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Discovery Day Programs

Register now for our Discovery Day 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 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.


Adventure Story Time (for 2 to 5 year olds & a parent)

Selected Mondays from 10:30-11:30 am
December 15, February 9,  March 9

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

Pre-registration is requested

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

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 III:  November 11 & 18

Session IV:  December 9 & 16

Two by Twos will return in the Spring

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

Session IV: January 9, 16, 23, 31, (snow date February 6)

Session V: February 13, 20, 27; March 6 (snow date March 13)


NATURE ADVENTURERS (for students in grades K - 3)

Meets Thursdays 3:45-5:00 pm

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),
why 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

Winter in the Longhouse   
Learn how the Native Americans survived the long winters years ago.
What did they eat? How did they keep warm?

Meets January 8, 15, 22, 29 (snow date February 5).

Tracks in Snow (& Mud?)
February is often our snowiest month.
Search the woods for signs of animal tracks and signs in the snow
(or maybe mud), and make a few tracks or our own.

Meets February 12, 19, 26; March 5 (snow date March 12)

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 findings or
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

Session IV: January 7, 14, 21, 28; (snow date Feb 4)

Session V: Feb 11, 18; 25; March 4 (snow date Mar 11)


School Vacation Programs (for students in K - grade 5)
Winter Wild

Ever wonder where the animals go in the winter or how the snow and ice form! If so, here is a winter vacation program for you! These three days will be packed full of discovery and winter adventure. Each day has a theme and is geared for students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. for children ages 2-5

    Monday, December 30 - Animal Tracks & Mysteries
    Tuesday, December 30 - Frozen
    Wednesday, December 31 - Snowflake Secrets

Daily Rate: $35 members, $40 nonmembers
Three-day rate: $90 members, $105 nonmembers

Pre-registration with payment required
February Nature Carnival

Fun with snow and ice, animal tracking and, depending upon weather conditions, snowshoeing or even maple sugaring will be part of this two-day vacation program. Each day has a theme and is geared for students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade.

    Monday, February 16 – CT Wild Kratt’s Winter
    Tuesday, February 17 – Teenage Mutant WINTER Turtles

Daily Rate: $35 members, $40 nonmembers

Pre-registration with payment required

Wednesday in the Winter Woods

Wednesday mornings   10:00 – 11:30 am

January 7,  February 4, &  March 4

Designed for Homeschool children, this class is a hands-on, active exploration of nature in winter. Themes may include: hibernation, active animals, animal tracking and plant survival.

A portion of each class will be held outdoors. Please dress for the weather.

Cost:$45 members; $60 nonmembers per child for the three classes.
Pre-registration is required.

A general outline of our plans for Wednesday in the Winter Woods
will be posted shortly.

Call the Nature Center for more information.

For a registration form, please click here
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