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.


The Nature Center thanks


for their generous donation
to this project!


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events and programs offered by

The Children's Museum in West Hartford

Nature Programs & Events

January 12
7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Under the ‘Wolf ‘Moon
Family Night Hike

The full moon this month was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Wolf Moon because this was the time of year when hungry wolf packs howled outside their camps. 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.

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

Friday, January 13

SEED PICK UP at Petals & Paws
in Canton OR West Hartford
Friday, January 20
Saturday, January 21   OR
Sunday, January 22

January Wild Bird Seed Sale

Help feed our feathered friends this winter
while supporting the programs & activities
at Roaring Brook Nature Center
& The Children’s Museum!

For an order form, please click here.

Please have your order to us by Friday, January 13, 2017


Many thanks to

for their help and support with this sale!

January 16
anytime 10 am — 4 pm

Guided hikes at 11 am & 2 pm
Crafts all day

Snow Much Fun!

Looking for some fun winter activities? Visit the Nature Center for a guided hike through the woods.

Weather permitting, we will look for tracks or other signs of animals who spend the winter in Werner’s Woods. Make a winter animal craft.

Cost: Hike and crafts free with admission to the Nature Center.
No need to preregister.

January 18
7 pm

SNOW DATE: Thursday, Jan 19

Maple Sugaring 101

Rob Lamothe of Lamothe’s Sugar House will present a hands-on program designed to help local residents who hope to make their own maple syrup this year. The program will include information on tree identification, necessary equipment, how to tap as well as “sugaring” anecdotes gleaned from years of making maple syrup in Burlington, Connecticut!

Cost:  $3 members, $6 nonmembers


January 29
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: Nonmembers - $6 adult, $4 children;  half-price for members.
Pre-registration is not required.

All February

Guess When Spring Will Arrive

When you visit the Nature Center in February be sure to enter our contest to predict the first day of spring (which according to Nature Center staff is the first day when the wood frogs are heard calling at our vernal pool).

The correct prediction will win a $5 gift certificate to our store.

February 4
2 pm — 4 pm

Family Winter Survival

What do you do if you get lost in the woods in winter? Learn what basic supplies you may need to survive a night outdoors. Includes shelter construction and fire building (and maybe make S’Mores).

Dress for winter weather. Not geared for children under 9.

Cost: $6 members, $9 nonmembers;
        $20/family (members), $30/family (nonmembers).

Pre-registration required.


February 5
anytime 1 pm – 4 pm

Wildlife Super Sunday

Bears vs cardinals? Eagles vs buffalos? Ravens vs rams?

Join us at the Nature Center to learn about the animal sports mascots and whom you would want to have on your dream team. Turtle racing, games, and treats.

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

February 10
7:30 – 8:45 pm

‘Snow Wading’ Moon - Family Night Hike

Join us for a guided hike through the snowy woods. 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.

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

Monday, February 20
Tuesday, February 21
9 am - Noon

It’s Snow Wonder!
School Vacation Program for 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.
Pre-registration with payment required

February 26
2 – 3 pm

And the Award Goes To…

Which animals deserve the award for Best Actor, Best Costume, Best Special Effects, Best Sound Effects?

Attend our ‘red carpet’ animal demonstration and vote for your favorite to win the 2017 Animal Awards. Dress to impress.

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

If spring arrives on time -
Sunday, March 12
2 — 3 pm (Daylight savings time)

If spring arrives late –
Sunday, March 19
2 — 3 pm

Check website for updates

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: $6 adults, $4 children; members half-price
Pre-registration is not required.


Sunday March 12
7:30 pm — 9:00 pm
(Full Moon Hike)

Friday, March 31
7:30 pm — 9:00 pm

March Madness Owl Prowl

Listen and look for barred owls and other nocturnal creatures along our trails. The March 12 Prowl will be under a full moon 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.

Not geared for very young children.

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

April 6
7:00 — 8:30 pm

Vernal Pool Walk /Amphibians Program

Brian Kleinman from Riverside Reptiles will present a program on the amphibians that inhabit vernal pools and lead 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 10 to April 14
9 am – Noon

Spring Fever!
School Vacation Program for Grades K - 5

Join us for a week of morning fun & exploration in forest, field, and pond looking for wildlife at Roaring Brook Nature Center. Learn how animals know that spring has arrived.

Daily Rate: $35 members, $40 nonmembers
Full Week: $165 members, $190 nonmembers.
Pre-registration with payment is required.

Wednesday – Friday
April 12 — 14
anytime 1 — 4 pm

Saturday, April 15
anytime 10 — 4 pm

Sunday, April 16
anytime 1 — 4 pm Tuesday

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs! Spring Scavenger Hunt

Spring is the season of eggs – bird eggs, frog eggs, turtle eggs, fish eggs!
Help us find them and 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.

Cost: Scavenger hunt maps free with admission to the Nature Center.
No need to preregister.

April 18
5:30 - 8 pm

Flatbread Pizza Night Fundraiser
for the Nature Center

Bring your friends, bring your family for dinner at Flatbread's at The Shoppes at the Farmington Valley.  Dine in or take out!

A percentage of the pizza sales supports the Nature Center.

April 20
7 – 8 pm

Earth Day Talk
Saving Our Wild Areas, One Yard at a Time

The spring gardening season is upon us and there are many things we can do in our own yard to help our local wildlife and habitats. Join us to learn how you can make a difference.

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

April 29
May 6
May 20
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: $3 members; $5 nonmembers
Pre-registration is not required.

Sunday, May 14
Talk 1 pm—2 pm
Walk 2 pm—3:30 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 followed at 2 pm by a guided walk through our woods and our native plant gardens looking for wildflowers. Geared for all ages.

Cost: Adults $6; children half-price.
Moms admitted free. Pre-registration not required.

Nature Center will be closed for Memorial Day, May 29 – Trails open dawn

Saturday, June 3
Talk 1 pm—2 pm
Walk 2 pm—3:30 pm



Hundreds of overlooked edible and medicinal wild herbs, greens, berries, nuts, seeds, roots, and mushrooms grow wild in natural areas throughout our region. People often destroy these renewable species as "weeds," but they've nourished and healed human beings for thousands of years. Under expert supervision, they're easy to learn, recognize, gather ecologically, and use for food and home remedies. And people who explore their local ecosystems to learn about wild foods become more committed to protecting our environment's non-renewable resources.

The tour leader, world-famous naturalist "Wildman" Steve Brill, seasons the seasonal edibles with generous helpings of science and conservation, a pinch of folklore and mythology, a dash of history, and an all-natural extract of cooking information; all tossed together with his jokes, humor and anecdotes.

This tour also provides a great way to get children of all ages interested in the natural world that surrounds us, and the science that explains it all.

To learn more, visit "Wildman's" web site, www.wildmanstevebrill.com

Cost:  $15 members, $20 nonmembers

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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

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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