NATURE PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Our annual demonstration teaches you how to make maple syrup the easy way. We’ll cover the entire process from identifying the tree to the best part – tasting the final
product. Cost: $4 members; $6 nonmembers; half-price children Preregistration is not required.
Spring is the season of eggs – bird eggs, frog eggs, turtle eggs, fish eggs! Help us find them and learn about the animals that laid them. We have scattered eggs around
the trail (if weather permits) or inside the Nature Center
for you to find. Visit our store afterwards for a small prize.
Scavenger Hunt Map will be sold in Nature Center Store for $2.00 plus admission to the Nature Center. No need to preregister.
Listen and look for barred owls and other nocturnal creatures along our trails.
Cost: $5 members; $7 nonmembers
Preregistration is required for this program as space is limited. Not geared for very young children.
Join us for Reptile Day for a day of programs on local reptiles presented by regional experts. Program topics will include rare reptiles of New England as well as the status and conservation needs for timber rattlesnakes copperheads, and box turtles.
This program is dedicated to Dick Petersen, a long-time Canton resident, founder of the CT Herpetological Society and co-author of the CT Dept. of Environmental Protection’s booklet Connecticut’s Venomous Snakes.
Visit www.roaringbrook.org for more information.
Programs are funded by donations in memory of Dick Petersen.
There is no cost for this event.
A percentage of the pizza sales supports the Nature Center. Bring your friends, bring your family for dinner at Flatbread’s at The Shoppes at the Farmington Valley
Learn about the amphibians that inhabit vernal pools as we search for nocturnal wildlife. Pre-registration is required for this program as space is limited. Not geared for very young children.
Cost: $5 members; $7 nonmembers
Wildlife Wakes Up!
School Vacation Programs for Grades K-5
Monday, April 11
Tuesday, April 12
Wednesday, April 13
Thursday, April 14
Friday, April 15
9 am – Noon
How do animals know that spring has arrived? Join us for a week of morning fun & exploration in forest field and pond.Spend vacation mornings looking for wildlife at Roaring Brook Nature Center.
Many animals are busy preparing nests for the season ahead. Join us for a guided spring hike through Werner’s Wood each afternoon at 2 pm. Find the hidden nests around the Nature Center. Guided hike free with admission to the Nature Center.
Adults and children can participate in a shared story with a craft and short walk.Children must be accompanied by an adult. The courtesy of preregistration is requested.
There is a charge of $3/child; maximum $6 per family. Fee will cover the cost of crafts and will help support the programs at the Nature Center.
An early morning walk through Werner’s Woods provides welcome sights and sounds for beginning birders as well as those with more experience in the field.
Bird walks are not geared for younger children.Bring binoculars and dress for wet ground underfoot.
Cost: $3 members ; $5 nonmembers
Preregistration is not required
Connecticut has a myriad of spring wildflowers. Find out why they bloom in the spring, where to find them, how they got their names and what makes these plants so special. Join us for a special lecture from 1 pm to 2 pm.
Join us at 2 pm for a guided walk through our woods and our native plant gardens looking for wildflowers. Geared for all ages.
Cost: $4 members; $6 nonmembers; children half-rice. Moms admitted free.
Preregistration not required.
Butterfly gardens may attract a host of beautiful winged creatures to your yard, not just butterflies. Find out what makes a successful butterfly habitat and how you can improve your butterfly habitat. A 45-minute talk will be followed by a walk through the Nature Center’s native plant gardens.
Cost: $4 members; $6 nonmembers. Preregistration requested.
Join us on Father’s Day for a guided walk on the Quarry Trail and learn about the history of the land before it became Werner’s Woods.
Cost: $4 members; $6 nonmembers; children half-price. Dads admitted free. Preregistration not required.
What will we find this summer?! In past years we’ve seen and heard a wide range of creatures on our evening walks.
Long sleeves, a flashlight & insect repellent recommended.
Cost: $3 members ; $6 nonmembers (Children – $2 members, $3 nonmembers)
Preregistration is not required
Join Nature Center staff members to learn what wild animals are raising young & what you can do to keep animal babies safe.
Admission: $4 children, $6 adult. Preregistration is not required. Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult.
Interested in animals or becoming a vet or wildlife rehabilitator when you grow up? Join us for this new program for a chance to learn about caring for exotic animals and wildlife.
For students in grades 6 – 9 Limit: 12
Students Cost: $95 Members, $115 Nonmembers
Dress in your butterfly attire, make a set of antennae to match. Waltz out to the Butterfly Garden for some tea, lemonade and cookies! Meet our resident butterflies & caterpillars, make a butterfly craft, and more….
Cost: Admission to the Nature Center (members free)
Join Nature Center staff to learn about these fascinating creatures.Program will include live animal demonstration.
Admission: $3.00 members, $4.00 nonmembers
Preregistration is not required Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult
The Nature Center will host the Farmington Valley Butterfly Count, a part of an annual survey sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association. To take part in the Butterfly Count, meet at Nature Center at 7:30 am in the Nature Center parking lot. Participants in Count should be prepared to travel throughout the Farmington Valley and be in good physical condition.
Following the Count there will be a Butterfly Program/Walk from 1:30 to 3 pm at the Nature Center. This program is open to the public.
Program Cost: $3.00 members, $6.00 nonmembers. Preregistration is not required
Call the Center for additional information.
Turtles come in many shapes and sizes. Join us as we visit with these ancient animals – both very large and very small turtles.
Admission:$3.00 members, $4.00 nonmembers.
Preregistration is not required. Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult
Bring your favorite teddy bear, make a bear craft,learn what our local bears are doing this time of the year, and more….
Cost: Admission to the building (members free).
Brian Kleinman of Riverside Reptiles will be on hand with some very special guests for a presentation on lizards
Cost: $3.00 members, $4.00 nonmembers Preregistration is not required.
Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult