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Exhibits, Events & Nature Walks

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Special Events


Exhibits - Special Project


In 2013 the Nature Center and
the Friends of the Roaring Brook
will be holding a variety of fundraisers to support the construction of new raptor cages
for our wonderful resident and rehabilitating birds.

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

Call the Nature Center if you want
to help with this project or
the fundraisers.

To learn more about our birds,
click here.


Nature Programs & Events


July 12th

Annual Farmington Valley Butterfly Count

Roaring Brook Nature Center is once again took part in the annual survey sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association.

For the results of this count, click here.

Selected Thursday afternoons
July 10
July 24
August 7
August 21
2:00 - 2:45 pm

Special Thursday Animal Demonstrations

Several full-length, special animal demonstrations for the public have been scheduled for the summer. Featuring live and mounted animals and a brief power point presentation, each 45-minute demonstration will focus on a different theme and provide an opportunity to learn about the habits and habitats of various animal groups.

The following programs have been scheduled:

July 10 – Animal Babies
Join Nature Center staff members to learn what kind of animals are raising young around our area and what you can do to keep animal babies safe

July 24 – Snakes Alive!
Join Nature Center Director Jay Kaplan for a demonstration featuring snakes.

August 7 – Frogs & Friends
Find out about the secretive lifestyles of frogs, toads and salamanders.

August 21 – Living Dragons
Brian Kleinman of Riverside Reptiles will be on hand with some very special guests for a presentation on lizards.

Cost: $3.00 members, $4.00 nonmembers.
Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult.
Pre-registration is not required.

Wednesday evenings
July 23
August 6
August 20
7:30 - 8:45 pm

Wednesday Evening Walks

Wednesday evening walks provide a relaxing end to a busy summer day and an opportunity to observe a wide range of animals that become more active in the cooler evenings.

In past years we’ve seen and heard a wide range of creatures on our evening walks. What will we find this summer?!

Cost: $4 members; $6 nonmembers (children $2 members, $3 nonmembers). Long sleeves, a flashlight and insect repellent are recommended. Call the Center or visit our website for additional information. Pre-registration not required.







Roaring Brook Nature Center's “SUMMER 2014” 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.

To learn more about our Summer program, click here.  

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

- Parent of student attending Summer 2013 Discovery Days program

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 23rd, 2014
Noon - 4:00 pm

Holiday Craft Fair

Are you interested in being a part of our 2013 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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