APRIL – AUGUST
Support Flanders – Give Local!
Hosted by Connecticut Community Foundation and sponsored by Ion Bank Foundation for the ninth consecutive year, Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills will return on April 21st to benefit the vital work of hundreds of nonprofit organizations in our region, including Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust!
Each year, this 36-hour online give-a-thon rallies donors like you to raise unrestricted funds for Flanders, with exciting incentives and bonus funds provided by Connecticut Community Foundation and generous sponsors. This year, Flanders is raising funds for operations, campership and the farm and we need your help!
Help us achieve success again between April 21st and 22nd. More information
PLEASE NOTE: ALL VIRTUAL PROGRAM LINKS WILL BE E-MAILED BY NOON, DAY OF PROGRAM
Understanding Eversource’s Vegetation Management
Eversource’s Vegetation Management department maintains vegetation in and along 2,300 miles of transmission right-of-way corridors through Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Join Flanders and guest speaker Michael Rasy, Eversource Arborist and Transmission Vegetation Manager, for a presentation on utility right of way vegetation management. We will also discuss creating pollinator habitat pathways on utility right of ways. This program is designed to raise awareness about Eversource and their vegetation management policies and procedures. All community members are welcome to attend this complimentary, informative presentation.
Thursday, April 22 | 7 PM | Complimentary | Virtual – Meeting link will be provided by noon, day of program | REGISTER
Community Service Day
Join fellow community members for a day of service on Earth Day! Volunteers will work to remove non-native plant species on a Flanders preserved property. Non-native or invasive plants have a negative effect on native plants and wildlife communities. The goal is to reduce, minimize, or eliminate the invasive plants, clearing the way for local species to reclaim their territory and creating a healthy environment for the plants and animals that call Connecticut home. Please bring lots of water, snacks and lunch. Also, please wear closed-toe footwear, long pants and work gloves. Bring shovels, pruning shears/loppers/clippers to this event. We ask that you leave all furry friends at home. Community service hours can be provided for this event. Meeting location will be sent to those who have signed up to volunteer. Help us make a positive and lasting impact on a Flanders preserved property by joining us for this very important Community Service Day!
Thursday, April 22 | 9:30 AM | Location TBD| Registration required so we know how many to expect | REGISTER
SEDGES! An Identification Workshop
Flanders and the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club are excited to host Dr. Robert Naczi, Curator of North American Botany at New York Botanical Garden. He is a plant systematist whose research focuses on the flora of North America, plant conservation, the Sedge Family, and the Western Hemisphere Pitcher Plant Family. He leads the NYBG project to produce New Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. In his work on sedges, he combines field, herbarium, and lab work to discover and document new species, reveal relationships, and produce new identification tools. Many of the grass-like plants one may encounter in our natural areas are not actually grasses. Although similar, they are members of an entirely different family of plants. This workshop will focus on the largest genus within the sedge family (Cyperaceae), the genus Carex. Dr. Naczi will teach us about sedge diversity and how to identify this notoriously difficult group.
Saturday, May 15 | 2 PM | Sugar House | $15 members & $20 non | REGISTER
Flanders Field & Forest 5K
The Flanders Field & Forest 5K is an all-age walk/run through the woods and fields of Flanders, officially timed by Fast Track Timing. Enjoy the picturesque nature sanctuary and a post-race celebration with local food trucks, craft beer, and live entertainment. Register by MAY 1ST to guarantee a FREE race shirt. Must register by June 3. Same day registration will not be accepted.
Friday, June 4 | 6 PM | Sugar House | $25 | REGISTER
Photography Club 2020
Want to join the Flanders Photography Club? Our focus is outdoor nature photography “to foster understanding and appreciation of nature, art and the wonders of the natural world . . .” The Club’s purpose is to promote the development of photographic skills and the art of photography. Meetings will include instruction on the basics of outdoor photography, camera operation, features, techniques and tips as well as presentations, forums, and guest speakers. Plus there will be outdoor exercises and projects, such as macro, wildlife and bird photography.
Meetings are currently postponed. The Photo Club Chairman will contact you regarding the next meeting date & time |$20 members & $40 non per year | REGISTER
Flanders Trail Blazers 4-H Club
Do you have a child age 5-18 that loves animals and being outdoors? Then joining the Flanders 4-H Club is the perfect fit! UCONN 4-H is a youth organization whose mission is engaging youth to reach their fullest potential with a motto “To Make the Best Better.” Members will learn all about caring for a variety of farm animals, beekeeping, responsible land care, gardening and forestry. Also, as a club member you will have the opportunity to attend educational meetings, go on field trips or show off your new skills at a 4-H Fair. In the process, you will make new friends, solve problems and make a difference in your neighborhood or even in the world!
The Van Vleck 200-acre campus with our North Barn animals presents perfect opportunities to learn the responsibilities of raising livestock and many land management challenges. For more information, please contact the Flanders office at 203-263-3711 x12.
Every 2nd Wednesday of the month | 6:30 PM | Location Varies Monthly (to be announced) | Complimentary, but registration required | REGISTER
CHILDREN & YOUTH PROGRAMS
Welcome to the new season of Flanders Farm Schools—Farming Adventures! Spring is in the air and all the animals are ready for your visit. Baby chicks and bunnies, kids and lambs, pigs and horses invite you to learn more about animals and experience life on the farm. The Flanders North Barn welcomes visitors with a reservation on select Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. We continue to follow all COVID-19 recommended safety guidelines and ask you to wear a mask, wash your hands before and after visiting.
Fridays, May 7, 28, & June 18 and Saturdays, May 8, 29, & June 19 | Every half hour, 10 AM – 2 PM | North Barn | Adults: $7 members & $12 non (children complimentary) | REGISTER
Summer Camp is Open!
In our popular summer camp series, children can explore nature, art, agriculture, and ecology in a fun healthy and stimulating outdoor environment. From farming fun to outdoor explorations, art adventures or creating cooking, Flanders’ summer camp offers more than 60 programs to keep children ages 3 to 13 entertained! Great spaces, great programs – for all ages!
Fun Nature Activities At Home
While at home with your family here are some fun nature related videos of activities that you can do right in your own backyard. From building fairy or troll houses to decorating rocks there is so much to do. So get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather and your time together creating beautiful memories! Don’t forget to post your creations to our Facebook page and Instagram – we look forward to seeing the creativity! Watch our videos!
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! Download a flyer or call us for more information to brainstorm what will make for an unforgettable party for your birthday child!
LAND TRUST HOT TOPICS
Are you currently a land trust volunteer and want to hear ways to improve your stewardship work? Are you interested in getting more involved in stewardship activities, helping to keep our lands preserved for future generations?
Legal Aspects of Acquisition
SPRING / SUMMER TRAIL HIKE SERIES
Earth Day Hike With Miss Dianne
Fleming Preserve Hike
Senior Hike With A Master Naturalist
Hike The Hetzel
CT Trails Day Hike
Discover The Delights Of Spring
ADULT & FAMILY PROGRAMS
Needle Felting Virtual Class
Oil Pastel Landscape Workshop
Installing A Rain Garden
Wild Edible Plants & Fungi of Summer
What’s Under A Log?
Insects At Night!
Creating A Pollinator Garden
Hiking Under The Moon
Flanders Letterbox Series – New Botany Trail Hike Added!
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 world-wide. GET MORE INFORMATION
Volunteer At Flanders!
Interested in giving back to an organization that is making a difference by preserving land and educating people on the importance of caring for the environment, meeting kindred spirits and making new friends? AND the good feeling that comes with knowing that your time is being spent in a worthwhile way that truly makes an impact?
TO LEARN MORE
Please contact Flanders’ volunteer coordinator Ana Jordan to learn more about becoming a Flanders ambassador or other available volunteer opportunities today!
Flanders Wish List!
Flanders’ mission is to foster the understanding and appreciation of nature, art, and the wonders of the natural world through land preservation, stewardship and education. To help reduce expenses, the donation of supplies, services and/or equipment that are used for fulfilling our mission are greatly appreciated! >Learn more