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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Annual Pancake Breakfast

For All
The menu features all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausages, coffee, orange juice and of course real maple syrup! Local merchants New Morning Market and Daly Express Mart of Woodbury, Southbury Stop and Shop have made donations to help underwrite costs and all proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Flanders’ education programs so bring the family and enjoy all you can eat pancakes and sausages with all the fixings!
Dates/Times:Sunday, March 1 / 8AM to Noon
Cost:Adults $7/ Ages 5 – 11 $5/ Children under 5 free
Location:The Woodbury Firehouse, Quassuk Road, Woodbury

Maple Syrup Demonstrations

For All
Everyone is welcome to drop by as Flanders staff and volunteers will demonstrate turning sap into syrup with an entertaining mix of science, stories and humor.
Dates/Times:Saturdays and Sundays, March 7- March 22 / 1-4 PM
Cost:$3/ person donation suggested with all proceeds going to support Flanders’ future maple sugar programming.
Location:The Sugar House

Bee-Ginnings, Level I

For Adults
Flanders offers a new introductory beekeeping course with Emeritus Professor in UCONN’s Biology Department and noted Beekeeper Al Avitabile. This program will consist of 3 classes and 2 field trips introducing participants to the art and science of beekeeping. Please pre-register.
Dates/Times:Classes on Mondays, March 9, 16, 23 / 7-9 PM; Field Trips: Saturdays, April 18, May 2 / 10 AM
Cost:Adults $75 Members/ $100 Non Members
Location:The Studio; Field Trip locations to be determined To register online, please click here for members and here for non-members.

The Owls of Western Connecticut

For All
Join raptor expert Larry Fischer for a detailed look at local owls found west of the Connecticut River. This program, illustrated with slides of owls and owlets, focuses on the species that breed in our backyards and nearby woodlots. Improve species identification skills while learning about habitat, populations, nesting preferences, and how to encourage species to nest where they can be observed.
Dates/Times:Tuesday, March 10/ 7 PM
Cost:$10 Members/ $15 Non Members
Location:The Studio To register online, please 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. Curly sheep 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, March 12 /7 PM
Location: South Farmhouse
Cost: Varies from $10-$35 depending on kit chosen or bring your own project and receive guidance for $10

Eastern Bluebirds

For All
Join Naturalist Edward Boisits for a lively presentation on the Eastern Bluebird and Flanders’ nesting box trail at the Van Vleck Sanctuary. Edward will provide background on the history of this special bird and discuss the role of the Eastern Bluebird nesting box initiative in helping to increase populations to sustainable levels. Come discover what we can do to help.
Date/Time: Saturday, March 15/ 2 PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $10 Members/ $15 Non Members To register online, please click here for members and here for non-members.

Winter Horticulture Walk

For All
Join Horticulturist and Diagnostician Rose Hiskes as we take a winter walk at Van Vleck Sanctuary and look for clues pointing to plant and/or insect diseases. Suitable for all hiking levels.
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 25/ 10 AM
Location: Studio Parking Lot on the corner of Flanders and Church Hill Roads
Cost: Free and open to the public, but please pre-register! To register online, please click here

Bee-Ginnings, Level II

For Adults
Flanders is pleased to introduce a Level II Beekeeping course, the second part of our Bee-Ginnings Level I course. Taught by Emeritus Professor in UCONN’s Biology Department and noted Beekeeper Al Avitabile, this course consists of 5 classes and will cover the book, The Biology of the Honey Bee by Mark L. Winston. This is an in-depth course which will build on each subsequent class so that participants will learn more about the honey bees in their care. Please obtain the book (available new and used at various online and physical bookstores) and read the first three chapters for the first class.
Dates/Times:Mondays, March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27 / 7-9 PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $75 Members/ $100 Non Members To register online, please click here for members and here for non-members.

Flanders Annual Meeting

For Adults Date/Time:Tuesday, March 31 / 6:30 PM
Location: Pearson Room/ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 294 Main St South, Woodbury
Keynote Speaker: Amy Blaymore Paterson, esquire, Executive Director; Connecticut Land Conservation Council

Maple Sugaring Season Volunteer Opportunities

Maple sugaring time, a New England tradition has begun at Flanders with the tapping of over 300 hundred trees here at the Nature Center and around town. Now the work of collecting the sap from the tree buckets and boiling down this sap has begun. We would welcome anyone who is interested in giving a hand with these tasks to contact us at 203-263-3711 Ext 10 to let us know when they are available to help. No experience is needed and all ages and families are welcome to come to help out!
Dates/Times: Maple Sugaring Season. Now through March
Location: Flanders Sugar House
Cost: Volunteers Welcome!


Needlefelting Classes | Thursday, April 23 | 7PM | South Farm House

Chimney Swifts! The Avian Kind | Thursday, April 23 | 7 PM | Studio

Botany Walk | Sunday, April 26 | 2 PM | Sugar House


Volunteers Needed For Our Annual Auction!

Flanders fall auction event will be held this year on Saturday, October 3rd. Volunteers are needed to brainstorm ideas, coordinate logistics, secure donations, decorate, or generally lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2015 event. It is the largest fundraiser that Flanders holds during the year and vital in generating the funds needed to further the mission of preserving open space and educate people in the importance of the natural world around us. The auction committee welcomes anyone who might have some time and talent to give in their area of interest to help support this year’s event. Volunteering for it can be a way of making a difference to Flanders, creating new connections with others who feel the same, all while having some fun! Anyone interested in helping out this year is asked to call 203-263-3711 Ext 10 or email

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 world -wide. At Flanders, the letterboxing clues include educational comments about the natural world.
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 letter box on each trail will contain a letter. There are eight trails in the “Launching Series” posted in Summer 2014. Each one of these trails has a letter box with one of the following letters: F, L, A, N, D, E, R or S. There are four letterboxing trails in the “Take a Hike Series” which will be posted in winter 2015. A third series of letterboxes will be written beginning spring 2015. Each letterboxing trail will have one letter stamp. Clue sheets will be published as soon as each series is completed.
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. They 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 ">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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