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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)

February 9,  March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8

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)

Monday 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:  April 20 & 27

Session II:  May 4 & 11


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

February / March Session: February 13, 20, 27; March 6

March / April Session: March 13, 20, 27; April 10

April / May Session:  April 24; May 1, 8, 15

May / June Session: May 22, 29: June 5, 12


EXPLORATIONS (for students in grades K - 3)

Meets Thursdays 3:45-5:00 pm

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)

The Bears Are Back in Town
Spring is coming and some animals are returning after their winter holiday
in warmer areas. Find out who is returning, where they have been,
and when we can expect to see them at the Nature Center.

Meets March 19, 26; April 2, 9

Nature’s Gardeners
Spring is the time for planting. Find out who is planting
nature’s gardens. Some of the gardeners may surprise you!

Meets April 23, 30; May 14, 21



March Special Discovery Days
Join us on early closing days in March
for our special Discovery Day classes at 3:45 to 5 pm

Tuesday, March 17 St Patrick’s Slithery Snakes (Grades K - 5)

Wednesday, March 18 Where the Wild Things Were (Grades 4 & up)

Thursday, March 19 The Bears are Back in Town (Grades K - 3)

Cost per class: $10 member / $12.50 nonmember

Preregistration required.

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

February / March: February 11, 18, 25; March 4

March / April: March 18, 25; April 1, 8

April/ May:  April 22, 29; May 6, 13


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

April Vacation Week Program

Wildlife Wakes Up
Monday to Friday       April 13 – 17

How do the 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
Week Rate: $150 member; $175 nonmember

Pre-registration with payment required

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The Nature Center can create special programs for your home school group.

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