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Ansonia Nature Center August Calendar of Events

 

Please call to register for all programs 203 736-1053.  Dates and times are subject to change

BUTTERFLIES AND DRAGONFLIES – Sunday, August 6, 1 pm

Enjoy your Sunday afternoon at the park on our guided hike.  Explore the Redwing Pond and our meadows for these beautiful six-legged, four-winged insects.  The guide will show you our native butterfly gardens and teach you the benefits of native plants to our CT butterflies and dragonflies.  FREE.  Please call to register at 203 736-1053.

FULL STURGEON MOON HIKE – Sunday, August 6, 7:30 pm

The Native American fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month.  Join our staff on a hike in our meadows to watch as this reddish moon rises.  Each child must be accompanied by an adult.  Number of participants is limited so please pre-register.  FEE:  $3 per person.  Wear appropriate footwear.  Please call to register at 203 736-1053.

MUSHROOM IDENTIFICATION FOR BEGINNERS – Saturday, August 12, 10 am

Join a foraging family who hunt, photograph, identify, and love to eat the fungi in New England for a discussion and walk at the Ansonia Nature Center.  We will dispel common myths, learn how to safely identify mushrooms with visual clues and guidebooks, and discuss mycophagy, the cooking and eating of wild mushrooms.  After the lecture we’ll walk the property to search for wild fungi and put our newly learned skills to the test.  FEE:  $5.  Please call to register at 203 736-1053.

ROCKS IN SPACE: Perseid Meteor Showers – Saturday, August 12, 7 pm

Come to Ansonia’s darkest location for some unusual night sky viewing with Bob Carruthers and the New Haven Astronomical Society.  In addition to a chance to see the annual meteor showers, there will be a short talk about meteorites.  You and your family will get to view and touch meteorites from around the world.  This night will be the peak of the showers!  No need to bring anything except for warm clothing and a chair.  Telescopes and binoculars are not necessary.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  FREE.  Please call to register at 203 736-1053.

TURTLE TALK – Saturday, August 26, 1 pm

Anthony Pierlioni is the Senior Director of the TurtleRoom, an online radio show dedicated to these fascinating reptiles and the people who love them.  He’ll share his knowledge and some turtle species with us at the Nature Center.  He is a member of the Turtle Survival Alliance, Turtle & Tortoise Preservation Group, New York Turtle & Tortoise Society, and New England Herpetological Society, as well as the online sites TurtleForum.com, TortoiseBoard.com, and TortoiseForum.org, where he can be found as Anthony P.  You can contact him at anthony@theturtleroom.com.  Please call to register at 203 736-1053.

CATTAIL MAT WEAVING – Sunday, August 27, 10 am – 2 pm, Saturday, September 2, 10 am – 2 pm

Join Ranger Dan for a 2-part series on cattails.  Week 1 we will begin to collectively work on a mat made from the cattail reeds, and week 2 we will add the finishing touches to our mat.  Learn how Native Americans from the Eastern Woodlands would use these reeds!  Pack a bag lunch, and be prepared for swampy conditions.  This program is for adults only.  FEE:  $6 per person covers both weeks.  Please call to register at 203 736-1053.

ONGOING WEEKLY PROGRAMS

CREATURE FEATURE – Saturday at noon

Have you always wanted to pet a dove or hold a bearded dragon?  Here’s your chance!  Come meet the Nature Center’s Resident Animals every Saturday at noon!

GUIDED HIKE-Sunday at 1:00

Have you ever wondered where the owls nest or where the deer sleep?  Join an Ansonia Nature Center Park Ranger on a Guided Hike, every Sunday at 1pm!

MONDAY NIGHT TRAIL RUN – Monday in August and September, 5:30-6:30 pm

This is a call to all of the runners who want something that is out of the ordinary!  Ranger Dan will lead you through our 156-acre network of trails, while you burn off the weekend’s extra calories.  We guarantee that this FREE program is the best way to start off your week.  Please register and wear appropriate footwear.  Please call to register at 203 736-1053.

FAMILY ORGANIC GARDEN PROGRAM – Tuesdays, August thru November

ANC will be continuing 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 soil on your clothing.  FREE, with the potential to take home fresh local produce!  Please call to register at 203 736-1053.

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