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 an interpretive building, live animals,
and five miles of trails on a 160+ 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.


Please call the Nature Center so we may tailor the program
to meet the needs of your students and curriculum

Our programs are aligned with the
Connecticut Core Science Curriculum Framework
and the Next Generation Science Standards

Click for a complete listing of

by grade levels

One of the walk-through exhibit dioramas at the Nature Center

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in West Hartford click here


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.

Program Fees

  • Field Trip to RBNC:

    • 1.25 hour program: $11.00 per student, $230 minimum

    • 2 hour program: $15.00 per student, $275 minimum

    • All-Day program: $20.00 per student, $415 minimum cost

    • 1 hour Preschool program: $10.00 per student (15 students per educator max), $190 minimum

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

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


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

Teachers and school staff are free of charge

One teacher or chaperone is required for every 15 students

Additional chaperones will be charged at the rate of $6.00 per person

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 Outreach Program Pricing


           Classroom program           $250     (30 students max.)

           Pre-Kindergarten program  $250*   (18 students max.)

           Assemby program             $400     ( 100 students max.)

            * Qualifies for multi-program discount


           Classroom program         $200       (30 student max.)

           Assembly program          $350        (100 students max.)        


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.


                           $.75 per mile 
                  Additional $30 for locations 25 miles or more from RBNC
                  Additional $60 for locations 50 or more miles from RBNC
                  Additional $100 for locations 100 or more miles from RBNC


Click for a complete listing of
Roaring Brook School Services 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

Click here for the Educator's Program Guide for programs offered by
Roaring Brook Nature Center & The Children's Museum