Live Calendar Updates


"Winter Landscape" Photo 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 composition, image quality and the story the image tells. Use your camera to capture your experience of the winter scenery that surrounds you at Flanders and submit your favorite(s)! Contestants may submit up to 5 entries ( in 5” x 7” or 8"x 10" print format or JPEGS 6MB or less in size). Submissions can be emailed to, mailed or dropped off to Flanders offices by February 29th along with an entry blank identifying the photographer of the photo for each submitted photo. The cost for one submission is $5.00, 2/$7.00 , 3/ $10.00, 4/$13. 5/$15. All proceeds to benefit Flanders programming.
Dates/Times: Now through February 29
Location: Photos can be taken on any Flanders property
To read the rules and pay online, click here.

"Art and Animals" Class Series

For All
Artists with all level of talent, from beginner to professional are invited to study with Melody Asbury, a talented lifelong painter and sought-after animal portraitist. Students working in all mediums will create art inspired by the animals that share our world. Ms. Asbury will share tips and secrets to create realistic details of feathers and fur, suggestion for usage of light and shadow in compositions and guide each artist to refine their own unique and personal style. The Art and Animal Series will be held on the first and second Wednesdays of the months of February, March and April. On February 3 and 10 pet portraits will be featured where students, working from photos, will learn to draw and paint their furry (or feathered) friends with realistic details. The focus on March 2 and 9th will be birds and horses will be the “mane event” on the Wednesdays of April 6 and 13.
Dates/Times: Wednesday February 3 & 10 / 7PM-9PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: monthly /$50 members & $75/ non-members. Members can participate in all six classes for $125. Some basic supplies provided but students should bring the art medium of their choice to class. To register, click here.

Maple Sugaring Tapping Day

For All
Maple sugaring time, a New England tradition, is starting! Each year Flanders taps and collects sap from dozens of trees both here at the nature center and around town. Tapping day, weather permitting, is scheduled for Saturday, February 6th. No experience is needed and all ages and families are welcome to come to help out! Volunteers will also be needed during the season to collect sap and help out at syrup making demonstrations and annual pancake breakfast. Please call to register for any/all of the activities.
Dates/Times: Tree Tapping Day: Saturday, February 6 / 9:30AM
Location: The Sugar House
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Bald Eagle Program

For All
The Bald Eagle is our national symbol, and the subject of strong conservation efforts in Connecticut. As their numbers here are increasing, how much do you know about the Bald Eagle? Join Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Master Wildlife Conservationist Peggy Zabawar to learn more about the Bald Eagle’s size, history, what it eats and how it lives, the banding efforts here in CT and nationally as well as ‘Bald Eagle etiquette’.
Dates/Times: Sunday, February 14 / 1PM
Location: Studio
Cost: $15 for members; $20 for nonmembers. To register, click here.

February Vacation Fun Days

For Kids
While off from school for the February break on Monday and Tuesday, February 15 and 16, kids in grades kindergarten through 5th are invited to come to Flanders to experience “Amazing Animals” where they will spend time discovering the wonderful world of animals. Centered at the Flanders trail house they will hike the trails and learn how to track animals active in winter. These will be fun filled days packed with exploring the great outdoors, learning about the wonderful world of wildlife and age appropriate stories, games and crafts. Parents are asked to have their children dress for the weather and to bring a bag lunch. Pre-registration is required.
Dates/Times: Monday and Tuesday February 15 & 16 / 9AM - 3PM
Location: The Trail House
Cost: $35 members per day/$45 non-members per day. To register, click here.

Needle Felting

For Adults
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 is bluebirds. 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: February 18 /7 PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: Varies from $15-$35 depending on kit chosen or bring your own project and receive guidance for $10

Flanders Annual Meeting

For Adults
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ed Boisits, Naturalist. “The Legacy Of Natalie VanVleck As Seen Through The Eyes Of A Naturalist".
Dates/Times: Tuesday, February 23/ 7PM
Location: Woodbury Senior Center, 265 Main St. South, Woodbury

Connecticut’s Wild Rabbits

For All
Join us for an informative evening lecture to learn more about Connecticut’s wild rabbits. Lisa Wahle, of the CT DEEP Wildlife Division, will discuss state initiatives to create young forest/shrub land habitat and ways you can help New England Cottontails to survive. Participants will learn about funding opportunities for private landowners to create habitat and facts to keep Eastern Cottontails around for future generations.
Dates/Times: Wednesday, February 24 /7 PM
Location: The Studio.
Cost: $5 Members/ $10 Non Members To register, click here.

Meet the North American Porcupine

For All
Find out more about the history and habits of one of Connecticut’s most fascinating species and the world’s third largest rodent from CT DEEP Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Gerri Griswold who will be bringing along a live porcupine that is under her department’s care for participants to meet.
Dates/Times: Saturday, February 27 /11AM
Location: The Sugar House.
Cost: $15members/ $18 non members To register, click here.

Animal Tracking Workshop

For All
Ever wonder what passes by your house when you are not around? Learn about the fascinating world of animal tracking from Connecticut Conservation Ambassador Michael Grady. Participants will be traversing the trails at Flanders Van Vleck Sanctuary to search for and identify tracks, signs and scat of the local wildlife. Please dress warmly.
Dates/Times: Saturday, February 27 /2PM
Location: The Sugar House
Cost: Adults $10 members/ $15 non members To register, click here.


Pancake Breakfast | Sunday, March 6 | 8AM-Noon | Woodbury Firehouse

Maple Syrup Demos | Sat and Sun 3/5 to 3/20 | 1-4PM | Flanders Sugar House

Needle felting Class | Thursday March 10| 7PM | South Farm House



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. 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. 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 letter box on each trail will contain a letter. There are eight trails in the “Launching Series”. Each one of these trails has a letter box with one of the following letters: F, L, A, N, D, E, R or S. 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 name to our Letterboxing “Hall of Fame “ board 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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