Maple Sugaring Info Session and Tapping Day

For All
Maple sugaring time, a New England tradition, will be starting soon! Each year Flanders taps and collects sap from dozens of trees both here at the nature center and around town. We invite anyone with an interest in maple sugaring with us this year to attend a volunteer information meeting on Thursday evening January 15 at 7 PM at The Studio. Refreshments will be served. Tapping day, weather permitting, is scheduled for Saturday, January 31. No experience is needed and all ages and families are welcome to come to help out but we ask that you preregister by calling 203-263-3711 Ext 10.
Dates/Times:Information Session: Thursday, January 15 / 7PM, Studio, Tree Tapping Day: Saturday, January 31/ 9:30 AM , Sugar House
Cost:Both Free and Open to the Public
Location:The Sugar House

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. Owls will be this month’s featured kit and includes enough fiber to make one 5 inch sculpture to begin in class to finish at home. Cost for this project is $35. People also have the option of choosing from a variety of available kits ranging in price from $10 to $35. (Save $5 if they 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.
Dates/Times:Thursday, January 15 /7 PM
Cost:Varies from $10-$35 depending on kit chosen or bring your own project and receive guidance for $10
Location:South Farmhouse

Martin Luther King Vacation Day Adventure!

For Kids
On Martin Luther King Day, Monday January 19th, kids in grades kindergarten through 5th are invited to come to Flanders to experience “Wonderful Wildlife” where they will spend the day discovering the many ways animals adapt to winter. Dress for the weather because we will be taking a hike to find tracks to see who is active in the snow. Who will we find!? This will be a fun filled day packed with exploring the great outdoors, and age appropriate stories, games and crafts.
Dates/Times:Monday, January 19 / 9AM-3PM
Cost:$35 members per day/ $45 for non members per day Before and after care also available at $7 /hour
Location:The Trail House Registration is Closed

Wetlands for Homeowners

For All
Flanders focuses on what every homeowner should know about the wetlands in their backyards and neighborhoods. Join Attorney Mark Branse and All Habitat Owner David Roach for a lively, informative discussion on what you should know!
Date/Time: Thursday, January 29 / 7PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $10 Members/ $15 Non Members To register online, please click here for members and here for non-members.


Aquatics to Art, a Transformation | Sunday, February 8 | 2 PM | Studio

Beekeeping Workshop Series | Starting Spring 2015



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, January 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 theme will be all about bears! Kids are encouraged to bring along their favorite teddy bear to keep them company while they hear a story about bears, and get the chance to see and feel a real bear paw print. 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.

We offer birthday parties for Flanders members and their guests 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 a memorable 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” 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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