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THE ANSONIA NATURE CENTER BUILDING IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19.  ALL OUTSIDE AREAS ARE OPEN. ALL PROGRAMS ARE VIRTUAL OR OUTSIDE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Because of concerns about Covid-19, the Ansonia Nature Center is running outdoor programming only. The Nature Center building is closed and all indoor programs are cancelled until further notice.

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Calendar of Events

Fall 2021

Please register for all programs at ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org Dates and times are subject to change.

All In-person classes are socially–distant events.  Space is limited

Must register in advance, No walk-ins allowed. 

New rules and regulations must be followed

SEPTEMBER

Fiber Arts Groups – Virtual Ongoing Program – Tuesdays starting Sept. 7, 6 pm

Get together with Ranger Dawn and 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 

Monday Morning Hikes – Ongoing – Starts Monday, September 13, 9 am

Hike the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center trails for a positive start to your week. Come and learn about the history and ecology of the land while Ranger Dan, our Assistant Director, leads this weekly hike on our beautiful nature preserve. We will begin promptly at 9:00 am. Dress for the weather and conditions. FREE.  Please register in advance ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org 

Golden Rod and Cattails – Sunday, September 19, 1:30 p.m.

For all nature enthusiasts!  Enjoy a walk through the park’s fields and vast Goldenrod Jungle with Ranger Dawn.  On the way you’ll be amazed at the diversity of insects, spiders, and birds that depend on this unique habitat for survival.  Space is very limited and registration is required.  To register email ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.  FREE

Fall Term Junior Rangers – Thursdays, Sept. 23 – Nov. 18, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Calling all teens 11 to 14 years old who love nature!  Has your child wanted to work with animals, garden, help maintain our trails, and help with special events?  This is the opportunity to help the Nature Center in our 8-week after-school program.  Parental permission is required.  Class size is limited; this class fills up fast!  To register email ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.  FREE

The Ansonia Harvest Festival on Main Street – Saturday, September 25, 11 am to 5 pm

Location: 253 Main Street, Ansonia

Come visit the Nature Center and many others for a fun filled day on Ansonia’s Main Street hosted by the Ansonia Cultural Commission.   There will be music, crafters, great food and much more!  www.cityofansonia.com 

World of Reptiles – Sunday, September 26, 1:30 p.m.

Older than dinosaurs they’ve walked the earth for over 300 million years!  Learn amazing facts about reptiles with Ranger Evelyn, with help from some of our animal ambassadors.  Come see and hold a live snake, turtle, and lizard.  Space is very limited and registration is required.  To register email ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.  FEE $3 per person

OCTOBER

Bittersweet Wreaths – Saturday, October 2, 1:30 p.m.

Bring your own clippers and gardening gloves for this workshop led by Ranger Dawn.  When you collect these beautiful orange-berried vines, you’re actually helping the park by removing this invasive plant species.  Create a beautiful fall wreath for your home or a gift.  FEE $6 Please call to register.

Infinity and Beyond – Friday, October 8, 7 pm

Join Ranger Jeremy for an out of this world event.  Together you will learn about the different planets, stars and constellations that comprise our night sky.  Relax under the stars and work on some unique space related arts and crafts!  All while watching Draconid Meteor Shower, nature’s greatest light show. 

Please register for this event at ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.  Space is limited $6 per person

Mushroom Hike – Sunday, October 17, 1:30 p.m.

Put the “fun” in fungi with this themed nature hike lead by Ranger Evelyn!  Explore the diversity of decomposers and see how many different kinds of mushroom you can find.  (We will not be collecting to eat).  Wear comfortable shoes for uneven terrain.  Space is limited and registration is required.  To register, email ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.  FEE $1 per person

NATURE EXPLORERS – Wednesdays, October 20, 27, November 3, 10, 10- 11:30am

Join the Nature Center and Ansonia Public Library for this 4 week pre-school/toddler program for children ages 2-5 with their adult explorer. These classes are loosely structured, influenced by the seasons and the interests of the children. We will go outside to explore nature and read a story every class so please dress for the weather. Classes will end with a light snack and conversation. TUITION: $40 for all 4 weeks, due at the first class. Class is limited to 10 children. Contact us at ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org to register in advance.

AUTUMN FESTIVAL – Saturday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Celebrate this wonderful season with the staff and the Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center (FANCI).  Take a ride through our park in our horse-drawn story wagon, where you’ll hear some Halloween tales!  Walk our haunted trail to the golden rod maze.  Enjoy lunch from one of our food vendors.   Learn about bats, spiders, and owls from one of the nature center’s naturalists!  Visit the Nature Shop table 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.  All proceeds will benefit the Nature Center’s exhibits.  RAIN or SHINE.  No park admission fee. Call us for more information at 203-736-1053.

NOVEMBER

NATURE EXPLORERS – Wednesday, November 3 & 10

Join the Nature Center and Ansonia Public Library for this 4 week pre-school/toddler program for children ages 2-5 with their adult explorer. These classes are loosely structured, influenced by the seasons and the interests of the children. We will go outside to explore nature and read a story every class so please dress for the weather. Classes will end with a light snack and conversation. TUITION: $40 for all 4 weeks, due at the first class. Class is limited to 10 children. Contact us at ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org to register in advance.

CT’s Wild Turkey – Saturday, November 13, 1:30 pm

CT’s Wild Turkey is an iconic symbol of Thanksgiving.  The Native Americans as well as early settlers relied on the turkey for survival by hunting the species to near extinction.  In the 20th Century there was a successful relocation program that increased the number of turkeys to a large population.  Join us on a brief talk and hike to find the illusive wild birds.  Wear good walking shoes.  To register please contact us at ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.  FREE

Full Beaver Moon Hike – Friday, Nov. 19, 6 pm

Full Moon Hike with Stargazing

Join Ranger Evelyn for a hike by the light of the full moon, then relax under the stars for an astronomy lesson with Ranger Jeremy, who will be talking about the partial lunar eclipse that will have occurred earlier that morning. (Click here for more information on eclipse times in our area.)

Wear comfortable shoes for uneven terrain and dress for the weather. FEE: $1 per person. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, email ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org

DECEMBER

WINTER WREATH WORKSHOP – Saturday, December 4, 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 clippersMATERIALS FEE $15. To register please email ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org. Limited space 

For in person classes
All participants must pre-register and adhere to the new rules list.
Now and always, the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors is a priority. We are excited to have reopened our outdoor facilities and to provide outdoor programs. Here is how we are working to keep everyone safe.

For Your Class:

  • Per State of Connecticut guidelines, face masks must be worn by class participants when inside, or outdoors when 6’distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Hand sanitizer is available for your use.
  • No passing or sharing items between groups.
  • Our employees are screened daily.
  • All participants must fill out a Waiver of Liability before attending class.

No walk-ins will be allowed to participate.

Ongoing Programs

Sunday Guided Hikes – Every Sunday at 1 pm – Meet outside the ANC 

Monday Morning Hikes – Starts Monday, September 13, 9 am
Hike the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center trails for a positive start to your week. Come and learn about the history and ecology of the land while Ranger Dan, our Assistant Director, leads this weekly hike on our beautiful nature preserve. We will begin promptly at 9:00 am. Dress for the weather and conditions. FREE. Please register in advance ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org

Fiber Arts Group – Tuesdays, 6 pm via zoom
Get together with Ranger Dawn and others to work on your Fiber Art projects! This is an ongoing program and is entirely FREE. We meet weekly, Tuesday nights at 6 pm. The program is currently virtual via Zoom. Email to DawnSotir@gmail.com for more details and the link!



Things To Come:

Snowshoeing, Valentines, Maple Sugaring


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