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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Animal Painting Classes

For Adults
Come learn to paint and draw your own pet or any animal of your choice with accomplished wildlife artist Melody Asbury. She will guide you through the process, showing basic structure and gesture. Information on keeping an ongoing sketchbook of the animals that surround you from your own pets to birds at your feeders will also be covered. A walk to Flanders’ barnyard and/or small live animals brought to the studio will serve as further inspiration. All level of students are welcome and any media can be used. Students should bring the art medium of their choice to class.
Dates/Times: Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27/ 7PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $100 Members / $150 Non- Members for class series To register click here.

Patio and Hanging Pots Maintenance

Are your summer annual pots starting to look a little “tired”? Don't give up! Professional gardener Fabienne Audette, owner of Nibbling Brook Gardens will lead a discussion and workshop which will cover annual patio and hanging basket plant maintenance for continued flowering through the fall. It will include deadheading, pruning and re-potting methods as well as fertilizing and watering. Some time will also be devoted to perennial pot maintenance as well as garden perennials.
Dates/Times: Thursday, July 14 /10AM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $10 members /$15 non-members

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 hens. 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:Date/Time: Thursday, July 14 /7 PM
Location: The Van Vleck House
Cost: Varies from $15-$35 depending on kit chosen or bring your own project and receive guidance for $10

“Wildlife” 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 wildlife 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, 2/$7 and 3/ $10, 4/$13, 5/$15 All proceeds to benefit Flanders programming.
Dates/Times: July 15 through August 31
Location: Photo can be taken on any Flanders’ property.
Cost: $5 members / $10 non-members
Rules, Details and Entry Blank:

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 16 / 10 AM - 3 PM
Location: Sugar House /Trail House
Cost: $6 per person, age 2 and under free

Potluck Moon Hike

For All
Join us for a fun potluck dinner at the sugar house and post-supper hike during the evening of the full “buck “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!
Dates/Times: Wednesday, July 20 / 7 PM
Location: Sugar House
Cost: $10 members / $15 non-members

Geology Tour of O & G Quarry

For All
Have you wondered about Connecticut’s mysterious volcanic past? Join Flanders in a tour of O&Gs Trap rock Quarry, in Southbury for a field trip highlighting some fascinating geological facts and views of ancient volcanic rocks and minerals. This special geology field trip will be led by Dr. Thomas Fleming, Professor of Geology and the Chairperson of the Earth Science Department at Southern Connecticut State University. A fun and informative slide lecture will be followed by a field trip to identify ancient volcanic rocks and minerals. Pre-registration is required for this program.
Dates/Times: Wednesday, July 20 / 5:30PM
Location: O&Gs Trap rock Quarry, 236 Roxbury Road, (Rt 67) in Southbury
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members.


For All
Come join Connecticut Conservation Ambassador Michael Grady as he “soars” us into the world of dragonflies with a program on these super predators who were first discovered in the marshes of Scotland millions of years ago! Participants will get a look into the world of these amazing insects through photos and discussion. This will be followed by a short walk around the nature center where the group will try to net some dragonflies for closer inspection.
Dates/Times: Saturday, July 30 / Noon
Location: The Studio
Cost: $10 members /$15 non-members


Mushroom Identification | Saturday, August 13 | 10AM | Sugar House

Wildflowers | Saturday, August 20 | 7 PM | Studio

Farm to Table Fundraiser | Sunday , August 21 | 5 PM | Van Vleck Sanctuary

Needle Felting | Thursday, August 25 | 7 PM | Van Vleck House


Flanders Photography Club

The newly formed Flanders Photography Club focuses on outdoor nature photography. The club is open to all. It meets monthly at the Studio with its purpose being to promote the development of photographic skills and the art of photography with a spotlight on nature, flora, fauna and the landscape. Meeting content will include fundamental instructions on the basics of outdoor photography, camera operation, features and techniques as well as various photographic tips. Meetings will include presentations, forums, and guest speakers as well as exercises and projects, such as macro, wildlife and bird photography. We will create our own community of nature lovers and photographers! $20 Members/ Non- members $40 Membership Registration:

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 world-wide. 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 given the opportunity to sign their Trail Name on our Letterboxer “Hall of Fame” board and will receive a small prize. For More Information on letterboxing click here.

To register for any programs, call 203-263-3711 or click on the registration link next to the program. Click here to become a Flanders member and receive a discount on programs!

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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