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Nature Programs, Hikes & Events

Birds in Winter
Until March 30


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.


'VISIT & WIN' Contest

Each time Members visit Roaring Brook Nature Center
or The Children's Museum
during the month of March,
you will be entered into the 'Visit & Win ' contest.

One entry per day, per family

Win a family opossum encounter
at either the Nature Center or The Children's Museum

(as determined by the winner)

The winner will be announced on April 7


Our top “frequent flyer ” family will receive
a $25 Gift Certificate that can be used in our Gift Shops
at either the Nature Center or Children's Museum!

Visit more frequently and improve your chances!


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

March 26
10 am — 1 pm

Marching Forward
With Our Members
Event at Roaring Brook


Join us for a morning of hands-on activities, crafts, STEAM and animal demonstrations, nature hikes, and bird talks in the courtyard.

Watch an Electricity demonstration with Ian,
join the Paint Pouring demonstration to create your own work of art, or if the weather allows,
take a hike on the trails!

Activities are subject to change

Refreshments and snacks will be available throughout the day.

Attendance to the member's event counts towards the 'Frequent Flyer' and 'Visit & Win' contests. (See above)

Pre-registration required

To register click here


March 26
Program at 2 pm

The First 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

March 31
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.

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

Saturday, April 15

Dark Sky program at 1 pm

Turn Out the Lights!
Dark Sky Event

International Dark Sky Week (April 15 - 22) 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.


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 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

May 7
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


Sunday, May 14
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

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


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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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.


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

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
Copyright © 2006 Roaring Brook Nature Center. All rights reserved worldwide


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events and programs offered by

The Children's Museum in West Hartford

70 Gracey Road, Canton, CT  06019          Phone: 860-693-0263          rbnc@thechildrensmuseumct.org
Copyright © 2006 Roaring Brook Nature Center. All rights reserved worldwide