Join Us! Become a Member

Membership benefits include free admission to the Nature Center and to the Children's Museum in West Hartford, as well as discounts on program fees,
a 10% discount in the Nature Center's Store and invitations to special events.

Membership information is available in the Center's gift shop. 

For more information on Membership categories, click here

Another way to support the Nature Center:
Donate to our Annual Fund

RBNC Animal Care Support

Looking to contribute in another way? The Nature Center would appreciate the following donations to help with our care of our animals:

Donate to support our animals

For Animal Wish List,click here

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for something different? 


Roaring Brook Nature Center is looking for volunteers!  We are looking for people who have a few hours a month, an interest in animals or the environment, and a desire to serve a larger community.  If you have skills (all types, from art to office to computers), we have needs (all kinds, from animals to organizing). Volunteer opportunities include:

    • graphic designer
    • animal feeder
    • office support
    • grant writing/ fundraising
    • public relations
    • gardening
    • gift shop
    • special events
    • hospitality
    • building maintenance (carpentry, electrical, etc.)

For more information, call Christina Gilbert at 860.693-0263 or email cgilbert@thechildrensmuseumct.org

Click here for a volunteer application form

Animal Care Volunteers (18 years and up)

Those interested in caring for our resident reptiles and amphibians please fill out the following application.

For more information please call Christin Gilbert at 860.693.0263
or email cgilbert@thechildrensmuseumct.org

Click here for a volunteer application form (school year)

Click here for a SUMMER volunteer application form

Ambassador Care Volunteer & Wildlife Apprentices Needed!

Are you interested in volunteering in the Nature Center's Raptor Care Program? Volunteers must be over 18 years of age. Whatever time you can offer will be appreciated.

For more information please call 860.693.0263.

Click here for a volunteer application form


Gardeners Needed!

Volunteers are needed in the spring and summer to help maintain the Porritt Wildflower Trail and the Marabeth Finn Memorial Butterfly Garden.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call Margery Winters at 860.693-0263 or email mwinters@thechildrensmuseumct.org


Friends of Roaring Brook

Do you love the Nature Center but are not interested in feeding the snakes or helping with office duties? Then consider joining the Roaring Brook Nature Center's Auxiliary, also known as the Friends of Roaring Brook.

Friends Special Events / Fundraisers

  • Day of Caring - September  Auxililary provides lunch for workers
  • Hobgoblin Fair - Saturday before (or on) Halloween, rain or shine
  • Holiday Craft Fair - Noon - 4 PM Sunday before Thanksgiving
  • Friends Annual Meeting / Potluck Dinner -  April
  • Fundraisers to help fund special capital projects for the Nature Center

Nature Center Rental

Looking for a place
to host
your next event?

Click here for pricing info