternoon of turtle races as we celebrate the opening of our turtle ponds for the summer season. Will the winner be Toby, the ornate box turtle; Juliette, the box turtle; or Timber, the wood turtle. Turtle crafts/activities. 

Free with admission to the Nature Center

No need to pre-register

 


 

Nature Center closed for Memorial Day May 29
Trails open dawn to dusk

 


   
 

   
 

   
 

   
 

 
   




 












 

 


 



 

 

* Family rates apply for two adults and two children (over two years of age)

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Classes

DISCOVERY DAYS PROGRAMS

 

Discovery Day Programs

Registration is open for the upcoming 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.

SUMMER PROGRAMS




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.  

Click here to learn more and to register online

Click here for our
SUMMER PROGRAMS 2021brochure

 

Home School Programs

 

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

Explore the wonders of our
woods, fields, and stream.

Each class will investigate a different aspect
of a central theme, complete with
hands -on experiments &
plenty of time outdoors.

Classes comply with
CT State Sceince Standards for
Pre-K to Grade 2

To learn more or to schedule a program,
email us at rbnc@thechildrensmuseumct.org
or call 860.693.0263

Click here to learn about
Homeschool programs
offered by
The Children's Museum in West Hartford

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).

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


Sunday before Thanksgiving
Noon - 4:00 pm

Holiday Craft Fair

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS! 
Are you interested in being a part of our 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          rbnc@thechildrensmuseumct.org
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70 Gracey Road, Canton, CT  06019          Phone: 860-693-0263          rbnc@thechildrensmuseumct.org
Copyright © 2006 Roaring Brook Nature Center. All rights reserved worldwide