Calendar of Events

 

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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

OCTOBER 2019

CANCELLED! _ NATURE AS MENTOR – Sun. Oct. 13, 2 pm
Marlow Shami, Nature As Mentor program for adults. CANCELLED!

AUTUMN FESTIVAL – Sat. Oct. 19, 11 am–3 pm
Celebrate this wonderful season with the staff and the Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center (FANCI)! Take a ride through our community gardens and fields in our horse-drawn story wagon, where you’ll hear some spooky Halloween tales! Learn about bats, spiders, and owls! Have some fresh apple cider and baked goods. Visit the Nature Shop to buy some creepy and crawly nature-related items. Enjoy nature-related exhibitors and vendors. You can try your hand at pumpkin painting, get your face painted, and make some original crafts, including corn dollies and kitchen witches! All proceeds will benefit the Nature Center’s exhibits. RAIN or SHINE. No park admission fee. Call us for more information: 203-736-1053.

SELF DEFENSE WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN Wed. Oct. 23, 6:307:30 pm
Learn life-saving techniques and how to take control of a potentially dangerous situation using practical, effective tactics. Today, self-defense is more important than ever. Refuse to be a victim! This workshop at the Nature Center is for women of all ages, so sign up today! Presented by the Assembly of the Martial Arts Academy. FEE: $20 (cash or check payable to AMAA, due by Oct. 21). For more information call Theresa at 203-506-3816 or the Nature Center at 203-736-1053.

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.

NUTS AND NESTSSat. Oct. 26, 2 pm
Nuts to you! Gone to seed, everything is squirrel feed!  Explore the Nature Center’s Woodland Trail with Ranger Amie to observe our local squirrels and chipmunks, building nests and hoarding nuts and seeds for the winter. Collect wild food for them and make a squirrel feeder to take home. For ages 6 and up. FREE.  Please call to register.

 

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 HIKESun. 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 PLAYTIMESat. 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.

Karate Club – Tuesdays, 5-week sessions: Sept. 17–Oct. 15, Oct. 22–Nov. 19,  Nov. 26–Jan. 7, 2020 (no classes on Dec. 24 & 31). Class One: 5:15–5:45 pm; Class Two: 5:45–6:15 pm
This afterschool program at the Nature Center is for children 3 years old and up. Students will engage in martial arts techniques and activities while learning skills such as discipline, focus, self-control, and confidence. They can earn higher-ranking belts as their participation continues. TUITION per 5-week session: Class One or Class Two: $40.00. Both Classes: $75.00 (cash or check payable to AMAA). Tuition includes a Karate Club T-shirt and white belt (for new students only). Pre-registration required. For more information please call Theresa at 203-506-3816 or the Nature Center at 203-736-1053.

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.

Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body – Thursdays, 6:30 pm
Hatha Yoga instructor and practitioner Pam Mellitz will lead us into a healthier lifestyle through stretching, breath control and gentle exercise. The 90-minute classes require a mat or thick towel; dress for easy movement. Class is limited to 12 students. $7 per class. Please call Pam to register and for fee at 203-888-4124.

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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