Friends Focus

Friends’ Focus: Winter 2017

Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc. (FANCI)

The Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc. (FANCI) exists to support the staff, the programs, and the vision of the Ansonia Nature Center.


Party with the Animals and the Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc. Five educational birthday party themes to choose from:     

Awesome Amphibians (spring & SUMMER ONLY)
Bird Brains
Incredible Insects
Reptiles Rule
Mad for Mammals

2 hour party includes:

  • 15 minute set up (parent/FANCI)
  • 45 minute educational program (FANCI)
  • 45 minute cake / presents (provided by parent)
  • 15 minute cleanup (parent/FANCI)

Fee for family-level members $150.00, non-members $175.00
For more information please call (203) 736-1053.


Nature Center Wish List: New Shed • Stackable Washer & Dryer • Large Flat Screen for Powerpoint Presentations • Bird Feeders • Suet Cakes • Sunflower & Mixed Bird Seed • Nature Days Scholarships for Ansonia Residents • Good Quality Hand Pruners & Loppers • Gift Certificates to Petland, Petco, Staples, & Art Supply Stores • Items for Earth Day Raffle • and VOLUNTEERS for Greeting/Clerical Work • Nature Store Clerks • Docents • Nature Trail Maintenance • Critter Care • Exhibit Work • Habitat Conservation Projects • Birthday Party Presenters




Monetary donations: Assembly of Martial Arts, Chandra Family, Cirkot Family, James Hagan, Susan Hawley, Pam Mellitz, Tammy Noyes, Erica Pelaccia, Terry Lee Perschel, Colleen Rondon, John Saffo, Joyce Sava, William Velms.

Other donations: Theresa Andriulli (bird seed), Bill Barnum (sugar for bees), Nicole Caffrey (bird seed), Gary Cohen (drill/bits, suet), Valerie Cournoyer (porgies, Project Oceanology), Joan Giardina (buttons for RWPH), Betty Laurella (suet), Joan Sweet (suet cakes), Susan Wilson (office supplies), Amie Ziner (playground mouse).

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice: Tom Cox, Kathy Gambacini, Donna Lindgren, Sherry Nerreau, Jan Wade, Rich Wade, Amie Ziner.

Environmental education assistants: Kenny Belardinelli, Gustavo Malave.

Winter 2017 program presenters: Susan Wilson (Pet Loss Grief Support Group, Jan. 10, Feb. 14, Mar. 14), Adam Rylski (Karate Club, Tuesdays, Jan. 10–Feb. 7), Pam Mellitz (Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body, Thursdays), Dr. Lucianne Lavin (Our Hidden Landscapes: Stone Cultural Features & Ceremonial Sites, Feb. 19), Linda Wingerter (Puppet Workshop, Feb. 26), Bob Carruthers and the New Haven Astronomical Society (Winter Astronomy: Lunar Sketching, Mar. 10), and of course Nature Center staff members for presenting many programs.

Birthday party presenters: Pat Evans, James Tully, Rich Wade.

Winter 2017 Calendar of Events mailing crew: Tom Cox, Sherry Nerreau, Rich Pivarnik, Ali Rubelmann, Rich Wade.

Administrative assistance/clerical work: Joan Bettencourt, Donna Lindgren, Corinne Lydem, Norma Jean Moore, Allison Schaefer, Pauline Sholtys, Rich Wade, Amie Ziner.

Park cleanup:  Ansonia Public Works, Daniel Bosques.

Animal care: Ansonia High School Life Skills, Gary Cohen, Marcia Cohen, Kennedy Center, Kimberly Leite, Allison Ogle, Dana Perry, Richard Pivarnik, Jay Schmidt, Ryan Schmidt, Rich Wade, Susan Wilson, and many thanks to James Micinilio, DVM & Countryside Veterinary Hospital.

Welcome New Members: Lindsay Butler, Heather DiBerardino, Steve & Suzanne Doyle, Jennifer Lockshier, Tara & Johnathan Menard, Kayla Ross, Adam Rylski, Alisha Speanburg, James & Stacy Wilkin.


Redwing Pond House Preschool


The children and staff of the Redwing Pond House had a wonderful winter! Exploring outdoors every day, tracking animals, making snow angels, climbing trees, and enjoying the friendships we have made! The Pond House welcomed Nancy Morris to our staff in January, and we are fortunate to have such a talented and compassionate teacher join us. We are all excited that the warm spring weather will soon begin; we’ll be working in our garden and watching the trails and meadows come to life!

If you have a 3-5 year old and would like to join our program, there are limited spaces available for our 2017-2018 school year, and our summer camp registration is now open! Please call us at 203-734-7974 for more information.

Redwing Pond House Preschool


Redwing Pond House Wish List:

We will always graciously accept donations of bird seed for our feathered friends, drawing paper, beads, buttons, and craft supplies. *Gift cards to craft supply stores or Amazon are also always welcome!*


The Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center meet at the Nature Center on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. All members of FANCI and interested folks are invited to attend.

The Friends’ Focus is published seasonally by the Friends of the    Ansonia Nature Center, Inc. (FANCI) as an information link          between FANCI and its members. Editors: Alison Rubelmann, Pauline Sholtys. Mailing: Rich Wade.