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February 2017 Ansonia Nature Center

All programs require pre-registration, please call 203 736-1053

NATURE’S EXPLORERS – Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 10–11:30 am

Join Wendy for our new preschool/toddler program.  This 4-week session is for children ages 2–5 years old with an adult.  These outdoor classes will be fun exploring and learning through play.  We will learn about nature and science through activities such as hiking, singing, games, reading, and making crafts.  Every class is outside!!!!  Please register in advance.  TUITION:  $40 per 4-week session.

SNOWSHOE SATURDAY:  Getting Ready for Bluebirds – Saturday, February 11, 1:30 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 older children.  We have snowshoes to borrow!  FREE, but pre-registration is required.

PET LOSS GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP – Tuesday, February 14, 1 pm

Losing a beloved animal can be tragic and a very emotional time for humans.  There are numerous resources to turn to for the loss of a human loved one; however, there are limited options for when we lose an animal.  Susan Wilson has created this support group for those who have lost an animal or have one in the process of moving on.  While these sessions are free, donations are accepted.

EAGLE WATCHING AT THE SHEPAUG DAM – Saturday, February 18, 9:30am

Alison Rubelmann will join you on this field trip to the Shepaug Dam to view the bald eagles that are wintering on the Housatonic River.  Very cold, clear weather is best for finding eagles at the dam, which is on a hill and tends to be colder than most other Connecticut locations, and we plan on spending an hour or more there, so dress in several layers of clothing and wear more layers than you may think you need.  Group size is limited and pre-registration is required.  FEE:  $3 per person.

SKULLS AND SCATS – Saturday, February 18, 1:30 pm

Hey, what was for lunch?  From herbivores to carnivores, explore the levels of the food chain of Connecticut’s mammals.  Come see our collection of skulls and learn how to identify them by looking at their teeth.  We will also teach you the basics in scatology while exploring the Nature Center’s property for clues.  Please register for this family event.  FREE.

OUR HIDDEN LANDSCAPES: Stone Cultural Features & Ceremonial Sites – Sunday, February 19, 2 pm

Hikes in the woods can reveal a variety of stone cultural features to archaeologists and historians.  While many of these are the remains of abandoned farmsteads and industrial mill sites, others represent Native American ceremonial sites.  State regulations support preservation of sacred Native American sites, so it is important for land trusts and conservation organizations to recognize these sites within their properties and inform the CT State Historic Preservation Office and Office of State Archaeology of their presence.  Join Dr. Lucianne Lavin, Director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT, for a PowerPoint presentation on European-American and indigenous stone structures found in our state.  Please pre-register for this FREE program.

PRESIDENTS’ DAY OWLING – Monday, February 20, 1 pm

Join us for a stealthy foray into the forested parklands to seek the haunts of our most silent nocturnal predators.  This program is for all ages, but keeping quiet is the key to our success.  Upon our return we will warm up in the Nature Center to learn about owl adaptations while meeting two of our resident owls.  Dissection of an owl pellet or two will help us discover what our feathered friends eat.  FREE; please register.

PUPPET WORKSHOP – Sunday, February 26, 2 pm

Dive into the recycling bin with puppetry artist Linda Wingerter of The Stringpullers Puppet Company!  Puppets can be made from anything, and we’ll explore how to imitate animal movements with easy-to-find discarded materials.  Then we’ll create characters based on the residents of the Nature Center to take home for your own puppet show.  Materials and tools will be provided; just bring your curiosity!  MATERIALS FEE: $10.  Recommended for ages 7-12.

***ONGOING PROGRAMS***

Sundays: Guided Hikes, 1 pm

Thursdays: Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body, 6:30 pm—call Pam, 203-888-4124

Saturdays: Creature Features, 12 noon

***THINGS TO COME (Spring 2017)***

Hidden Landscapes Celebration • Family Organic Garden • Nature Explorers  • Spring Junior Rangers

Please check our website for updates:  www.ansonianaturecenter.org.  Find us on Facebook.

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