Programs & Events

Please call to register for all programs.  Dates and times are subject to change. 

Registration is required 3 days before an event.  If not enough people sign up the program may be canceled

Scout or other organizational groups must book a separate class or program than those being offered to the public.

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Fall 2019

Calendar of Events

Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center Mission Statement
The mission of the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center is to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship that will connect our communities to the natural world of the Lower Naugatuck River Valley, and balance the demand for recreation with the need for conservation.

Please call to register for all programs.  Dates and times are subject to change. 203 736-1053

NOVEMBER 2019

A PASSION FOR BIRDS WITH HENRY LAPPEN  – Sat. Nov. 2, 2 pm
This unique interpretive program for families helps people understand and connect with birds and other wildlife. Using masks, comedy, and loads of audience participation, artist Henry Lappen explores how and why birds have adapted to their environment. He explains the science while demonstrating how the birds move and act. Participants get to try on the masks and soar as eagles, stalk as herons, and swim as puffins. FEE: $6 per person; please call to register. For all ages.

FALL FOLIAGE HIKE – Sun. Nov. 3, 1 pm
Join the Nature Center naturalist for a stroll through our woodlands, old fields, and wetlands. Enjoy the beauty and the crisp fall air while learning about New England’s flora and fauna. Wear appropriate shoes for this moderate hike. FREE. Please pre-register.

NATURE EXPLORERS  – Wednesdays, Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 10–11:30 am
Join us for this 4 week pre-school/toddler program for children ages 2-5 with their adult explorer. Participants will have fun exploring nature every week in these outdoor classes, which are loosely structured, influenced by the seasons and the interests of the children. We will go outside to explore nature every class so please dress for the weather. Classes will end with a light snack and conversation. TUITION: $40 for all 4 weeks, Class is limited to 10 children. Please call to register: 203-736-1053.

WESTERN CT ORIENTEERING CLUB EVENT – Sat. Nov. 9, 10 am–2 pm
Come try the fun and adventurous sport of orienteering at this event hosted by the Western CT Orienteering Club. Using a map and compass, navigate to locations marked on a detailed map of the Nature Center. Courses suitable for beginners through advanced participants with free training provided. Start any time from 10 am to noon and finish by 2 pm. FEE: $10 for individuals, $15 for families. For more information, see wcocorienteering.org or email wrdewitt@snet.net.

DECEMBER 2019

WINTER WREATH WORKSHOP – Sat. Dec. 7, 10 am
Celebrate winter and the festive season as you create a wreath from fresh locally grown greens, then decorate your masterpiece with natural trimmings. Enjoy some warm mulled cider and a cookie too! Wreath frames and wire will be provided. Please bring your own hand clippers. MATERIALS FEE: $15. Please call to register. 203 736-1053

NEEDLE FELTING FOR BEGINNERS – Sat. Dec. 7, 2 pm
Join in this fun class and learn the art of needle felting. With just one barbed needle you can create some wonderful 3D animals. All supplies will be provided. MATERIALS FEE: $15. Class size is limited to 12, so please register in advance. Ages 12 and up.

STICKS AND STONES PLAYTIME – Sat. Dec. 14, 2 pm
Get the little ones out of the house for some simple outdoor play so mom or dad can catch up on holiday preparations. Children will construct little cairns or towers by stacking stones and build small log cabins and teepees using sticks. Afterwards warm up with a hot cocoa. FREE family program. Ages 6 and under. (All children must be accompanied by an adult.) Please register.

WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION – Sat. Dec. 21, 2–4:30 pm
December 21 marks the Winter Solstice: the start of winter, and the longest night and shortest day of the year. Learn about the journey of the Earth around the Sun, which makes the seasons change. Join us to celebrate the slow return of the light. We will gather for a relaxed afternoon around the fire at Picnic Pavilion 1. Make a craft, have some cider, and drum in the coming of longer days from 4:00-4:30 as the sun sets. Everyone is welcome to this family-friendly event; children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.  FEE: $6 per person. Please dress for the outdoors.

Scout or other organizational groups must book a separate class or program than those being offered to the public.

***ONGOING PROGRAMS***  

Sunday Guided Hikes – Sundays, 1 pm
Join a Nature Center guide on Sunday afternoons for fun, exercise, and learning about our trails! See the above listings for hikes with a specific theme.

Fiber Arts Group – Tuesdays, 6 pm
Get together with others to work on your fiber arts projects! Bring any kind of fiber work—knitting, felting, crocheting, etc. A great way to dedicate time to your handiwork and socialize too. FREE.

Creature Features  – Saturdays, 12 noon
Come to meet our furry, scaly, and feathery animal ambassadors. You’ll have the chance to touch and hold them in this FREE family program for all ages.

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