Flanders Artisan Marketplace

For All
Looking for one of a kind distinctive gifts that will truly be appreciated by the special people on your shopping list? Decked out in festive style, the historic Van Vleck house is the setting for our 3rd annual “Artisan Marketplace”. You will find a wide variety of quality creations handmade by local crafters and artisans including quilts, wreaths and greens, jewelry and pottery, soy candles, baby and pet items , handmade doll clothes, artisan chocolates, as well as scarfs and mittens hand knitted using wool from Flanders own sheep! Proceeds benefit local artisans and Flanders land conservation and educational programs.
Dates/Times:Each Sat and Sun through December 21 | 11AM-4PM
Location:The Van Vleck house, corner of Flanders and Church Hill Roads

Connecticut’s Native Bees

For All
What can we do about the plight of our bees? What are the issues? Is our pesticide use a factor? Flanders is hosting Dr. Kimberly Stoner of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station for a discussion covering the continuing losses of honey bees and bumble bees, the diversity of our native bees, what we know about the effects of pesticides on bees, and suggestions on what we can all do to help.
Dates/Times:Thursday, December 4 / 7 PM
Cost:$10 Members/ $15 Non Members
Location:The Studio
To register online, please click here for members and here for non-members.

Wreath Making Workshops

For All
Enjoy an afternoon together as a family by taking a hike to gather evergreens and then learning how to use them to make a wreath to decorate your door or to give to family members or friends. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while you decorate your wreath and create a memory that will last a lifetime.
Dates/Times:Saturday December 6th & Sunday December 7 | 1-3PM
Cost:$20 members/$30 non members per wreath made
Location:The Sugar House To register online for December 6, please click here for members and here for non-members.For December 7, please click here for members and here for non-members.

Reservoir Walk

For All
Flanders and the Reservoir Task Force have teamed up to offer a scenic reservoir walk. This is a light hike with discussion of the environmental highlights of the reservoir property off of Old Sherman Hill Road in Woodbury. The hike is appropriate for all ages and levels.
Dates/Times:Sunday, December 7 / 1PM
Cost:Free and Open to the Public
Location:Meet in parking lot of Carmen Anthony’s Restaurant to carpool to property.

Needle Felting

Rachel Gerowe of Redbarn Originals will lead a workshop on needle felting an easy-to-learn craft that involves using a barbed needle to sculpt wool. The featured kit of the month are cardinal and chickadees. People also have the option of choosing from a large variety of other available kits ranging in price from $15 to $35.Most kits include enough materials to make one sculpture in class and another at home. Participants can save $5 if they bring their own needles and foam. Have your own needle felting project going? For $10 bring it to class and receive guidance and support on it.
Dates/Times:Thursday, December 18 /7 PM
Cost:Varies from $15-$35 depending on kit chosen or bring your own project and receive guidance for $10
Location:South Farmhouse


2015 “Energy Reset” Day | Tuesday Jan 6|AM|New Morning & Flanders Van Vleck Sanctuary

Woodbury History: Colonial Times to Today | Saturday, Jan 10 | 2 PM | Studio

What Every Homeowner Should Know About Wetlands | Saturday, Jan 29|7PM|Studio

Beekeeping Workshop Series | Starting Spring 2015

NOTE: Flanders offices will be closed December 24 to January 2 for the holidays. Wishing everyone a very bright and happy New Year!



Outdoor Rangers | For children ages 3 to 5
Mondays and Tuesdays/ 9-11:30 am or 12:30-3 pm. Trail House. Explore the forest, fields and ponds at Flanders 200-acre campus. Stories, hikes, crafts and games are all part of the fun, encouraging young children to learn about nature! Cost per class: $20 Call 203-263-3711 to register.

Be Smart With Art | For children ages 3 to 5
Wednesdays and Thursdays/ 9-11:30 am or 12:30-3 pm. Trail House. Discover the amazing world of art! Connecting science, nature and art, children get ready to paint and create a masterpiece. Cost per class: $20 Call 203-263-3711 to register

Flanders Story Time/For Young Children accompanied by an adult
Friday, December 12th 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 theme will be winter birds with a story and a live bird paying a visit to the class followed by the crafting of a bird feeder for kids to take home. 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 online click here for members and here for non-members.

EXPLORE FLANDERS AFTER SCHOOL For children ages 5 to 10
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays / 3:15 - 5:30 pm. Flanders Studio. Flanders offers after-school programs that connect science, nature, farming and art on Flanders' 200-acre campus. Classes meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/ or Thursdays. Bus transportation is available from Bethlehem and Mitchell Elementary Schools. Costs per class: Bethlehem students $15 & Mitchell Elementary school students $10; On Mondays due to the earlier dismissal time the cost is $15 for both Bethlehem and Mitchell. Extended care until 6PM available for an additional fee.

Flanders Letterbox Series

For All
Flanders has “planted” a series of Letterboxes on several of the “family friendly” trails at their preserves and sanctuaries. Combining art and nature in a fun interactive way, letterboxing is a popular treasure hunting activity done world-wide. Letterboxers follow a set of clues to find “boxes” that have been hidden along hiking trails. Those that plan to letterbox at Flanders will want the Flanders Passport. One of the letterboxes on each trail will contain a rubber stamp for a letter: F, L, A, N, D, E, R, or S. Anyone who stamps all eight letters in their passport has the right to sign their name to a poster displayed at the Flanders offices which denotes them as a successful Flanders letterboxer and they will then receive a small prize. For More Information on letterboxing Click Here (Please link to Letterbox page)
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 ">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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