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Flower Essences

For All
Find out how natural flower therapy works to calm, soothe, and heal with Flower Essence Therapy Practitioner, Certified Reflexologist, and Reiki Master Ehris Urban. Each participant will receive a bottle of personalized flower essence to take home to address their own specific needs.
Date/Time:Thursday, September 10 / 7 PM
Location: Studio
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members. To register, click here

Tree Identification with Forester Nancy Marek

For Adults
Join Cooperative Extension Forester Nancy Marek from the University of Connecticut in a special program focusing on tree identification at the historic Van Vleck Sanctuary. Learn how leaves, bark, flowers, and fruit can help you identify some of the most common trees in Connecticut.
Date/Time: Saturday, September 12 / 9 AM – 12 PM
Location Sugar House
Cost:$10 Members / $15 Non Members To register, click here.

Needle Felting

Join Rachel Gerowe of Redbarn Originals for Needle Felting Night at Flanders! Needle felting is an easy-to-learn craft that involves using a barbed needle to sculpt wool. Participants can attend for $10 and choose to either bring their own project or purchase a kit for an additional fee. Assorted kits available, ranging in price from $10-$35. Beginners welcome. Pumpkins or gourds will be this month’s featured kits (Save $ if you bring your own needles and foam).
Date/Time: Thursday, September 17 /7 PM
Location: South Farmhouse
Cost: $10 to attend; bring your own project and receive guidance; kits additional $10-$35

Free Outdoor Movie

For Adults and Older Kids
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust along with the CT Puppetry Guild will host a “Meet and Greet” and Free Outdoor Movie. Come visit with the members of the guild and their puppets. Then settle in to watch the film “KOOKY”, a tale of an asthmatic, six-year-old boy who is forced to throw away his scruffy, sawdust-stuffed old teddy bear. Across town, the bear “Kooky” is about to be crushed in a rubbish dump when he suddenly comes to life, making his escape into a mysterious forest full of adventures. The film is not rated. Concessions will be available for purchase with proceeds to benefit Flanders and the CT puppetry Guild. Bring blanket or chair for lawn seating. Rain will bring movie indoors.
Dates/Times:Saturday, September 19 / 7PM
Location:Sugar House
Cost: Free.

Auction Art Exhibit and Opening Reception

For Adults
Artwork that has been donated by area artists for live bidding at Flanders’ Fall Auction can be viewed at Clapp & Tuttle Fine Art and Framing Gallery, from September 19 through October 2. An opening reception with wine and cheese will be held there from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, September 19. Those attending the art exhibit reception will have a chance to enter a free raffle of items including a week at Flanders kid’s summer camp, a one-year family membership to Flanders, and tickets to the auction. Sealed bids for the artwork can also be submitted at the Gallery for those not able to attend the auction.
Dates/Times:Exhibit : September 19 - October 2 during gallery hours | Reception: Saturday, September 19 / 4-6PM
Location:Clapp & Tuttle Fine Art and Framing Gallery, 742 Main Street South, Woodbury
Cost: Free.

“Fall Scenes At Flanders” Photography Contest

For All
Come explore Flanders and bring your camera along! We are holding a photography contest with prizes for the best submissions based on theme, image quality, and composition. Use your camera to capture your experience of the plant life, animal life, or scenery that surround you at Flanders and submit your favorite(s)! Contestants may submit up to 3 photos ( in 8"x 10" print format). Submissions can be mailed or dropped off to Flanders offices by November 1st along with an entry blank taped to the back of each submitted photo. The cost for one submission is $5.00, 2/$7.00 and 3/ $10.00. All proceeds to benefit Flanders programming.
Dates/Times:September 21-October 31
Location:Photo can be taken on any Flanders’ property.
For details and an entry form, click here. To register, click here.

Flanders Focus: Pruning Conifers

For Adults
September is a key time to prune those fabulous evergreens you have in your yard! We’ll have a hands-on lesson in encouraging vertical growth for height; horizontal growth for use as swags; and how to keep our trees healthy for as long as possible. Join Fabienne Audette, M.S., owner of Nibbling Brook Farm, and former Assistant Director for Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden.
Dates/Times:Tuesday, September 22 OR Saturday, September 26 / 10 AM
Location:Sugar House
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members. To register, click here.


Flanders Auction | Saturday, October 3 | 7:00 PM | Crowne Plaza, Southbury. Click here for more details

Geology Field Trip | Saturday | October 17 | Southbury Quarry



Flanders Story Time/For Young Children accompanied by an adult

Friday, September 18 / 9:30-10:30AM. Flanders invites you to join us at the Trail House for exciting story time adventures. Monthly topics are designed to encourage young children (and adults) to explore nature, discover art and learn about farming together. Live animal demonstrations, specimens to observe and touch, nature walks and crafts are all part of investigating the great outdoors. This month the the topic is furry friends and mammals. Mom’s Groups, play dates and day cares welcome. Cost per session: Free for Flanders members/$5 nonmembers. Call 203-263-3711 to register so that we will have enough material for every child to participate. To register, click here for members and here for non-members.

“Farm School”

Flanders offers an exciting program for young children with a caregiver where kids can be “a farmer for the day” visiting and helping feed the animals who make their home at the Flanders North Barn. Continuing one Friday each month the focus will be on a different farm animal In September horses are the mane event! You will meet our miniature horses and donkey. What do horses eat? Do they really sleep standing up? You will be amazed by horse facts, try grooming horses, learn about hoof care and feed the horses. Our art project will be to paint a horse…of course!
Dates/Times:Friday September 25 /9:30AM
Location:North Barn
Cost: $5 for Flanders members/ $10 non members. To register, click here.


For children ages 5 to 10
Wednesdays / 2:45 - 5:30 pm. Beat after school boredom and make Wednesdays their favorite day of the week! Flanders “Wonderful Wednesday” after school program will give your child the chance to explore Flanders' 200-acre campus, be active and have a blast all while connecting to science, nature, farming and art! Provide your own transportation or bus transportation to Flanders is available from Bethlehem and Mitchell Elementary Schools. Costs per class: Bethlehem students $20 & Mitchell Elementary school students $15; Extended care until 6PM available for an additional fee. Note: Timing and Costs may vary for early dismissal days. Call 203-263-3711 for more information.


We offer birthday parties on Saturdays or Sundays year round! Affordable and fun there are a variety of nature themed parties to choose from including animals and art to fairy fun. Hiking, games and stories, live animals and even tractor rides can all be made a part of the celebration! Call us for more information and to brainstorm what will make for an unforgettable party for your birthday child!

For more information please call 203-263-3711.

Flanders Letterbox Series

For All
Flanders has planted several letterboxes on the family friendly trails at their preserves and sanctuaries and more are being planned. Combining art and nature in a fun interactive way, letterboxing is a popular treasure hunting activity done worldwide. At Flanders, the letterboxing clues include educational comments about the natural world. Anyone who hikes at least twelve of the letterboxing trails at Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust, stamps the letters from those trails in their passport and presents their passport at the Flanders office will be asked to sign their Trail Name on our poster of Successful Flanders Letterboxers and will receive a small prize. For More Information on letterboxing click here.

Catalog of Natalie Van Vleck Artwork For Sale

In the Natural State: The Nude in the Art of Natalie Van Vleck The first color catalog of the artwork of Natalie Van Vleck (1901-1981), founder of Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust, published Summer 2004, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, twelve pages, twenty-one illustrations in color, and an essay on the art of Natalie Van Vleck, by curator of the exhibition, Marc Chabot.
Cost:$10 each
Please call 203-263-3711 Ext. 10 to order catalog and/or poster

Own a Poster of a Natalie Van Vleck Painting

Flanders is offering for sale a 11" x 17" full-color poster of a painting by Flanders founder Natalie Van Vleck , titled titled "Flanders"White Salt Box House and Red Barns, Woodbury". The poster reproduces her original 30” x 36” oil on canvas painted in her studio at Flanders in 1929.
Cost:$5 each
Please call 203-263-3711 Ext. 10 to order catalog and/or poster

To register for any programs, call 203-263-3711.



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