Come celebrate the summer solstice and Father’s Day on a guided hike of the Quarry Trail at the Roaring Brook Nature Center on Sunday at 1:30pm. On the hike you will learn about the history of the area. There is a fee of $4 for members or $6 for non-members. Children’s fees are half-price, and fathers are admitted for free!
Head over the the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center this Sunday, June 21st at 2pm to explore the world of amphibians! Walk around the nearby wetlands to search for amphibians such as salamanders, frogs, and toads. Make sure to wear boots and clothes you don’t mind getting muddy. There is a fee of $7 per person or child, but fathers and grandfathers can participate for free! Register for this event at the DNPC’s website or by calling the center at 860-536-1216.
Celebrate the longest day of the year with a blazing bonfire at the CAS Center at Glastonbury this Sunday, June 21st at 8pm! There will be songs, dance, stories, and a light snack. This event is great for all ages. There is a fee of $8 for CAS adult members and $4 for kids under 12, or $12 for adult non-members and $6 for kids. Carpooling and pre-registration are strongly recommended. Call the center at 860-633-8402 to pre-register!
Head out to the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center for a unique magic show this Saturday, June 20th at 2pm! Cyril the sorcerer will be performing an act with an environmental focus, specifically about protecting the wilderness and natural habitats. Come experience the magic at this free family program. Be sure to register by calling the center at 203-736-1053.
Strawberry season is upon us — and it’s short and sweet, so get picking! Strawberries are delicious and easy to freeze: just wash, pat dry, spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet, freeze overnight — and voila — you can have strawberries in November (if they last that long). Here are some local pick-your-own hotspots; for more Connecticut locations, check out this website. (Photo above by James Lee.)
Every Saturday this summer from 12:30pm-1pm, head out to the Stamford Museum and Nature Center and help feed the animals housed there. Discover what the animals like to eat and help prepare their diet. This event is free for all children, but make sure to grab a spot early (any time after 10am day of) as only 20 kids can help each week. This program is every Saturday from June 6th through August 22 (except the Fourth of July).
Are you curious about the organisms that are able to live in the harsh environment of a tidal pool? Come to the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center learn about these animals in a hands-on activity with organisms visiting from the Long Island Sound. There will also be a craft project and a fun story! This class is on Friday, June 12th at 10:30am.
There is a tuition fee of $7 per child, or $5 for FANCI members and Ansonia residents. This class is ideal for preschool age children and their parents! Be sure to register by calling 203-736-1053.
The American Hiking Society’s annual National Trails Day is this Saturday, June 6th! There are fun events happening all around Connecticut including hiking, birding, trail maintenance, paddling, and much more! Check out some of these fun events:
The Connecticut Audubon Society‘s Center at Glastonbury has an exciting 8 week summer camp! From June 29th to August 21st, your kids can have fun outside learning about all things nature. Each week has a different theme, ranging from “Bug-a-Thon” to “Maps and Letterboxing”. There are two programs, one for children ages 3-4, and one for ages 5-9. Check out their brochure here! Fees vary by age group, so be sure to register by downloading their mail in form.
Head over to the vegetable garden at Westmoor Park to grow herbs and veggies while learning about the science and history of gardening. This class is for kids ages 7-10, and there is a registration fee of $17 for residents, and $20 for non-residents. Register online, in person, or by mail!