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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Painting Classes

For Adults
Come paint at the historic Flanders Van Vleck Studio and capture the elegance of the fallen leaves in this series of workshops. Whether you are skilled in painting, wish to learn, or just play, these afternoons or evenings will be in a supportive and fun environment. Themes will be leaves, nuts and seeds. Through art we learn to see and touch nature more deeply. So even if you have little or no previous painting skills but are interested in noticing or identifying trees by their leaves these are fun and informative workshops. Actual leaves and photos of leaves will be on hand as inspiration. Families welcome. In a couple hours you will have a painting to take home.
Dates/Times: Fridays, November 6, 13 &20/ 2PM or 6:30 PM
Location:The Studio
Cost: $10 Members/ $15 Non Members per class. Sign up for all three at a discounted rate of $25 members/$40 non-members. Supplies extra: Acrylic paints and mini canvases will be available for a nominal fee of $5 to be paid to instructor or bring your own. To register, click here.

Family Fun Trail Challenge

For All
Flanders offers a fun activity designed for families to go outdoors, take a hike, search for clues and learn all about turkeys and other birds. The hike will be about an hour. Check in at the Van Vleck House, to pick up your investigation check list and map. Then off you go together, hiking to find facts hidden at the North Barn and on Flanders trails.When you are finished return to the Van Vleck House to claim a prize and have refreshments. Please pre-register.
Dates/Times:Saturday and Sunday, November 7 & 8/ 1PM
Location:The Van Vleck House
Cost: $5 Members/ $10 Non Members. To register, click here.

Free Movie Night

For All
The Canada Geese are now migrating south and in their honor we are holding a free movie night featuring the family film “Fly Away Home”. The movie is based on an autobiographical novel by Bill Lishman called Father Goose: One Man a Gaggle of Geese and Their Real Life Incredible Journey. The premise of the film begins with a 13 year old who finds a nest amidst the wreckage of a forest by a construction crew. She gathers the eggs and cares for them until they hatch. Since she is the first being the goslings see, she is imprinted as their mother. They will follow her, and only her, anywhere. The geese need to migrate in order to keep their wild status. The adventure that follows is her teaching them to fly and ultimately having to learn to fly herself so that she can be the one to guide them to a safe refuge to spend the winter. There is no charge for the film. Concession items will be sold as well as a special collection taken to help support Flanders wildlife.
Dates/Times: Saturday, November 7 / 7PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: Free. Concession items being sold to benefit Flanders programming.

Seasonal Transitions Hike

For All
The summer has ended and we are well into autumn. This time of year provides many examples of ways in which both plants and animals have adapted to New England’s changing seasons. As we walk the trails on the Van Vleck property we will look at some of the specific strategies developed by plants and animals to survive the changing seasons as the natural world braces for winter.
Dates/Times: Tuesday, November 10 / 9AM
Location: Meet in Parking Lot across from Van Vleck House
Cost: Free.

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 are deer. 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: Thursday, November 19 /7 PM
Location: Studio
Cost: Varies from $15-$35 depending on kit chosen or bring your own project and receive guidance for $10

Flanders Artisan Marketplace

For All
Looking for one of a kind distinctive gifts that will truly be appreciated by the special people on your shopping list? Decked out in festive style, the Van Vleck House is the setting for our 3rd annual “Artisan Marketplace”. You will find a wide variety of quality creations handmade by local crafters and artisans including quilts, wreaths and greens, jewelry and pottery, as well as scarfs and mittens hand knitted using wool from Flanders own sheep! Proceeds benefit local artisans and Flanders land conservation and educational programs.
Dates/Times: Every Saturday and Sunday starting November 21 | 11AM-4PM
Location: The Van Vleck House

Wreath Making Workshops

For All
Enjoy an afternoon together as a family by taking a hike to gather evergreens and then learning how to use them to make a wreath to decorate your door or to give to family members or friends.
Dates/Times: Friday November 27, Saturday November 28, Sunday November 29| 1-3PM. December dates also available
Location: The Sugar House
Cost: $20 members/$30 non members per wreath made. To register, click here.


Wreath Making | December 5 & 6 | Sugar House

Needle Felting | December 10 | South Farm House

Artisian Market | Sat & Sun through December 20 | Van Vleck 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
Winter Holiday Programs
For more information, contact us.
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To register for any of the adult programs at Flanders, call 203-263-3711.


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