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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.


Sunday Guided Hike:  Explore Vernal Pools – April 10, 1 pm

Come learn about our local amphibians and their importance during our hike to the nature center’s vernal pools.  Amphibians play a special role as indicator species in determining the health of our environment.  These fascinating creatures secretly inhabit our woodland and wetlands; help our staff lift rocks and logs to find these slippery creatures beneath.  Make sure you and your family wear old clothes and shoes because we will get wet and dirty.  FREE.  Pre-register at ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.

Spring Nature Day – Thursday, April 14, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

For children 6 -11 years old who love to be outdoors.  Enjoy the day exploring the Nature Center’s wetlands for amphibians and other important creatures who live in these unique habitats.  Children will need to be prepared to get wet and muddy during our adventures.  Please pack appropriate clothes and shoes as well as a snack and lunch.  Class space is limited, so pre-registration is a must at ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.  FEE:  $30 priority students (Ansonia residents and current family-level FANCI members); $35 for all others.

Full Moon Hike:  Pink Moon– Saturday, April 16, 7:00 pm

Join our staff on a hike in our meadows to watch as this full moon rises.  April’s Full Moon is named after the early springtime blooms of a wildflower native to eastern North America commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox—which also went by the name “moss pink.”  Each child must be accompanied by an adult.  Limited space, so please pre-register at ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.  FEE:  $3 per person.  Wear appropriate footwear.

Jr. Rangers: In-Person – Thursday, April 21– June 9, 3:30 -5:00 pm

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 conservation and community science projects?  This is the opportunity to help the Nature Center in our 8 – week after-school program.  Parental permission and registration are required.  Class size is limited; this class fills up fast!  FREE – Register in advance at ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.

Earth Day Celebration – Saturday, April 23, 10 am – 3 pm

Every day is Earth Day at the Nature Center!  We invite everyone to join us to honor Mother Earth.  At this annual event, enjoy plantings, hikes, live animals, music, and environmental exhibitors.  Food and unique items will be available for sale from local vendors.  Bring some cash for our raffle!  All ages are welcome for this family-friendly event.  No park admission fee – No registration required.

Family Organic Garden – Tuesdays, April 26 – June 14, 3:30 – 5:00 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.

Birds on the Move – Saturday, April 30, 9 am

Spring is underway and many birds are busy migrating.  Join Ranger Evelyn for a bird walk and learn about how and why birds migrate, as well as some of the challenges they face and what you can do to help our fine feathered friends!  Binoculars provided or bring your own.  This is a family program and all children must be accompanied by an adult.  FREE.  Register in advance at ansnaturectr@ansoniact.org.

Registration begins 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.

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