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BUILDING OUR FUTURE!

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

Nature Programs & Events


Nature Center will be closed Labor Day, September 7 – Trails open dawn to dusk



Saturday
September 17
anytime 10 am — 2 pm

Wings & Things - Migration Day

Join us in the fields by Werner’s Barn as we watch for migrating hawks and other birds. This is the height of the fall migration and there is no telling what may fly by including birds, butterflies or dragonflies! Stay for a short time or as long as you’d like. Complete the Migration Day scavenger hunt for a small prize.

Outdoor scavenger hunt maps $2 each or free with admission to the Nature Center. No need to pre-register


Saturday Mornings
September 17 & 24
October 1
7:30 — 9 am

Saturday Morning Bird Walks

Join us as we wander the trails through Werner’s Woods during the fall migration season. Binoculars and footwear for wet ground conditions are all you’ll need. Geared for all levels of birding expertise, but not for very young children.

Cost: $3 members, $5 nonmember Pre-registration not required.


Friday
September 23
7:30 - 8:45 pm

Fall Equinox Family Night Hike

This guided evening walk provides a relaxing opportunity to observe a wide range of animals that become more active in the cooler fall evenings. In past years we’ve seen and heard a wide range of creatures on our evening walks. Long sleeves, a flashlight and insect repellent are recommended.

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


Saturday
October 1
9:30 – 11 am

Mushrooms with Mushroom Marlene

Join Marlene Snecinski of the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society for a talk and stroll along the trails of Werner’s Woods. Learn fascinating facts about fungi, which ones are sought after as delicacies and which ones not to touch. Photography is encouraged.


Cost: $4 members, $6 nonmembers. Pre-registration is requested.


Monday
October 10 (Columbus Day)
anytime 10 am — 4 pm

Awesome Autumn Family Fun

Looking for something to do on a lovely fall day during the height of leaf color? Drop in anytime between 10 am and 4 pm and head out on the trails for a fall scavenger hunt and special crafts. Apple cider and cookies will be provided.

Cost: Outdoor scavenger hunt maps are $2 each or are free with admission to the Nature Center. No need to pre-register.


Sunday
October 16
7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Under the ‘Hunters’ Moon
SUPERMOON Family Night Hike

This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Hunters Moon because at this time of year the leaves are falling and the game is fat and ready to hunt. This is also the first of three supermoons for 2016 when the moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.

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


Sunday
October 23
1:30 — 3 pm

Lost in the Woods?

Map, compass, or GPS? Which would be most helpful if you lost your way in the woods? Learn how to use a map and compass together and how to use GPS coordinates. For eight years old and up.

Cost: $4 members, $6 nonmembers.
Pre-registration requested.


Saturday
October 29
10am – Noon OR 1pm — 3pm
RAIN or SHINE

HOBGOBLIN FAIR

What "critters" will appear on our trails this Halloween? Join us for our annual Hobgoblin Fair held the Saturday before Halloween. The Fair features the 'Track & Treat' walk, children's crafts, cupcake decorating, face painting, a Country Kitchen of yummy homemade items, and a delicious lunch of homemade soup, bread and apple cider.

Children are encouraged to wear costumes IF suitable for walking in the woods and participating in the craft activities. Parents should plan to stay with their children. Please note that there are no refunds and participants should attend the session for which they register.

Cost: $8.00 children; $4 adults Fee includes our featured 'Track & Treat' walk, all crafts, and face painting. Other activities available for an additional charge. Suitable for children ages 3 - 8.

Pre-registration with payment is required. Register in by phone, in person, or by mail. Please specify am or pm session.


Tuesday
November 8
anytime 10 am — 4 pm

Houses & Homes for Fairies & Gnomes

What ‘magical’ creatures are living in our woods and gardens? Drop in between 10am and 4pm and tour the custom built fairy and gnome homes on our trails and then, using only natural materials and your imagination, create your own small dwelling for the ‘wee folk’ right on the forest floor! Costumes encouraged.

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


All November

Native American Heritage Month

Visit the Nature Center during November to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Visit our longhouse and go on a Native American scavenger hunt around our trails and exhibits.

Cost: Free with admission to the Nature Center.


Sunday
November 13
1 pm — 2:30 pm

Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands

Join us for a 90-minute program on how the native people lived in the eastern woodlands 600 years ago. We will visit our longhouse, prepare a Native American snack, examine our collection of Native American tools, and play the ‘Deer & Hunter’ game.

Cost: $6 members, $8 nonmember. For ages 6 years and up. Pre-registration required.


Sunday
November 20
Noon — 4 pm

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR

Start your holiday shopping with our nature-related gifts for all ages.
Handmade crafts will include candles, pottery, jewelry, soaps,
felted ornaments & more.

Proceeds from this Friends of Roaring Brook fundraiser
benefit the programs and activities
at Roaring Brook Nature Center.

There is no charge to visit the Nature Center
or to attend the Fair on this date.


Friday, November 25
anytime 10 am — 4pm

Saturday, November 26
anytime 10 am — 4pm

Sunday, November 27
anytime 1 pm — 4pm

Turkey Daze!

How well do you really know Meleagris gallopavo, the wild turkey from which the domesticated version at your Thanksgiving dinner was derived?

What is a turkey’s snood?

What is a Jake?

Do turkeys have beards?

Join us for a turkey scavenger hunt, crafts, and quiz and more.

Cost: Outdoor scavenger hunt maps are $2 each or free with admission to the Nature Center. No need to preregister.



All December

Home for the Holidays Scavenger Hunt

Hike our trails in December and learn which animals have chosen to spend the upcoming holidays in Werner’s Woods.

Cost:  Outdoor scavenger hunt maps $2 each or free with admission to the Nature Center.


Sunday
December 11
1 — 2 pm

Warm Winter Tails

Join us on a cozy winter afternoon for a winter story time and short guided hike in the woods followed by hot cocoa.

Cost: Free with admission to the Nature Center. Pre-registration required.



Wednesday
December 14
7:30 – 8:45 pm

Under the ‘Cold’ Moon
SUPERMOON Family Night Hike

Bundle up and join us for a guided woodland hike under the last ‘supermoon’ of 2016. The moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual. This month’s moon is known by early Native American tribes as the Full Cold Moon because this is the time of year when the cold winter air settles in and the nights become long and dark.

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



Nature Center will be closed Christmas Day & New Year’s Day – Trails open dawn




Monday- Friday
December 26 – 31

Saturday Breakfast & Story time
with 'Anna & Elsa'
10:30 am
(Registration required)

Frozen Fun

Make six-sided snowflakes, learn how animals survive winter cold, snow and ice, and hike the trails around the Nature Center to find frozen treasures. Go outside on a ‘Frozen’ scavenger hunt.

Cost:  Outdoor scavenger hunt maps $2 each or free with admission to the Nature Center. Activities and crafts are free with admission to the Nature Center.

Stay tuned to find our about Saturday Breakfast & Story Time with 'Anna and Elsa'.



Thursday
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.


Monday
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.



Sunday
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: $4 members, $6 nonmembers: half-price children.
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 $10 gift certificate to our store.


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

Pre-registration required.


     

Sunday
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 who you would want to have on you dream team. Turtle racing, games, and treats.

Cost:  Free with admission to the Nature Center. No need to preregister.


Friday
February 10
7:30 – 8:45 pm

‘Snow Wading’ Moon 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


Sunday
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 Oscars. Dress to impress.

Cost: Free with admission to the Nature Center. No need to preregister.




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



Thursday
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.Bring

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

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: $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 $2 each or free with admission to the Nature Center. No need to preregister.



Tuesday
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.  A percentage of the pizza sales supports the Nature Center.


Thursday
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.



Saturdays
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.



MOTHER'S DAY, 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. 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.


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


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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.

SUMMER 2016 DISCOVERY DAYS

 

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.  

TO LEARN MORE, CLICK HERE

For our SUMMER DISCOVER DAYS 2016 brochure
CLICK HERE


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

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS! 
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.

 

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Phone: 860-693-0263
Email: rbnc@thechildrensmuseumct.org
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