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  • For over 30 years our year-round environmental education center with a small working farm has been dedicated to connecting people with the land that enriches and sustains us all, and we do this through our school field trips, adult lectures, family programs, children’s classes, and our summer camp.

     

    Upcoming Programs

    at New Pond Farm Education Center

     

    Build a Bluebird Box and Take It Home

    Saturday February 16, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

    Please join us and assemble a bluebird box for your yard. Once built, participants will be given details of where to place their birdhouses and when to start looking for activity at their box!

    Please bring a hammer and a Phillips-head screwdriver.

    Space is limited.

        $20 per New Pond Farm member family, $25 per non-member family

    Please register at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Moonlight Snowshoeing

    Tuesday February 19, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (weather permitting)

    Thanks to our outdoor partner, L.L. Bean, we will offer the opportunity for our members to borrow sets of snowshoes (both adult and youth sizes) to be used right here on our property. You may reserve the snowshoes in advance (limited pairs available so please call ahead) or better yet bring your own snowshoes!

    New Pond Farm members only!

            $5 per New Pond Farm member ($20 max per family)

     

    Please register at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Winter Astronomy

    February 23, 7 p.m.

    Join our team of astronomy volunteers as we gaze through the telescopes at the Moon, Saturn, and deep space objects. Our team will also point out and discuss various seasonal constellations.

    Families are invited to a special preview in the Learning Center classroom a half-hour before the official start. This will give participants, especially children, a better understanding of what they will be viewing out on the hill.

    Please dress for the outdoors, bring a flashlight for the walk to and from the observatory, and binoculars if you have them.

          $4 per New Pond Farm member ($12 max. per member family), $6 per non-member ($24 max. per non-member family)

     

    Please register at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Maple Syrup & Pancake Breakfast

    Saturday March 2, Seating times: 8:30, 9, 9:30, or 10 a.m.

    Start the morning with a breakfast of bacon and homemade pancakes topped with farm fresh maple syrup. After breakfast head down to the sugar shed to see how your syrup was made.

    New Pond Farm members only!

    Reservations are required, seating is limited.

            $10 per person, children 3 and under are free. ($30 max. per member family)

     

    Please register at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Knitting & Spinning by the Fire

    Sundays: March 3, and April 7, 12 – 3 p.m. (if weather is bad, we will cancel)

    Bring your knitting projects and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with seasoned knitters and members of the Nutmeg Spinners. They will coach you on your knitting challenges and invite you to try your hand at their spinning wheels.

    This program is free, but donations supporting our fleecy flock are accepted and beautiful skeins of our yarn will be for sale.

     

    Please register for this adult program at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Winter Astronomy

    March 9, 7 p.m.

    Join our team of astronomy volunteers as we gaze through the telescopes at the Moon, Saturn, and deep space objects. Our team will also point out and discuss various seasonal constellations.

    Families are invited to a special preview in the Learning Center classroom a half-hour before the official start. This will give participants, especially children, a better understanding of what they will be viewing out on the hill.

    Please dress for the outdoors, bring a flashlight for the walk to and from the observatory, and binoculars if you have them.

          $4 per New Pond Farm member ($12 max. per member family), $6 per non-member ($24 max. per non-member family)

     

    Please register for this family program at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Honey Tasting

    Saturday March 16, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

    Join NPF Apiary Manager, Ann Murray, for a tasty exploration of one of the most popular products of the beehive-honey! Our honey bees forage on many different types of flowers throughout the spring, summer, and fall. As the floral sources change, so does the flavor of their treasured honey. We will discuss the differing nectar sources of several local honeys as we taste out way through this program!

        $12 per New Pond Farm member, $14 per non-member

     

    Please register for this family friendly program at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Insects, Pollination, and Climate Change

    Thursday March 28, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

    Dr. Stephen Wagener, Environmental Science professor at Western Connecticut State University and Chair of the Jane Goodall Center, will give a talk on climate change and pollinators.

    This presentation will be hosted by New Pond Farm Education Center and co-sponsored with The Redding Garden Club as the first in a series through the Pollinator Pathways Committee of Redding to educate the public about the importance of our pollinators and how to help them. Please visit us online for more details.

    This program is Free, but registration is required.

     

    Please register at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Ladies Fly Casting Class

    Saturday March 30, 1 – 2 p.m.

    Come join Program Director, Tim Laughlin, and learn how to fly cast. Fly fishing is becoming a very popular sport for ladies. Once you learn the basics you would be ready to go fishing once you obtain a state of CT fishing license and a fly-fishing rod & reel. All equipment will be provided.

    Space is limited.

         $15 per New Pond Farm member, $20 per non-member

     

    Please register for this adult program at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt

    Saturday April 6 (Rain Date: April 13), 11 a.m.

    Bundle up for one of the most egg-citing events on the farm! Children from toddlers to teens will “hunt” our beautiful pastures and gardens for hand-dyed eggs. Different areas for each age group, and great prizes for all.

    Please bring a basket and dress for a muddy farm.

    For New Pond Farm Family Members!

    Please sign up early, space is limited.

    $15 per NPFmember child

     

    Please register at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Pysanky Eggs for Adults & Teens

    Saturday April 6, 1 – 3 p.m.
        Join talented artist and NPF member, Chanel Dupare, as she shares this traditional Ukrainian craft. Using a wax-resist dyeing method you will learn the delicate meditative art of Pysanky and leave with beautiful creations for your home or as unique gifts.
        $15 per New Pond Farm member, $20 per non-member

     

    Please register at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Entertaining with Ease

    Saturday April 6, 7 – 9 p.m.

    Hosting a dinner party is a wonderful way to celebrate life with friends and family. From soup to nuts, you’ll learn how to pull off a great dinner party of your own. With some great planning tips and make-ahead seasonal recipes, you’ll be inspired to dust off the china and polish the silver! In addition to fabulous recipes
and techniques, you’ll learn how planning and preparing ahead will allow you to actually enjoy your guests. Gather around for an evening full of hands-on recipes, delicious food and wine. Our guest home-chef will be Wilton resident Tracy Castelli.
         $30 per New Pond Farm member, $40 per non-member

     

    Please register for this adult program at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Forest Therapy Walk with Jennifer Salkin

    Monday April 8, 9:30 a.m.

    Join Jennifer, a certified leader of ShinrinYoku walks through the Association for Nature and Forest Therapy Guides, for a walk on our property. Health benefits come not through exercise, but through focus on our senses to develop an immediate connection with the forest. This is a very relaxed, slow, mindful way of walking that has many proven health benefits.

         $10 per New Pond Farm member, $15 per non-member

     

    Please register for this adult program at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Easter Egg Trees

    Tuesday April 9, 4 – 5 p.m.

    Create your own beautiful tree as you decorate hand-blown eggs. This is a perfect decoration for your spring table.

        $12 per New Pond Farm member child, $16 per non-member child

     

    Please register at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Knitting Whimsical Children’s Hats

    Wednesday April 10 & 24, 7 – 9:30 p.m.

    Join veteran knitter Mary Pat Cieri and create a unique hat that will delight a special child in your life. Pattern choices will be provided at registration, we ask that you bring the necessary materials with you and Mary Pat will provide the how-tos!

         $20 per New Pond Farm member, $25 per non-member

     

    Please register for this adult program at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Spring Astronomy

    April 13 at 8 p.m.

    Join our team of astronomy volunteers as we gaze through the telescopes at the Moon, Saturn, and deep space objects. Our team will also point out and discuss various seasonal constellations.

    Please dress for the outdoors, bring a flashlight for the walk to and from the observatory, and binoculars if you have them.

          $4 per New Pond Farm member ($12 max. per member family), $6 per non-member ($24 max. per non-member family)

     

    Please register for this family program at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Wildflower Ramble and Brown Bag Lunch

    Wednesday April 24, 11 a.m. ramble, 12 – 12:30 p.m. lunch

    Each year, in memory of one of our founding Board members, Helen Hermes, we take a leisurely stroll down our streamside trail to discover some of her favorite spring ephemerals. Trout Lily, Rue Anemone, Dutchmen’s Breeches, Trillium, and Spring Beauties will all be here to greet you! Bring a brown bag lunch and share happy conversations on our balcony as you look out over the pastures.

        Free thanks to the Schroeder Education Fund

     

    Please register for this adult program at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Peeper Patrol

    Friday April 26, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

    Put on your boots and grab a flashlight, we are going out to look for amphibians!

    This annual event is great fun for the whole family. We will search the pond, marsh, and surrounding wetlands for a variety of species. Please wear waterproof boots and be sure to check those flashlight batteries before coming.

    New Pond Farm Members only!

            $15 per family

     

    Please register for this family program at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    April Farm Chores

    Sunday April 28, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    Who drinks milk, who munches hay, and who eats grain? Find out these answers and lots more. Come help us feed chickens, sheep, and cows.

    New Pond Farm Members only!

        $10 per family

     

    Please register for this family program at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Birding & Breakfast with Miley Bull

    Wednesday May 8, 7 – 9 a.m.

    Miley is one of a kind, a well-known ornithologist, a world traveler, a raconteur, and CT Audubon Society’s Senior Director of Science and Conservation. Please join us for a fascinating morning in search of the Farm’s warblers, bluebirds, swallows, and other feathered residents. A delicious breakfast awaits you when you return to the Learning Center.

         $10 per New Pond Farm member, $15 per non-member

     

    Please register for this adult program at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

     

     

     

    Felted Flowers for Mother’s Day

    Wednesday May 8, 4 – 5 p.m.

    Celebrate Mom this year by presenting her with a sweet felt flower necklace that you make yourself. We will show step by step the process of taking soft wool felt and rolling and stacking it into realistic floral shapes. Attach your flowers to a silky ribbon and you have a hand-crafted piece of jewelry that will make your mom feel beautiful. All materials included.

         $12 per New Pond Farm member child, $16 per non-member child

     

    Please register for this children’s program at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    May Farm Chores

    Saturday May 11, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    Who drinks milk, who munches hay, and who eats grain? Find out these answers and lots more. Come help us feed chickens, sheep, and cows.

    New Pond Farm Members only!

        $10 per family

     

    Please register for this family program at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Introduction to Fly Tying

    Wednesday May 15, 4 – 5 p.m.

    Our Program Director Tim Laughlin, a veteran fly-tyer, would like to introduce you to the art of fly tying. Join me in tying a “Woolly bugger” that you will take home once it is finished. Once started this could become a lifelong hobby!

    All equipment and materials will be provided.

        $15 per New Pond Farm member, $20 per non-member

     

    Please register at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Family Campout

    Friday May 17, 6 p.m.

    Join Program Director, Tim Laughlin, for a family campout here at NPF. Our fun filled evening includes a night hike, singing around a campfire, viewing constellations, and a celebration of our nocturnal neighbors prior to turning in for the night. Then awaken early to join our farmer for morning chores, followed by a hearty farmer’s breakfast.

    New Pond Farm Members only!

    Space is limited.

            $50 per family

     

    Please register for this family program at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Rocketry

    Saturday May 25, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Come build a rocket and then launch it outside in the pasture. Watch it soar high in the sky and then take it home once it returns to Earth.

    All materials will be provided.

        $20 per New Pond Farm member, $25 per non-member

     

    Please register for this children’s program at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Feathers, Beaks, Hoots & Tweets- Bird Adaptations

    Wednesday May 29, 4 – 5 p.m.

    Come learn about different adaptations that different birds have.  See how they use these adaptations to survive in different environments. Specimens will be used to facilitate the discussion and the learning.

        $8 per New Pond Farm member, $12 per non-member

     

    Please register for this children’s program at www.newpondfarm.org or by calling (203) 938-2117.

     

    Art Show Preview Party

    Friday May 31, 6 – 8 p.m.

    Join local artists for a gala evening of beautiful art, live music, delicious wine & hors d’oeuvres.

    Space is limited, please rsvp online or call (203) 938-2117.

        $25 per person

     

    Earth Art

    Saturday June 8, 1 – 3 p.m.

    Join artists, Kris Holm and Victoria Wyndham, for an unforgettable afternoon at the farm creating earth friendly artwork using only the elements of nature, your bare hands, and imaginations.

        Free

     

    Summer Shakespeare- Twelfth Night

    For Middle and High School Actors Entering Grades 7-11

        Get ready for songs, shipwrecks, and sword fights in Shakespeare’s famous comedy of mistaken identity, practical jokes, re-united siblings, and unrequited love.

    This engaging three-week theatre program with director Nancy Ponturo will incorporate acting, movement, and voice. Students will become more familiar with the intricacies of the Shakespearean language, garner a sound knowledge of the text, and get a glimpse into life in Elizabethan times as they prepare for their performances. We aim to stimulate their imaginations through an innovative and fun approach to classical material.

     

    Dates: June 24 – July 13 (excluding July 4)

    Times: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (longer rehearsals during week #3)

    Evening Performances: 7/1, 7/12, & 7/13

    Fee: $675 per NPF Family Member, $750 per non-member

     

    For more information or to register please go to www.newpondfarm.org

     

    New Pond Farm Summer Camp

    For over 40 years, New Pond Farm has hosted a unique summer camp that brings together children from the cities of Connecticut with area youngsters. If you have an 8 – 12-year-old who would enjoy making new friends from different backgrounds and becoming a part of the farm family, then New Pond Farm is just the place! Activities include exploring the woodlands and wetlands, Native American programs, swimming, working with the animals, fun in the gardens, cooking, hiking, outdoor games, crafts, and much more.

    There will also be one fun-filled group campout per session- we have sleeping bags to borrow if necessary.

     

    Session 1: July 1 – 5

    Session 2: July 15 – 19

    Session 3: July 29 – August 2

    Each session runs Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    One week of camp costs $550 per New Pond Farm Family Member and $625 per Non-Member (includes daily snacks & lunch, the campout, and a NPF t-shirt)

     

    Registration is now open at www.newpondfaerm.org and requires a $250 deposit (balance due at the start of camp).

     

     

     

    Register here for our Spring programs. Choose from: SpecialAdultFamily, and Children’s programs!

    School Programs – Field Trips

    New Pond Farm has been operating for more than thirty years and our programs are thriving. We have the joy of working with more than 5,000 children (ages 4 and up) each year from CT and NY. All of our programs are hands-on and active, keeping students involved from the beginning to the end.Our Center is located on 102-acres complete with gently rolling pastures, coniferous and deciduous woodlands, a marsh, a pond, and streams. We have such diverse resources as 19th century barns, a maple syruping shed, several telescopes, an astronomy classroom, and an authentically recreated encampment with a barked wigwam and a thatched longhouse. Our pastures and barns are home for a very engaging bevy of beasts- cows, sheep, a flock of chickens and very proud roosters, and two pigs in the warmer months of summer. Our best resource, however, is our enthusiastic and experienced staff, they pay special attention to details that make our programs unique and very keyed-into children’s learning abilities.

     

    Birthday Parties

    New Pond Farm is proud to offer educational birthday parties. The programs topics offered vary by season. All of our programs are hands-on and active, keeping your child and his or her guests involved throughout the program. Parties are available for children turning 4 and up and the program will be adapted to suit the age group of your guests.Birthday parties are offered after-school during the week, and on weekends, September through June.
    Parties are not available in July and August due to our residential summer camp.

    All programs are 60 minutes in length, followed by 30 minutes for your party.
    Parties are available to Family Members of the farm and the cost is $125 for up to eight children (including the birthday child) and $12 for each additional child, with a 20 child maximum unless otherwise noted. Some programs will have additional material or staffing fees. Every birthday child will go home with their own New Pond Farm Education Center t-shirt.
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