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Special Events

 

 
Sunday
March 23rd
2:00 pm

DRUMMING ABOUT YOU with Bob Bloom

The Roaring Brook Nature Center is going to sparkle. BOB BLOOM is trucking a colorful cargo of drums for you to get your hands on at this interactive music hoot. You'll take a drum ride with BB as he drives the highest octane songs that Canton, Connecticut has ever heard.

In 1997, Bob Bloom received certification as a "Master Teaching Artist" from The Connecticut Office of the Arts. His participatory performances have been presented by The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, The Mark Twain Museum, OpSail, and The First Night Celebrations of Hartford, Boston, Providence, Bridgeport, Mystic and Westport.

Cost:  $5 children, $8 adults.  $25 maximum per family.  Preregistration required.


EARTH DAY!
Tuesday evening
April 22nd
5:00 pm - 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.

           

Saturday
May 3rd
Noon - 4 pm

Save the Date!  Family Raptor Day

Plans are in the works for a fun day with the Roaring Brook Nature Center birds of prey.

Join us with special guest, children and nature author/illustrator, Jim Arnosky, for a day of children and adult programing featuring the Roaring Brook birds of prey.  Jim Arnosky’s books will be available for sale at the event.

Some activities may require preregistration. 

Check back for more information on this event....


Saturday
May 24

30-minute talk at 1 pm

90-minute walking tour beginning at 1:30 pm

In case of overflow crowds,
a second 60-minute tour
will begin at 3 pm


Hunt for Wild Common Milkweed with
naturalist/author "Wildman" Steve Brill

Cn Saturday, May 24, naturalist/author "Wildman" Steve Brill  America's go-to guy for foraging, will lead one of his world-famous foraging tours at the Nature Center . This hike will feature mid-spring foraging at its best. From the onset, we'll find herbs and greens such as chickweed, lamb's-quarters, violets, field garlic, and daylilies, in sunny, open areas, and partially shaded spots. In the woods behind the nature center, we'll look for pungent garlic mustard, root beer-flavored sassafras, and spicy ramps.

Flavorful common milkweed, yarrow, and mullein may be growing in fields, while Asiatic dayflower, pokeweed, and greenbriar, also delicious, may be coming up along the edges of trails and woods.

Naturalist-Author "Wildman" Steve Brill has been leading foraging tours in parks throughout the Greater NY area since 1982. His Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not-So-Wild) Places (William Morrow Publishers, 1994) is considered a classic on the subject, his innovative Wild Vegetarian Cookbook (Harvard Common Press, April, 2002) is changing the way people think of preparing gourmet food, his Shoots and Greens of Early Spring in Northeastern North America (self-published, 1986 and 2008) teaches people how the foraging season begins, his Foraging With the "Wildman" DVD series is showing people how it's all done, and his Wild Edibles app is the best of its kind for hand-held devices.

But he's still best known for having been handcuffed and arrested by undercover park rangers for eating a dandelion in Central Park! To learn more, visit http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com.

The 30-minute talk begins at the Nature Center at 1 PM, on Saturday, May 24, followed by a 90-minute walking tour beginning at 1:30 PM. In case of overflow crowds, a second 60-minute tour will begin at 3 PM.

The fee is $20 at the door, $15 with advance registration. Please call (860) 693-0263 to sign up.

Exhibits - Special Project


NEW RAPTOR CAGES PLANNED
FOR THE NATURE CENTER

In 2013 the Nature Center and
the Friends of the Roaring Brook
will be holding a variety of fundraisers to support the construction of new raptor cages
for our wonderful resident and rehabilitating birds.

Stay tuned to learn more about
the upcoming events...

Call the Nature Center if you want
to help with this project or
the fundraisers.

To learn more about our birds,
click here.

 

Nature Programs & Events

 

First Sundays
October through May

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Werner's Woods Rangers

Interested in learning more about our local wild areas? Join our new Werner's Woods Rangers. Each month we will examine a different topic such as the importance of native plants; how to make and monitor bluebird houses; how to read animal tracks; tree identification; and invasive plant removal.  Attendees of four or more of these programs will receive a Werner Woods Ranger certificate and your own Werner Wood Trail Guide.

Each session will include a talk, a hike, and a project.

October 6: Alien Invaders in Your Woods!

November 3: Trail Orienteering & Maintenance

December 1: Bird Watching & Feeding 101

January 5: Living with Wildlife

February 2: Animal Tracking

March 2: **EVENT POSTPONED** DUE TO  THE WEATHER, THE LUMBER FROM THE STATE FOR THE BIRD HOUSES HAS NOT ARRIVED.  WE ARE POSTPONING THIS EVENT UNTIL NEXT MONTH.

April 6: Bluebird Houses    

May 4: Fledglings, Nestlings and Orphans

June 1: Native Plants for Native Animals

Suitable for adults and children age 8 and up.

Cost: $4 per attendee, $15 per family.

Pre-registration is required.


Learn what it takes to manage
your own Nature Center
in your own backyard.


**EVENT CANCELED**

Sunday
March 2nd
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Maple Sugaring in Your Own Back Yard

Due to colder than normal weather, the sap will not be running
and this event has been canceled.


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:  $4.00 members; $6.00 nonmembers; children half-price. 

Pre-registration is not required.

 


Sunday
March 23rd
2:00 pm

DRUMMING ABOUT YOU with Bob Bloom

The Roaring Brook Nature Center is going to sparkle. BOB BLOOM is trucking a colorful cargo of drums for you to get your hands on at this interactive music hoot. You'll take a drum ride with BB as he drives the highest octane songs that Canton, Connecticut has ever heard.

In 1997, Bob Bloom received certification as a "Master Teaching Artist" from The Connecticut Office of the Arts. His participatory performances have been presented by The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, The Mark Twain Museum, OpSail, and The First Night Celebrations of Hartford, Boston, Providence, Bridgeport, Mystic and Westport.

Cost:  $5 children, $8 adults.  $25 maximum per family.  Preregistration required.


APRIL FOOL's DAY EVENT
Tuesday
April 1st
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

The Wild Truth! (It's not nice to fool Mother Nature....)

Nature can spin some pretty tall tales, but that doesn't mean they're not true. Stop by and learn about some of the most unbelievable animals and plants on the planet.

This is a special one-day WILD CHILD program (see Discovery Days programs) that is open for all children Grades 3 – 5. 

Cost:  $10 members, $12.50 nonmembers. Preregistration required.   

 


Thursday
April 10th
7:30 pm

OWL PROWL

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

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

Not geared for very young children.

Cost: $5 members; $7 nonmembers

 

 


Monday - Thursday
April 14th - 17th
9:00 am - Noon

Wildlife Wakes Up!
April Vacation Week Programs  for Grades K - 5

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

Daily Rate: $30 members; $35 nonmembers per day

Participants should bring a snack & dress for the outdoors
                  
           
For registration form, click here..

Pre-registration is required.   


Saturday
April 19th
10 am - 4pm

Eggs, Eggs and MORE Eggs!
A 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. We have scattered eggs around the trail and inside the Nature Center for you to find.  Stop in the Nature Center Store to pick up your Scavenger Hunt card.  Find out who laid all the eggs and collect a small prize.

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

No need to preregister.

Donations appreciated.


Saturdays
April 26th
May 3rd
May 17th
7:00 am - 9:00 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.

  

 


Thursday
May 8th
7:00 pm

Wonderful Woodland Wildflowers

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 by Margery Winters, RBNC Assistant Director.

Cost: $4 members, $6 nonmembers. 

Preregistration requested. 

 


MOTHER'S DAY
Sunday
May 11th
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Annual Mother's Day Wildflower Walk

Join us on this 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 is not required.     


Saturday
May 17th
3:00pm - 4:00 pm

The Dirt on Soil: the Hole Story

There is so much going on beneath our feet in our gardens – it’s an intriguing ecosystem and it keeps our plants healthy!  

We will use our senses to investigate the soil and see how it changes from place to place.

Cost: $4 members, $6 nonmembers.  Preregistration requested  

 


Saturday
June 7th
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Wilderness Workout

Join Josh, the Nature Center’s very own certified fitness coach, as he takes you on a wild adventure. Bear Crawls, Hill Climbs, Rock Lifts and more will provide fun for the whole family.

This is a great opportunity for people seven years old and up.

Cost: $3 members, $6 nonmembers; $10/family-members, $20/family-nonmembers

Preregistration is requested.

 

 


Saturday
June 7th
1:30 pm

CT TRAILS DAY: Guided Hike through Werner's Woods

Come for a guided walk on the trails through Werner’s Woods and see what is happening this time of the year.

Free to the public as a part of the CT Trails Day. 

Click here to learn more about other CT Trails Day events offered June 7th and 8th throughout Connecticut.

Preregistration not required.

 


FATHER'S DAY
Sunday
June 15th

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

A Walk on the Wild Side: A Father's Day Hike

Come 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 is not required.

 

 


Saturday
July 12th
July 13th   rain date

7:30 am - meet in parking lot

1:30 pm - Program & Walk

Annual Farmington Valley Butterfly Count

Roaring Brook Nature Center is once again taking part in the annual survey sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association.

Anyone wishing to participate may join us in the Nature Center parking lot at 7:30 am. Participants 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.

Participants should be in good physical condition as walking through the fields under a potentially hot summer sun is required.

In conjunction with the Count, 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.

Cost for 90-minute program: $4.00 members, $6.00 nonmembers

Call the Center for additional information.

Classes

 

VACATION WEEK PROGRAMS
Monday - Friday
April 14th - 17th
9:00 am - Noon

Wildlife Wakes Up!
April Vacation Week Programs  for Grades K - 5

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

Daily Rate: $30 members; $35 nonmembers

Participants should bring a snack & dress for the outdoors
                  
           
For registration form, click here.

Pre-registration is required.   



DISCOVERY DAYS PROGRAMS

Registration now for our upcoming Discovery Days programs, 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 students in grades Pre-K through Grade 5.

Click here to learn more about Exploring Together programs for ages 3 - 5

Click here to learn more about Explorations! programs for students K- Grade 2

Click here to learn more about Wild Child! programs for students Grade 3 - 5

To learn about our Summer programs, click here.  

Register by mail or in person during regular Nature Center hours. 
For a printable form, click here.

 


Various class times & dates

Home School Classes

Join us at Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton, as we utilize the wonders of our woods, fields, and streams to observe and explore nature.  Each class will investigate a different topic around a central theme, complete with hands on experiments and plenty of time outdoors. Classes comply with CT State Science Standards for grades preK-2.

Our Home School experience is geared to children ages 5-8 with an adult and class sizes are limited. All dates are subject to change.

Spring in the Woods - Thursday April 10, 17 & 24  PREREGISTER by April 8
Class from 1 - 2:30 pm

Spring at the Pond - Monday June 2, Rain date June 3  PREREGISTER by May 30

Class from 11 am - 2 pm
Special one-day class exploring our pond and vernal pools.  Bring lunch and a change of clothes.

Click here for registration form 

 Enrollment is limited so register early! 

Cost: $45 members; $60 nonmembers per child for three week sessions.

Cost:  $30 members; $45 nonmembers per child for Spring at the Pond.


Mondays
March 10th
April 7
May 5
1:00—2:00 pm

ADVENTURE STORY TIME

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.

There is a charge of $2/child with a maximum $5 per family.

Please call the Nature Center to register. Pre-registration is requested.

 

 


SUMMER 2014 DISCOVERY PROGRAMS

Roaring Brook Nature Center's “SUMMER 2014” 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 about our Summer program, click here.  

Thank you!  All of the programs are fantastic & you make them the BEST. 
People here are top notch.

- Parent of student attending Summer 2013 Discovery Days program

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 23rd, 2014
Noon - 4:00 pm

Holiday Craft Fair

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS! 
Are you interested in being a part of our 2013 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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