Saturday, February 2, 1:30 pm
You’d be grumpy too if someone forced you to wake up when you weren’t ready! Come learn all about the best winter nappers of all. For all ages. A short hike to discover a groundhog den, a craft and a story are planned. Pre-registration required. FREE. Please call 203 736-1053 to register.
IT’S ALL IN THE BARK: Winter Tree ID
Sunday, February 3, 1 pm
Tired of straining your eyes trying to discern leaves to determine what type of tree you are looking at? Never worry about leaves again! During this guided hike, Ranger Jess will show you how to identify at least 20 common woodland trees by their bark alone! For adults and children 9 and up. Dress for the weather and wear footwear appropriate for hiking. FREE. Please call 203 736-1053 to register.
SWEET TREATS FOR VALENTINES
Saturday, February 9, 1:30 pm
Join Ranger Dawn and make a basket filled with chocolate dipped goodies that we will make for your favorite Valentine! Please pre-register. FEE: $5 for a small basket, $10 for a large basket. Please call 203 736-1053 to register.
FUNDRAISER: Creature Parade
Saturday, February 16, 12 noon–3:30 pm
Our Nature Center animals 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, how they’ve adapted, and where they came from. The cost of their care is considerable; your contributions will help with their specialized diets, daily care, and creature comforts. You’ll get a chance to hold a dove, pet a snake and high-five a spider. Each animal will get a 20-minute spotlight during this fundraiser. A schedule of animal showings will be listed on our website. This program is for all ages. DONATION: $6 per person/$15 per family. Please call 203 736-1053 to register.
SNOWSHOE SUNDAY: Getting Ready for Bluebirds
Sunday, February 17, 1 pm
Need to get outside? 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; please pre-register. Please call 203 736-1053 to register.
WINTER BREAK: Winter Wonderland Activities
Tuesday, February 19, 1–3 pm
Come for fun outdoor activities on this day off from school. There’s nothing better than gliding through the cool air on your sled. We’ll take the whole family to our awesome hill for sledding fun; toddlers should ride with a parent. Everyone should be well-bundled in layers to stay warm. After our adventure we’ll 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. Please call 203 736-1053 to register.
THE ART OF ANIMAL TRACKING WITH ANDY DOBOS
Saturday, February 23, 10 am
Naturalist and educator Andy Dobos will take you on a wildlife tracking walk through the Nature Center’s fields and forests. There are always clues left behind by the animals for us to decipher, telling a story of their habits and lives. Get to know our beloved wildlife that much better. Wear good boots and extra layers; there will be a lot of standing and time off trail. For ages 6 and up. FEE: $6 per person. Please call 203 736-1053 to register.
Wednesdays, February 27, March 6, 13, 20; 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 first class. Class is limited to 10 children. Please call to register: 203-736-1053.
March Calendar 2019
MAPLE SYRUP PROGRAM FOR FAMILIES
Saturday, March 2, 1 pm
A very long time ago, the Native people of the northeastern part of our country shared their sweet tree know-how with the newcomers from Europe. Join us as the Nature Center staff presents an introduction to making maple syrup the old-fashioned way, and help us to choose just the right tree for tapping into this sweet treat! FEE: $6 per person. Please call in advance to register. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call 203 736-1053 to register.
***FREE ONGOING 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.
10 Deerfield Lane, Ansonia, CT 06401