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.
Flanders Bee-ginnings Workshops
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 February - December with Kevin Barry, an experienced local beekeeper will offer educational opportunities to monitor hives during the entire season.
Spring Wildflower Walks
Firefly Theater Informational Meeting for Volunteers
Calling all volunteers! On July 12, Flanders will present their first “Firefly Theater” production of The Native American story of the “star creation” as retold in the words of Samantha Dunbar. Volunteers are needed for all facets of the production: storytelling, acting, dance, puppets, music, props and scenery. Drama, art, dance, and music teachers are encouraged to get involved. If you cannot attend the meeting, call (203) 263-3711, x 12 to volunteer.
The Edible Ornamental Garden
A production vegetable garden can be a feast for the eyes when attention is paid to design, color, interesting structures and plants’ ornamental qualities. Garden photographer and writer Karen Bussolini’s inspiring presentation shows many inventive ways to tuck edibles into flower beds, use herbs and fruit trees as landscape plants, and assemble colorful edible container gardens to create biodiverse yards humming with life and good things to eat.
Bird Walks in May
Have fun exploring our local natural habitats to learn about birds in our area and improve your identification skills. Binoculars and field guides are encouraged and all levels of birders are welcome.
Three Season Gardening with Eric Frisk
Enjoy fresh vegetables from your garden from very early spring through the last days of fall by Following Eric Frisk’s tips for three season gardening. You will learn plant selection, rotation and the use of cold frames and crop protection techniques to extend your yield by several months. Eric has served as “Garden Guardian” of Drew Park’s community garden in Fairfield for 15 years sharing his passion and expertise with community gardeners and producing food for the food pantry. The gardens have just been named the first All-American Selections Display Garden in Connecticut.
Flanders Film Series – The Future of Food
The Future of Food has won numerous awards and has been shown globally at conferences such as The Soil Association Convention in London, the Japanese Organic Farmer’s Convention, Dr Andrew Weil’s Nutrition and Health- State of the Science Conference and Slow Food’s “Terra Madre.” The film provides a thorough overview of controversial questions about Genetically Modified foods such as “What are the long-term effects on humans of consuming genetically engineered food, which is still largely unlabeled in the U.S.?” and “Can the crossbreeding of wild and genetically modified plants be controlled?” We are fortunate to have John Pittari, president of New Morning Market to lead a discussion following the film.
Third Annual Fiber Arts Exhibition and Sale
Held in conjunction with Farm Day and also on Sunday, May 19, the exhibit will feature fiber art handmade by local artists. Some of the categories featured are knitting, quilting, weaving, crochet, spinning and needle felting. All local fiber artists are encouraged to submit entries. Entry applications are due by May 13 and art must be submitted by May 17.
Full Moon Hike/Pot Luck
The full moon in May is known as the “Flower Moon.” Please join us for a fun potluck dinner inside the cozy Sugar House, followed by a hike in the moonlight on the beautiful trails at Flanders. Please bring a home-cooked dish that serves 4 to 6 people, comfortable shoes and a flashlight.
Needle Felting with Rachel Gerowe
Learn to make a 3-D sculpture of fairies or elves out of wool using needle felting, an easy to learn technique. To register, call (203) 263-3711.
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust Hike & Tour | Geoff Whan & Nancy Bailey
Celebrate Connecticut Trails Day Weekend 2013 at Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust during our 50th year. We’ll hike the Van
Vleck Sanctuary plus talk about other beautiful trails including the Botany Trail. We will learn about why this 200+ acres
preserve was so cherished by foundress Natalie Van Vleck, who lived and worked here in the 1900’s.
The Pitmen Painters Preview Talks by Marc Chabot and Marija McCarthy Dramatization of a scene from the play, & wine and cheese reception
You are invited to what promises to be an entertaining and enjoyable Preview for The Pitmen Painters, a play at The Gary–The Olivia Theater at The Abbey of Regina Laudis from June 14 through 23. The play is an inspirational story about a group of miners in Northern England who enroll in an art class and become a briefly celebrated group of painters in the 1930s and 40s.
The fascinating play asks the question: what is art, and does it enhance our lives in some way? The Preview will commence with a social time with wine and cheese, and will include a talk by Flanders Curator and artist Marc Chabot, a dramatization by several actors in character from the play, and remarks by life-long painter and educator Marija McCarthy.
Herbal Preparations Seminar | Dr. Zampieron ND., M.H. and Ellen Kamhi, PH.D., R.N., H.N.C
Join Dr. Eugene Zampieron, N.D. and Dr. Ellen Kamhi PhD RN, authors of the Natural Medicine Chest for an Herb Walk & Herbal
Medicine Making workshop. Learn to identify edible and medicinal botanicals on our herb walk led by professional herbalists.
You will also leave with herbal preparations made in the seminar, plus the knowledge and confidence necessary to make your
own herbal salves, tinctures, and cough medicine at home. A light herbal luncheon is included. Registration is limited to 20
Full Moon Hike/Pot Luck
The full moon in June is known as the ‘Strawberry Moon’. Please join us for a fun potluck dinner inside the cozy Sugar House,
followed by a full moon hike on the beautiful trails at Flanders. Please bring a small home-cooked dish that serves
approximately 4-6 people, comfortable shoes, and a flashlight.
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