Ongoing

Ongoing Programs

FLANDERS LETTERBOXING SERIES

Flanders has planted several letterboxes on 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 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 given the opportunity to sign their Trail Name on our Letterboxer “Hall of Fame” board and will receive a small prize.   More information.

 

BIRTHDAY PARTIES AT FLANDERS

We offer birthday parties for members on Saturdays or Sundays year round! Affordable and fun there is 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! Download a flyer or call us for more information to brainstorm what will make for an unforgettable party for your birthday child!  For more information please call 203-263-3711.

 

FLANDERS PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

The Flanders Photography Club focuses on outdoor nature photography. The club is open to all. It meets monthly at the Studio with its purpose being to promote the development of photographic skills and the art of photography with a spotlight on nature, flora, fauna and the landscape. Meeting content will include fundamental instructions on the basics of outdoor photography, camera operation, features, and techniques as well as various photographic tips. Meetings will include presentations, forums, and guest speakers as well as exercises and projects, such as macro, wildlife and bird photography. We will create our own community of nature lovers and photographers! Membership per year –  $20 Members/ Non- members $40.  Register for this program.  Please call (203) 263-3711 x 10 for the next meeting date.

MAPLE SUGARING

Volunteer Opportunities

January thru March – Maple sugaring time, a New England tradition has begun at Flanders with the tapping of over 300 trees here at the Nature Center and around town. Now the work of collecting the sap from the tree buckets and boiling down this sap has begun. We would welcome anyone who is interested in giving a hand with these tasks to contact us to let us know when they are available to help. No experience is needed and all ages and families are welcome to come to help out! Call 203-263-3711 Ext. 10

 

 

Maple Syrup Demonstrations

February thru March at the Sugar House –  The entire family will be fascinated by the maple sugar-making process at our fully-functioning Sugar House. $3/ person donation suggested which will go to support Flanders future maple sugar programming.

Annual Events

Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting is held each year.  This year our annual meeting was held on Thursday, April 4 at the Woodbury Senior Center.  All members are invited to attend the Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust Annual Meeting. A review of the past year’s accomplishments in the areas of education, community outreach, fundraising, land preservation and stewardship is presented by Flanders’ executive staff and members of the Board of Directors. In addition, the highest volunteer recognition award, the J. Warren Upson Volunteer Of The Year Award is presented, recognizing a volunteer who is distinguished by meritorious service on behalf of Flanders. Our 2019 recipient is Dave Terry.  Every year we have a special guest speaker.

Pancake Breakfast

March  – Our annual pancake breakfast is held at the Woodbury Emergency Services Building on Quassuk Road. Bring the family and enjoy all you can eat pancakes and sausages with all the fixings, including Flanders very own maple syrup! Adults $7/ Children 5 – 11 $5/ Children under 5 free. Thank you to all who attended in 2019, it was a huge success!

 

Flanders Festival:  A Celebration of Art, Farming & Nature

May  2019 | Van Vleck Farm & Sanctuary – We are excited to announce the 1st Flanders Festival on the beautiful and picturesque grounds of our Van Vleck Farm & Nature Sanctuary.  Mark your calendars as you will not want to miss this exciting and fun event. There will be something for everyone at the Flanders Festival!  Admission is only $7 per person with ages 2 and under free. All proceeds help support Flanders mission to acquire, preserve, and manage land; and use the land to promote the understanding and appreciation of nature, art, and the environment.  Like us on Facebook to keep up with all the details on this special day!

 

Flanders Field & Forest 5K 

June  2019 – 6 PM at the Sugar House – The Field & Forest 5K , held in June, is an all-age walk/run through the woods and fields of Flanders’ Van Vleck property officially timed by Fast Track Timing.  Enjoy the picturesque nature sanctuary and a post-race celebration with local food trucks and live entertainment with the popular rock band, Root Six.  All proceeds go toward Flanders’ educational and conservation efforts.  Thank you to all who attended and participated!

 

Flanders Farm to Table

Guests will enjoy a memorable evening that features a delicious multi-course dinner prepared by local acclaimed chefs, using the freshest ingredients from local farms while supporting Flanders mission of conserving open space and providing year-round environmental education programs for all ages. This event was sold out the last two years, so you won’t want to miss it!

 

 Holiday Artisan Marketplace

November – December – Our Van Vleck house is decked out in festive style and was a popular destination for shoppers seeking out “one of a kind” handcrafted gifts for the special people on their shopping list. Proceeds from the marketplace benefited local artisans and Flanders land conservation and educational programs.