A member of The Children's Museum family

Roaring Brook Nature Center is committed to providing an environment that maximizes learning. We offer a comprehensive list of programs for students in grades K-8. The Nature Center includes a small interpretive building and five miles of trails on a 150+ acre wildlife preserve. The Center offers a wide variety of educational programs including field trips to the Center as well as in-classroom or assembly programs at your school.

Programs can be tailored to fit your curriculum,
including urban-suburban partnership programs.

Our programs are aligned with the
Connecticut Core Science Curriculum Framework

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"When You Come to Roaring Brook ..."


Program Times

  • 9:30 (or 9:45) AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM

All programs at Roaring Brook Nature Center are 1-1/4 hour (75 minutes) except as listed.   Schedule times may vary slightly for 2 hour programs. 

For all day programs, scheduling as early in the year as possible is recommended.

Program Fees

  • 1 hour programs - $6.00 per student, $75 minimum charge
  • 2 hour programs - $10.00 per student, $150 minimum charge
  • All-day programs - $12.00 per student, $250 minimum charge
  • Teachers are admitted free.

Phone: 860.693.0263

Please call between 9 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday

Reservations should be made as early in the school year as possible

Picnic Facilities
Limited facilities are available to groups. Reservations are required.
Gift Shop

The Nature Center gift shop carries a variety of nature-related items for children and adults. Reservations are requested for gift shop use. Gift bags may be ordered in advance.

To place an order, call 860.693.0263. Gift shop proceeds support our educational programming.


Two week cancellation notice is required to avoid being billed the minimum program fee.

There is no charge for groups canceling due to inclement weather. Every effort is made to reschedule.

Special Needs

Please notify the Nature Center of any special needs of your group. Our building is wheelchair accessible and we have an ADA compliant restroom; most or our trails are not wheelchair accessible but several smaller trails near our building are wheelchair accessible.

Chaperone Policy

One chaperone is requested for every ten students. Please do not bring siblings or additional younger children.  

Arrival / Teacher Check-in

Upon arrival teachers should check into gift shop/office. Late arrivals may result in shortened programs. Refunds are not issued for shortened programs. If you are planning to arrive early, please notify the Center as building space may be in use by other groups.  


Full payment is required upon arrival unless other arrangements are made in advance.

Payment may be made in the form of cash (larger bills, please), check or by Mastercard or Visa. The Nature Center does not accept discount coupons or Museum memberships in lieu of payment for school programs.

Weather / Clothing

Programs at Roaring Brook Nature Center utilize the wide variety of habitats in the refuge. Classes will go out in the rain, except in the event of thunderstorms. Participants must come dressed to go outdoors.


"When Roaring Brook Comes to You ..."

You may arrange for a Nature Center staff member to come to your school.   In-school programs are adapted for specific grade levels and may be tailored to fit your curriculum and teaching needs.  Most programs will include the presentation of at least one live animal. 

Assembly Programs

These are programs for large groups of students (30 or more).  The fee for each assembly program is $250 plus mileage*.  Discounts may be given if more than one program is scheduled in a school on a given day.

Some assembly programs can also be done as outreach classroom programs.

To view a list of Assembly Program topics, click here.

Library Programs

A (non-school) Library program is $200 plus mileage*

Senior Center Programs

A Senior Centre program is $150 plus mileage*

Classroom Programs

One-hour programs (for 30 students or fewer) and include hands-on and small group activities. 

Program cost: $175 plus mileage*.

Discounts are available if more than one program is scheduled in a school on the same day (maximum of four classes per day). After the first program, there is a $15 discount on each additional class:

  • Two programs -   $335 plus mileage*
  • Three programs - $495 plus mileage*
  • Four programs -   $655 plus mileage*

Half-hour programs are available for preschool programs only.  Program costs: $115 per program plus mileage.

To view a list of Classroom Program topics, click here.

Little Sprouts - Programs for Pre-schoolers

Three seasonal programs - geared for children ages 3 - 5 years.

  • Fall (September - November)
  • Winter (December - February)
  • Spring (March - mid-April)

Schedule three outreach or three field trips to the Nature Center or any combination of field trip/outreach that suits your needs.

Half-hour outreach program = $100 (mileage included)

45-minute outreach program = $130 (mileage included)

Want a breath of fresh air for your students? 
Seasonal one-hour field trips at $5 per child ($50 minimum cost). 

Afterschool Programs

One-hour afterschool programs for fewer than 20 children per class:

Afterschool program = $175 plus mileage*

Discounts are available for multiple weeks of programs:

  • 4 weeks - $160 each ($640) plus mileage*
  • 6 weeks - $150 each ($900) plus mileage*
  • 8 weeks - $140 each ($1120) plus mileage*

The Traveling Naturalist

Have a naturalist visit your school for an entire day to offer their expertise on how to bring the outdoors into the classroom and/or utilize the natural areas surrounding your school. The Traveling Naturalist program includes one assembly program (maximum of 200 students), followed by up to five half-hour hands-on classroom demonstrations (maximum of 30 students each). We also assist teachers with curriculum development, enrichment programming, with coordinating field trip possibilities to a natural area near your school.

Choose from the variety of Nature Center program topics listed for outreach presentations. Don’t see the topic you are looking for? Contact us to see if we can design a program to suit your needs!

The cost for this program is $550 plus mileage.

*  Mileage = $.75 per mile.


For all school programs, call the Nature Center at 860.693.0263
between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Tuesday through Friday.
Because dates fill up quickly, reservations should be made
as early as possible in the school year. 

Reservations may not be made by email