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.


Flanders Artisan Marketplace

For All
Looking for one of a kind distinctive gifts that will truly be appreciated by the special people on your shopping list? Decked out in festive style, the historic Van Vleck house is the setting for our 3rd annual “Artisan Marketplace”. You will find a wide variety of quality creations handmade by local crafters and artisans including quilts, wreaths and greens, jewelry and pottery, soy candles, baby and pet items , handmade doll clothes, artisan chocolates, as well as scarfs and mittens hand knitted using wool from Flanders own sheep! Proceeds benefit local artisans and Flanders land conservation and educational programs.
Dates/Times:Each Sat and Sun through December 21 | 11AM-4PM
Location:The Van Vleck house, corner of Flanders and Church Hill Roads

Connecticut’s Native Bees

For All
What can we do about the plight of our bees? What are the issues? Is our pesticide use a factor? Flanders is hosting Dr. Kimberly Stoner of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station for a discussion covering the continuing losses of honey bees and bumble bees, the diversity of our native bees, what we know about the effects of pesticides on bees, and suggestions on what we can all do to help.
Dates/Times:Thursday, December 4 / 7 PM
Cost:$10 Members/ $15 Non Members
Location:The Studio
To register online, please click here for members and here for non-members.

Wreath Making Workshops

For All
Enjoy an afternoon together as a family by taking a hike to gather evergreens and then learning how to use them to make a wreath to decorate your door or to give to family members or friends. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while you decorate your wreath and create a memory that will last a lifetime.
Dates/Times:Saturday December 6th & Sunday December 7 | 1-3PM
Cost:$20 members/$30 non members per wreath made
Location:The Sugar House To register online for December 6, please click here for members and here for non-members.For December 7, please click here for members and here for non-members.

Reservoir Walk

For All
Flanders and the Reservoir Task Force have teamed up to offer a scenic reservoir walk. This is a light hike with discussion of the environmental highlights of the reservoir property off of Old Sherman Hill Road in Woodbury. The hike is appropriate for all ages and levels.
Dates/Times:Sunday, December 7 / 1PM
Cost:Free and Open to the Public
Location:Meet in parking lot of Carmen Anthony’s Restaurant to carpool to property.

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. The featured kit of the month are cardinal and chickadees. 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, December 18 /7 PM
Cost:Varies from $15-$35 depending on kit chosen or bring your own project and receive guidance for $10
Location:South Farmhouse


2015 “Energy Reset” Day | Tuesday Jan 6|AM|New Morning & Flanders Van Vleck Sanctuary

Woodbury History: Colonial Times to Today | Saturday, Jan 10 | 2 PM | Studio

What Every Homeowner Should Know About Wetlands | Saturday, Jan 29|7PM|Studio

Beekeeping Workshop Series | Starting Spring 2015

NOTE: Flanders offices will be closed December 24 to January 2 for the holidays. Wishing everyone a very bright and happy New Year!


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. For More Information on letterboxing Click Here (Please link to Letterbox page)
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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