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Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center (ANC) Calendar of Events ~ Spring 2022

Please register for all programs at ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.  Dates and times are subject to change.  Space is limited.  Must register in advance – No walk-ins allowed.

Registration began April 18 for Summer Nature Days

Dates:  July 11-15, July 18-22, August 1-5, and August 8-12

Choose one of our week-long sessions, held from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  For children 6 to 11 years old who love the outdoors and wildlife, these popular classes will be educational and children will also have a chance to explore the 156 acres our park offers.  We will visit a variety of habitats in the park, such as wetlands, fields, and woodlands.  Hikes, games, crafts, and cooking will be incorporated into our lessons.  ANC is a great choice for a fun summer experience!  TUITION PER WEEK:  $150 priority students (Ansonia residents and current family-level FANCI members); $175 for all others.  Please register on or after April 18th by emailing ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.  We do not hold spots.

May

Lavender Bath Bombs for Mother’s Day – Saturday, May 7, 1:30 pm

Join Ranger Dawn in creating bath bomb gifts from lavender.  Bath bombs calm and uplift your mood as well as soothe your skin.  Each attendee will make a lavender-infused batch, mold them, and prepare them in a gift basket.  For 8 years old and up.  MATERIALS FEE:  $10 per person.  Please register at ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.

Star Hopping – Friday, May 13, 8 pm

Like stepping stones across a river, Astronomers can navigate the darkness of space by following a trail of stars until they arrive at the object they were looking for.  Join Ranger Jeremy on a crystal-clear night and learn the patterns of the stars.  Discover the link between constellations, as well as their roles in human history.  FREE.  Please register in advance at ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.  Date and time subject to change.  Ages 8 and up.

Nature Explorers: Wednesdays, May 18, 25 & June 1, 15, 10 am

Join Ranger Dan for this fun program of exploring and learning about nature.  For ages 2-5 with an adult explorer.  This class is loosely structured and influenced by the seasons and interests of the group.  Class is entirely outdoors.  Space is limited.  Please register in advance at ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.  TUITION:  $40 per 4-week session (cash or check payable to Ansonia Nature Center).

Fairie Houses – Saturday, May 21, 2:30 pm

Join Ranger Evelyn to design tiny homes for fairies and gnomes.  We will gather natural materials such as bark, twigs, leaves, and moss.  Bring a blanket or mats to sit on.  FREE.  Please register at ansnaturecte@ansoniact.org.

Field Trip Series I:  Meg’s Point Nature Center – Thursday, May 26, 10 am

Join the Ansonia Nature Center staff on a field trip to Meg’s Point Nature Center at Hammonasset Beach State Park.  Experience beachcombing as participants search for signs of life from Long Island Sound.  Beach seining will also be exhibited and the aquatic life, seaweed, and shells found will be discussed.  FEE:  $5 per person, check or cash in advance.  Registration is required at ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.  Meet the ANC staff in the Meg’s Point Nature Center parking lot at 9:45 am.  Directions available here:  https://hammonasset.org/directions/.

Ongoing Programs

Sunday Guided Hikes – Sundays, 1 pm

Join a Nature Center guide on Sunday afternoons for fun, exercise, and learning.  See the above listings for hikes with a specific theme.  FREE.

Saturday Creature Feature – Saturdays, 12 pm

Come to meet our furry, scaly, and feathery animal ambassadors.  You’ll have a chance to touch and hold them in this FREE family program for all ages.

Family Organic Garden Class – Tuesdays, 3:30 pm

ANC will lead fun, family-friendly activities in our organic garden.  Learn about growing a variety of fruits and vegetables.  Dress appropriately; keep in mind you will get water and/or soil on your clothing.  FREE, with the potential to take home fresh local produce!  Class size is limited to 10.  Please register in advance at ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.

Things to Come

Summer Nature Days – Firefly Night Hike – Incredible Insects – Summer Reading Program

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