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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


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: $3 members; $6 nonmembers; children half-price.  Dads admitted free.

July 8

2pm - 3pm

Butterfly Tea Party

You are invited to a Butterfly Tea Party

in the Butterfly Garden

at Roaring Brook Nature Center

from 2pm to 3pm

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

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

Meet our resident butterflies and caterpillars,

make a butterfly craft, and more....

Cost: Admission to the Nature Center (members 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 $3 for members, $6 for nonmembers.

Sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association. 


July 16
7 pm

Rhinoceros Conservation: Special Program

Rhino horn is worth more in its weight than gold or cocaine, making it more valuable than the drug trade for highly organized crime syndicates involved in poaching these animals.

Samantha Corbett, recent UConn graduate with a degree in Natural Resources and a concentration in Fisheries & Wildlife Conservation Planning, will share what she learned about these rare & endangered animals while working for the summer in a rhino orphanage in South Africa.

Donations to The Legend Rhino Orphanage will be accepted in lieu of admission for this program.

July 29
2 pm - 3:30 pm

Nature Game Day

Join us for an afternoon of indoor and outdoor nature games for the whole family.

Water games, camouflage games, silly games - there will be games galore!

Door prizes!

Dress for the weather, bring water if the weather is hot.

Cost: Admission to the building (members free).



August 6
7 pm

Coral Reefs: Special Program

As the backbone of the most diverse ecosystem on earth, coral is an irreplaceable natural resource. Reefs contribute countless jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars to local economies every year – we need to understand how deeply we depend on them as well as acknowledge the threats they face.

Isaac Rosenthal, recent Northeastern University graduate with degree in biology and marine biology, will provide a foundation of knowledge about both local and tropical corals in modern times, drawing from his research experience both in Panama and in the Gulf of Maine.

Cost: $3 members, $6 nonmembers


Wednesday Evenings
7:30 - 8:45 pm
July 8
July 22
August 5
August 19

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: $3 members; $6 nonmembers (children $2 members, $3 nonmembers).

Long sleeves, a flashlight and insect repellent are recommended. Call Center for additional information.

Pre-registration not required.

Selected Thursday afternoons beginning at 2:00 pm

July 9 - Animal Babies

July 23 - Frogs & Friends

August 13 - Living Dragons 

August 20 - Snakes Alive!


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.

Cost: $6 adults, $4 child.  Pre-registration is not required.

Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult.

The following programs have been scheduled:

July 9 - 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 23 - Frogs & Friends
Find out about the secretive lifestyles of frogs, toads and salamanders.

August 13 - Living Dragons 
Living Dragons Brian Kleinman of Riverside Reptiles will be on hand with some very special guests for a presentation on lizards.
August 20 - Snakes Alive!
Join Nature Center Director Jay Kaplan for a demonstration featuring snakes.

Click here to learn about more events and programs offered by




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.



Discovery Day Programs

Registration will open in August 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.

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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