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.


“Art For Lunch”

Flanders invites artists of all levels to join us in hosting accomplished artist Angelo Perrone for a “visual feast” of painting landscape painting at lunchtime. Please bring watercolor paper, small acrylic paint set, brushes (including small fan brush), and inspirational photo.
Dates/Times:November 5 & 12/ 12:30PM
Cost:$50 for Flanders Members/ $65 for Non Members for the two class session
Location: The Studio
To register online click here for members and here for non-members.

Gentle Yoga Classes

Improve balance and flexibility while reducing stress with Certified Yoga Instructor Janine Mangiamele. All levels and ages welcome; modifications given. Wear layers and bring your yoga mat to these refreshing one hour classes!
Dates/Times:Thursdays; November 6, 13, 20 / 10 AM
Cost: $15 per class Members / $20 per class Non Members
Location:The Studio

Winter Birds

For All
Flanders focuses on the birds of winter. Who will stay and who has migrated? What are their habits, habitat and food needs? Where can we view them? Join host Margaret Robbins of Wild Birds Unlimited in Brookfield for an information-packed discussion on birds and how best to foster them through the winter months. Raffle to follow discussion.
Dates/Times:Sunday, November 9 / 2 PM
Cost:$10 Members/ $15 Non Members
Location:Sugar House
To register online click here for members and here for non-members.

“Thanksgiving Basket” Workshop

For All
Join Flanders in welcoming award-winning floral designer Judy Grabarz in creating a festive Thanksgiving basket for table or mantle. Judy will discuss the elements of basket design and lead each student to create their own arrangement using a selection of materials supplied such as gourds, mini pumpkins, flowers, berries and leaves.
Dates/Times:Wednesday November 12/ 10AM
Cost:$25 members / $30 nonmembers
Location:The Sugar House
To register online click here for members and here for non-members.

“Drawing People” Art Session Series

Learn to draw faces and features in graphite with inspiration from accomplished artist Marc Chabot. This two class session is packed with practical advice, helpful tips, and fundamental techniques essential to artists of all skill levels. Students will learn the processes of drawing the human head and clothed figure in a variety of poses. Marc will share his knowledge about underlying anatomy and natural variations in shape, texture, and proportion, as well as basic information about drawing tools and pencil techniques. Basic art supplies will be needed and preregistration is required.
Dates/Times:Wednesdays November 12& 19/ 7 PM
Cost:$50 for Flanders Members/ $65 for Non Members for each two class session
Location:The Studio
To register online click here for members and here for non-members.

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. The featured kit of the month is a “3-D” polar or black bear sculpture. 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 13 /7 PM
Cost:Varies from $15-$35 depending on kit chosen or bring your own project and receive guidance for $10
Location:South Farmhouse

“Thanks For Giving” Event

Flanders Supporters
Flanders has the absolute best people ever! We’d like to honor our volunteers, donors, and supporters with an evening of delicious pies, coffee, cider, and good conversation. All you need to bring is yourself! In this season of gratitude, Flanders is privileged to thank our wonderful volunteers for giving so generously throughout the year! RSVP by 11/3 to so we have enough pie!
Dates/Times:Thursday, November 13 / 7 PM
Location:The Sugar House


For All
Learn all about bears and how we can best co-exist with our furry friends with UCONN doctoral student Mike Evans whose focus of study is on bears and their interactions with people.
Dates/Times:Tuesday, November 18 / 7 PM
Cost:$10 Members/ $15 Non Members
Location:The Studio
To register online click here for members and here for non-members.

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 art studio 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 beeswax candles, 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 22 | 11AM-4PM
Location:The historic Natalie 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. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while you decorate your wreath and create a memory that will last a lifetime.
Dates/Times:Friday November 28, Saturday November 29, Sunday November 30| 1-3PM
Cost:$20 members/$30 non members per wreath made
Location:The Sugar House


Connecticut’s Native Bees | Thursday, Dec 4 | 7 PM | Studio

Woodbury History: Colonial Times to Today | Saturday, Jan 10 | 2 PM | Studio

Beekeeping Workshop Series | Starting Spring 2015


Flanders Letterbox Series

For All
Flanders has “planted” a series of Letterboxes on several of 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. Letterboxers follow a set of clues to find “boxes” that have been hidden along hiking trails. Those that plan to letterbox at Flanders will want the Flanders Passport. One of the letterboxes on each trail will contain a rubber stamp for a letter: F, L, A, N, D, E, R, or S. Anyone who stamps all eight letters in their passport has the right to sign their name to a poster displayed at the Flanders offices which denotes them as a successful Flanders letterboxer and they will then receive a small prize. For More Information on letterboxing Click Here (Please link to Letterbox page)
For More Information on letterboxing click here.

Flanders Bee-Ginnings Workshops

November is the last session of our Bee-ginnings Bee School for this year which has offered hands on experience with honey bees. The Bee-ginning workshops promoted the importance of pollinators and provided an opportunity for participants to learn all about keeping honey bees. Monthly meetings were held with Kevin Barry, an experienced local beekeeper. Watch for a new series to start in Spring 2015.
Date/Time:Sunday, November 16 / 3PM
Focus:At this month’s workshop students will learn how to make candles with their bees wax.
Location:The Studio
Cost:$75 members/ $100 non-members covers all of the workshops for the year.

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 ">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.
To download a flyer of the current calendar of adult events, click here.


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