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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Click here for a Roaring Brook Nature Center
Educator Program Guide

Click here for a complete listing of Roaring Brook School Programs
by grade levels

Click here for additional programs offered by

"When You Come to Roaring Brook ..."


Program Times

  • 9:30 am - 10:45 am   or      9:45 am - 11:00 am
  • 11 am - 12:15 am      or    11:15 am - 12:30 pm
  • 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm   or    12:45 - 2 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.


Please call 860.693.0263 between 9 am - 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

Two chaperones (one teacher and one parent or 2 parents) or is requested for every ten students. Please do not bring siblings or additional younger children.  Additional chaperones will be charged $6 per chaperone.

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. 

RBNC Program Pricing

To view a list of Field Trip program topics by grade, click here.

To view a list of Pre-School program topics, click here.

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

To view a list of Assembly Program topics, click here.
Some assembly programs can also be done as outreach classroom programs.



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