Current Calendar

Current Calendar

(scroll down for a list of adult/family programs)

 April / May

Flanders Field & Forest 5K – Registration Now Open!

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 9 at 6PM, starting at the Sugar House.  Click HERE for more information and a manual registration form.  To register online click HERE



Registrations for Summer Camp 2017 Now Open!

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. New Programs Added this year!  But hurry, summer sessions fill up quickly! To download the full schedule of fun topics and sessions offered click HERE. Call 203-263-3711 or click HERE to register online.

Farm School

Flanders offers a fun 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 April the theme is “Let’s learn about chickens”.  Participants will have a hands-on experience with the new spring arrival of chicks, feeling the soft down feathers and learning about different breeds of chickens and how to take care of them. They will them use some colorful feathers for an age-appropriate art project to take home.
Date/Time: Friday, April 28 |9:30 AM
Location: North Barn
Cost: $5 per child and caretaker for Flanders members/ $10 non-members
To Register:  Click HERE

Kids Cooking After School:  Cooking a meal for the family!

Flanders offers a “dream come true” program for busy families! Your child will be the chef for a culinary adventure in preparing a home cooked healthy meal for parents, grandparents and/or siblings.   After mixing, measuring, chopping and working with fresh ingredients…your child will serve you dinner! Students will also learn how to set the table in a charming/shabby-sheik way…and clean up!  Our pilot culinary program menu is pasta and meatballs, garden salad, bread, and dessert.   After dessert enjoy a fun trivia game and take an evening hayride (with family sing along) to create a perfect family evening experience!

Students can take the bus after school from Bethlehem Elementary or Mitchell School to Flanders (or parents can drop off).

Date/Time: Friday, May 12 – 3:30 PM After School and 6:30 Dinner and Fun!
Location: Van Vleck House
Cost:  $20 p/ student for the after-school culinary class  –  $6 p/ plate for dinner (there is no charge for the students participating in the class)
To Register:  Click HERE


  Beekeeping Workshop Series – Update!

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 Tuesday evenings in March. It will also include two Saturday field trips in April to a local apiary.
NEW Dates/Times: Tuesday March 21, 28 & April 11/ 7 – 9PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $85 Members / $120 Non-Members
Register: Click HERE

Vernal Pools

Come discover and learn about Flanders’ 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. During this program, Ph.D. biologist and DEEP Certified Master Naturalist Edward Boisits will discuss 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!  Wear boots and bring flashlights or head lamps!
Date/Time: Saturday, March 18 / 8PM – POSTPONED.  Once we re-schedule we will post the information here.  If you already registered for the program someone from Flanders will contact you with the new date and time.
Location: Sugar House
Cost: $5 Members / $10 Non-Members
Register: Click  HERE

“Birds and Buds” Photo Shoot

If you enjoy photographing birds and are looking forward to capturing spring through your lens, join us for a “Birds & Buds Photo Shoot” at Roxbury Land Trust’s River Road Preserve.  This collaborative program, will provide a photo adventure led by three photographers from the Flanders Photography Club and guided by RLT volunteers. There will be three hiking options:  a Shepaug River walk, hike along some hemlock trees, and a deciduous tree / plant walk.  Plan to meet at 8:30 AM for coffee and donuts at the Pavillion, down the driveway to the left, at the start of the trail.

This is an opportunity to photograph birds, budding flowers and trees, the landscape, and the Shepaug River.  Bring your normal lens, your macro, wide or telephoto lens — whatever you have in your bag — for a morning of camaraderie, the beauty of nature or just a good old hike in the woods! This program is free, but attendance is limited — so please register early – and let us know which hike you prefer.  Please carpool because parking is limited.
Dates/Times: Saturday, April 29 | 8:30AM
Location: Roxbury Land Trust’s River Road Preserve Pavillion, 55 River Road, Roxbury
Cost: Free, but registration required so we know how many to expect.  Donations always appreciated
To Register:  Click HERE

Wildflower Walk on the Botany Trail

Members of the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club will be offering a guided stroll along Flanders’ award winning Botany Trail which they developed in 1965 and still maintain today.  The trail is a refuge for wildflowers and native plants that have been rescued from area development. It is approximately one mile in length and features gentle terrain suitable for any age level.  It is at one of its loveliest times in the spring when there are over 150 wildflowers on the trail blooming at different times.
Dates/Times: Sundays, April 30, May 7 & 14 / 2 PM.  Please note:  Walk will be cancelled in case of rain.
Location: Sugar House parking lot
Cost: Free and open to the public. Donations welcome.

Gardening Program: Plant Combinations for All-Season Color

This is the second of a four class series  Flanders is holding on how to achieve the best results from your garden.   The program is designed to help you use perennials, annuals, tropicals, grasses, ferns, bulbs and shrubs to fill your garden with color all season long — especially in the summer months.  The program will show you how to plant your garden as if it were a painting or photograph — with lots of color, contrast, texture and shape. Tips will be shared on how best to select plants compatible in their growing requirements that will also harmonize visually.  The program will be led by professional gardener Fabienne Audette, owner of Nibbling Brook Gardens. Fabienne received a Master of Science in Horticulture at Ohio State University and has had a lifelong passion and years of experience in gardening.
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 2 | 10 AM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non-Members
To Register:  Click HERE

The Last Ice Age

This program will be focusing on the two large continental ice sheets that 22,000 years ago covered a great deal of North including the larger of the two, the Laurentinne Ice Sheet,  which covered what is now Connecticut.  These two ice sheets and other glaciers locked up huge volumes of water and as a consequence, global sea level was 120 meters lower than it is today.  Large expansions of the continental shelf on the west coast were exposed, creating land bridges permitting humans, and plants to migrate for the first time on to North America.  This two-day course will cover the early interpretations of the formations that were created by these ice sheets and the efforts to explain them.

For the second part of the program on Saturday, May 6 the group will take a three-hour field trip to various areas of the Northwest corner of Connecticut to witness formations that still exist as a result of the activity of these ice sheets.  Friday’s program will take place at the Flanders’ Studio.   Details of the Saturday field trip will be discussed then.
Dates / Times: Friday, May 5 | 7 – 9 PM and Saturday, May 6 | 9 AM – Noon
Location: Studio Parking Lot
Cost: For both days – $15 members / $20 non-members
Register:  Click HERE

Flanders Art Committee to hold “Farm Tea”

To celebrate Flanders Nature Center’s first beginnings as a working farm, the Art Committee of Flanders will host a 1920’s themed Farm Tea.
In 1926, on a visit to friends in Southbury, 25-year-old New York artist Natalie Van Vleck fell in love with a farm on Flanders Road in Woodbury. She promptly persuaded her parents to buy it, and so set in train the events that led to the jewel in the crown of Woodbury, Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust.  To celebrate her accomplishments, the first annual traditional Flanders Farm Tea will feature a wide range of teas as well as local jams and jellies, homemade cakes, scones, sandwiches and cookies served by Art Committee members in period costume.  A highlight will be a raffle for a basket filled with locally-sourced items, with its centerpiece, a teapot by Washington’s Will Talbot of Bell Hill Pottery.
Date / Time: Sunday, May 7 | 4 – 6 PM
Location:  Van Vleck House
Cost: $25 per person
To Register: Click  HERE

William Burt:  “Water Babies:  The Hidden Lives of Baby Wetland Birds” Lecture and Book Signing

This slide lecture and presentation by William Burt, naturalist, photographer and writer, will be highlighting his book “Water Babies’.  This will be followed by a book signing reception in the White Memorial’s museum.  This program is co-sponsored by White Memorial Conservation Center, Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust and The Litchfield Hills Audubon Society — all organizations which are committed to the conservation and preservation of land, nature, and wildlife, through programming that educates and inspires a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

The “ Water Babies” are the downy young of ducks, grebes, gallinules and shorebirds, herons, and other birds of wetlands,  notoriously challenging for birder and photographer alike due to being quick-footed, wary, and well-camouflaged. They are endearing, from the comic monster herons to the fuzzy ducklings and stick-legged sandpipers, these tots have personality and spunk.  You’ll see the parent birds of wetlands in this slide presentation, too.  Each downy chick is juxtaposed with the adult it will become.

William Burt has a passion for wild places and elusive birds – especially marshes, and the shy birds within.  His feature stories are seen in Smithsonian, Audubon, National Wildlife, and he is the author of three previous books.  Burt’s photo exhibitions have shown at some 35 museums across the U.S. and Canada.  He lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut
Date / Time: Saturday, May 13 | 7:30 PM
Location:  White Memorial Conservation Center’s Carriage House, 8 Woodhall Rd, Litchfield CT
Cost: $10 – Members / $15 Non-Members
To Register: Click  HERE


“Give Local” Campaign

We are participating in Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills – a 36 hour online giving event organized by the Connecticut Community Foundation.  Make your donation to Flanders during Give Local and we will be eligible for matches and prizes with every donation of $10 or more made during the time period of 7 AM on Tuesday, April 25 to 7 PM on Wednesday, April 26. There will be a live link for making donations on our website and Facebook page on April 25 & 26 only. We look forward to your help and a great 36 hours!
For more information on the “Give Local” campaign click here.
Dates/Times: 7 AM on Tuesday, April 25 to 7 PM on Wednesday, April 26
Location: Online at or

Plein Art Class Series

Chuck Fulkerson will teach a series of four plein air watercolor classes.   The class will work outside amid the inspiring scenery at Flanders which includes fields, ponds, barns, houses, animals, and the natural landscape.  Mr. Fulkerson is an anthropology graduate of Stanford University and later studied at Paier School of Art. A freelance artist/illustrator and writer, he is the author, co-author or illustrator of books on trains and Native Americans. He has taught both adults and children. Previous drawing experience and familiarity with watercolor would be helpful.  Students should bring watercolor supplies to the first class and a suggested material list is available from the instructor.  In case of rain, the class will be held in the Flanders Art Studio.
 Dates/Times: Tuesdays; April 25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16 / 1-4PM
Location: The Studio
Cost:  $125 for members/$160 for non-members
To Register: CANCELLED

 Painting Animals

Learn to paint animals in the coziness of the historic Natalie Van Vleck art studio. Wildlife artist Melody Asbury, a signature member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists is offering a four-week class series where individual instruction will be given on learning anatomy, gesture and characteristics of various animals using Flanders collection of taxidermy and photographs. All artistic levels are welcome and any medium can be used. Participants are asked to bring a sketchbook, pencils, and their own art supplies to the first class.
Dates / Times: Wednesdays, April 26 and May 3, 10, and 17 | 7 PM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $100 Members / $150 Non- Members for class series.
To register:  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. The featured kit of the month is squirrels.   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. Do you have your own needle felting project going? For $10 bring it to class and receive guidance and support on it.
Date / Time: Thursday, April 27 / 7 PM – CLOSED
Date / Time: Thursday, May 25 / 7 PM – kit is Turtles.
Location: The Studio
Cost: Varies from $15-$35 depending on kit chosen or bring your own project and receive guidance for $10
To Register: Call Flanders at (203) 263-3711 x10

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