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January 2017 Ansonia Nature Center

 PET LOSS GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Tuesdays, February 14, March 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.

KARATE CLUB

Tuesdays, January 10 – February 7, 5:00–5:45 pm

In this dynamic and energetic after-school program at the Nature Center for children in grades K-6, students will engage in various martial arts techniques and activities while learning important skills such as discipline, focus, self-control, and confidence. They will have the opportunity to earn higher-ranking belts as their participation continues.  TUITION:  $45 per 5-week session (cash or check payable to AMAA), which includes a Karate Club T-shirt and white belt.  For more information, please call Chief Instructor Adam Rylski at (203) 671-6903 or (203) 931-1979, or the Ansonia Nature Center at (203) 736-1053.

YOGA FOR A HEALTHY MIND AND BODY

Thursdays, 6:30 pm

Our seasoned Hatha Yoga instructor and practitioner, Pam Mellitz, will lead us into a healthier lifestyle through stretching, breath control and gentle exercise.  The full 1.5 hour classes require a mat or thick towel; dress for easy movement.  Class is limited to 12 students.  $7 per class.  Please call Pam to register at 203-888-4124.

21ST ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.’S LEGACY OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Sunday, January 15, 12 noon–4 pm; Monday, January 16, 10 am–4 pm

Join the Nature Center at the Yale Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven.  The Peabody will once again offer world-class performances and educational activities for visitors of all ages in honor of Dr. King and his efforts to ensure justice for all people.

BACK TO BASICS: Natural Lip Balms

Saturday, January 21, 1:30 pm

Soothe your lips with your own homemade lip balm!  Join Ranger Dawn and learn how to make lip balm with natural ingredients such as beeswax and essential oils in this easy and fun workshop.  Take home a sample!  MATERIALS FEE:  $10 per person.  Please register in advance, as space is limited.

GRANDMOTHER TURTLE: An Iroquois Tale

Sunday, January 22, 2 pm

Storyteller Leslie Elias will tell us the Iroquois creation myth, a story of sky people and water animals and how the earth came to rest on Grandmother Turtle’s back.  During this workshop, children will create a mask and perform the creation myth for their families.  MATERIALS FEE:  $10 per person.

FIELD TRIP: Behind the Scenes at the Peabody Museum

Tuesday, January 24, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (meet at the museum at 2:45 pm)

From Anthropology to Zoology, the 13 million objects and specimens in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History’s collections represent a world-class record of the history of the Earth and its cultures.  Less than one percent is on display in the public galleries!  In this tour a guide will take you to visit two different curatorial divisions; you’ll learn how the collections are stored and organized, and have the opportunity to glimpse some hidden treasures that rarely see the light of day!  Tours are not open to children under 12.  Register in advance; space is limited.  $15 per person.  All participants will meet at the museum at 2:45 pm.

SPECIAL EDITION OF PLAYGROUND MOUSE

Saturday, January 28, 2 pm

A true story from the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, told by Ranger Amie Ziner.  Come hear the adventure of Playground Mouse, who was found at our beloved old playground.  This is the fun story of a local mouse growing, meeting some friends, and his release back into the great outdoors.  We will create a Playground Mouse of your own to take home and care for.  Donate $10 and you will receive a copy of the adventures of Playground Mouse.  All donations will help feed the animals at the Nature Center.

***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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