FUNDRAISER: Creature Parade – Saturday, February 10, 12 noon – 4pm
The animals at the Ansonia Nature Center serve as ambassadors for their species, here for the purpose of teaching about the natural world. This is a chance to get up close and learn about each animal individually and learn about their adaptations and where they came from. The cost of caring for animals is considerable and your contributions will help with their specialized diets, daily care, and creature comforts. Participants will get a chance to hold a dove, pet a snake and high-five a spider. Each animal will get its own 20 minute spotlight during this afternoon fundraiser. A schedule of animal showings will be listed on our website. This program is suitable for all ages. DONATION: $6 per person / $15 per family.
NATURE AND PLAY FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS – Sunday, February 11, 2:30 pm
Do you have a child aged 8–12 with autism and other developmental delays? Would you like to join a new group playtime that meets once a month? Gently led by Ranger Amie, this group will explore ways to introduce your child to playing indoors and outdoors at the Nature Center. Monthly activities include meeting animal friends, taking a walk or easy hike, and nature crafts. Playtime will begin at 2:30 pm and end at 4:30 pm (or however long your child would like to stay). Please arrive on time. We will meet inside at the small classroom and children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the class. FREE. Pre-registration required; group limited to 10 children with adult. Session activity: Making a bottle bird feeder.
PAINTING ON WOOD: Signs and Nature Scenes – Saturday, February 17, 2 pm
Artist Amie Ziner will show you how to paint a miniature sign on wood. Make a cute sign for a child’s room, a holiday gift, or room décor! Bring your own small piece of weathered siding, cedar shingle, timber, or driftwood. There will be samples available for inspiration. Ages 6 and up, with an adult helper. Paint and brushes will be supplied. FREE. Please register; class space is limited.
SNOWSHOE SUNDAY: Getting Ready for Bluebirds – Sunday, February 18, 1 pm
Need to get out? Enjoy the winter with this guided hike through our woodlands and fields. Join Ranger Dan and snowshoe around the Nature Center grounds to clean out the bluebird boxes. Bluebirds will start nesting again in March and April. Great exercise and fun for adults and children ages 8 and up. We have snowshoes to borrow! FREE, but pre-registration is required.
WINTER BREAK: Winter Wonderland Activities – Tuesday, February 20, 1–3 pm
Chilly, snowy days are calling your kids outdoors. Come for fun winter activities on this day off from school. There’s nothing better than gliding through the cool air on your sled. We will take the whole family to our awesome hill for sledding fun, but toddlers should ride with a parent. Everyone should be well-bundled in layers to stay warm. After our adventure we will come inside for hot cocoa and a chance to meet one of the Nature Center’s animals. FREE for families and all ages. Registration required; families must bring their own sleds.
NATURE EXPLORERS – Wednesdays, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 10 am
Join our 4 week pre-school/toddler program for children ages 2-5 and their adult explorer. Participants will have fun exploring nature every week in these outdoor classes. The classes are typically loosely structured and influenced by the seasons and interest of the children. We will go outside for a short hike and to explore nature every class so please dress for the weather. Classes will end with a light snack (provided or bring your own) and conversation. TUITION: $40 for all 4 weeks, space permitting (cash or check payable to Ansonia Nature Center) due at first class. Class is limited to 10 children. Please call to register: 203-736-1053.
***ONGOING WEEKLY PROGRAMS***
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.
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.
Thank you for choosing the Ansonia Nature Center