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.

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Crazy Snakeworms

For All
What are “Crazy Snakeworms”, aka Amynthas agrestis, and why do they negatively affect our gardens and forests? How can we tell if we have them? Join Connecticut Master Gardener and Master Composter William Flahive as he shares research he has compiled about this invasive pest.
Date/Time:Tuesday, July 7 / 7:00 PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members To register, click here

July “Drawing People” Courses

For Adults
Artist and Flanders’ Curator Marc Chabot teaches two, two-class summer art programs in Flanders’ historic art Studio where we learn how to draw the human figure in a variety of poses while receiving practical advice, helpful tips, and fundamental techniques essential to artists of all skill levels. A great opportunity to try something new, advance a skill and/or awaken a talent.
Dates/Times:Wednesdays, Class I: July 8 & 15; Class II: July 22 & 29 / 7 PM
Cost Per Day:The Studio
Location:Summer special: $45 Members / $50 Non members. Class I is July 8 & 15; Class II is July 22 & 29. Please register early! Note: Your program cost also covers the model’s fee. To register, click here for members and here for non-members

The Colonial Goodwife

For Adults
Join author and teacher Velya Jancz-Urban and discover what life was like for New England’s colonial women: childbirth, sickness, medicine, sex, and birth control. Learn about the not-so-good life of the colonial “goodwife” while enjoying a complimentary cup of Women’s Tonic Tea as Velya shares some of the issues faced by early American women. For Adults only.
Dates/Times:Tuesday, July 14 / 7 PM
Cost:The Studio
Location:$10 Members / $15 Non Members. To register, click here

Needle Felting

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. sea stars and fish will be this month’s featured kits (Save $ if you bring your own needles and foam)
Date/Time:Thursday, July 16 /7 PM
Location: South Farmhouse
Cost: Cost: $10 to attend; bring your own project and receive guidance; kits additional $10-$35

Flanders Faerie Fest

For All
Enjoy a day of magic and imagination at Flanders’ Faerie Festival. Magicians, faeries, face painting, crafts, animals, tractor rides, vendors, games, surprises, and so much more! Dates/Times:Saturday, July 18 / 10 AM - 3 PM
Cost: $5 per person, age 2 and under free
Location:Sugar House /Trail House


For Adults
Artist and craftsman Anita Liebeskind shares her talent for this age-old craft. Participants will create paper from recycled natural fibers provided for them. Students can bring special momentos such as tiny flowers, small leaves, or even dog hair, to add to their special papers. Needed: An approximately 11” x 17” large, flat surface (e.g., glass, tile, plastic, cutting board, but not wood) to dry the paper. Bring a bag lunch or snack and enjoy the day.
Date/Time: Saturday, July 25 / 11 AM – 3 PM
Location: The Sugar House
Cost: $25 Members / $30 Non Members. Please bring a surface (see specifics above) for drying your hand-made paper and bring a bag lunch/snack. To register, click here

Summer Supper & Saunter: Full Moon Hike

For Adults & Families
Flanders hosts a fun potluck evening and post-supper hike during the evening of the full moon. Explore Flanders trails at twilight and experience the sounds of night. Please bring a dish to share that will feed 4-6 people – and a flashlight!
Date/Time: Friday, July 31 / 7:30 PM
Location: The Sugar House
Cost: $5 Members / $10 Non Members. To register online, please click here.


Summer Supper & Saunter: New Moon Hike | Friday, August 14 | 7:30 PM | Sugar House

Flanders Focus: Bobcats | Saturday, August 15 | 1 PM | Studio

Needlefelting | Thursday, August 20 | 7PM |South Farm House

Mushrooms! | Saturday, August 22 | Sugar House


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.

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.


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