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.

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.




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events and programs offered by

The Children's Museum in West Hartford


Nature Programs & Events


Wednesday evenings
July 6
July 20
August 3
7:30 - 8:30 pm

Wednesday Evening Walks

What will we find this summer?!

In past years we’ve seen and heard a wide range of creatures on our evening walks

Long sleeves, a flashlight & insect repellent recommended

Cost: $3 members ; $6 nonmembers (Children - $2 members, $3 nonmembers) Pre-registration is not required

Nature Center will be closed for July 4  - Trails open dawn to dusk


July 7
2 - 2:45 pm

Animal Babies - Animal Demonstration

Join Nature Center staff members to learn what wild animals are raising young & what you can do to keep animal babies safe. 

Cost:  $4 children, $6 adult
Pre-registration is not required

Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult 



Monday & Wednesdays
July 11, 13, 18 & 20
1 - 3:30 pm

Junior Vets Club

Interested in animals or becoming a vet or wildlife rehabilitator when you grow up? Join us for this new program for a chance to learn about caring for exotic animals and wildlife.

For students in grades 6 – 9     
Limit: 12 Students       
Cost: $95 Members,  $115 Nonmembers


July 15
1:30 - 3 pm

Butterfly Tea Party & Story Time

Dress in your butterfly attire, make a set of antennae to match.

Waltz out to the Butterfly Garden for some tea, lemonade and cookies!

Meet our resident butterflies & caterpillars, make a butterfly craft, and more....

Cost: Admission to the Nature Center (members free)


July 21
2 - 2:45 pm

Snakes Alive - Animal Demonstration

Join Nature Center staff to learn about these fascinating creatures.

Program will include live animal demonstration.

Cost: $4.00 members, $6.00 nonmembers
Pre-registration is not required

Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult

July 23

Butterfly Count meets at
Nature Center at 7:30 am  

Butterfly Program/Walk
1:30 – 3 pm

Annual Butterfly Count

The Nature Center will host the Farmington Valley Butterfly Count, a part of an annual survey sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association

To take part in the Butterfly Count, meet at Nature Center at 7:30 am in the Nature Center parking lot.  Participants in Count should be prepared to travel throughout the Farmington Valley and be in good physical condition.

Following the Count there will be a Butterfly Program/Walk from 1:30 to 3 pm at the Nature Center.  This program is open to the public.

Program Cost: $3.00 members, $6.00 nonmembers
Pre-registration is not required

Call the Center for additional information.

August 4
2 - 2:45 pm

Turtles Big & Small - Animal Demonstration

Turtles come in many shapes and sizes. Join us as we visit with these ancient animals.

Cost:$4.00 members, $6.00 nonmembers 
Pre-registration is not required

Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult


August 9
1:30 - 3 pm

Teddy Bear Tea Party

Bring your favorite teddy bear, make a bear craft,
learn what our local bears are doing this time of the year, and more....

Cost: Admission to the building (members free).



August 11
2 - 2:45 pm

Living Dragons - Animal Demonstration

Brian Kleinman of Riverside Reptiles will be on hand with some very special guests for a presentation on lizards

Cost:  $4.00 members, $6.00 nonmembers
Pre-registration is not required

Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult


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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 2016 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 2016 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

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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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