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Spring Vacation Outdoor Adventure Weeks!

Kids in kindergarten through 5th grade can enjoy a week filled with fun and discovery at Flanders. Each day will bring a different learning adventure but every day includes age appropriate hikes, games, art, crafts and stories.
Dates:Dates: Varies according to Child’s School System Region 15 school kids, (March 30 to April 3), Watertown Public School (April 6-10) , Region 14 and Litchfield school kids (April 13-17)
Times: 9AM – 3PM Cost Per Day: $35 members/ $45 non-members. Before and after care available for additional fee
Location:The Trail House. To register online please click here.

Bee-Ginnings, Level II

For Adults
Flanders continues its popular Beekeeping course with Level II, the second part of our Bee-Ginnings Level I course. Taught by Emeritus Professor in UCONN’s Biology Department and noted Beekeeper Al Avitabile, this course consists of 5 classes and will cover the book, The Biology of the Honey Bee by Mark L. Winston. This is an in-depth course which will build on each subsequent class so that participants will learn more about the honey bees in their care.
Dates/Times:Mondays, April 6, 13, 20, 27 / 7-9 PM
Cost:Adults $75 Members/ $100 Non Members
Location:The StudioTo register online, please click here for members and here for non-members.

Faces of Owl: The Saw-whet Close-up

For All
Raptor Expert Larry Fischer returns with a well-illustrated presentation of eastern North America’s smallest and most secretive owl: the Saw-whet Owl. Exclusive slides will show the features and detailed facial characteristics of the Saw-whet owl along with a discussion of the owl, its habitat, and range.
Dates/Times:Thursday, April 9 / 7 PM
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members
Location:The Studio. To register online please click here.

Emerald Ash Borer and Ash Trees: Preserve or Remove?

For All
With a confirmed presence in every Connecticut county, the dreaded Emerald Ash Borer is here to stay. What does this mean for our ash trees? Flanders hosts Entomologist Katherine Dugas of CT Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) in a presentation on the nature of the Emerald Ash Borer with options for property owners to consider before making decisions to remove or treat trees. Find out what our options are and how to make informed decisions for our own trees!
Dates/Times:Thursday, April 16/ 7 PM
Cost:$10 Members/ $15 Non Members
Location:The Studio To register online, please click here.

Walking Stick Carving Event

For All
Flanders hosts the Connecticut Woodcarvers Association in an extensive demonstration of woodcarving sculpture, walking sticks, and more! Meet award-winning carvers willing to help new participants learn the art of woodcarving by demonstrating techniques, tips, and styles of walking sticks. This program is best suited for adults and older children although well-supervised younger children are also very welcome.
Date/Time: Sunday, April 19 / 10AM to 4PM
Location: Sugar House, Church Hill Road, 1/4 mile from the intersection of Flanders and Church Hill Roads.
Cost:$5 Members / $10 Non members To register online, please click here.

Earth Day Hike

For All
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with fresh air, camaraderie, and exercise in a lovely Flanders environment? Join us on a hike that day led by Naturalist Edward Boisits, Ph.D. through the beautiful and historic Van Vleck Sanctuary while searching for signs of spring. This walk is suitable for all ages and hiking levels.
Date/Time:Wednesday, April 22/ 9:30AM
Location: The Studio Parking Lot
Cost: Free. To register online, please click here.

Chimney Swifts!

For All
Join DEEP’s Shannon Kearney-McGee as she presents a program detailing the nature of this slender, tiny insect eating bird whose presence is rapidly declining. Shannon discusses possible reasons for the birds’ decline and explains simple ways we can get involved in chimney swift conservation.
Date/Time: Thursday, April 23/ 7 PM
Location: Studio
Cost: Free and open to the public. To register online, please click here

Flanders Flash Vernal Pool Search

For All
Come discover Flanders' vernal pools and amphibian breeding places! Winter held on far too long to pre-plan in advance for this event, but we hear the frogs now, so let's go! Vernal pools are fishless ephemeral spring ponds that form in the forest. By mid-summer they are gone! Vernal pools are essential to many amphibians and other aquatic creatures like fairy shrimp. During this program, Naturalist Edward Boisits will discuss the importance of vernal pools. Then, we'll head into the night to try to get a glimpse of some pools and see what their nocturnal inhabitants are up to!
Date/Time: Thursday, April 24/ 8 - 10 PM
Location: Sugar House
Cost: Free and opent to the public. To register online, please click here

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. Frogs will be this month’s featured kit. People also have the option of choosing from a variety of available kits ranging in price from $10 to $35. (Save $5 if you bring your own needles and foam) Have your own needle felting project going? For $10 bring it to work on and receive guidance and support.
Date/Time:Thursday, April 23 /7 PM
Location: South Farmhouse
Cost: Varies from $10-$35 depending on kit chosen or bring your own project and receive guidance for $10


Wildflower Walks | Sundays, May 3, May 10, May 17 | 2 PM | Near Sugar House

Natalie Van Vleck Art Show | Saturday through Tuesday, May 9-12 | Old Woodbury Town Hall

Farm Day| Saturday, May 16| 10-4 | Van Vleck Sanctuary

Spring Edibles | Sunday, May 17 | 1 PM | The Studio | Register now

Nature as Healer | Sunday, May 31| 2 PM | Sugar House | Register now

Sunset Hike | Saturday, June 6 | 7:30 PM | Meet Studio Parking Lot

Flanders Focus: American Kestrel | Tuesday, June 9 | 7 PM | Studio | Register now

Flanders “ Field & Forest 5K “ Trail Run Event| Friday, June 12 | 6 PM | Sugar House | Register now

Flanders Visits Great Mountain Forest | Saturday, June 13 | 10 AM


Volunteers Needed For Our Annual Auction!

Flanders fall auction event will be held this year on Saturday, October 3rd. Volunteers are needed to brainstorm ideas, coordinate logistics, secure donations, decorate, or generally lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2015 event. It is the largest fundraiser that Flanders holds during the year and vital in generating the funds needed to further the mission of preserving open space and educate people in the importance of the natural world around us. The auction committee welcomes anyone who might have some time and talent to give in their area of interest to help support this year’s event. Volunteering for it can be a way of making a difference to Flanders, creating new connections with others who feel the same, all while having some fun! Anyone interested in helping out this year is asked to call 203-263-3711 Ext 10 or email

Flanders’ Fabulous Summer Series 2015 Open for Registration!

For children ages 3 to 14
Do you want more than just a traditional “day camp” for your child this summer? Are you searching for a summer experience that will open your child’s eyes to the wonders of the natural world? Flanders ’ popular Summer Series is the answer. On a 200-acre campus of forest, field, farm and pond, children learn about nature, art, agriculture and ecology in a healthy and stimulating outdoor environment. You’ll want to enroll your child in the morning, lunchtime garden and afternoon sessions, all summer long for full days of Flanders fun! But hurry, summer sessions fill up quickly! To download the brochure, click here. Call 203-263-3711 or click here to register.


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, April 17 / 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 all about turtles, snakes and reptiles! 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.

NEW! “Farm School” /For Young Children accompanied by an adult
Flanders offers a new 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 April its “Baa, Ram, Ewe!! when they will be learning all about sheep! Flanders Shetland sheep will be having their lambs in April. Participants will have a hands on experience with the new arrivals, feeling the soft wool from the new lambs and sheep. We will use some wool for an art project to take home, see a yarn-spinning demonstration and learn how to take care of these wooly wonders.
Date/Time: Friday, April 24 /9:30AM
Location: North Barn
Cost: $5 for Flanders members/ $10 non members. To register, click here.

Wednesdays / 3:15 - 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! Bus transportation to Flanders is available from Bethlehem and Mitchell Elementary Schools. Costs per class: Bethlehem students $15 & Mitchell Elementary school students $10; Extended care until 6PM available for an additional fee.

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!

To register for any of the above programs 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 world-wide. At Flanders, the letterboxing clues include educational comments about the natural world. 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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