May

Flanders Focus: Art with Family & Friends

For All
Experience the fun of painting with family and/or friends and enjoy seeing new perspectives by painting the same subject with your own unique twist. Artist Kate Gorham, owner of The Golden Button, will guide participants as they create a unique animal painting on canvas. No experience needed and everyone will take home a painting. Adults and supervised children over five (5) years old. Note: Acrylic paint will be used so please wear old clothes or bring a smock.
Dates/Times:Saturday, May 2 / 2-4 PM
Cost Per Day: $30 per person / Groups of 4 or more $25 each
Location:The Sudio. To register online please click here.

Wildflower Walks

For All
Welcome spring and join members of the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club at Flanders’ Botany Trail for a series of wildflower walks guaranteed to immerse you in spring wildflowers, color, and native plants.
Dates/Times:Sundays, May 3, 10, and 17 / 2 PM
Cost:Free and open to the public.
Location:Meet near the Sugar House on Church Hill Road, ¼ mile from the intersection of Flanders and Church Hill Roads.

NEW! “Farm School”

Kids
Flanders offers a new exciting program for young children with a caregiver where kids can be “a farmer for the day” visiting and helping feed the animals who make their home at the Flanders North Barn. Continuing one Friday each month the focus will be on a different farm animal In May kids will be learning about chickens. Momma hen has been sitting on her eggs for 21 days and the new chicks are adorable! You will get to gently hold them and feel the soft down feathers! Meet Mister Meanie the rooster…he certainly has something to crow about. We will learn about different breeds of chickens and how to take care of them. Our art project will have colorful feathers and your visit will be egg-citing!
Date/Time: Friday May 8 /9:30AM
Location: North Barn
Cost: $5 for Flanders members/ $10 non members. To register, click here

Natalie Van Vleck Art Exhibit

For All
Enjoy a very special exhibit that celebrates the life and art of Natalie Van Vleck: artist, environmentalist, entrepreneur, farmer, and founder of Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust.
Date/Time:Saturday, May 9 – Sunday, May 17 / 12 PM - 5 PM; Reception, Saturday, May 9 / 3-6 PM
Location:Woodbury Old Town Hall
Cost:Free

Plein Air Painting!

For All
Complementing the Life and Art of Natalie Van Vleck exhibit, Flanders opens its grounds to host plein air (open air) painters. Capture the spirit of the sanctuary and enjoy the outdoors.
Date/Time:Saturday, May 9 / Dawn to Dusk
Location:Van Vleck Sanctuary, Woodbury, CT
Cost:Free.

Farm Day Celebration

For All
Capturing the sights, sounds, and smells of a real New England Farm, Flanders’ Farm Day is an annual favorite for families. Again this year there will be great food, live music and lots of family-friendly entertainment that will take place on the grounds throughout the day. Come celebrate the great outdoors and get a taste of the farming life! The event will be held rain or shine.
Date/Time:Saturday, May 16 / 10 AM - 4 PM
Location: Van Vleck Farm and Nature Sanctuary
Cost: $5 per person; children under 2 years old are free.

Spring Edibles

For All
Just in time for spring, The 3 Foragers join us to look for delicious outdoor edibles. Come hunt and learn how to identify some of the wild edible plants that may grow in our own yards. We’ll enjoy an indoor program and then go outside to hunt!
Date/Time:Sunday, May 17 / 1 PM
Location: Sugar House
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members. To register online, please click here.

Flanders Focus: Creating a Bee Garden

For All
Landscape Architect Lisa Turoczi, owner of Earth Tones Native Plants Nursery and Landscapes, guides us through the decision-making process of creating a sustainable garden for the health of bees and other pollinators, and the appreciation of people! We’ll learn which plants are best for our landscape conditions.
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 19 / 7 PM
Location: Studio
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non members To register online, please click here.

Flanders Focus: Reptiles & Amphibians!

For All
Join UCONN’s Susan Herrick, Ph.D. as she presents an information-filled program on Connecticut reptiles and amphibians. We’ll look for some live animals on Flanders properties to view and safely release after a well-illustrated slide presentation indoors.
Date/Time: Saturday, May 30 / 2 PM
Location: The Sugar House
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members To register online, please click here.

SAVE THE DATES!

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 Run | Friday, June 12 | Van Vleck Sanctuary

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

Tai Chi and Chi Gung | Saturday, June 13 | 2 PM | Studio

Managing Habitats for the Future | Thursday, June 25 | 7 PM

Ongoing

REGISTER FOR FLANDERS YOUTH PROGRAMS!

Outdoor Rangers | For children ages 3 to 5
Mondays and Tuesdays/ 9-11:30 am or 12:30-3 pm. Trail House. Explore the forest, fields and ponds at Flanders 200-acre campus. Stories, hikes, crafts and games are all part of the fun, encouraging young children to learn about nature! Cost per class: $20 Call 203-263-3711 to register.

Be Smart With Art | For children ages 3 to 5
Wednesdays and Thursdays/ 9-11:30 am or 12:30-3 pm. Trail House. Discover the amazing world of art! Connecting science, nature and art, children get ready to paint and create a masterpiece. Cost per class: $20 Call 203-263-3711 to register

Flanders Story Time/For Young Children accompanied by an adult
Friday, May 22/ 9:30-10:30AM. Flanders invites you to join us at the Trail House for exciting story time adventures. Monthly topics are designed to encourage young children (and adults) to explore nature, discover art and learn about farming together. Live animal demonstrations, specimens to observe and touch, nature walks and crafts are all part of investigating the great outdoors. This month the theme will be all about frogs! Mom’s Groups, play dates and day cares welcome. Cost per session: Free for Flanders members/$5 nonmembers. Call 203-263-3711 to register so that we will have enough material for every child to participate.
To register online click here for members and here for non-members.

NEW! “Farm School” /For Young Children accompanied by an adult
Flanders offers a new exciting program for young children with a caregiver where Kids can be “a farmer for the day” visiting and helping feed the animals who make their home at the Flanders North Barn. Continuing one Friday each month the focus will be on a different farm animal. In May kids will be learning about chickens. Momma hen has been sitting on her eggs for 21 days and the new chicks are adorable! You will get to gently hold them and feel the soft down feathers! Meet Mister Meanie the rooster…he certainly has something to crow about. We will learn about different breeds of chickens and how to take care of them. Our art project will have colorful feathers and your visit will be egg-citing!
Date/Time: Friday, May 8 /9:30AM
Location: North Barn
Cost: $5 for Flanders members/ $10 non members. To register, click here.

Flanders’ Fabulous Summer Series 2015 Open for Registration! Save by registering before June 1!

For children ages 3 to 14
Do you want more than just a traditional “day camp” for your child this summer? Are you searching for a summer experience that will open your child’s eyes to the wonders of the natural world? Flanders ’ popular Summer Series is the answer. On a 200-acre campus of forest, field, farm and pond, children learn about nature, art, agriculture and ecology in a healthy and stimulating outdoor environment. You’ll want to enroll your child in the morning, lunchtime garden and afternoon sessions, all summer long for full days of Flanders fun! But hurry, summer sessions fill up quickly! To download the brochure, click here. Call 203-263-3711 or click here to register.

"WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS" AFTER SCHOOL For children ages 5 to 10
Wednesdays / 3:15 - 5:30 pm. Beat after school boredom and make Wednesdays their favorite day of the week! Flanders “Wonderful Wednesday” after school program will give your child the chance to explore Flanders' 200-acre campus, be active and have a blast all while connecting to science, nature, farming and art! Bus transportation to Flanders is available from Bethlehem and Mitchell Elementary Schools. Costs per class: Bethlehem students $15 & Mitchell Elementary school students $10; Extended care until 6PM available for an additional fee.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES AT FLANDERS!
We offer birthday parties on Saturdays or Sundays year round! Affordable and fun there are a variety of nature themed parties to choose from including animals and art to fairy fun. Hiking, games and stories, live animals and even tractor rides can all be made a part of the celebration! Call us for more information and to brainstorm what will make for an unforgettable party for your birthday child!

To register for any of the above programs please call 203-263-3711.

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 worldwide. 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 asked to sign their Trail Name on our poster of Successful Flanders Letterboxers and 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.

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