A member of The Children's Museum family
SUMMER 2016 Discovery Programs

Thank you!  All of the programs are fantastic & you make them the BEST.  People here are top notch.

- Parent of Nature Arts class student 2013

For our SUMMER DISCOVER DAYS 2016 brochure

Roaring Brook Nature Center's SUMMER 2016 Discovery Programs
offer your child a unique blend of education and recreation
that takes advantage of the curiosity and sense of wonder
that all children feel toward the natural world.  

Grade levels are those your child will enter in the fall

To register for our SUMMER 2016 programs please fill out

Registration, Medical, and Photo Permission forms

Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly recommended!
Please click on the links below to register for classes online.

3 1/2 and 4 year olds

4 & 5 year olds

Kindergarten - Grade 1

Grades 2, 3, & 4

Grades 5 - 8    

REGISTRATION FORM (print version) 
Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly recommended!
Full payment is required for all camp registrations

REFUND POLICY - If you find that your summer plans have changed,
please call us at your earliest convenience and
we will make every effort to reschedule your child to another class. 

Refunds are available only if your child's place
can be filled from our wait lists.

(mail in)


Roaring Brook Nature Center is currently accepting applications for the
Alison Gill & Beth Dal Negro summer program scholarships.
A limited number of partial scholarships are available
and will be awarded on the basis of need.
Application deadline is May 23


Click here to learn about Summer programs offered at

in West Hartford

Pre-school Programs - 3 1/2 and 4 year olds

Child must be four years old by January 1, 2017
OR have had one year of nursery school.

Limit: 12 students
Time: 9:00 - 11:45am
Members: $120.00   Nonmembers: $140.00

Participants should bring a snack daily (NO peanut products please)

    Nature for Little Ones ...June 21 - 24   (Tuesday - Friday)
    Fun in the sun, fun in the forest and field! It’s going to be just a whole bunch of fun outside!  


Programs for 4 & 5 year olds

    Members: $120.00 / Nonmembers: $140.00 (per program)
    Monday - Thursday (except where noted)

    Limit: 12 students
    Time: 9:00 - 11:45am

    Participants should bring a snack daily
    (NO peanut products please)

Life Under a Log! ... June 27 –June 30     
Is anybody home? Explore the mysteries that are hidden beneath a log and on the forest floor. What secrets are hidden there?

It’s A Hoot! (NEW!)... (Tues – Fri) July 5 -8      
Let’s take to the skies to explore the lives of birds. From songbirds to the silent predators of the night, over sixty bird species can be found in our woods.

Toad-ley Awesome!... July 11 - 14      
How is a toad different from a frog? Find out what makes amphibians so amazing!

Dig It!... July 18 - 21   
Let’s go digging in the woods and field and see what is happening under our feet. With magnifiers and tools we will explore who lives there and what grows there.

Butterfly Bonanza... July 25 - 28   
Experience the magical journey from caterpillar to butterfly. What happens inside a “pupa?” Can you say metamorphosis?

Wild Adventures (NEW!)... August 1 - 4     
Who left those tracks? What made that sound? Let’s have these mysteries guide our explorations of the outside world. Get ready for an exciting adventure!

Splish, Splash, Plop... August 8 - 11  
Where does a puddle come from? Where does the water go? What lives in water? Through games, crafts and explorations let’s find out!

Mystery Animals... August 15 - 18
What secretive "critters" live in our woods? Why don't we see them? Let's try to find some!


Programs for Grades K - 1

Each week offers a theme around which activities have been developed.
rograms include short hikes, games, stories, crafts and 
visits with the Nature Center's animals.

Participants should bring a snack daily (NO peanut products please)

  Limit 15 students
Time: 9 am - Noon    Monday through Firday

Members $150.00 / Nonmembers: $170.00 per program.

Trail Blazers (NEW!)... June 27 - July 1        
Take to the trails for a grand exploration! Let’s follow our curiosity and search for animal signs, watch for birds, and peek at plants.

Rockin’ Rocks (NEW!) (4 Days) July 5 - 8     
Calling all rock hounds! Jump into geology with this rockin’ good camp. We’ll start a collection, make fossils, create sculptures, and even make musical instruments to sing some rockin’ good tunes.
4 -Day Class Cost: $120 Members; $140 Non-members

Our Feathered Friends... July 11- 15     
Get inspired by the amazing world of birds! Take a 1ook at their beaks, feet and everything in between. Look at big birds, tiny birds and their Egg-traordinary eggs!

Jeepers Creepers! (NEW!)... July 18 - 22      
Wiggle your way into the world of invertebrates! We’ll play games, make art, and leave no stone unturned. Learn about an insect’s life cycle, hiding spots and more.

Color My World! (NEW!)... July 25 - 29
Inspiration often comes from nature, so what better way to celebrate our natural wonders than through art? A Friday art show will exhibit our lovely creations!

Fish, Frogs and Pollywogs... August 1 - 5        
Get our boots and buckets ready and head to the streams and ponds! Discover the mysterious world that is below the surface. Who lives there and what do they look like?

Busy Beavers (NEW!)... August 8 - 12
Busy, Busy Beavers let’s get to work! Did you know that a beaver is a fantastic architect and engineer? Let’s learn a beaver’s talents and try to impress them with ours!

Eye Spy (NEW!)... August 15 - 19        
Get out your detective spy glasses and magnifiers! We're going to look for clues in the forest, fields and streams to solve the many mysteries of the outdoors.


Programs for Grades 2, 3 and 4

Programs for youngsters with a developing interest in the natural world
Participants should bring a snack daily (NO peanut products please) 

Limit: 15 students
Time: 9:00 am - Noon (except as noted below)

Members: $150.00 / Nonmembers: $170.00 per program

RBNC’s ANT MAN! (NEW!)... June 27 – July 1
Ever wonder where those ant tunnels go? Unfortunately we don’t have shrinking abilities like our superhero counterpart, but that will not stop us from exploring this tiny world!

Eco KIDS! (NEW!)... (4 Days) July 5 – 8
Calling all outdoorsy kids! It’s time to head outside and explore everything from ecosystems to food chains! Through hands on activities we will discover a whole new outdoors that you never knew existed!

4 Day Class Cost: $120 Members; $140 Non-members

Night Stalkers! (NEW!)... July 11 – 15
This week we will experience the world through the eyes of the creatures of the night! What does this dark world look like to them? Finish off the week with a FAMILY NIGHT HIKE on Friday, July 15 at 7:45pm

Survival in the Wilderness... July 18 – 22
What would you do if you were lost in the woods? How would you find food and shelter? Discover how people and animals develop skills to survive in the wild.

Nature’s Engineers... July 25 - 29
Animals make amazing structures using only their paws, beaks, or teeth and nature's building materials. Let’s learn from their handiwork and build structures of our own.

Paws, Claws and Jaws! (NEW!)... August 1 - 5
A coyote’s jaw, a squirrel’s paw, a bear’s claw - each of these of animals is specialized to find food, climb, dig and more. Discover the unbelievable adaptations different creatures have and why.

Cold Blooded Monsters... August 8 – 12
From massive prehistoric creatures to bizarre animals found today, we’ll take a closer look at the extinct, rare and unusual reptiles, fish and amphibians from around the world.

H2-Whoa! A World Of Water (NEW)... August 15 - 19
Did you know that a single drop of pond water (H20) contains thousands of living things? We’ll go from puddles to streams to ponds in search of the creatures that inhabit this wet and wonderful world!

Programs for Grades 5 - 9

Designed for the student with a high degree of interest in the natural world,
the programs include field trips to other natural areas in Connecticut.

Unless otherwise noted, these programs will consist of
three half-day and two full day programs.
9am - Noon (Monday - Wednesday) / 9am - 3:30pm (Thursday - Friday)

Members: $230       Nonmembers: $265
(except as noted)

Bring a snack. For all-day classes, participants should also bring lunch.
(NO peanut products please)

Chasing Dragons... June 27 – July 1
Connecticut's only program on dragonflies and damselflies, our fastest-flying insects, combines natural history, physical fitness and had-eye coordination as we attempt to "catch" these prehistoric creatures in order to identify and census them. Includes physically active field trips to natural areas in the Farmington Valley and beyond. An insect net is recommended.
8 students (for students entering grades 5 and up)
On the Trail of Endangered Species... July 5 - 8
Find out about Connecticut’s endangered, threatened and special concern species. Includes an all-day field trip to look for rare animals.
    Limit: 8 students             
    4-Day Class Cost: $195 Members, $225 Non-Members
    Time: Tues-Wed 9 – Noon; Thurs-Fri 9 am – 3:30 pm


Explorations I ... July 11 - 15    
An active week of hiking, canoeing the Farmington River, exploring tidal salt marshes and more! Good physical condition is required. 
    Limit: 12 students   

Reptiles & Amphibians... July 18 - 22
Get ready to look for and learn about frogs, salamanders, turtles and snakes. Includes short field trips to local natural areas.

    Limit: 12 students
    Time: 9am - Noon (Monday - Friday)
    Members: $150.00 Nonmembers: $170.00  

CT’s Hiking Trails... July 25 – 29
Hike to spectacular overlooks and scenic waterfalls as we explore Connecticut’s blue-blazed trail system and the natural history of our forests. Participants should be in good physical condition.
    Limit: 8 students 

Into the Great Green Woods (New!)... Aug 1 - 5
Northwestern CT’s forests provide habitat for a diversity of wildlife including bear, moose, bobcat and fisher. While we may not see these animals, we will carefully explore the forests they call home. Includes a hike to Bear Mountain, CT’s highest peak.
    Limit: 8 students     
Explorations II... August 8 – 12
Another week of exciting field trips to CT’s unique natural areas. Includes opportunities for hiking, canoeing and wildlife observation.
    Limit: 12 students

Farmington River Ramblin'... August 15 - 19
Find out about the wildlife, ecology and history of the Farmington River. Includes a series of short field trips, plus an all-day Friday canoe trip.
    Limit: 12 students


To return to top of page, click here
Back To Programs


Copyright © 2003 Roaring Brook Nature Center. All rights reserved worldwide.