Live Calendar Updates


“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. This "Fall Scene" photo contest is an invitation to capture the spirit and beauty of Flanders and the new season in all of its colors. Contestants can choose any one of the several Flanders’ properties on which to take their photograph 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:Now-October 31
Location:Photo can be taken on any Flanders’ property.
For details and an entry form, click here. To register, click here.

Auction Art Exhibit

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 through October 2.
Dates/Times:Now through October 2 during gallery hours
Location:Clapp & Tuttle Fine Art and Framing Gallery, 742 Main Street South, Woodbury
Cost: Free.

“Reading The Landscape” Series

For Adults
This eight week course is based on the Book and teachings of Tom Wessels entitled, “Reading the Forested Landscape”. The classes will be lead by Kyle Turoczi, co-owner of Earth Tones: Native Plant Nursery and Landscapes, in Woodbury. Kyle holds a Master of Science degree from Antioch University in Resource Management and Conservation and studied with Tom Wessels. Learn about the effects on the landscape that hurricanes, mining, farming and fires have had. Participants will be taught to inspect the forest from a forensic perspective and how to develop inquisitive skills to determine the causes of the effects they observe. The group will take excursions to investigate the forested landscape in different areas of the region. The book, “Reading The Forested Landscape”, will be available for $21.95 at the program.
Dates/Times: Fridays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & November 6, 13, 20 / 9AM
Location:Sugar House
Cost: $80 Members / $115 Non Members. This fee includes a one year membership to Flanders and a year of discounts on other programs. To register, click here.

Flanders Auction 2015!

For Adults
Flanders will host its annual fall fundraising auction this year on Saturday evening, October 3rd, at the Southbury Crowne Plaza Hotel. Legendary for its many diverse offerings in the silent and live auction part of the program, this year’s event will also feature a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, delicious family style dinner, and dessert table! The live auction will feature artwork from this year’s headliner artist Danielle Mailer, who has donated her piece entitled, “Night Bird One”, as well as the work of other noted regional artists. Up for bidding will also be more than 100 unique items including trips and tickets, home and garden items, dinners, gift certificates and one-of-a-kind experiences. Tickets are available at $85 person. All proceeds from the event will benefit the environmental education and land preservation programs of Flanders. To purchase tickets call 203-263-3711 Ext. 11 or click here..
Dates/Times:Saturday, October 3 / 5:30PM
Location:Southbury Crowne Plaza Hotel
Cost: $85/ person; Discount for ten or more. For more information, click here.

“Our Hidden Landscapes” Lecture

For Adults
Learn about “Our Hidden Landscapes: Stone Cultural Features & Ceremonial Landscapes” at this lecture presented by the Institute for American Indian Studies, Director of Research, Dr. Lucianne Lavin. A hike in the woods often reveals a variety of stone cultural features to the experienced archaeologist and historian. Many of these are the remains of abandoned farmsteads and industrial mill sites. Others, however, represent Native American ceremonial sites. This lecture will be an overview of the various kinds of European-American and indigenous stone structures found on our Connecticut landscapes.
Dates/Times: Sunday, October 4 /3 PM
Location: Washington Montessori School, 240 Litchfield Turnpike (Route 202), New Preston, CT.
Cost: Free.

"Fireside Chat" Art Series

For All
Enjoy hot mulled cider in the historic, cozy Natalie Van Vleck Studio with Flanders Curator Marc Chabot as he leads you through the major art movements of the early 20th Century enhancing your understanding and awareness of the history and art of the times. Being held on consecutive Wednesdays these three special evenings will cover the major artists who lead these movements and defied conventions held in place for centuries, reinventing and expanding the definition of art. The first session will cover the Ashcan School looking at major contributor Robert Henri and Urban Realism. The topic for the second night will be Cubism and Abstraction, and the legacy of Max Weber. The third evening will comprise Regionalism & The American Scene and review artists Georgia O'Keefe, Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood. Along with learning about each of these major artists, Marc will reference the impact they had on the artwork of Woodbury artist Natalie Van Vleck's own artwork. Those interested are welcome to come to one evening or all three.
Dates/Times:Wednesdays, October 7, 14 & 21 /7PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members individual program or 3 night series $25 members/ $40 Non Members To register, click here.

Flanders School Vacation “Fun Day”

For Kids
Area kids in grades kindergarten through 5th off from school for the Columbus Day holiday are invited to come to Flanders for a “Flanders Fun Day” of exploring the great outdoors, farm and nature. Start your day at the farm visiting the farm animals – how big are the baby goats now? Grab a net and bucket as we hike to the pond for a wetland discovery to see who’s living there – how big are the tadpoles that hatched in the spring? What insects will we find? Follow the clues to discover evidence of animals in the forest as you enjoy a full day of Flanders fun!
Dates/Times:Monday, October 12/ 9AM-3PM Before and after care also available at $7 /hour
Location: The North Barn
Cost: $35 members/ $45 for non members. To register, click here.To download a flyer, click here.

Geology Tour of O&G

For All
Have you wondered about Connecticut’s mysterious volcanic past? Join Flanders in a tour of O&G’s Traprock Quarry, in Southbury for a field trip highlighting some fascinating geological facts and views of ancient volcanic rocks and minerals. This special geology field trip will be led by Dr. Thomas Fleming, Professor of Geology and the Chairperson of the Earth Science Department at Southern Connecticut State University. A fun and informative slide lecture will be followed by a field trip to identify ancient volcanic rocks and minerals. Pre-registration is required for this program.
Dates/Times: Saturday, October 17 / 2PM
Location: O&G’s Traprock Quarry, 236 Roxbury Road, (Rt 67) in Southbury
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members. To register, click here.

“Nature As Healer” Program

For Adults
Learn how to quickly access Nature's restorative power, discover nature's subtle language and enhance your ability to access the healing qualities the natural world offers with teacher, artist, and writer Marlow Shami, who will combine mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques and sensory ecology in this restorative afternoon. Begin with a guided meditation inside the historic Flanders Studio, followed by a peaceful excursion soaking up the natural beauty of the Flanders’ Van Vleck Sanctuary.
Dates/Times: Sunday, October 18/ 1PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members. To register, click here.

Needle Felting

For Adults
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. Owls will be this month’s featured kits (Save $ if you bring your own needles and foam)
Dates/Times: Thursday, October 22 /7 PM
Location: South Farmhouse
Cost: $10 to attend; bring your own project and receive guidance; kits additional $10-$35


Needle Felting | November 19 | South Farm House

Artisian Market | Starts November 21! | Van Vleck House



Flanders Story Time/For Young Children accompanied by an adult

Friday, October 16 / 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 topic is bats and spiders. 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 andhere 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." This month’s topic is pumpkins! Its harvest time so we will take a hayride to the pumpkin patch. Be prepared to meet a friendly scarecrow that passes out some treats! We will learn about the lifecycle of a pumpkin, our busy bee pollinators and pick your own pumpkin for a pumpkin painting party! (please dress for a mess!)
Dates/Times: Friday October 23 /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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