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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

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
1:15 - 2:15 pm
April 18 CANCELLED
May 23

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, 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: $165 members, $185 nonmembers

Pre-registration with payment is required

Click here for registration form.

Click here for medical form



Nature Programs & Events

 

Tuesday evening
April 19 
5 — 8:30 pm

at Flatbread Company
The Shoppes at the
Farmington Valley

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.

 


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.


 


Wednesday evenings
July 6
July 20
August 3
7:30 - 8:30 pm

Wednesday Evening Walks

What will we find this summer?!

In past years we’ve seen and heard a wide range of creatures on our evening walks

Long sleeves, a flashlight & insect repellent recommended

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



Nature Center will be closed for July 4  - Trails open dawn to dusk
 

 


Thursday
July 7
2 - 2:45 pm

Animal Babies - Animal Demonstration

Join Nature Center staff members to learn what wild animals are raising young & what you can do to keep animal babies safe. 

Admission:  $4 children, $6 adult
Pre-registration is not required
 

Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult 

 

 


Monday & Wednesdays
July 11, 13, 18 & 20
1 - 3:30 pm

Junior Vets Club

Interested in animals or becoming a vet or wildlife rehabilitator when you grow up? Join us for this new program for a chance to learn about caring for exotic animals and wildlife.

For students in grades 6 – 9     
Limit: 12 Students       
Cost: $95 Members,  $115 Nonmembers

                          
                         


Friday
July 15
1:30 - 3 pm

Butterfly Tea Party & Story Time

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

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

Meet our resident butterflies & caterpillars, make a butterfly craft, and more....

Cost: Admission to the Nature Center (members free)

 


Thursday
July 21
2 - 2:45 pm

Snakes Alive - Animal Demonstration

Join Nature Center staff to learn about these fascinating creatures.

Program will include live animal demonstration.

Admission: $3.00 members, $4.00 nonmembers
Pre-registration is not required

Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult


Saturday
July 23

Butterfly Count meets at
Nature Center at 7:30 am  

Butterfly Program/Walk
1:30 – 3 pm

Annual Butterfly Count

The Nature Center will host the Farmington Valley Butterfly Count, a part of an annual survey sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association

To take part in the Butterfly Count, meet at Nature Center at 7:30 am in the Nature Center parking lot.  Participants in Count should be prepared to travel throughout the Farmington Valley and be in good physical condition.

Following the Count there will be a Butterfly Program/Walk from 1:30 to 3 pm at the Nature Center.  This program is open to the public.

Program Cost: $3.00 members, $6.00 nonmembers
Pre-registration is not required

Call the Center for additional information.


Thursday
August 4
2 - 2:45
 

Turtles Big & Small - Animal Demonstration

Turtles come in many shapes and sizes. Join us as we visit with these ancient animals.

Admission:$3.00 members, $4.00 nonmembers 
Pre-registration is not required

Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult

 


Tuesday
August 9
1:30 - 3 pm

Teddy Bear Tea Party

Bring your favorite teddy bear, make a bear craft,
learn what our local bears are doing this time of the year, and more....

Cost: Admission to the building (members free).

 

 


Thursday
August 11
2 - 2:45 pm

Living Dragons - Animal Demonstration

Brian Kleinman of Riverside Reptiles will be on hand with some very special guests for a presentation on lizards

$3.00 members, $4.00 nonmembers
Pre-registration is not required

Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult

  


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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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