Adult Programs

From growing organic vegetables and flowers in a community garden plot to celebrating the seasons or learning more about nature, the environment and the arts, Flanders offers a variety of special activities for adults.


Needle Felting Workshop

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. Featured kit this month is a skunk. A variety of other kits will also be available for purchase. Have your own needle felting project going? For $10 bring it to class and receive guidance and support on it.
Date/Time:Thursday, September 11 /7 PM
Cost:Skunk project $30 (save $5 if you bring your own needles and foam) Other projects vary depending on kits which range from $15-$35 or bring your own project and receive guidance for $10.
Location:South Farm House

“Drawing People” Art Session Series

Learn to draw faces and features in graphite with inspiration from accomplished artist Marc Chabot. This ongoing Wednesday night series will be held into November. Each two class session is packed with practical advice, helpful tips, and fundamental techniques essential to artists of all skill levels. Students will learn the processes of drawing the human head and clothed figure in a variety of poses. Marc will share his knowledge about underlying anatomy and natural variations in shape, texture, and proportion, as well as basic information about drawing tools and pencil techniques. People are welcome to sign up for one or more of the sessions. Basic art supplies will be needed and preregistration is required.
Dates/Times:First session being held Wednesday September 17 & 24 / 7 PM Other sessions include: October 1 & 8; October 15 & 22; October 29 & November 5, and November 12& 19.
Cost:$50 for Flanders Members/ $65 for Non Members for each two class session
Location: The Studio
To register online click here for members and here for non-members.

Letterboxing Stamp Making

For Adults and Older Children
Blogger and avid letterboxer, Teresa Gallagher, will be holding a workshop on how to create your own personalized letterboxing stamp. The cost of the program includes a kit that contains everything needed to carve and customize your own rubber “signature stamp” for letterboxing. Letterboxers follow a set of clues to find “boxes” that have been hidden along hiking trails. Your letterboxing stamp, then allows you to leave your mark on the journal found inside each letterbox to record your discovery. The workshop involves using sharp tools so is appropriate only for adults and supervised older children.
Date/Time:Sunday, September 20 /2 PM
Cost:$20 members/ $25 for non- members
Location:The Studio
To register online click here for members and here for non-members.

Candlelight and Wine Art Talk on Oriental Rugs

Karen Reddington-Hughes, Oriental rug expert and owner of Abrash Galleries in Woodbury, will give a talk on Oriental Rugs and the stories that they tell. Held inside the historic Flanders Van Vleck studio, guests will enjoy wine and cheese as Karen shares her knowledge and passion for these special rugs.
Date/Time:Friday, September 26 / 7 PM
Cost:$8 Members/ $10 non- members
Location:The Studio

Save The Date For Auction 2014!

Saturday, October 18th Clickhere for more info!


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. As an extra incentive, any adult who attends Flanders’ Fall Fundraiser Auction on Saturday October 18th and brings their children’s and/ or their own passport will be entered into a special auction raffle. Each Flanders letter stamped on the passport will be worth one raffle ticket and those with all eight letters will also receive a bonus of twenty extra.
For More Information on letterboxing click here

Flanders Bee-Ginnings Workshops

Flanders invites you to join our Bee-ginnings Bee School for hands on experience with honey bees. The Bee-ginning workshops promote the importance of pollinators and provide an opportunity for participants to learn all about keeping honey bees. Monthly meetings from January - November with Kevin Barry, an experienced local beekeeper who will offer educational opportunities to monitor hives during the entire season.
Date/Time:Sunday September 14 / 3PM
Focus:The focus of this month’s workshop is diseases and treatments.
Location:Bee Yard on Flanders Road
Cost:$75 members/ $100 non-members covers all of the workshops for the year.
To download a flyer of the entire list of ongoing workshops through November 2014, 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.

Programs in the Community

From autumn traditions to holiday decorations, Flanders talented educators can bring seasonal programs to your business or organization. It’s a perfect activity for senior centers, youth groups, scout troops, religious organizations, service clubs, corporations or any group looking for an out-of-the-ordinary learning experience. Space is limited to 20 participants per session. 10 participant minimum. Volunteers are welcome to help! Call (203) 263-3711 to inquire about our monthly, nature-themed programs that may be just right for your group or organization

Annual Activities at Flanders

Four Seasons of Flanders Benefit Auction and Gala
Maple Celebrations
Farm Day
Autumn Festival
Winter Holiday Programs
Community Garden

For more information, contact us.
To join or renew your membership, please click here.
To register for any of the adult programs at Flanders, call 203-263-3711.
To download a flyer of the current calendar of adult events, click here.


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