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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

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


Nature Programs & Events

 


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

 

Saturday
September 12
anytime 10 am — 2 pm

Migration Day Scavenger Hunt

Join us in the fields of Werner’s Woods 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.

Scavenger hunt map will be sold in Nature Center Store for $2.00 plus admission to the Nature Center.
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Saturday
September 19
anytime 10 am — 4 pm

Sam Collins Day

Stop by and visit us in the Community Tent at Canton’s Sam Collins Day.

To learn more about this event, visit www.samcollinsday.com

Visit our Facebook page and print out and complete one of our coloring pages and bring to our booth for a small prize.




Sunday
September 20
2 – 3:30 pm

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.

 







Saturday mornings
September 26
October 3
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-registrations not required.

 






Monday
October 12 (Columbus Day) anytime 10 am — 4 pm

Leaf Peeper Scavenger Hunt

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.

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

No need to preregister.




 


Sunday
October 25
1:30 — 3 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. Learn to use GPS coordinates too.

For eight years old and up.

Cost: $4 members, $6 nonmembers.

Preregistration requested.




Saturday
October 31
10am – Noon
OR
1pm — 3pm

HOBGOBLIN FAIR

What "critters" will appear on our trails this Halloween?

Join us for our annual Hobgoblin Fair held this year on 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.

Suitable for children ages 3 - 8.

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.

Pre-registration with payment is required. For registration form, click here
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Tuesday
November 3
anytime 10 am — 4 pm

All About Owls

Drop in between 10am and 4pm and have a hoot!

Watch an owl documentary, 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.


Sunday
November 8
1 pm — 2:30 pm

Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands

November is Native American Heritage Month. 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 is required.



Sunday
November 22
Noon — 4pm

Holiday Craft Fair

Start your holiday shopping with nature-related gifts for all ages.

Handmade crafts include felted ornaments, candles, pottery, jewelry, soaps and many other items made by local artisans.

This Fair is sponsored by the Friends of Roaring Brook Nature Center.

The proceeds from the Fair benefit the Nature Center’s programs and activities.

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


Nature Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day – Trails open dawn to dusk

Friday,  November 27
anytime 10am - 4pm

Saturday,  November 28
anytime 10am - 4pm

Sunday,  November 29
anytime 1pm - 4pm

Turkey Days

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’ really have beards?

Join us for a turkey scavenger hunt and quiz.

Program and crafts free with admission to the Nature Center.
Scavenger Hunt Maps $2 each.

No need to pre-register.


Sunday
December 20
2 pm — 3:30 pm

Guided hike 2:30 pm

Almost Winter Solstice

Join us for some fun at the Nature Center on one of the shortest day of the year.

Take a guided hike in Werner’s Woods at 2:30pm.

Make a variety 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
.


Nature Center will be closed Christmas Day & New Years Day– Trails open dawn to dusk


Saturday, January 2
anytime 10 am — 4 pm

Sunday, January 3
anytime 1pm — 4pm

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.

At 1:30 pm join “Anna & Elsa” as they tell you tales of the winter animals they know.

Activities and crafts are free with admission to the Nature Center.

Registration required for story time with “Anna & Elsa”

 


Saturday
January 23
7 pm — 8:30 pm

Full ‘Wolf 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.


Monday
January 18
anytime 10 am — 4 pm

Guided hikes: 11am, 1 & 3pm

Crafts all day

Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland

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 around the Nature Center and in the woods. Make a winter animal craft.

Hike and crafts free with admission to the Nature Center.

No need to preregister.





 


Saturday
January 30
9 am — 10:30 am

Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic

Take a behind the scenes look into the Wildlife Rehabilitation Program at the Roaring Brook Nature Center!

Find out about the hundreds of injured and orphaned wild animals that find their way to the Nature Center each year and the specialized care we provide.

This program is geared for anyone who is 18 and up and has an interest in wildlife rehabilitation.

There is no cost to the program but donations to the Rehabilitation Program are much appreciated.

Pre-registration required.




Sunday
January 31
1:30 — 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.

Cost: $4 members, $6 nonmembers: half-price children.

Pre-registration is not required.


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 – Fantastic Frogs

Tuesday – Beautiful Bugs

Wednesday – Radiant Raptors

Thursday – Terrific Turtles

Friday – Splendid 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.


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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
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.                       

 

 


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. 

 

 


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
DATE TBD  
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
Either May 7or May 14 (TBD)
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.


 


Click here to learn about more events and programs offered by

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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