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BUILDING OUR FUTURE!

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.

 

NEW RAPTOR ENCLOSURES, CLASSROOM and MUCH MORE
PLANNED FOR THE NATURE CENTER



 

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events and programs offered by

The Children's Museum in West Hartford

Classes

 

DISCOVERY DAYS PROGRAMS

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.


Monday afternoons
1 - 2 pm
September 21
October 19
November 16
December 14

Winter & spring dates TBD

Adventure Story Hour

Adventure Story Time for children ages 2-5 will be held on
selected Mondays each month from 1:00-2:00 pm.
Adults and children can participate in a shared story with a craft and short walk.

Children must be accompanied by an adult

The courtesy of pre-registration is requested. 

Fee will cover the cost of crafts and will help support
the programs at the Nature Center

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

School Vacation Programs for Grades K - 5

Monday, February 15
Tuesday, February 16

9 am - Noon

Nature Carnival

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

Click here for registration form.

Click here for medical form


Monday, April 11
Tuesday, April 12
Wednesday, April 13
Thursday, April 14
Friday, April 15

9 am - Noon

Wildlife Wakes Up!

How do animals know that spring has arrived? Join us for a week of morning fun & exploration in forest field and pond.

Spend vacation mornings looking for wildlife at Roaring Brook Nature Center

Daily Rate: $35 members, $40 nonmembers 
Full Week: $160 members, $185 nonmembers

Pre-registration with payment is required

Click here for registration form.

Click here for medical form



Nature Programs & Events

 


Saturday
February 6
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 fire building and shelter construction.

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

Cost: $5 members, $7 nonmembers; $15/family (members), $20/family (nonmembers).

Pre-registration required.





Monday – Friday
February 8 - 12
anytime 10 am — 5 pm

Crafts all day

Animal demo 11 am & 4 pm

LOVE OUR ANIMALS! Valentine Week

Monday – Love our Frogs

Tuesday – Love our Lizards

Wednesday – Love our Raptors

Thursday – Love ourTurtles

Friday – Love our Snakes

Join us as we celebrate Valentine's Week with our wonderful animals. Each day we will make special Valentines for our animals and loved ones. Special visit with the animal of the day.

Crafts and animal demo free with admission to the Nature Center.

No need to preregister.

 


Friday
February 19
7 pm — 8:30 pm

Full Moon Hike

Dress warmly as we’ll head to the open field for some moon gazing, astronomy and listening for great horned owls, to be followed by hot cider and cookies in the Nature Center auditorium.

This program is not geared for young children.  

Participants should dress for cold evening temperatures!

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


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If spring arrives on time -
Sunday
March 13
2 — 3 pm

If Spring arrives late –
FIRST DAY OF SPRING!
Sunday
March 20
2 — 3 pm

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: $4 members; $6 nonmembers; half-price children

Pre-registration is not required.

 


Friday
March 25
anytime   10 am — 4pm

Saturday
March 26    
anytime   10 am — 4pm

Sunday
March 27     
anytime   1 pm — 4pm

Eggs, Eggs & MORE Eggs!  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.

We have scattered egg clues around the trail (if weather permits) or inside the Nature Center for you to find. 

Scavenger Hunt Map will be sold in Nature Center Store for $2.00 plus admission to the Nature Center.

No need to preregister. 

 

 


Friday
April 1
7:30 - 9 pm

Friday
April 15
7:30 - 9pm

Owl Prowls  

Listen and look for barred owls and other nocturnal creatures along our trails. 

This hike is not geared for very young children.

Cost: $5 members; $7 nonmembers

Pre-registration is required for this program as space is limited.                       

 

 


Saturday
April 2
9 am to 3 pm

 

Richard C. "Dick" Petersen Reptile Day

Rare Reptiles of New England - and Why They are Important
Tom Tyning, Professor of Environmental Science, Berkshire Community College, MA

The 21st Centruy Serpent: Copperheads as Model Study Organisms
Chuck Smith, Assoc. Professor, Department of Biology, Wofford College, NC

Status and Conservation Needs of the Timber Rattlesnake
Earl Possardt, United States Fish & Wildlife Service

Canton Box Turtle Study
Jay Kaplan, Director, Roaring Brook Nature Center

Connecticut's Native Snakes Exhibit
Brian Kleinman, Riverside Reptiles

Program schedule to be posted shortly
There is no cost for this event. 
Programs are funded by donations in memory of Dick Petersen.



Thursday
April 7   
7:00 — 8:30 pm

Vernal Pool Walk /Amphibians Program

Learn about the amphibians that inhabit vernal pools as we search for nocturnal wildlife. 

Cost: $5 members; $7 nonmembers

Pre-registration is required for this program as space is limited. 

Not geared for very young children. 


Monday – Friday     
April 11 — 15     
anytime 1pm —  4 pm

Guided hike each day at 2pm

Name that Nest!

Many animals are busy preparing nests for the season ahead.  Find the hidden nests around the Nature Center. 

Join us for a guided spring hike through Werner’s Wood each afternoon at 2 pm. 

Guided hike free with admission to the Nature Center.

 

 

 


Tuesday evening
April 19 
5 — 8:30 pm

Flatbread Pizza Night Fundraiser for the Nature Center

A percentage of the pizza sales supports the Nature Center.

Bring your friends, bring your family for dinner at Flatbread’s at The Shoppes at the Farmington Valley. 


Saturdays
April 30
May 7
May 21    
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


MOTHER'S DAY
Sunday
May 8 

Talk  1 — 2 pm

Walk  2 — 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 to 2 pm.

Join us 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 not required. 


Sunday
May 22
1 — 2 pm

Butterfly Gardens are for the Birds

Butterfly gardens may attract a host of beautiful winged creatures to your yard, not just butterflies. 

Find out what makes a successful butterfly habitat and how you can improve your butterfly habitat.   

A 45-minute talk will be followed by a walk through the Nature Center’s native plant gardens.

Cost: $4 members; $6 nonmembers 

Preregistration requested.   



Nature Center closed for Memorial Day May 30  - Trails open dawn to dusk




Sunday afternoon
June 19        
1:30 — 2:30 pm

Summer Solstice Father’s Day Hike

Join us on the first day of summer for a 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. 

Pre-registration not required.


 


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Classes

 

DISCOVERY DAYS PROGRAMS

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.

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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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

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS! 
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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