Adult Programs

Flanders offers a full schedule of engaging programs year round allowing adults to expand their knowledge about nature, the environment and the arts.

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Flower Essences

For All
Find out how natural flower therapy works to calm, soothe, and heal with Flower Essence Therapy Practitioner, Certified Reflexologist, and Reiki Master Ehris Urban. Each participant will receive a bottle of personalized flower essence to take home to address their own specific needs.
Date/Time:Thursday, September 10 / 7 PM
Location: Studio
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members. To register, click here

Tree Identification with Forester Nancy Marek

For Adults
Join Cooperative Extension Forester Nancy Marek from the University of Connecticut in a special program focusing on tree identification at the historic Van Vleck Sanctuary. Learn how leaves, bark, flowers, and fruit can help you identify some of the most common trees in Connecticut.
Date/Time: Saturday, September 12 / 9 AM – 12 PM
Location Sugar House
Cost:$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. Pumpkins or gourds will be this month’s featured kits (Save $ if you bring your own needles and foam).
Date/Time: Thursday, September 17 /7 PM
Location: South Farmhouse
Cost: $10 to attend; bring your own project and receive guidance; kits additional $10-$35

Free Outdoor Movie

For Adults and Older Kids
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust along with the CT Puppetry Guild will host a “Meet and Greet” and Free Outdoor Movie. Come visit with the members of the guild and their puppets. Then settle in to watch the film “KOOKY”, a tale of an asthmatic, six-year-old boy who is forced to throw away his scruffy, sawdust-stuffed old teddy bear. Across town, the bear “Kooky” is about to be crushed in a rubbish dump when he suddenly comes to life, making his escape into a mysterious forest full of adventures. The film is not rated. Concessions will be available for purchase with proceeds to benefit Flanders and the CT puppetry Guild. Bring blanket or chair for lawn seating. Rain will bring movie indoors.
Dates/Times:Saturday, September 19 / 7PM
Location:Sugar House
Cost: Free.

Auction Art Exhibit and Opening Reception

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, from September 19 through October 2. An opening reception with wine and cheese will be held there from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, September 19. Those attending the art exhibit reception will have a chance to enter a free raffle of items including a week at Flanders kid’s summer camp, a one-year family membership to Flanders, and tickets to the auction. Sealed bids for the artwork can also be submitted at the Gallery for those not able to attend the auction.
Dates/Times:Exhibit : September 19 - October 2 during gallery hours | Reception: Saturday, September 19 / 4-6PM
Location:Clapp & Tuttle Fine Art and Framing Gallery, 742 Main Street South, Woodbury
Cost: Free.

“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. Use your camera to capture your experience of the plant life, animal life, or scenery that surround you at Flanders and submit your favorite(s)! 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:September 21-October 31
Location:Photo can be taken on any Flanders’ property.
For details and an entry form, click here. To register, click here.

Flanders Focus: Pruning Conifers

For Adults
September is a key time to prune those fabulous evergreens you have in your yard! We’ll have a hands-on lesson in encouraging vertical growth for height; horizontal growth for use as swags; and how to keep our trees healthy for as long as possible. Join Fabienne Audette, M.S., owner of Nibbling Brook Farm, and former Assistant Director for Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden.
Dates/Times:Tuesday, September 22 OR Saturday, September 26 / 10 AM
Location:Sugar House
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members. To register, click here.


Flanders Auction | Saturday, October 3 | 7:00 PM | Crowne Plaza, Southbury. Click here for more details

Geology Field Trip | Saturday | October 17 | Southbury Quarry


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
Winter Holiday Programs
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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