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Ansonia Nature Center Calendar of Events

August

CHRIS ROWLANDS: Puppeteer and SingerFriday, August 2, 7 pm

Chris Rowlands is an award-winning singer and songwriter who offers an interactive kid-friendly presentation for those who love music and nature.  He creatively blends music, comedy, and education in a fast-paced show that teaches and inspires.  Chris brings animals to life through song, dance, puppets, and colorful props, to teach children about animals and their habitats.  The Environment Magazine has honored Chris with its first E Award for his environmental education programs.  Don’t miss this FREE musical program!

FALL TERM JUNIOR RANGERS – Registration begins Thursday, August 8;

Class runs Thursdays, September 12–October 31, 3:30–5 pm

Calling all kids 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!  FREE.

BUTTERFLIES AND DRAGONFLIES – Sunday, August 11, 1 pm

Enjoy your Sunday afternoon at the park on our guided hike.  Explore the Redwing Pond and our meadow 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.

REPTILES OF CONNECTICUT – Saturday, August 17, 1 pm

Join Paul Benjunas from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) Wildlife Division for an educational talk, highlighting Connecticut’s native reptiles.  Learn more about our scaly residents through Paul’s tales of photographing these often-misunderstood animals.  This presentation will feature live reptiles and is for all ages.  FREE.  Please register.

NATURE EXPLORERS – Wednesdays, August 21, 28; September 4, 11; 10 am

Join us for this 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 the interests 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 the first class.  Class is limited to 10 children.  Please call to register.

SEPTEMBER

NATURE EXPLORERS – Wednesdays, September 4, 11; 10 am

See August 21 for more information.

THEMED GUIDED HIKE: Goldenrod Jungle – Sunday, September 8, 1 pm

For all nature enthusiasts!  Enjoy a walk through the park’s fields and vast Goldenrod Jungle.  You’ll be amazed at the diversity of insects, spiders, and birds that depend on this unique habitat for survival.  FREE guided hikes every Sunday at 1 pm.

FALL TERM JUNIOR RANGERS – Thursdays, September 12–October 31, 3:30–5 pm

See August 8 for more information.

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