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Nature Programs, Hikes & Events

The Bee's Needs
Until July 8

Paws, Claws & Jaws
Until July 15

What's That Buzz?
Until July 31

Now You See It,
Now You Don't

Until August 15

The Bear Facts
Until September 14

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!





Wednesday
June 22
1:30 – 3 pm

Firefly Fun

Join us to celebrate NATIONAL INSECT WEEK (June 20 -26).

Learn more about these fascinating creatures and where to find them.

Make a firefly craft and listen to firefly stories.

Event is included with admission to the Nature Center (members free). No need to preregister.



Nature Center will be closed for Independence Day - July 4
Trails open dawn to dusk
Wednesday
July 6
1:30 – 3 pm
Storytime @2 pm

Butterfly Tea Party
& Storytime


Dress in your butterfly attire & waltz out to the garden to visit with the butterflies. Make butterfly crafts and listen to stories about these magical creatures.

Event is included with admission to the Nature Center (members free).

No need to preregister.




Saturday
July 16
10 to 11:15 am

Native Plant Hike

Join us for a guided walk through the native plant gardens and along our trails to learn about our native trees, shrubs, and perennials. Discover why we should plant these in our own yards.

$5 members; $10 nonmembers

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

To register for this hike, click here
(Link coming soon)


Saturday
July 16
1 – 3 pm

WORLD SNAKE DAY

Drop by Saturday afternoon to learn how these long, legless reptiles play an important role in the natural environment and food webs

Snake demos & crafts.

Event included with admission to the
Nature Center (members free).

Pre-registration not required



Wednesday evenings
July 20 & August 17
7:30 – 8:45 pm

Trails @Twilight

Join us for an evening hike on our trails. What will we find this summer?!

In past years we’ve seen and heard a wide range of creatures on our evening walks.

Long sleeves, flashlight & insect repellent recommended.

$5 member; $10 nonmember
Preregistration required
LINK COMING SOON


 



Wednesday
July 20
1:30 – 3 pm
Storytime at 2 pm

Lady Bug Lunch & Storytime

Bring a bag lunch or snack and enjoy an afternoon at the Nature learning about ladybugs and other insect helpers. Make ladybug crafts.

Event is included with admission to the Nature Center (members free).
No need to preregister.




Saturday
July 23

Farmington Valley
Butterfly Count


The Nature Center will host the Farmington Valley Butterfly Count, a part of an annual survey sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association.

For information on how to participate in the Count, please call the nature Center at 860.693.0263.

Participants in the Count should be prepared to travel throughout the Farmington valley and be in good physical condition.



Wednesday
August 3
1:30 – 3 pm
Storytime at 2 pm

Look Whoooos Celebrating!

Join us (one day early!) at the Nature Center to celebrate International Owl Awareness Day with stories and crafts.

Visit our resident owls and listen to stories about our native owls.

Event is included with admission to the
Nature Center (members free).

No need to preregister.




Wednesday
August 17
1:30 – 3 pm
Storytime at 2 pm

Teddy Bear Picnic
& Storytime


Bring your favorite bear, make bear crafts, and learn what our local bears are doing this time of the year.

Bring a photo of the bears that have might have visited your yard for our Bear(s) With Us poster board.

Event is included with admission to the
Nature Center (members free).

No need to preregister.



Sunday
August 28
2 - 3:15 pm

End of Summer Hike

August 31 marks the meteorological end to summer even though we are weeks away from the Fall Equinox.

Join us for a guided hike around Werners Woods to see how plants and animals are getting ready for the start of fall.

$5 member/$10 nonmember

Preregistrations required. LINK COMING SOON



 

 

Nature Center closed Labor Day - September 5
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
Copyright © 2006 Roaring Brook Nature Center. All rights reserved worldwide


 

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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