Local CT Events

Story Time at Flander’s Nature Center

“Friday, December 18 / 9:30-10:30AM . Flanders invites you to join us at the Trail House for exciting story time adventures. Monthly topics are designed to encourage young children (and adults) to explore nature, discover art and learn about farming together. Live animal demonstrations, specimens to observe and touch, nature walks and crafts are all part of investigating the great outdoors. This month the topic is deer. Mom’s Groups, play dates and day cares welcome. Cost per session: Free for Flanders members/$5 per family for nonmembers. Call 203-263-3711 to register so that we will have enough material for every child to participate.” This sounds like so much fun! come check it out 🙂

Thanksgiving Weekend Waddle, New Canaan Nature Center, Sat. Nov. 28 9-4 p.m.

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Bring the whole family to the New Canaan Nature Center for a post-Thanksgiving hike led by NCNC Naturalists! While “waddling” the trails, we’ll search for some of nature’s most treasured gifts (apple trees, maple trees & honey bees to name a few) and learn why the end of autumn is a busy time of year for many wild animals.  After our hike, enjoy a free behind-the-scenes tour of our Animal Care facilities & Birds of Prey Exhibit. Naturalists will be departing with groups from the Sugar Shack for Trail Treks at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM (sign up is first-come, first serve). Other ongoing activities include a “Getting Ready for Winter” Scavenger Hunt, as well as Letterboxing on the NCNC property.  Free.

Tellabration, Ansonia Nature Center, Ansonia CT, Sun. Nov. 22, 2 p.m.

Join us for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon at Ansonia Nature Center as storyteller Karianna Rosenberg guides her listeners on a magical journey through their imaginations with her folk and nature stories in Spanish and English. Karianna serves as resident storyteller, dancer and outdoor educator for Two Coyotes Wilderness School and is a member of the Connecticut Storytelling Center, League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling, and The Healing Story. Please register by calling 203-736-1053

Full Moon Beaver Hike, Ansonia Nature Center, Ansonia, CT, Sat. Nov. 21, 6 p.m.


For both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, November was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, in order to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. This full moon was also called the Frost Moon. Join the Ansonia Nature Center’s rangers, who will lead this unique hike designed for families. Cost is $1.00 per person. Bad weather cancels! Please register by calling 203-736-1053.

Birding in Winter at Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Sun. Nov. 22, 9 and 11 a.m.


The great southern migration is over, and the birds we see now are the resident birds that will stay through the winter. This program at Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center includes information about the resident birds, tips on how to keep them fed and healthy through the winter, and time spent birdwatching at the feeders and along the trails. We provide binoculars and field guides, although you’re welcome to bring your own. Stop by the nature store after the program to check out the sale prices on bird seed and bird feeders! $5.10 member / $6 nonmember. ( 9 – 11 am or 1 -3 pm).

Hubble Gotchu: Astronomy Nights at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Fri. Nov 20, 7 p.m.


Head to the Stamford Museum and Nature Center Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Hubble Gotchu, followed by a visit to view the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. This program is suitable for children ages 5 & older. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing.


Owl-O-Ween Party, CT Audubon Glastonbury, Saturday 10/31, 4-6


Join the CT Audubon Society in Glastonbury CT this Halloween for a fun Owl-O-Ween gala full of mad science, live owls, snakes and bugs! There will be a walk in the woods or graveyard, sticky things to touch, crafts, caramel apples and more – it will be a real old-fashioned Halloween party. Every child will leave with a small goody bag. Costumes optional! For more information, call 860-633-8402. Cost: $5 per person.

Hobgoblin Fair at Roaring Brook Nature Center, Saturday 10/31 10-12 OR 1-3


What “critters” will appear on the trails at Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton, CT at this year’s Halloween Hobgoblin Fair? 

Join us for a ‘Track & Treat’ walk, children’s crafts, cupcake decorating, face painting, a Country Kitchen of yummy homemade items, and a delicious lunch of homemade soup, bread and apple cider. This program is suitable for children ages 3-8. Children are encouraged to wear costumes IF suitable for walking in the woods and participating in the craft activities, and must be accompanied by a parent. Cost: $8 children; $4 adults. Fee includes the ‘Track & Treat’ walk, all crafts, and face painting. Other activities available for an additional charge. Please note that there are no refunds, and that participants should attend the session for which they register; pre-registration with payment and this form is required. 

Amateur Astronomy at Ansonia Nature Center, Sat. 10/24, 6-8 p.m.

moon-893268_1280Have you ever wondered why we have four seasons or why the moon goes through different phases?  Learn why at the Ansonia Nature Center during a good old fashioned slide show and short lecture by “Bobcat” Carruthers and members of the New Haven Astronomical Society. Then, if weather permits, venture outside to view the night sky with the Astronomical Society’s high-tech telescopes. This program is free and begins at 6 p.m.; please pre-register by calling 203-736-1053.