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.


“Drawing People” Art Session Series

Learn to draw faces and features in graphite with inspiration from accomplished artist Marc Chabot. This ongoing Wednesday night series will be held into November. Each two class session is packed with practical advice, helpful tips, and fundamental techniques essential to artists of all skill levels. Students will learn the processes of drawing the human head and clothed figure in a variety of poses. Marc will share his knowledge about underlying anatomy and natural variations in shape, texture, and proportion, as well as basic information about drawing tools and pencil techniques. People are welcome to sign up for one or more of the sessions. Basic art supplies will be needed and preregistration is required.
Dates/Times:October 1 & 8; October 15 & 22; October 29 & November 5, and November 12& 19.
Cost:$50 for Flanders Members/ $65 for Non Members for each two class session
Location: The Studio
To register online click here for members and here for non-members.

Auction Art Exhibit at Clapp & Tuttle Gallery

Artwork that has been donated by area artists for the live auction at Flanders Annual Fall Auction, can be viewed at Clapp & Tuttle Fine Art and Framing Gallery from October 2 through 17. They include paintings by Edward Spaulding DeVoe, Tom Adkins, Melody Asbury and Zufar Bikbov. Other donated artwork includes a stoneware vessel by Robin Johnson, ceramic horse by Louise King, and wooden vessel by Peter Petrochko.
Dates/Times:October 2- 17/Gallery Hours: Tues. – Fri. 9:30 to 5:30 pm and Sat. 9:30 to 4 pm
Location: Clapp & Tuttle Gallery; 742 Main Street South, Woodbury

Auction Art Exhibit at Fine Line Art Gallery

Located on the historical Main Street of Woodbury in the warm, inviting environment of a former 19th century residence, the Fine Line Art Gallery is a cooperative art gallery that has showcased the work of a talented group of Connecticut artisans for over 20 years. This year each painter at Fine Line Art Gallery has donated a painting to Flanders to include in the silent auction portion of their annual fall event. These paintings can be viewed at their gallery through October 9th
Dates/Times:Through October 9/Gallery Hours. Gallery is open Thursday- Sunday 11AM to 4PM
Location:Fine Line Art Gallery ; 319 Main Street South, Woodbury

Gentle Yoga Classes

Smoothly transition into a new season with Flanders 4 Thursdays Gentle Yoga Series! Improve balance and flexibility while releasing stress and renewing energy all in a refreshing one hour class located in Natalie Van Vleck’s historic art studio. Janine Mangiamele, a Certified Yoga Instructor, who brings over 25 years of experience will be leading the class. Modifications are given throughout each class so all yoga levels and ages are welcome. Students are encouraged to wear clothing layers and bring their own yoga mat.
Dates/Times:Thursdays; October 2, 9, 16, 23 / 10-11 AM
Cost:$15 per class/ $55 series for Flanders Members ; $18 per class/$70 series for non members
Location:The Studio

Outdoor Painting/Sketching

For All
Pomperaug Outdoor Painters will host a painting/sketching event at the Flanders campus. The event is free and open to artists of all skill levels to come and sketch or paint for the day—no instruction provided. Young painters welcome with a parent. Participants should bring an easel and art supplies, water, bug spray, and sack lunch. Rain cancels. For more information on this event please call or email: Ellie Boyd, 203-233-0038,
Dates/Times:Saturday, October 4/ 9AM-4PM
Location:The Studio

Fascinating Fungi

For All
What are those weird things that pop up in the woods after the rain? Are you mystified by wild mushrooms? Curious? Scared? Do they make you hungry? Join a foraging family who hunt, photograph, identify, and love to eat the fungi in New England for a discussion and walk focused on mushroom identification for beginners. Dispel myths, learn how to safely identify mushrooms, and discuss mycophagy, the cooking and eating of wild mushrooms. “The 3 Foragers” are a family from southeast Connecticut and members of the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society, Connecticut-Westchester Mycological Association, and the North American Mycological Association, as well as avid wild food foragers.
Dates/Times:Sunday, October 5 /3 PM
Cost:$10 members/ $15 for non- members
Location:The Sugar House
To register online click here for members and here for non-members.

Mysterious Mosses and Beautiful Bryophytes

For All
Flanders welcomes UCONN Ph.D. candidate Lily Lewis for a talk and walk focusing on mosses and other bryophytes. Bryophytes include the world of mosses and liverworts, small creatures which can have a big impact on our understanding of the natural world. Come find out how & why! After a brief talk, the group will take a light hike on Flanders trails in search of mosses and bryophytes. Hand lenses and appropriate literature will be available for the workshop, and notebooks are recommended for taking drawings and notes.
Dates/Times:Saturday, Oct 11/10AM
Cost:$5 members/ $8 for non- members
Location:The Sugar House
To register online click here for members and here for non-members.

Trees and Shrubs

For All
What kind of tree IS that? In a special fall program that has participants rambling along the quiet country trails of Flanders looking at beautiful fall foliage and learning more about the native trees and shrubs surrounding the center, that question and others will be answered when Flanders welcomes professional Forester Nancy Marek. During the brief pre-hike talk, a series of tree samples will be featured followed by a light hike appropriate for all ages.
Dates/Times:Sunday, October 12 /1 PM
Cost:$5 members/ $8 for non- members
Location:The Sugar House
To register online click here for members and here for non-members.

Flanders “Fun Day”

For Kids
Area kids in grades kindergarten through 5th off from school for the Columbus Day holiday are invited to come to Flanders for a “Flanders Fun Day” of exploring the great outdoors, farm and nature. The theme for the day will be “Happy Harvest Farming Fun”. Kids will take a hayride to enjoy the fall foliage, visit the farm animals and pick a pumpkin to decorate. They will take a hike to collect colorful leaves for a craft project and then create their own pumpkin treats to eat in the Flanders farmhouse kitchen!
Dates/Times:Monday, October 13/ 9AM-3PM Before and after care also available at $7 /hour
Cost:$35 members/ $45 for non members
Location:The Trail House

Buy Your Tickets Now for Flanders Auction 2014!

For Adults
Flanders will host its annual fall fundraising auction this year on Saturday evening, October 18th, at the Southbury Crowne Plaza Hotel. Legendary for its many diverse offerings in the silent and live auction part of the program, this year’s event will also feature a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, delicious family style dinner, music and dancing. The live auction will feature artwork from this year’s headliner artist Edward DeVoe, who has donated his piece entitled, “View from Behind the Studio”, as well as the work of other noted regional artists. Up for bidding will also be more than 100 unique items including trips and tickets, home and garden items, dinners, gift certificates and one-of-a-kind experiences. Tickets are available at $85 person. All proceeds from the event will benefit the environmental education and land preservation programs of Flanders. To purchase tickets call 203-263-3711 Ext. 11 or click here.
Dates/Times:Saturday, October 18 / 5:30PM
Cost:$85/ person; Discount for ten or more Click here for more info!
Location:Southbury Crowne Plaza Hotel

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. Featured kit this month is a bat. A variety of other kits will also be available for purchase. Have your own needle felting project going? For $10 bring it to class and receive guidance and support on it.
Dates/Times:Thursday, October 23 /7 PM
Cost:Varies from $15-$35 depending on kit chosen or bring your own project and receive guidance for $10
Location:South Farmhouse

Amphibians Program

For All
What’s going on with Connecticut’s frogs, newts, salamanders and efts? How are changes in the environment affecting them? What is the forecast for the future? Can we help? Flanders welcomes UCONN Professor Susan Herrick for a talk and walk focusing on our amphibian friends. The program will cover amphibian species in Connecticut and their historical New England distribution. After discussing what environmental conditions impact amphibian survival, we will look at what is happening now, what has changed over time, and what the future might hold for them.
Dates/Times:Saturday, October 25 /11AM
Cost:$5 members/ $8 for non- members
Location:The Studio
To register online click here for members and here for non-members.


Flanders Letterbox Series

For All
Flanders has “planted” a series of Letterboxes on several of 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. 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 of the letterboxes on each trail will contain a rubber stamp for a letter: F, L, A, N, D, E, R, or S. Anyone who stamps all eight letters in their passport has the right to sign their name to a poster displayed at the Flanders offices which denotes them as a successful Flanders letterboxer and they will then receive a small prize. As an extra incentive, any adult who attends Flanders’ Fall Fundraiser Auction on Saturday October 18th and brings their children’s and/ or their own passport will be entered into a special auction raffle. Each Flanders letter stamped on the passport will be worth one raffle ticket and those with all eight letters will also receive a bonus of twenty extra.
For More Information on letterboxing click here.

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 January - November with Kevin Barry, an experienced local beekeeper who will offer educational opportunities to monitor hives during the entire season.
Date/Time:Sunday, October 19 / 3PM
Focus:This month’s workshop will cover winter management, ventilation, cleansing flights and upper entrances, mice guards, winter inspections winter diseases and treatments. It will also be an overview of the year and planning for the spring season.
Location:Bee Yard on Flanders Road
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.

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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