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Exhibits, Events & Nature Walks

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Exhibits - Special Project


In 2015 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.

Stay tuned to learn more about
the upcoming events...

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




Nature Programs & Events


April 25, May 2, May 16
7 am — 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: $3members ; $5 nonmembers

Pre-registration is not required.

Sunday, May 10
Talk 1 pm—2 pm
Walk 2 pm—3 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 at 1 pm and at 2 pm for a guided walk through our woods and our native plant gardens looking for wildflowers. 

Geared for all ages.

Cost: $4 members; $6 nonmembers; children half-price.  Moms admitted free.

Pre-registration is not required.

May 16
3 pm - 4 pm

Muddy Kids are Healthy Kids

There is so much going on beneath our feet in soil – it’s an intriguing ecosystem and it keeps our plants, and our children healthy!  

Join us as we get the dirt on soil and learn how playing in the mud actually benefits kids.

Cost: $4 members, $6 nonmembers. 

Preregistration requested. 

May 23
1 pm

Hunt for Wild Common Milkweed
with “Wildman” Steve Brill

Naturalist/author “Wildman” Steve Brill will lead one of his world famous foraging tours on his annual visit to the Nature Center, scheduled as late spring herbs & greens should be popping up.

A 30-minute talk followed by a 90-minute walking tour along the trails of Werner’s Woods in search of wild food.

Space is limited. Preregistration recommended.

Advance Registration $15 / $20 at the door

June 21
1:30—2:30 pm

Summer Solstice Father’s Day Hike

Join us on the first day of summer for guided walk on the Quarry Trail and learn about the history of the land before it became Werner’s Woods. 

Cost: $4 members; $6 nonmembers; children half-price.  Dads admitted free.


July 11

Butterfly Count - 7:30 am
(Meet in parking lot)

Butterfly Walk  1:30 - 3:00 pm

20th Annual

Join us for our annual butterfly count and see what butterflies are present in our area this year. 

Participants in the Count should be prepared to travel throughout the Farmington Valley to census butterflies and may stay for just a few hours or for the entire day.

An educational program and walk will be held on the grounds of the Nature Center and adjacent Werner’s Woods from 1:30-3:00 PM.

The cost for this 90 minute program is $4 for members, $6 for nonmembers.

Sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association. 


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SUMMER 2015 Discovery Days

Enrollment is now open for Roaring Brook Nature Center’s “SUMMER 2015” Discovery programs.  These 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 towards the natural world around them.

To learn more, click here.



Mondays from 1 - 2 pm

May 11
June 8

Adventure Story Time
for children ages 2-5

Adventure Story Time for children ages 2-5 will be held on selected Monday afternoons each month. Adults and children can participate in a shared story with a craft and short walk.

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Pre-registration is requested

There is a charge of $3/child; maximum $6 per family

Discovery Day Programs

Registration is open for 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.

Home School Programs

The Nature Center staff can create special programs for your home school group.

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 22, 2015
Noon - 4:00 pm

Holiday Craft Fair

Are you interested in being a part of our 2015 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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