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, June 1, 8, 15 / 7PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $100 Members / $150 Non- Members for class series To register click here.

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 beavers. 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, June 2 /7 PM CLASS FULL. Please call to sign up for next class being held on Thursday, July 14
Location: The Van Vleck House
Cost: Varies from $15-$35 depending on kit chosen or bring your own project and receive guidance for $10

The Birds, Wildlife and Farm Animals of Iceland

For All
Iceland is a noted birder’s paradise famous for its population of Atlantic puffins, ptarmigan, arctic terns, gyrfalcons and other birds found along Iceland’s coast. Reindeer, arctic fox, humpback whales and seals can frequently be seen while purebred Icelandic horses, sheep and goats can be found roaming the farmlands. Naturalists and photographers Barbara and Peter Rzasa will present a slide show of several Icelandic birds, wildlife and farm animals that can be found while traveling Iceland’s 832-mile long Ring Road. On display will be their own collection of Icelandic volcanic rocks and ash as well as guidebooks, literature and nature field guides. They will provide information and interesting stories, and a brief overview of Iceland and its natural history.
Dates/Times: Thursday, June 2 / 7 PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $10 members /$15 non-members

Guided Bird Hike at Whittemore Sanctuary

For All
Area naturalist Chris Wood , who has been an active birder most of his life will be holding a guided bird hike through the Whittemore Sanctuary in Woodbury. He will be providing insight on the 40 to 50 different species of birds that can be found there as well as sharing his knowledge about the history and usage of it that he has gained through the many hours he has spent hiking, birding and photographing the unique natural environment of the sanctuary. The hike will take approximately one and a half hours and is appropriate for all ages and skill levels. Participants should bring binoculars if they have them and meet at the parking lot. Heavy rain cancels the hike..
Dates/Times: Saturday, June 4/ 7AM
Location: The Whittemore Sanctuary Route 64/Woodbury
Cost: $5 members / $10 non-members

Flanders Field & Forest 5K Run Fundraiser

For All
Join the fun and register today for this scenic 5K trail run or walk through the picturesque Van Vleck Sanctuary. The event will begin and end at the Sugar House, where a festive post-race celebration will feature food trucks, beer and and live music provided by the popular local band, Root Six. All proceeds of the event will benefit Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust’s mission of environmental education and preservation and stewardship of open space.
Dates/Times: Friday, June 10 / 6 PM
Location: Sugar House Parking Lot
Cost: $35 per person for Runners/Walkers Race day registration $40 per person

Marvelous Mushrooms and Edible Plants

For All
The summer months are a bounty of ripe berries, nectar-laden edible flowers, amazing edible plants along the seashore, and mushrooms carpeting the forest floor. Flanders will be holding a program on these plants and mushrooms led by The 3 Foragers, a family from southeastern Connecticut who have been foraging wild foods and fungi, and blogging about their adventures, for over ten years. They are authors of “Adventures in Edible Plant Foraging: Finding, Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Native and Invasive Wild Plants”, and were featured in the March/April 2016 issue of Yankee Magazine. They will share their knowledge on the edible plants and fungi of summer with original photos and recipe ideas. Participants will learn how to sustainably harvest, and prepare the wild foods of summer. This will be followed by a short walk around the nature center where the group will hunt, identify, and determine the edibility of some of the plants and mushrooms found there. Children are welcome.
Dates/Times: Saturday, June 11 / 1 PM
Location: The Sugar House
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members.


Needle Felting | Thursday, July 14 | 7 PM | Van Vleck House

Flanders’ Faerie Fest | Saturday, July 16 | 10-3 | Van Vleck Sanctuary


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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