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Exhibits, Events & Nature Walks

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Exhibits - Special Project


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


September 13 and 27
7:30 am — 9:00 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: $2 members, $3 nonmember.
Pre-registration is not required.

October 11
1:30 — 3:00 pm

Lost in the Woods?

Map or compass? Which would be most helpful if you lost your way in the woods? Learn how to use a map and compass together.

For eight years old and up.

Cost: $4 members, $6 nonmembers; half price/children.
Preregistration requested.

October 13 (Columbus Day) 10 am — 4 pm

Fall Scavenger Hunt

Looking for something to do on a lovely fall day? Drop in anytime between 10 am and 4 pm and head out on the trails for a Fall Scavenger Hunt and special fall crafts. Apple cider and donut holes will be provided.

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

No need to preregister.

October 25
10 am — Noon
1 pm — 3 pm

Hobgoblin Fair

What "critters" will appear on our trails this Halloween?  Join us for our annual Hobgoblin Fair held the Saturday before Halloween (or on Halloween if it falls on a Saturday). The Fair features the "Track-and-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. 

Suitable for children ages 3 - 8. 

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

Homemade soups, breads & cookies, cheese, apples, coffee, tea, and cider will be on sale during the event as well as a selection of homemade fall treats in our Country Kitchen.

To pre-register, please call the Nature Center to reserve your tickets by credit card (cash or check payment requested at the door). Please specify am or pm session

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.

For a registration form, click here.


November 4
10 am — 4 pm

All About Owls

Join us at the Nature Center and learn about owls. Watch an owl video, get to know our resident owls, make an owl craft, go on an owl scavenger hunt, dissect an owl pellet, and more.

Program and crafts free with admission to the Nature Center. 
Scavenger Hunt Maps $2 each. No need to pre-register.

November 9
1 pm — 3 pm

Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands

November is Native American Heritage Month. Join us for a two-hour 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: $6.00 members, $8.00 nonmember.  For six year olds and up.
Pre-registration is required.


Submit orders
by November 6

Seed pick-up
at Petals & Paws
November 14, 15, & 16

Fall Bird Seed Sale

Feed the birds and support the Nature Center and The Children's Museum by purchasing your seed during our fall bird seed sale. 

This year we are also offering bird feeders - a great gift for the bird lover on your holiday shopping list!  Click pictures below to learn more about these feeders.

To order online, click here.

For an order form, click here.


Our thanks to Petals & Paws

in Canton & West Hartford

for their support & assistance

with this sale!







November 23
Noon - 4 pm


Start your holiday shopping with nature-related gifts for all ages. Handmade crafts include candles, pottery, jewelry, soaps and many other items made by local artisans. The proceeds from the Fair, held by The Friends of Roaring Brook Nature Center, benefit the Nature Center’s programs and activities. 

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


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

December 21
2 pm — 3:30 pm
(hike at 2:30 pm)

Winter Solstice Celebration

Join us for some fun at the Nature Center on the shortest day of the year. Take a guided hike in Werner’s Woods. Make avariety of winter-related crafts, or watch a slide show on the beauty of winter. Hot chocolate provided after the hike.

Program, hike and crafts free with admission to the Nature Center. 

No need to preregister.

Annual Farmington Valley Butterfly Count

On July 12, Roaring Brook Nature Center once again took part in the annual survey sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association.

For the results of this count, click here.




September 15
October 20
November 17
December 15


Adventure Story Time
for children ages 2-5

Adventure Story Time for children ages 2-5 will be held on selected Mondays each month from 10:30 am - 11:30 am.
Adults and children can participate in a shared story with a craft and short walk.

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Pre-registration is requested

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

Discovery Day Programs

Registration is now open for 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 students in grades 1-3. 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.

Wednesday afternoons
1:00 – 2:30 pm*
(except as noted)

Session I: Oct 8, 15, 22*

Session II: Oct 29, Nov 5, 12*

*Oct 22 & Nov 12 classes will be held from 1 —3 pm


Wednesday in the Woods - HOMESCHOOL ProgramFor students ages 5 through 8

Wednesdays in the Woods explores the impact of seasonal conditions on the lives of plants, animals and people as they prepare for the difficult conditions of winter.

Here is a general outline of our plans for Autumn in the Woods this fall:


October 8 - Focus on trees, changes in leaves, value of leaf litter to "litter critters", exploring the forest floor.

October 15 - Focus on animal behaviors in response to fall conditions featuring a survival scavenger hunt.

October 22 - How would people two hundred years ago have utilized natural resources to prepare for winter? Go back in time as we explore what remains of the Werner's farm at Roaring Brook Nature Center. Class includes a feast representative of a typical New England harvest meal in the 1800's. This class ends at 3 pm.


October 29 - Be a mycologist and learn about the role of fungi in nature.

November 5 - Time to migrate! Find out which animals migrate, how and why?

November 12 - Do people ever migrate? Learn about our Native American ancestors and how they adapted to seasonal conditions. Class includes a feast representative of a 17th century Thanksgiving menu. This class ends at 3 pm.

Each session includes a hike and outdoor activities, so participants should dress appropriately. Parents attend as learning partners during each class. Students will be provided with a journal to extend their learning.

Cost: $60 members; $75 nonmembers per child per three-week sessions.

Click here to register or call the Nature Center at 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 23rd, 2014
Noon - 4:00 pm

Holiday Craft Fair

Are you interested in being a part of our 2014 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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