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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.


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 afternoons 1:15 - 2:15pm


Session III: November 10, 17; December 1, 8


Session I: January 5, 12, 19, 26 (snow day February 2)

Session II:
February 9, 16, 23; March 2  (snow day March 9)


Session I: March 16, 23, 30; April 6

Session II:
April 20, 27; May 4, 11

Session III:
May 18, 25, June 1, 8


EXPLORATIONS (for students in grades K - 3)

Enrichment programs for elementary school age youngsters
Meets Wednesday afternoons: 3:45—5:00 pm

Meets Wednesdays 3:45-5:00 pm


Session III: November 10, 17; December 1, 8


Session I: January 3, 10, 17, 24 (snow day Feb 1)

Session II:
February 7, 14, 21, 28 (snow day March 7)


Session I: March 14, 21, 28; April 4

Session II:
April 18, 25: May 2, 9

Session III:
May 16, 23, 30; June 6


EXPLORATIONS TOO (for students in grades 4 and up)

Discover what is happening on our trails or in the world.
Enrichment programs for older students.

Meets Thursdays 3:45-5:00 pm


Session III:
November 10, 17; December 1, 8


Session I: January 4, 11, 18, 25 (snow day February 1)

Session II:
February 8, 15, 22; March 1  (snow day March 8)


Session I: March 15, 22, 29; April 5

Session II:
April 19, 26; May 3, 10

Session III:
  May 17, 24, 31; June 7

School Vacation Programs

Wednesday, December 27
9 am - Noon

Thursday - Friday
December 28 - 29
9 am - 3:30 pm

Explorations…in Winter
Vacation Program for Grades 5-9

Students who have enjoyed our summer "Explorations" programs will enjoy visiting some of these same localities during the winter season.

We'll look for bald eagles along the Connecticut River, explore the winter beach, look for seals at Hammonasset Beach State Park, and see what Simsbury's Great Pond looks like in winter.

3-Day Class Cost: $175 members, $200 nonmembers.
Pre-registration with payment required.


Monday, February 19
Tuesday, February 20

9 am – Noon

It’s Snow Wonder!
Vacation Program for Grades K-5

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.

Daily Rate: $35 members, $40 nonmembers.
Pre-registration with payment required.


Monday, April 9
Tuesday, April 10
Wednesday, April 11
Thursday, April 12
Friday, April 13

9 am - Noon

Spring Fever!
Vacation Program for Grades K-5

Spend vacation mornings looking for wildlife at Roaring Brook Nature Center. Learn how animals know that spring has arrived. Join us for a week of morning fun & exploration in forest field and pond.

Daily Rate: $35 members, $40 nonmembers
Full Week: $165 members, $190 nonmembers.
Pre-registration with payment is required.

Click here for registration form.

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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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For a registration form, please click here
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