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Nature Programs, Hikes & Events

Fantastic Fungi
Until September 30

Fall Leaf ID
Until October 15

Spook-tacular Animals
Until October 31

Weather Folklore
Until November 15

Turkey Days
Until November 30

What Big Antlers You Have
Until December 15

Home for the Holidays
Until January 15

Birds in Winter
Until February 15

 

Along Our Trails
Scavenger Hunts

The Nature Center is posting
a series of nature scavenger hunts
along our trails to add to your enjoyment. 
Scavenger hunt maps are available at the
front door of the Nature Center.

DONATIONS WELCOME!





Saturdays
September 10, 17, & 24
7:30 — 9 am



Saturday Morning
Bird Walks


Join us as we wander the trails through Werner’s Woods during the fall migration season.

Binoculars and footwear for wet ground conditions are all you will need.

Geared for all levels of birding expertise,
but not for very young children.

$10 per person
Pre-registration not required.





Saturday
September 24
9 – 10:30 am

Mushrooms
with Mushroom Marlene

Join Marlene Snecinski of the
CT Valley Mycological Association
for a hike along Werner’s Woods trails
looking for fall mushrooms.

$11 per person / $36 per family of four

Reservations required
Click here to register 




Monday
September 26
10 am – 3:30 pm
Hikes at 11 am & 1:30 pm

Magnificent Monarchs
See you next year?

Monarch butterflies are flying off to Mexico for their winter stay. Join us at the Nature Center to learn where they are going and how we can welcome them back next summer.

Free with admission to the Nature Center.

Pre-registration not required.




Sunday
October 9
7:30 – 8:45 pm

Full ‘Hunters ‘ Moon Hike

Join us for a guided hike under the full moon known by early Native American tribes as the Harvest Moon as it marked the period of time when game was hunted in preparation for winter.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight

$11 each / $36 family of four

Reservations required

Click here to register





Monday
October 10
anytime 10 am — 3:30 pm

Guided Leaf ID Hike
11 am or 1:30 pm

Awesome Autumn Scavenger Hunt & Hikes

Looking for something to do on a lovely fall day during the height of leaf color? Drop in and head out on the trails for a self-guided fall leaf scavenger hunt or take a guided hike at 11 am or 1 pm to learn more.

Find out what makes for the
ideal fall foliage season,
what happens to all those fallen leaves,
why the acorn crop varies from year to year,
and more.

Leaf crafts and self-guided scavenger hunt free with admission to the Nature Center.

No need to pre-register.




Saturday
October 29
RAIN DATE: October 30

9:30 – 10:30 am
11 am – Noon
1 – 2 pm
2:30 – 3:30 pm

 

HOBGOBLIN FAIR

What "critters" will appear on our trails this Halloween?


Join us for our annual Hobgoblin Fair held the Saturday before Halloween.

Head out for a Track & Treat Walk 
Take Home a Craft Bag
 Meet the Owl
Hunt in the Leaves
and other activities.

The Fair is hosted by
The Friends of Roaring Brook Nature Center.

Children are encouraged to wear costumes
IF suitable for walking in the woods and participating in the craft activities.

Parents should plan to stay with their children.

Suitable for children ages 3 - 8.

$10 per person

Pre-registration online required

To register for the 9:30 am session,
click here

To register for the 11 am session,
click here

To register for the 1:00 am session,
click here

To register for the 2:30 am session,
click here





Tuesday
November 1
anytime 10 am — 3 pm Storytime at 11 am & 1 pm

A Parliament of Owls?

This election day, drop in to the Nature Center – it will be a hoot!

Learn about our resident owls and see them in their enclosures at the Nature Center.

Owl crafts all day.

Free with admission to the Nature Center.

No need to pre-register



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Tuesday
November 8
7:30 – 8:45 pm

Under the ‘Beaver’ Moon Night Hike

Join us for a guided hike under the full moon known by early Native American tribes as
the Beaver Moon as this was the time of year
beavers would be most active in preparation for winter.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.

$11 each / $36 family of four

Reservations required

Click here to register




Sunday
November 13
1:30 – 2:45 pm

Beyond Birdfeeders Hike:
How to feed your backyard birds year-round

Birds do not live by birdseed alone.
Learn what you can plant in your yard
to provide food to an even greater variety
of birds throughout the year while promoting biodiversity in your neighborhood.

$11 each / $36 family of four

Registration required

To register, click here




Sunday before Thanksgiving
November 20
Noon — 4pm

Holiday Craft Fair

The Friends of Roaring Brook Nature Center

will hold their annual Holiday Gift and Craft Fair
on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Start your holiday shopping with
nature-related gifts for all ages.
Handmade crafts include felted ornaments, pottery, jewelry, soaps and many other items made by local artisans.

The proceeds from the Fair benefit the
Nature Center’s programs and activities
.

There is no charge to visit the Nature Center
or attend the Fair on this date




Nature Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day November 24
Trails open dawn to dusk

Friday, November 25
anytime 10 am — 4pm
Guided hike at 1:30 pm

Saturday, November 26
anytime 10 am — 4pm
Guided hike at 1:30 pm

Sunday, November 27
anytime 1 pm — 4pm
Guided hike at 1:30 pm

Turkey Daze!

How well do you really know
Meleagris gallopavo, the wild turkey,
a cousin of the domesticated turkey?

What is a turkey’s snood?
What is a Jake?
Do turkeys have beards?

Take a self-guided turkey scavenger hunt or register for a guided hike at 1:30 pm.

Crafts, quiz and more free with admission to the Nature Center.

Registration required for guided hikes

$11 per person / $36 for family of four

For the Friday guided hike at 1:30 pm,
click here

For the Saturday guided hike at 1:30 pm,
click here

For the Sunday guided hike at 1:30 pm,
click here




Saturday
December 7
7:00 – 8:15 pm

Full ‘Cold’ Moon Night Hike

Bundle up and join us for a guided woodland hike under December’s full moon.

This month’s moon is known by early Native American tribes as the Full Cold Moon because
this is the time of year when the cold winter air settles in and the nights become long and dark.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight

$11 each / $36 family of four

Registrations required

Click here to register




Sunday
December 18
2:30 – 4 pm

Early Winter Solstice Hike

Winter Solstice arrives
Wednesday, December 21.
In terms of daylight, this day is 6 hours,
4 minutes shorter than on June Solstice.

Join us for a late afternoon hike to enjoy the
long shadows and peace of the woods in winter.
Learn how nature anticipates the upcoming lengthening of the days.

$11 each / $36 family of four

Registrations required

Click here to register




Wednesday
December 21
7 - 8 pm

Winter Solstice Celebration
VIRTUAL Presentation


Grab a quilt, a mug of hot chocolate,
settle in a comfortable chair and join us virtually on one of the longest nights of the year to celebrate the Winter solstice and
learn how people have celebrated this
special day and season over the millennia.

Program is free – donations welcome

Click here for this ZOOM program




Nature Center closed Christmas Day & New Year’s Day
Trails open dawn to dusk


   
 
   
 
* Family rates apply for two adults and two children (over two years of age)

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Classes

DISCOVERY DAYS PROGRAMS

 

Discovery Day Programs

Registration is open for the upcoming Discovery Days, 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 elemantary age students. For more details, click here.

SUMMER PROGRAMS




Roaring Brook Nature Center's
SUMMER 2021 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.  

Click here to learn more and to register online

Click here for our
SUMMER PROGRAMS 2021brochure

 

Home School Programs

 

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

Click here to learn about
Homeschool programs
offered by
The Children's Museum in West Hartford

Guided Nature Walks

Nature Walks

During July and August, group nature walks may be scheduled by individuals, families or by organized groups on selected weekday afternoons. Walks may be general or may focus on a specific topic of interest.

Call the Nature Center for additional information.

The Werner Woods trails are open year-round for self-guided tours.  Trail guide books are available in the Nature Center store for $2.00.


Volunteers Needed!
  • Volunteers interested in working with the Nature Center's Raptor Care Program (must be over 18 years of age), please call the Center (860) 693-0263. Whatever time you can offer will be appreciated.
For more information on our volunteer needs, click here.

 


Birthday Party Opportunities

During the school year, the Nature Center offers birthday parties on Saturdays (morning parties from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM, afternoon parties from 1:30-3:30 PM) and on selected weekday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

During July and August, the Nature Center will offer birthday parties on selected weekday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:30 PM. (Please note that birthday party availability is subject to the Nature Center’s summer program schedule of classes and public events).

For more information, click here. To make a reservation call the Center at (860) 693-0263.


Sunday before Thanksgiving
Noon - 4:00 pm

Holiday Craft Fair

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS! 
Are you interested in being a part of our Holiday Craft Fair?  We welcome vendors who have produced hand-made gifts and/or natural products to sell as 'gifts' during the holiday season.

For an registration form, please contact Margery Winters at mwinters@thechildrensmuseumct.org or 860.693.0263


Scout Programs

Leaders of Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scout Troops, as well as Cub Scout Troops, will find that numerous badge requirements may be fulfilled by a visit to Roaring Brook Nature Center. To learn more, click here.
 


70 Gracey Road, Canton, CT  06019          Phone: 860-693-0263          rbnc@thechildrensmuseumct.org
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70 Gracey Road, Canton, CT  06019          Phone: 860-693-0263          rbnc@thechildrensmuseumct.org
Copyright © 2006 Roaring Brook Nature Center. All rights reserved worldwide