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Membership benefits include free admission to the Nature Center and to The Children’s Museum in West Hartford, as well as discounts on program fees, a 10% discount in the Nature Center’s Store, and invitations to special events.

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Another way to support the Nature Center:

Friends of Roaring Brook


Do you love the Nature Center but are not interested in feeding the snakes or helping with office duties? Then consider joining the Roaring Brook Nature Center’s Auxiliary, also known as the Friends of Roaring Brook.

Friends Special Events / Fundraisers

  • Day of Caring – September Auxililary provides lunch for workers
  • Hobgoblin Fair – Saturday before (or on) Halloween, rain or shine
  • Holiday Craft Fair – Noon – 4 PM Sunday before Thanksgiving
  • Friends Annual Meeting / Potluck Dinner –  April
  • Fundraisers to help fund special capital projects for the Nature Center

Help make crafts for public events

Looking for something different?

Volunteer Opportunities


Help with construction projects


Help with fundraisers

We Are Accepting Volunteers At The Nature Center

Roaring Brook Nature Center is looking for volunteers!  We are looking for people who have a few hours a month, an interest in animals or the environment, and a desire to serve a larger community.  If you have skills (all types, from art to office to computers), we have needs (all kinds, from animals to organizing). Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Office Support
  • Grant Writing/ Fundraising
  • Public Relations
  • Special Events
  • Hospitality
  • Building Maintenance (carpentry, electrical, etc.)

For more information, call Christina Gilbert at (860) 693-0263 or email


Care for the resident animals

Animal Care Volunteers
(8th Grade students and older)

Those interested in caring for our resident reptiles and amphibians please fill out the following application.

For more information, call Liam Shortt at (860) 693-0263 or email


Ambassador Raptor Care Volunteer &
Wildlife Apprentices Needed!

Are you interested in volunteering in the Nature Center’s Raptor Care Program? Volunteers must be over 18 years of age. Whatever time you can offer will be appreciated.

For more information, call Liam Shortt at (860) 693-0263 or email


Gardeners Needed!

Volunteers are needed in the spring and summer to help maintain the Porritt Wildflower Trail and the Marabeth Finn Memorial Butterfly Garden.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call Margery Winters at (860) 693-0263 or email


Nature Center Rental

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