Discovery Day Programs
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.
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.
Two by Twos (for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 year olds & a parent)
Tuesday morning programs for the young child and a parent (or grandparent) provide an introduction to the world of nature through seasonal topics.
Meets 10 -11 am Child must be two years old.
Register for one or more sessions
Cost for two-week session: $20 member; $25 nonmember
Session I: September 16 & 23
Session II: October 14 & 21
Session III: November 11 & 18
Session IV: December 9 & 16
|EXPLORING TOGETHER (for 3 to 5 year olds & parent)
This series introduces pre-school children to seasonal changes in the natural world and gives parent (or grandparent) and child an opportunity to learn together.
A younger sibling may attend for a $10 discount, no charge for siblings under age 2. Much of this program is held outdoors, please dress accordingly.
Meets Friday mornings 10 - 11 am OR Friday afternoons 1:15 - 2:15pm
Session I: September 19, 26; October 3, 10
Session II: October 17, 24, 31; November 7
Session III: November 14, 21; December 5, 12
|NATURE ADVENTURERS (for students in grades K - 3)
Meets Thursdays 3:45-5:00 pm
A Season of Color
Fall is a season of brilliant colors.
What is color?
color used in nature?
Which trees have the most colorful leaves and why?
Which animals have the best color vision?
Meets September 18; October 2, 9, 16
Under a Blanket of Leaves
Fall is coming to a close and animals are getting ready for the upcoming winter.
Learn what preparations are taking place under the layer of leaves.
Meets October 23, 30; November 6, 13
Learn about the real magic of winter. We will explore the changes that are
taking place along the trails, find out why snowflakes have six points,
why ice floats, what
is the best snow for making snowmen (like Olaf),
certain animals (like Sven, the reindeer) are adapted to
survive winter, and why we don’t have eternal winter.
Meets November 20; December 4, 11, 18
|EXPLORATIONS TOO (for students in grades 4 and up)
NEW! Enrichment programs for older students.
Discover what is happening on our trails or in the world.
Each week we will meet to learn about new scientific
environmental topics and spend time outdoors making our own discoveries.
Meets Wednesdays 3:45-5:00 pm
Session I: September 17; Oct 1, 8, 15
Session II: October 22, 29; November 5, 12
Session III: November 19; December 3, 10, 17
|HOME SCHOOL PROGRAM - Age 3-8 years
Wednesday in the Woods
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
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.
Click here to register or call the Nature Center at 860.693.0263.
Enrollment is limited so register early!
Cost: $60 members; $75 nonmembers per child per three-week sessions.