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.

April

The Beekeepers Workshop

Adults
This class will be a “hands on” assembly of a Langstroth bee hive. Participants will help to wire the frames and learn how to embed the pure bees wax foundation. In addition a discussion on suggested finishes for the hive and hive placement will be covered.
Date/Time:Sunday, April 6 / 3 PM
Location: The Sugar House
Cost: $12 members/ $17 non members. Materials will also be available for purchase to assemble a beehive in the same Langstroth style at the cost of $56. Material purchase is not required for class.
To download a flyer click here.

Composting Workshop

Adults
The benefits of composting are many, from reducing solid waste to producing a gardener’s “black gold”. Master Composter, Mary Jane Tynan, will be holding a workshop where she will be offering a comprehensive and in-depth look at compost and composting. Participants will learn about vermicomposting which utilizes Esenia fetida, a popular composting worm which efficiently eats household waste turning it into a valuable soil amendment.
Date/Time:Monday, April 7 / 7 PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $12 members/ $15 non members

Needle Felting Workshop

Adults
Rachel Gerowe of Redbarn Originals will lead a class on needle felting an an easy-to-learn craft that involves using a barbed needle to sculpt wool. In this class, students will be creating sculptures of rabbits.
Date/Time:April 11 /7- 9PM
Cost:$35 includes materials to make one rabbit in class and one at home; $30 for those bringing their own needles and foam.
Location:The Studio

Mozzarella Cheese Making Class

For All
Learn the step-by-step process for making homemade mozzarella cheese and join us for homemade cheese pizza.
Date/Time:Friday, April 11/ 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Cost:$12 members/ $17 non members
Location:South Farm House Kitchen
To download a flyer, click here.

Movie Viewing of “More Than Honey”

Adults
We invite the community to a viewing of the film, “More than Honey. The film focuses on the plight of the honey bee colonies of which millions over the past 15 years have been decimated for reasons still unknown, and how this impacts our food supply. The evening concludes with a question and answer period with a panel of experts Guests will learn more about honeybees, pollination, Colony Collapse Disorder, honeybee-related legislative activities, beekeeping information, and how to create pollinator friendly homes and landscapes.
Dates/Times: Saturday, April 12 / 7 PM
Cost:Cost: $5/ person donation suggested
Location: The Studio
To download a flyer click here.

For All

Bluebird Nest Box Building

For All
In this class you will learn all about Eastern Bluebirds and then build your own nest box to take home to help attract them to your yard!
Date/Time:Sunday, April 13/ 3 PM
Cost:$25 members/$30 non-members
LocationThe Sugar House
To download a flyer click here.

Knitting Workshops

For All
The last in a series of Sunday afternoon knitting “workshops” is being held on Sunday, May 4 from 2 to 4PM at The Studio. All levels of knitters are invited and welcomed to bring a project, enjoy each other’s company and share ideas and experiences. For those new to knitting, information and instruction will be offered to get you started on this rewarding and creative hobby. Tea and cookies will be served.
Date/Time:Sunday, May 4 (note update) /2-4PM
Cost:A suggested donation of $5 per session
LocationThe Studio

Winter Hike and Hiking Group

For All
Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust has 2,000 acres of open space properties in our community and offers countless trails for hiking and witnessing natural beauty. We are looking for people interested in starting a hiking group. Whether you want to hike for better fitness, to lose weight, to make new friends or to connect to the natural world, come join Flanders naturalist Ms. Dianne to explore Flanders’ properties and hike together! Please call for more information on the hiking group or to register for the April hike.
Date/Time: Sunday, April 27 /2PM
Location The South Farm House
Cost: Free
To download a flyer click here.

“Owl Prowl”

For All
Our area has many resident owls. Join us for an “owl prowl” with naturalist Russ Naylor to learn facts and the history of the nocturnal winged wonder! Bring a flashlight for an evening hike and search for owls. Whoooo knows what we may find!
Date/Time: Sunday, April 27 /7PM
Location The Sugar House
Cost:$12 members/ $17 non-members
To download a flyer click here.

Ongoing

Flanders Bee-Ginnings Workshops

Adults
Flanders invites you to join our Bee-ginnings Bee School for hands on experience with honey bees. The Bee-ginning workshops promote the importance of pollinators and provide an opportunity for participants to learn all about keeping honey bees. Monthly meetings from January - November with Kevin Barry, an experienced local beekeeper who will offer educational opportunities to monitor hives during the entire season.
Friday, April 25 / 7PM Cost:$75 members/ $100 non-members covers all of the workshops for the year.
To download a flyer of the entire list of ongoing workshops through November 2014, click here.

Flanders Land Management Committee Seeking Volunteers!

For All
The Land Trust side of Flanders' mission involves the stewardship/management of roughly 2000 acres made up of 50 properties of protected open space, with six of the larger parcels having trail systems. Our small, but dedicated group is in real need of volunteers who would like to be a part of supporting this mission in some way!

The tasks we need help with are varied, from walking and/or working in the woods to less physically demanding ones which might include the organizing of education and recreation programs, or helping with the paperwork that goes along with the management of our protected lands. Whether it is a few hours or several hours that you are able to commit to we can use you and will have no problem tailoring tasks to your interests and talents! Having more committed volunteers will make a real impact in what we are able to accomplish and we are certain that you will find it rewarding and fun as well. Please contact Land Management Committee Chair Geoff Whan to talk more about how you and your family might be able to help! gwhan@charter.net.

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

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.
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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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