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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Flanders Focus: Art with Family & Friends

For All
Experience the fun of painting with family and/or friends and enjoy seeing new perspectives by painting the same subject with your own unique twist. Artist Kate Gorham, owner of The Golden Button, will guide participants as they create a unique animal painting on canvas. No experience needed and everyone will take home a painting. Adults and supervised children over five (5) years old. Note: Acrylic paint will be used so please wear old clothes or bring a smock.
Dates/Times:Saturday, May 2 / 2-4 PM
Cost Per Day: $30 per person / Groups of 4 or more $25 each
Location:The Sudio. To register online please click here.

Wildflower Walks

For All
Welcome spring and join members of the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club at Flanders’ Botany Trail for a series of wildflower walks guaranteed to immerse you in spring wildflowers, color, and native plants.
Dates/Times:Sundays, May 3, 10, and 17 / 2 PM
Cost:Free and open to the public.
Location:Meet near the Sugar House on Church Hill Road, ¼ mile from the intersection of Flanders and Church Hill Roads.

“Give Local” Campaign

For Adults
We are participating in Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills – a 36 hour online giving event organized by the Connecticut Community Foundation. We will be eligible for matches and prizes with every donation of $10 or more made during the time period of 7AM on Tuesday, May 5th to 7PM on Wednesday, May 6th. Donations made will go to support our land trust and nature center and towards our goal of transforming Flanders into a comprehensive Outdoor Science & Learning Center with updated science-based curriculums, programs that touch all ages and serves a wider region, facilities that enhance our teaching and programs, and long-term support for our all-important Land Acquisition and Stewardship activities. There will be a live link for making donations on our website and Facebook page on May 5 & 6 only. We look forward to your help and a great 36 hours! For more information on the “Give Local” campaign click here.
Dates/Times:7AM on Tuesday, May 5 to 7PM on Wednesday, May 6
Cost:Minimum donation $10, all gifts gratefully accepted.
Location:Online at Connecticut Community Foundation and on Facebook

Drawing People with Marc Chabot

For Adults
Artist and Flanders’ Curator Marc Chabot teaches two, two-class art programs where we will 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 unique opportunity to develop your skill and talent.
Dates/Times:Wednesdays, May 6 & 13, 20 & 27 / 7 PMbr /> Cost: $50 Members / $65 Non members. Sign up for both 2-class programs for $90 members / $120 Non members. Class I is May 6 & 13; class II is May 20 & 27.
Location:The Studio To register online, please click here. for members and here for nonmmembers.

Natalie Van Vleck Art Exhibit

For All
Enjoy a very special exhibit that celebrates the life and art of Natalie Van Vleck: artist, environmentalist, entrepreneur, farmer, and founder of Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust.
Date/Time:Saturday, May 9 – Sunday, May 17 / 12 PM - 5 PM; Reception, Saturday, May 9 / 3-6 PM. There will be a Gallery Talk on Natalie Van Vleck's Art, 7 pm, Thursday, May 14, by Flanders Curator, Marc Chabot.
Location:Woodbury Old Town Hall

Plein Air Painting!

For All
Complementing the Life and Art of Natalie Van Vleck exhibit, Flanders opens its grounds to host plein air (open air) painters. Capture the spirit of the sanctuary and enjoy the outdoors.
Date/Time:Saturday, May 9 / Dawn to Dusk
Location:Van Vleck Sanctuary, Woodbury, CT

Farm Day Celebration

For All
Capturing the sights, sounds, and smells of a real New England Farm, Flanders’ Farm Day is an annual favorite for families. Again this year there will be great food, live music and lots of family-friendly entertainment that will take place on the grounds throughout the day. Come celebrate the great outdoors and get a taste of the farming life! The event will be held rain or shine.
Date/Time:Saturday, May 16 / 10 AM - 4 PM
Location: Van Vleck Farm and Nature Sanctuary
Cost: $5 per person; children under 2 years old are free.

Spring Edibles

For All
Just in time for spring, The 3 Foragers join us to look for delicious outdoor edibles. Come hunt and learn how to identify some of the wild edible plants that may grow in our own yards. We’ll enjoy an indoor program and then go outside to hunt!
Date/Time:Sunday, May 17 / 1 PM
Location: Sugar House
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members. To register online, please click here.

Flanders Focus: Creating a Bee Garden

For All
Landscape Architect Lisa Turoczi, owner of Earth Tones Native Plants Nursery and Landscapes, guides us through the decision-making process of creating a sustainable garden for the health of bees and other pollinators, and the appreciation of people! We’ll learn which plants are best for our landscape conditions.
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 19 / 7 PM
Location: Studio
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non members To register online, please click here.

History Bites: The Legacy of Natalie Van Vleck

Flanders is pleased to take part in the History Bites series this year with a wonderful, original presentation by Naturalist Edward Boisits, Ph.D. on The Legacy of Natalie Van Vleck.
Date/Time: Thursday, May 21/ 12 PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: Free; donations welcome.

Tai Chi and Chi Gung

Flanders hosts New Zealand native and Master of Tai Chi and Chi Gung Edward Ware with Tai Chi Instructor and Woodbury native Lynn Mayo in a talk, demonstration and Q&A on Tai Chi and Chi Gung. Participants will also learn basic movements designed to promote health and longevity. Weather permitting, the presentation will include an outdoor component.
Date/Time: Saturday, May 30 / 2-3 PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $20 Members / $25 Non Members To register online, please click here.

Flanders Focus: Reptiles & Amphibians!

For All
Join UCONN’s Susan Herrick, Ph.D. as she presents an information-filled program on Connecticut reptiles and amphibians. We’ll look for some live animals on Flanders properties to view and safely release after a well-illustrated slide presentation indoors.
Date/Time: Saturday, May 30 / 2 PM
Location: The Sugar House
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members To register online, please click here.

Nature as Healer with Marlow Shami

Discover how nature can guide, calm, inform, and restore you with teacher, artist, and writer Marlow Shami, M.S. sharing how and why the natural world can help us achieve these goals in a technology-driven world. Marlow’s program consists of an indoor presentation of beautiful and compelling images, guided meditation, and outdoor activities.
Date/Time: Sunday, May 31 / 2-4 PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non members To register online, please click here.

Needle Felting

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. Bluebirds will be this month’s featured kit. People also have the option of choosing from a variety of available kits ranging in price from $10 to $35. (Save $5 if you bring your own needles and foam) Have your own needle felting project going? For $10 bring it to work on and receive guidance and support.
Date/Time: Thursday, May 21 /7 PM
Location: South Farmhouse
Cost: Varies from $10-$35 depending on kit chosen or bring your own project and receive guidance for $10


Sunset Hike | Saturday, June 6 | 7:30 PM | Meet Studio Parking Lot

Flanders Focus: American Kestrel | Tuesday, June 9 | 7 PM | Studio

Flanders Field & Forest 5K Run | Friday, June 12 | Van Vleck Sanctuary

Flanders Visits Great Mountain Forest | Saturday, June 13 | 10 AM

Tai Chi and Chi Gung | Saturday, June 13 | 2 PM | Studio

Managing Habitats for the Future | Thursday, June 25 | 7 PM


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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