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Flanders Summer Camp!

For children ages 3 to 13

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 Camp 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.

Free camp t-shirt with every registration while supplies last!
New Programs and extended optional hours added this year!
Discounts for registering by May 31 as well as a new “all day” discount!

To download the full schedule of fun topics and sessions being offered click HERE.
To register call 203-263-3711 or download brochure.  Click HERE for Online registration!


Night Time Vernal Pool Program

Come explore the wonders of Flanders at night to learn about vernal pools and amphibian breeding places! Vernal pools are fishless temporary spring ponds that form in the forest essential to many amphibians and other aquatic creatures. Ph.D. biologist and DEEP Certified Master Naturalist Edward Boisits will lead a short discussion on the importance of vernal pools. Then the group will head into the night to try to get a glimpse of some pools and see what their nocturnal inhabitants are up to! Plan on wearing boots and bringing flashlights and/or headlamps.

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17 March 31/ 8PM (Due to weather conditions, the program date has changed)
Location: The Sugar House
Cost: $5 member/$10 nonmember
To Register:  Click HERE

Looking At Life Through A Stereo-Microscope

Did you ever look at close-up images of a spider’s face, or wonder what a tiny deer tick really looks like? Do you know that colored sugar, when viewed through a stereo-microscope, looks like emeralds, rubies and diamonds? That those tiny weed flowers that many ignore can look as magnificent as roses and orchids?
Naturalists and photographers Barbara and Peter Rzasa will lead a program suited for kids ages 8 and up that allow them to discover what items look like when enlarged at the magnification of a stereo-microscope. With its two eyepieces it enables three-dimensional viewing of tiny objects at 20 and 40 power. Participants will be looking at a variety of specimens through the lens of the microscope discovering the wonder they hold close up.
Participants are welcome to bring their own small objects that they may want to view under the microscope. If the weather is suitable, a short walk outdoors to collect additional specimens will also take place.
Parents are invited and encouraged to attend with their kids to make the viewing a family activity.

Date/Time: Saturday, March 24 / 10AM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $10 member/$15 nonmember
To Register: CLOSED


Animal Painting Classes

Wildlife artist Melody Asbury, a signature member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists is offering a four-week class series. Students will have the opportunity to paint from photographs, an assortment of taxidermy animals and/or Flanders own livestock. Individual instruction will be given with the emphasis on structure, anatomy and how to capture the gesture and character of a variety of animals. All artistic levels are welcome and any medium can be used. Participants are asked to bring a sketchbook, pencils, a good reference photograph and their own art supplies to the first class.
Dates/Time: Wednesdays, March  14, 21, 28 & April 4/ 7PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $100 Members / $150 Non- Members for class series
To Register: CLOSED

Bee Keeping Workshop Series

The introductory beekeeping classes will be a hands-on experience with bees showing students the basics on how to start and keep a hive. The program will be led by Al Avitabile, Emeritus Professor in the Biology Department at UCONN, co-author of “The Beekeeper’s Handbook” and noted beekeeper and researcher. This series of workshops will be held on three consecutive Friday evenings in March. It will also include two Saturday field trips in April to a local apiary.

Dates/Time: Friday March 16, 23 & 30 / 7-9PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $85 members & $120/ non-members
To Register:  Click HERE

Needle Felting with Rachel Gerowe

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.  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/Time: Thursday, March (the topic is bunnies) | 7 PM  CLOSED.
Call now to reserve for Thursday, April 26 (topic is chipmunks)
Location: The Studio
Cost: Varies from $15-$35 depending on kit chosen or bring your own project and receive guidance for $10
Registration:  Please call (203) 263-3711  x10


The Field & Forest 5K is an all-age walk/run through the woods and fields of Flanders on the Van Vleck property in Woodbury, officially timed by Fast Track Timing. Enjoy the picturesque nature sanctuary and enjoy the post-race celebration with local food trucks and live entertainment with the rock band, Root Six. The race is taking place on June 8 at 6PM, starting at the Sugar House. Click HERE for more information and to register!



 Farm Day Planning Committee Volunteers

Capturing the experience of a real New England Farm, Flanders’ Farm Day is an annual favorite for families and an important fundraiser and community outreach opportunity for Flanders. It is known for great food, interesting vendors and lots of family-friendly activities that allow us to educate while engaging all ages. This year it takes place on Saturday, May 19th.

We are looking for volunteers to join the Farm Day Planning Committee! As part of the committee you will be brainstorming ideas and details and helping to recruit and coordinate vendors and volunteers. The time commitment is for 2 to 3 planning meetings and if schedule allows to also help out the day of the event itself.

If you enjoy working creatively with a group, and interested in a important short term volunteer opportunity we would love to hear from you!

Click HERE to contact Flanders’ volunteer coordinator Ana Jordan to learn more about becoming a Farm Day Planning committee member or other available volunteer opportunities today!

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