Exhibits, Events & Nature Walks

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Exhibits - Special Project


The Nature Center and the
Friends of the Roaring Brook
will be holding a variety of fundraisers
to support the construction of
new raptor / wildlife enclosures
for our wonderful resident / rehabilitating
birds and animals.

To learn more
about this project,
click here

Call the Nature Center if you
would like to to help
with this project,
our fundraisers, or to
make a donation.




To donate to this project, click here.



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events and programs offered by

The Children's Museum in West Hartford

Nature Programs & Events

January 28
1:30 pm — 3 pm

Groundhog Day Hike

Will the Groundhog see his shadow and what does it really mean? Walk gently through the forest to uncover the mysteries of wildlife habits in mid-winter. Take our groundhog day quiz. Watch a program on groundhogs. Make your predictions on when spring will really arrive and win small gift certificate to our store.

Cost: $5 members, $7 nonmembers: half-price children.
Pre-registration is not required.

January 31
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Under the ‘Snow' Moon Family Night Hike

This month’s moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Snow Moon because the heaviest snows usually fell during this time of the year. If there is deep snow, bring your own snow shoes or borrow ours. Join us for a guided hike through Werner’s Woods. We won’t hear any wolves but we may hear owls and other creatures of the night. Find out why the February moon will be a BLACK moon.

Cost: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Pre-registration is required.

February 3
anytime 10 am – 4 pm

February 4
anytime 1 pm – 4 pm

Superb Owl Weekend

Before the Big Game this weekend, join us at the Nature Center to celebrate Superb Owl Sunday. Learn about our magnificent native owls and preview their new enclosures.

Take part in our animal sports mascots scavenger hunt and discover which mascot would be the best for your dream team. Owl related crafts and games.

Crafts and activities free with admission to the Nature Center. No need to pre-register.

Monday, February 19
9 am - Noon

Tuesday , February 20
9 am – Noon

It’s Snow Wonder!
Roaring Brook Nature Center Vacation Program
for students Grades K - 5

Fun with snow and ice, animal tracking and, depending upon weather conditions, snowshoeing or even maple sugaring will be part of this two-day vacation program.

Daily Rate: $35 members, $40 nonmembers

Click here for registration form

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Pre-registration with payment required


March 1
7:00 pm — 8:15 pm

Under the Full ‘Sap’ Moon - Family 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.

Cost: $5 members; $7 nonmembers. Pre-registration required.

March 4
2 – 3 pm

Winter Tree ID Hike

If you look closely, winter trees aren’t bare at all. Their buds, twigs, bark, and general shape give plenty of clues as to their identity. Join us for a late winter hike through to learn who’s who in our woods.

Cost: $5 members; $7 nonmembers.

Pre-registration required.

Sunday, March 11
2 — 3 pm

Sunday, March 18
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.

Cost: $5 members; $7 nonmembers

Pre-registration is not required.


March 30
7:30 pm — 9:00 pm

March Madness Owl Prowl

Listen and look for barred owls and other nocturnal creatures along our trails. Not geared for very young children.

Cost: $5 members; $7 nonmembers.

Pre-registration required - space is limited.

March 26
10 am – 4 pm

The Wonderful, Wacky Wood Frog

The wood frogs are waking up from their long winter’s frozen nap. Join us as we celebrate these remarkable creatures. Take a hike to our vernal pool to listen to their spring ‘quacking’ and make wood frog crafts.

Crafts and hikes free with admission to the Nature Center. No need to preregister.

Friday & Saturday
March 30 & 31
anytime 10 am — 4 pm

Sunday, April 1
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.

Scavenger hun and crafts free with admission to the Nature Center.

No need to preregister. 

April 5
7:00 — 8:30 pm

Vernal Pool Walk / Amphibians Program

Join us for a program on the amphibians that inhabit vernal pools followed by a walk to local wetlands to view nocturnal wildlife.

Not geared for very young children.

Cost: $5 members; $7 nonmembers.
Pre-registration required - space is limited.

Monday - Friday
April 9 – 13
9 am – Noon

Spring Fever!
Roaring Brook Nature Center Vacation Program
for students 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.

Daily Rate: $35 members, $40 nonmembers
Full Week: $165 members, $190 nonmembers

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Pre-registration with payment is required

Wednesday – Saturday
April 11— 14
anytime 1 — 4 pm

April 15
anytime 1 — 4 pm

Spring is for Babies

Spring​ ​is​ ​in​ ​the​ ​air​ ​and​ ​it’s​ ​time​ ​for​ ​babies!​ ​​in the afternoons, ​Wednesday​​​ ​to Saturday​​ ​join us for ​games​ ​and​ ​crafts​ ​that​ ​are​ ​all​ ​about wild​ ​babies,​ ​their​ ​habitats,​ ​families,​ ​and​ ​diet. 

Bring​ ​in​ ​a​ baby shower  gift ​donation​ ​from​ ​our​ Amazon ​wishlist​ ​​to​ ​enter​ ​for​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​a rehabbed animal release​ ​or​ ​a​ ​private​ ​tour​ ​of​ our wildlife clinic.

Sunday Baby Shower

Join​ ​us​ ​on​ ​Sunday​ ​​for​ ​a​ ​baby​ ​shower​ ​to benefit​ ​the​ ​orphaned​ ​wildlife​ ​that​ ​come​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Roaring​ ​Brook​ ​Nature​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​care.​ ​

Enjoy​ ​an animal​ ​demonstration​ ​with​ ​“Roger”​ ​the​ ​baby​ ​box​ ​turtle,​ ​hear​ ​a​ ​30- ​minute​ ​presentation​ at 2 pm ​about what​ ​to​ ​do​ ​when​ ​you​ ​encounter​ ​wildlife​ ​babies,​ ​and​ ​play​ ​games​ ​inspired​ ​by​ ​our​ ​wild​ ​friends!

Bring​ ​in​ ​a​ ​baby​ ​shower​ ​gift​ ​donation​ ​from​ ​our​ ​Amazon​ ​wishlist​ ​to​ ​enter​ ​for​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​a rehabbed​ ​animal​ ​release​ ​or​ ​a​ ​private​ ​tour​ ​of​ ​our​ ​wildlife​ ​clinic.​ ​

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

April 17
5 – 8 pm
Flatbread Pizza Night
Fundraiser for Nature Center

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

A percentage of the pizza sales supports the Nature Center.


April 22
1 – 4 pm

Earth Day at the Nature Center

Spend an Earth Day afternoon at the Nature Center. See what has been happening at the Nature Center over the past few months.

Admission free to the Nature Center on Earth Day.

April 28
May 5
May 19
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 and dress for wet ground underfoot.

Cost: $5 members; $7 nonmembers.

Pre-registration is not required

Sunday, May 13
Talk 1 pm—2 pm
Walk 2 pm—2:30 pm

Annual 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. Geared for all ages.

Cost: $4 members; $6 nonmembers. Moms admitted free.

Pre-registration required.

Nature Center closed for Memorial Day May 28
Trails open dawn to dusk

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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.

The cost of each four-week session is $40.00 for members, $50.00 for nonmembers. A $10 discount is extended to families with a second child attending during the same time period. Portions of the program are held outdoors, please dress accordingly.

Register by mail or in person during regular Nature Center hours. 
For a printable form, click here.

Please call the Nature Center at (860)693-0263 for additional information and to determine if there are class openings prior to mailing your registration.



Roaring Brook Nature Center's SUMMER 2017 Discovery 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.  


For our SUMMER DISCOVER DAYS 2017 brochure

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

Email us at rbnc@thechildrensmuseumct.org or call 860.693.0263

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).

Parties include a live animal demonstration, nature walk, and use of our auditorium for holding the party. Cost of a party is $150 for members, $175 for nonmembers.

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


Sunday before Thanksgiving
November 20, 2016
Noon - 4:00 pm

Holiday Craft Fair

Are you interested in being a part of our 2016 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
Email: rbnc@thechildrensmuseumct.org
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