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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Bee-Ginnings, Level II

For Adults
Flanders continues its popular Beekeeping course with Level II, 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.
Dates/Times:Mondays, April 6, 13, 20, 27 / 7-9 PM
Cost:Adults $75 Members/ $100 Non Members
Location:The StudioTo register online, please click here for members and here for non-members.

Faces of Owl: The Saw-whet Close-up

For All
Raptor Expert Larry Fischer returns with a well-illustrated presentation of eastern North America’s smallest and most secretive owl: the Saw-whet Owl. Exclusive slides will show the features and detailed facial characteristics of the Saw-whet owl along with a discussion of the owl, its habitat, and range.
Dates/Times:Thursday, April 9 / 7 PM
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members
Location:The Studio. To register online please click here.

Emerald Ash Borer and Ash Trees: Preserve or Remove?

For All
With a confirmed presence in every Connecticut county, the dreaded Emerald Ash Borer is here to stay. What does this mean for our ash trees? Flanders hosts Entomologist Katherine Dugas of CT Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) in a presentation on the nature of the Emerald Ash Borer with options for property owners to consider before making decisions to remove or treat trees. Find out what our options are and how to make informed decisions for our own trees!
Dates/Times:Thursday, April 16/ 7 PM
Cost:$10 Members/ $15 Non Members
Location:The Studio To register online, please click here.

Walking Stick Carving Event

For All
Flanders hosts the Connecticut Woodcarvers Association in an extensive demonstration of woodcarving sculpture, walking sticks, and more! Meet award-winning carvers willing to help new participants learn the art of woodcarving by demonstrating techniques, tips, and styles of walking sticks. This program is best suited for adults and older children although well-supervised younger children are also very welcome.
Date/Time: Sunday, April 19 / 10AM to 4PM
Location: Sugar House, Church Hill Road, 1/4 mile from the intersection of Flanders and Church Hill Roads.
Cost:$5 Members / $10 Non members To register online, please click here.

Earth Day Hike

For All
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with fresh air, camaraderie, and exercise in a lovely Flanders environment? Join us on a hike that day led by Naturalist Edward Boisits, Ph.D. through the beautiful and historic Van Vleck Sanctuary while searching for signs of spring. This walk is suitable for all ages and hiking levels.
Date/Time:Wednesday, April 22/ 9:30AM
Location: The Studio Parking Lot
Cost: Free. To register online, please click here.

Chimney Swifts!

For All
Join DEEP’s Shannon Kearney-McGee as she presents a program detailing the nature of this slender, tiny insect eating bird whose presence is rapidly declining. Shannon discusses possible reasons for the birds’ decline and explains simple ways we can get involved in chimney swift conservation.
Date/Time: Thursday, April 23/ 7 PM
Location: Studio
Cost: Free and open to the public. To register online, please click here

Flanders Flash Vernal Pool Search

For All
Come discover Flanders' vernal pools and amphibian breeding places! Winter held on far too long to pre-plan in advance for this event, but we hear the frogs now, so let's go! Vernal pools are fishless ephemeral spring ponds that form in the forest. By mid-summer they are gone! Vernal pools are essential to many amphibians and other aquatic creatures like fairy shrimp. During this program, Naturalist Edward Boisits will discuss the importance of vernal pools. Then, we'll head into the night to try to get a glimpse of some pools and see what their nocturnal inhabitants are up to!
Date/Time: Thursday, April 24/ 8 - 10 PM
Location: Sugar House
Cost: Free and opent to the public. To register online, please click here

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. Frogs 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, April 23 /7 PM
Location: South Farmhouse
Cost: Varies from $10-$35 depending on kit chosen or bring your own project and receive guidance for $10


Natalie Van Vleck Art Show | Saturday through Tuesday, May 9-12 | Old Woodbury Town Hall

Wildflower Walks | Sundays, May 3, May 10, May 17 | 2 PM | Near Sugar House

Farm Day| Saturday, May 16| 10-4 | Van Vleck Sanctuary

Spring Edibles | Sunday, May 17 | 1 PM | The Studio

Nature as Healer| Sunday, May 31| 2 PM | Sugar House

Sunset Hike | Saturday, June 6 | 7:30 PM | Meet Studio Parking Lot

Flanders Focus: American Kestrel | Tuesday, June 9 | 7 PM | Studio

Flanders “ Field & Forest 5K “ Trail Run Event| Friday, June 12 | 6 PM | Sugar House

Flanders Visits Great Mountain Forest | Saturday, June 13 | 10 AM


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.
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.


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