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SUMMER 2015 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

Roaring Brook Nature Center's “SUMMER 2015” 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.
There is a $5 discount for each additional class a child attends.

For our Summer 2015 program brochure, click here

Registrations are not taken by phone or email. 
Please print of registration form & drop off or mail in to the Nature Center. Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly recommended!

Please call the Nature Center to determine if a class has openings
prior to mailing/dropping off an application.

Prior to June 1 - a $20 non-refundable deposit must accompany each class registration (amount of deposit is included in total class cost).
The balance remaining is due June 1 for all classes

After June 1 - Full payment is required for all new camp registrations.

Medical forms are due no later than June 1.
Call the Nature Center at 860.693.0263 for additional information. 

For cancellations after June 1, balance will be refunded only if
your child’s place can be filled from a waiting list.

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 June 1
Please call the Nature Center for information at 860.693.0263

Click here to learn about Summer programs offered at

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

Child must be four years old by January 1, 2016
OR have had one year of nursery school.

Limit: 12 students
Time: 9:00 - 11:45am
Members: $120.00   Nonmembers: $130.00

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

    Do You See What I See? ...June 23 - 26   (Tuesday - Friday)
    Use your senses to uncover mysteries in the outdoors.  


Programs for 4 & 5 year olds

    Members: $120.00 / Nonmembers: $130.00 (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)

Mystery Animals... June 29 – July 2     
What secretive "critters" live in our woods? Why don't we see them? Let's try to find some!

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!... July 6 – 9     
Grasshoppers, Dragonflies, Ants! Oh My! Join us for an exciting week exploring the wide array of sizes, colors, and shapes of bugs!

Butterfly Bonanza... July 13 – 16      
Experience the magical journey from caterpillar to butterfly. What happens inside a “pupa?” Can you say metamorphosis?

Life Under a Log ... July 20 – 23    
Is anybody home? Explore the mysteries that lurk beneath a forest log.  What secrets are hidden there?

Toad-ley Awesome!... July 27 – 30     
How is a toad different from a frog? Find out what makes amphibians so amazing!

Splish, Splash, Plop (NEW)... August 3 – 6      
Where does a puddle come from? Where does the water go? What lives in water? Through games, crafts and explorations let’s find out!

Dig It!... August 10 – 13     
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.

Pals of Paddington Bear (NEW)... August 17- 20
It’s time for black bears, sleepy bears, teddy bears and more! Our time will be filled with stories, games, and even a Teddy Bear Picnic!


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.

Animal Babies... June 29 - July 3        
Cubs, joeys, chicks, and even pupas! Learn the funny names of baby animals, how they’re cared for, what they eat and where they grow up!

Forest Superheroes... July 6 - 10        
Time to get our capes on! Track down the superheroes of our forests and find out how we can be Werner Woods superheroes.

Creepies & Crawlies... July 13 – 17        
Together we will examine animals that creep and crawl! Discover where these bugs, snakes and other animals live and why they move and look the way they do!

Cozy Critters (NEW)... July 20 – 24      
Snug as a bug! Comfy as a cub! Where do these critters curl up to go to sleep? Find out where these animals call home and how they make these homes cozy!

Our Feathered Friends (NEW)... July 27- 31        
Birds come in all colors, shapes and sizes. We’ll look at their feathers, beaks, feet, and everything in between including their “egg-traordinary” eggs.

Buzz, Buzz, Bloom... August 3 - 7        
Uncover the fascinating world of pollinators! Imagine a day as a busy bee, a hummingbird, or a fluttering butterfly. Learn the importance of these beautiful creatures.

Fish, Frogs, & Pollywogs... August 10 – 14        
Get ready to learn about these scaly, slimy, and superb creatures that we call amphibians and fish. Explore their lifecycles, why they have their special skin, and more!

Animal Detectives... August 17 - 21        
Who left these tracks? What made that sound? We live in a in a world of wonder, so let’s explore, use fancy gadgets, and find answers to these and other questions.

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)
NOTE: Afternoon seesions are available certain weeks from 1- 4 pm
Members: $150.00 / Nonmembers: $170.00 per program

Nature’s Engineers... June 29 – July 3
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.
    AM session      9 am - Noon
    PM session      1 pm - 4 pm

Survival in the Wilderness... July 6 - 10
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.

CT Wild Kratts... July 13 – 17
Jump into a Wild Kratts episode to fight villains, solve problems, and save animals. Get ready to discover what lurks in our own backyards.
    AM session      9 am - Noon
    PM session      1 pm - 4 pm

Rocks, Minerals & Dino Tales... July 20 – 24
Uncover a brand new world beneath our feet. Examine creatures, rocks, minerals and fossils of the earth below. Uncover the secrets of Connecticut’s dinosaurs!

Indian Woods Wisdom... July 27 - 31  
Step back in time and discover what life would be like living in a wigwam. Uncover the ancient skills, art, and culture of local tribes. Learn how to track, build and play like a Native American!

Spineless Wonders (NEW)... August 3 -7
See the world through the eyes of a butterfly! Tumble and spin like a dragonfly. Find out why the reputations of bugs and other spineless creatures are often undeserved.

Discovery Kids... August 10 - 14  
Why is the sky blue? How does a compass know which way to point? Why does ice float? Become a biologist, chemist & physicist to discover the answers through experi¬ments, games & outdoor activities.

H2-Whoa! A World Of Water (NEW)... August 17 - 21
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 29 - July 3
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)
Reptiles & Amphibians ... July 6 - 10 
Get ready to look for and learn about frogs, salamanders, turtles, and snakes. Includes field trips to local natural areas.
    Limit: 12 students             
    Time: 9:00 am - Noon
(Monday - Friday)
    Members: $150.00    Nonmembers: $170.00

Explorations I ... July 13 - 17    
An active week of hiking, canoeing the Farmington River, exploring tidal salt marshes and more! Good physical condition is required. 
    Limit: 12 students   

Connecticut's Hiking Trails... July 20 - 24
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 

On the Trail of Endangered Species ... July 27 - 31   
Find out about Connecticut's endangered, threatened and special concern species. Includes all-day field trips to look for rare animals.
    Limit: 8 students 

Explorations II ... August 3 - 7
Another week of exciting field trips to Connecticut's unique natural areas.  Includes opportunities for hiking, canoeing, and wildlife observation. 
    Limit: 12 students     
Farmington River Ramblin' ... August 10-14
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

For a registration form, please click here..
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