Thank you!  All of the programs are fantastic & you make them the BEST.  People here are top notch.

- Parent of Nature Arts class student

Roaring Brook Nature Center's SUMMER 2022 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.  

Grade levels are those your child will enter in the fall

SUMMER 2022 brochure

KEEPING SAFE THIS SUMMER
Click here to learn about the measures we are taking
to keep your child safe during these times

Protocols subject to change as conditions change

ONLINE REGISTRATION
Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly recommended!

For Program Descriptions click here

Please click on the green links below to register for classes online

Acorns (for ages 4 & 5)

Sprouts (Kindergarten - Grade 1)

Saplings   (Grades 2, 3, & 4)

Mighty Oaks  (Grades 5 and up)

Summer Kick-off (Grades K - 5)

Summer Send-off (Grades K - 5)

To register by mail for our SUMMER 2022 programs
please read Note to Parents & Caregivers
and
fill out Registration, Medical, Photo Permission, & Mask Waiver forms below

REGISTRATION FORM (print version) 
Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly recommended!
Full payment is required for all camp registrations


THE FOLLOWING MEDICAL AND PERMISSION FORMS
MUST BE COMPLETED AND SENT TO
RBNC@thechildrensmuseumct.org
AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE START
OF YOUR CHILD(REN)'S PROGRAM

MEDICAL FORM  and MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION FORM
(mail in at least one week prior to program)


NOTE TO PARENTS AND CARE GIVERS
(last page of this document must be signed and returned)

PHOTO PERMISSION FORM

REFUND POLICY
If you find that your summer plans have changed,
please call us at your earliest convenience and
we will make every effort to reschedule your child to another class. 

In the event that your child cannot attend the program,
you will receive a full credit towards
another summer program.



Click here to learn about Summer programs offered in West Hartford at



Each week offers a theme around which activities have been developed.
P
rograms include short hikes, games, stories, crafts and 
visits with the Nature Center's animals.


  Monday through Friday
Time: 9 am - Noon
 
$250 members, $295 nonmembers (5-day program)

July 5-9 Only: $200 Members,$240 Nonmembers (4-day program
)

Limit: 15 students     

Participants should bring a snack daily (NO Nut products please)

MASKS REQUIRED INDOORS
Protocols subject to change as conditions change

REGISTRATION LINKS COMING SOON

MIGHTY minis ... June 20 - 24 
The strongest creatures in the world are often the smallest, but they are also the most unknown. Let’s discover this MIGHTY world of tiny creatures.

Animal Babies ... June 27 - July 1
Find out how different animals take care of their young. Look at nests, eggs, tadpoles and much more!

Toad-ley Awesome ... July 5 -8
How is a toad different from a frog? Find out what makes amphibians so amazing!

Splish, Splash ... July 11 - 15
Water, water everywhere - what does it do? Where does it go?  Who lives in it? Who needs it?

Sounds of the Forest (NEW) ... July 18 - 23
Birds were made for singing, how about you? When summer arrives, the animal kingdom is buzzing with noise and every animal has a part. Rabbits thump their feet, dragonflies zoom and turtles are splish splashing!  Come hear their songs and join the jamboree! 

Dig It! ... July 25 - 29
Let’s go digging in the woods and field and see what is happening under our feet. With magnifiers and tools we will explore who lives there and what grows there.

Butterfly Bonanza ... August 1 - 5 
Experience the magical journey from caterpillar to butterfly. What happens inside a “pupa?” Can you say metamorphosis?

Life Under a Log ... August 8 - 12
Is anybody home? Explore the mysteries that lurk beneath a forest log.  What secrets are hidden there?

 

Each week offers a theme around which activities have been developed.
P
rograms include short hikes, games, stories, crafts and 
visits with the Nature Center's animals.


  Monday through Friday
9 am - Noon  for morning programs
    1 - 4pm
  for afternoon program may be available if AM program fills

         $250 members, $295 nonmembers (5-day program)

July 5-9 Only: $200 Members,$240 Nonmembers (4-day program
)  

Limit: 15 students

Grade levels are those your child will enter in the fall

Participants should bring a snack daily (NO Nut products please)

MASKS REQUIRED INDOORS
Protocols subject to change as conditions change

REGISTRATION LINKS COMING SOON

Summer Kick-off ... June 20 - 24 for students K– 5th Grade
Spend the early days of summer exploring the forest, fields and streams around the Nature Center.

Trail Blazers
... July 27 - July 1
Take to the trails for a grand exploration! Let’s follow our curiosity and search for animal signs, watch for birds, and peek at plants.

Eye Spy ... July 5 - 8
Get out your detective spy glasses and magnifiers! We're going to look for clues in the forest, fields and streams to solve the many mysteries of the outdoors. 

Budding Birders (NEW) ... July 11 - 15   
Robins, bluebirds, and owls; oh my, this class will be a hoot! Your little sprout will explore all that birds have to offer through hands-on activities, exploratory hikes, and egg-citing crafts.

Fish, Frogs & Polliwogs ... July 18 - 22 
Get our boots and buckets ready and head to the stream and pond! Discover the mysterious world below the surface. Who lives there and what do they look like?

Creepy Critters ... July 25 - 29  
Some creatures just look odd or behave in weird ways. Let’s learn a little more about them and find out that they are not so creepy after all.

Rockin’ Rocks ... August 1 - 5   
Calling all rock hounds!  Jump into geology with this rockin’ good program. We’ll start a collection, make fossils, create sculptures, and even make musical instruments to sing some rockin’ good tunes.  

Water, Wind & Sun ... August 8 - 12 
Find your “force” and the forces of nature! Join us for exciting science experiments, magnets, volcanic eruptions, and much, much more!

Summer Send-off ... August 15-19 for students K– 5th Grade
Spend the final days of summer exploring the forest, fields and streams around the Nature Center.


Programs for youngsters with a developing interest in the natural world

Monday through Friday
9 am - Noon  for AM programs

  Afternoon program (1-4 PM) may be available if AM program fills

         $250 members, $295 nonmembers (5-day program)

July 5-9 Only: $200 Members,$240 Nonmembers (4-day program
)  

Limit: 15 students

Grade levels are those your child will enter in the fall

Participants should bring a snack daily (NO Nut products please) 

MASKS REQUIRED INDOORS
Protocols subject to change as conditions change

REGISTRATION LINKS COMING SOON

Summer Kick-off ... June 20 - 24 for students K– 5th Grade
Spend the early days of summer exploring the forest, fields and streams around the Nature Center.

Backyard Science ... June 27 - July 1
9 AM - Noon 
      1 - 4 PM     
Time to head outside and rediscover the mysteries that exist in our own backyards. This week will be full of experiments, adventures and explorations!

Caring for Critters... July 5 - 8       
Have you ever made a salad for a turtle or given a rain shower to a frog?  Learn what special care our resident animals need.  Get a behind the scene look at what it takes to keep our animals healthy.

Survival in the Wilderness ... July 11 - 15
9 am - Noon         1 - 4 PM 
What would you do if you were lost in the woods? How would you find and make your own shelter? Discover how people and animals develop skills to survive in the wild.

The Colors of Nature... July 18 - 22   
Paint, draw, sculpt and more using as many natural materials as possible. Designed to help students interpret what they see in the natural world in an artful way.

Native American Naturalists... July 25 - 29
9 am - Noon         1 - 4 PM 
Step back in time and discover what life was like 600 years ago for the Native Americans who lived here. Learn how to build shelters, make tools, and more.

A World of Water... August 1 - 5   
Did you know that a single drop of water (H20) contains thousands of living things? We’ll search of the creatures that inhabit this wet and wonderful world!

Nature's Olympics (NEW) ... August 8 - 12   
Defy the limits as you push yourself and nature. Learn about the gold medalists in your backyard and what extraordinary adaptations allow plants and animals to make it to the final round

Summer Send-off ... August 15 -19 for students K– 5th Grade
Spend the final days of summer exploring the forest, fields and streams around the Nature Center.

 

Designed for the student with a high degree of interest in the natural world.


Morning programs
  Monday - Friday
9am - Noon


         $250 members, $295 nonmembers (5-day program)

July 5-9 Only: $200 Members,$240 Nonmembers (4-day program
)  

Grade levels are those your child will enter in the fall

Bring a snack and water (NO Nut products please)

MASKS REQUIRED INDOORS
Protocols subject to change as conditions change

Limit: 15 students

REGISTRATION LINKS COMING SOON

Summer Kick-off ... June 20 - 24 for students K– 5th Grade
Spend the early days of summer exploring the forest, fields and streams around the Nature Center.

Things That Fly ... June 27 - July 1
Get ready to study and census birds, butterflies and dragonflies in Werner’s Woods and on adjacent land trust properties. We will participate in the Connecticut Breeding Bird Atlas and the Farmington Valley Butterfly Survey.

The Road Less Traveled (NEW) ... July 5 - 8
This hiking program focuses on the hidden gems around the Nature Center property. The routes may be unmarked, untraveled, and undisturbed, perfect for finding hidden fauna.

In Cold Blood (NEW) ... July 11 - 15
Cold-blooded animals require particular adaptations to survive the cold of winter and the heat of the summer. Delve into the world of insects, arachnids, fish, reptiles, and amphibians.

Into the Great Green Woods ... July 18 - 22
Northwestern CT’s forests provide habitat for a diversity of wildlife including bear, moose, bobcat and fisher. While we may not see these animals, we will carefully explore the forests they call home. This program takes a close look at how our forests’ have changed over the years.

Water Ecology (NEW) ...July 25 - 29
Water is important to all forms of life, so keeping it clean is vital.  Learn all about who and what lives in our brooks, and the balance they bring to the ecosystem through exploratory hikes, in-depth exploration, and experiments.  

Explorations ... August 1 - 5
An active week of hiking, canoeing the Farmington River and more.

So You Want to Be A Scientist ... August 8 - 12
Our changing planet will need more scientists in the future. Learn scientific techniques and environmental engineering; how to sample water, track wildlife and devise simple science experiments. How can you see the bigger picture when it comes to conservation, protecting wild habitats and the animals that need them?

Summer Send-off ... August 15 -19 for students K– 5th Grade
Spend the final days of summer exploring the forest, fields and streams around the Nature Center.

 
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