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SUMMER 2014 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 2014” 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.  

This summer's program offerings include activities for pre-schoolers through students entering grade 8. Grade levels are those your child will enter in the fall. There is a $5 discount for each additional class a child attends.

For a copy of our Summer 2014 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.

A $20 non-refundable deposit must accompany each class registration
(amount of deposit is included in total class cost).
Balance is due June 2 for all classes

Medical forms are due no later than June 2.
Call the Nature Center at 860.693.0263 for additional information. 

For cancellations after June 8, 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 May 24
Please call the Nature Center for information at 860.693.0263


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

Child must be four years old by January 1, 2015
OR have had one year of nursery school.

Limit: 12 students
Time: 9:00 - 11:45am
Members: $85.00   Nonmembers: $95.00

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

    Do You See What I See? ...June 23, 25, 27 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
    Use your senses to uncover mysteries in the outdoors.  


Programs for 4 & 5 year olds

    Members: $110.00 / Nonmembers: $125.00 (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 30 - July 3     
Is anybody home? Explore the mysteries that lurk beneath a forest log.  What secrets are hidden there?

Butterfly Bonanza ... July 7 - 10
Experience the magical journey from caterpillar to butterfly. What happens inside a "pupa?"  Can you say metamorphosis?

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs...July 14 - 17
Ladybugs, katydids, June bugs, and more! Where did these fascinating insects get their names and where can we find them? Search the fields, forests and streams for these tiny creatures.

Water Works (NEW!)... July 21 – 24  
What can we do with water? What does water do for us? We will discover the answers through games, crafts and explorations.

Dig It! (NEW!)... July 28 – July 31  
Let’s go digging in the woods and field and discover the fascinating world under our feet.  With magnifiers and tools we can explore who lives there and what grows there.

Toad-ley Awesome! (NEW!) ... August 4 - 7
How is a toad different than a frog? Find out what makes amphibians so amazing.

Mystery Animals ... August 11 - 14  
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 
observations of animals kept at the Nature Center.

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

  Limit 15 students
Time: 9 am - Noon

Members $140.00 / Nonmembers: $155.00 per program.

Animal Babies ...June 23 - 27        
Find out how animals take care of their babies. Learn about the baby animals cared for at the Nature Center.    

Hit the Habitat Trail  ... June 30 – July 3
Note: 4-day program (Monday - Thursday)

Hike our various trails and compare and contrast habitats found in different areas.  What animals rely on these habitats?
Cost per program:  $115 members,  $125 nonmembers

Forest Superheroes (NEW!) July 7 – 11  
Time to get our capes on! Track down the superheroes of our forests and find out how we can be Werner Woods superheroes.

The Bear Facts ... July 14 – 18   
Learn amazing animal facts.  We'll explore the facts while we tackle some enduring myths - do toads give you warts?  Do possums hang by their tails?

Creepies & Crawlies July 21-25  
Bugs, spiders, snakes, worms and more! Use net, hand lens and your own explorations to learn how these animals live.

Journey to the Center of the Earth... July 28 – August 1     
We won't find real dinosaurs, but we will discover rocks and roots, fossils and even furry creatures.  We'll also learn some secrets about the Earth.  

Fish, Frogs, and Pollywogs ... August 4 – 8   
Get your feet wet and find out about life in a pond.  Find out why pond creatures are so important to us.

Animal Detectives ... August 11 - 15  
Who left these tracks?  What made that sound? Why does ice float? We live in a world of wonders, so let's explore and find answers to these questions. We will use our senses and skills to become Nature Detectives.

Buzz, Buzz, Bloom (NEW!) August 18 – 22
Uncover the fascinating world of pollinators! Imagine a day as a busy bee or hummingbird and learn how important these creatures are.

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: $140.00 / Nonmembers: $155.00 per program

Nature Arts ... June 23 – 27
Designed to help students interpret what they see in the natural world in an artful way.  Paint, draw, sculpt and more using as many natural materials as possible.

Connecticut Wild Kratts (NEW!) June 30 – July 3
Note: 4-day program (Monday -Thursday)

Jump into a Wild Kratts episode to fight villains, solve problems, and save animals. Get ready to discover what lurks in our own backyards.
    Cost per program: $115 members, $125 nonmembers

Survival in the Wilderness ... July 7 - 11
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
    AM session      9 am - Noon
    PM session      1 pm - 4 pm

Nature’s Engineers (NEW!) July 14 – 18 
Animals make amazing structures using just their paws, their beaks, or their teeth and nature’s building materials. We will try to copy their handy work and build structures of our own.

Rocks, Minerals & Dinosaur Tales: Digging Deeper... July 21 - 25  
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!

Water World ... July 28 - August 1 
Water lovers will enjoy wading across streams and along pond banks in search of their favorite aquatic creatures.  

    AM session      9 am - Noon
    PM session      1 pm - 4 pm

Discovery Kids ... August 4 – 8
Why is the sky blue?  How does a compass know which way to point?  Why does ice float?  Become a biologist, chemist and physicist to discover answers to these questions through experiments, games & outdoor activities.    


Invisible World ...  August 11 – 15
Much of nature is but a speck or even invisible to the naked eye.  Use hand lens and micorscope to unlock this invisible kingdom and learn why it is so important.

Indian Woods Wisdom... August 18 - 22  
Help set up camp in the woods following ancient Indian methods and traditions of concern for the natural world.  Experience animal tracking, native crafts and shelter building.


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 30 - July 3  Four -day class
Connecticut's only program on our fastest-flying insects, it 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 - 9)
    Price: $200 members; $230 nonmembers
Reptiles & Amphibians ... July 7 - 11 
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: $140.00    Nonmembers: $155.00

Explorations I ... July 14 - 18    
An active week of hiking the Appalachian Trail corridor, canoeing the Farmington River, exploring tidal salt marshes and more! Good physical condition is required. 
    Limit: 12 students   

On the Trail of Endangered Species ... July 21 - 25   
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 

Connecticut's Hiking Trails  (NEW!)...July 28 - August 1
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 

Explorations II ... August 4 - 8
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 11-15
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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