Local CT Events

Make Leaf Art at Goodwin Forest, Monday 10/12, 10 a.m.

2011-10-11_9979Autumn is the perfect time of year to collect wonderfully-colored leaves. At this Connecticut Forest & Park Association program, children can collect leaves at Goodwin Forest in Hampton, CT — and then use imagination, glue and paper to  make a stunning collage of animals, scenes, or even abstract colors to take home and frame!  All materials are provided; this program is free and recommended for ages 6 and above. Rain or shine. Contact: (860) 455-9534

Creatures of the Night at Goodwin Forest, Saturday 10/10 at 1 pm


Some animals, like this gray tree frog, only come out at night.  What are these nocturnal creatures doing all night while we are sleeping?  Many of these animals are considered scary by some people, but really there is nothing to be afraid of! Find out more at this Halloween-themed family program at Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center in Hampton, CT, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association.

Creatures of the Night at Bauer Park Saturday 9/5 at 8:30pm


Ever wonder who is responsible for all the chirps you hear at night? Head over to Bauer Park this Saturday night (9/5) at 8:30pm to join author John Himmelman for a walk through the park. You’ll learn how to identify different insects by both sight and sound. This program is for all ages and has no fee. Don’t forget a flashlight!

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Nature Fairies & Gnomes – Summer Celebration at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center Wednesday, August 26th at 10am


The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center is offering a great new program throughout the year featuring Nature Fairies: “the champions of the earth!” Head over to the center on Wednesday (8/26) at 10am to hear stories about the Nature Fairies, make a creative craft, and create a fairy house outside! This program is great for kids ages 5-12 and there is a fee of $5.12 for members or $6 for nonmembers.

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Marvelous Mushrooms at Flanders Nature Center Saturday (8/22) at 1pm

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Join The 3 Foragers at Flanders Nature Center on Saturday (8/22) at 1pm for a program all about mushrooms! First, listen as they give a presentation on identifying different kinds of mushrooms, then explore the Van Vleck Sanctuary hunting for wild mushrooms. Children are welcome and the program will begin at the Flanders Sugar House. Cost for Flanders members is $10 members and $15 for nonmembers. Be sure to register online at www.flandersnaturecenter.org or by calling the center at (203) 263-3711 Ext. 10. 

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Stream Investigation at Session Woods on Tuesday, August 18th at 1:30pm


Interested in the streams that flow through our neighborhoods? Head out to Session Woods on Tuesday (8/18) at 1:30pm for some hands-on learning! This program will cover stream ecology, conservation techniques, invertebrates, and overall stream health. This event is free, and all children under 12 must be accompanied by an adults. Be sure to pre-register by calling 860-424-3011 or emailing laura.rogers-castro@ct.gov.

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Woodland Walks at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center August 11th from 6:30-7:30pm


Join the Naturalist-Educators at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center  in an exploration of the nature center August 11th from 6:30-7:30. Search for insects and other critters around the center, climb the trails, and explore the streams! Make sure to bring water and dress to get dirty! There is a fee of $12.75/class for members and $15.00/class for non-members. Be sure to pre-register by calling the center at 860-536-1216.

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Paddle the Pawcatuck River with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center August 8th from 9am-3pm


Head out on Saturday from 9am-3pm for an easy paddle around the Pawcatuck River with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. You will see the Bradford Dam then head downstream to Potter Hill. The trip is one way, and there will be a return shuttle at the end. This event is ideal for families with older children. Be sure to pre-register by calling 860-536-1216. 

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Nature Night Out at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center August 8th from 5:30-8:30pm


Bring you kids by on Saturday from 5:30-8:30 for a night with nature! Dinner will be provided, followed by fun activities both indoors and outside such as a hike or stories inside. The night will end with s’mores by the fire. Be sure to send your child with appropriate clothes for being outside and a flashlight! This program is ideal for children ages 5-12. Fees are $25.50/member child and $12.75/extra sibling, or $30/nonmember child and $15/extra sibling. Be sure to pre-register by calling the center at 860-536-1216.

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