Woodcock Nature Center

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Listing Category: Camps, STEM/ Nature Camps, Classes and Programs, After School Programs, Field Trips, Kids Parties, Kids Party Places, Things To Do, and Nature Centers

  • Woodcock has been a source of environmental and nature education since 1972. The staff, which includes three full-time educators, work with local youth to teach and develop programming designed to instill a love and respect for nature. They work with the local protected wildlife to serve as a resource for educating the community about our natural surroundings through public outreach, school field trips and visits, on-site birthday parties  and our extremely popular summer camp!

    Host your child’s next birthday party at Woodcock Nature Center
    where learning is natural!
        Little Forest Folk
     Little Forest Folk is a nature based program for children ages 3.5 – 5 years old offered by the Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton, CT. The nature center has 149 acres of woodland forests, swamps, streams, and a large pond.
    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
    9:00am – 12:30pm    September to June
    Applications for the 2019-20 year open in January 2019! Stay tuned for more info.
    Into the Forest
    Ages 3-5 with a caregiver
    A connection to nature plays a crucial role in a child’s development. Into the Forest brings children (and their caregivers) into nature to help build confidence, obtain basic wilderness skills and most importantly, allow them to get dirty and have fun!
    After-School Programs
    Woodland Explorers
    K – 2nd grade 
    Investigate and find wonder in the natural world! Through hiking, animal encounters, art, nature activities and more, we’ll discover who shares this earth with us, the important roles they play and how we impact our environment (and we might get a little dirty!).
    Woodland Navigators
    3rd-5th grade
    Spend the afternoon with educator Sam Nunes and explore our preserve! We will focus a lot on how our actions impact our surroundings, and how we can develop a better relationship with the environment. Kids will participate in dam building, aging trees, learning how to use a compass, using colors and objects in nature to create art, and setting up cameras with a GoPro to see if we can capture any local wildlife on camera!
    Uncharted Woodcock
    6th-8th grade
    Ever wonder what’s beyond the trails at Woodcock? Find out as we journey into uncharted territory on Woodcock’s 149-acre preserve! Be prepared to don some waders and venture into our swamp off the boardwalk. We’ll build observational skills by looking for wildlife beyond our trails through tracking and search for hidden biodiversity. All of this will be recorded in nature journals we create on the first day! Students are urged to wear appropriate clothing and hiking boots and bring a reusable water bottle and snack.
    Nighttime Wonders
    3rd-5th grade
    Spend some time in the woods AFTER DARK! This popular program for 3rd-5th graders includes a nighttime hike, animal encounters, fireside treats and unlimited fun.
    Nature Painting
    6th-8th grade
    Join artist and educator Sarah Breznen for an outdoor oil painting course. Participants will learn the basics of oil painting, and how to see space, form, and color in the surrounding landscape. Painting will take place along the pond and wooded trails. During inclement weather we will spend time indoors working on still life paintings of animals and skulls. Spend time in nature and leave inspired with your own canvas masterpieces!
    A party at Woodcock Nature Center is like no other around!
    Create an experience your child will never forget by choosing one of WNC’s nature-related party programs. Parties are for children turning 4 years and older. Programs are appropriate for all ages and will be adapted to suit your child’s age group.
    Parties are available many Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am – 1 pm
    OR 2 pm – 4 pm. One of WNC’s experienced educators will lead a one hour program during your party. The remainder of the time, you may host your guests for cake, refreshments, etc. in our pavilion.
    School Programs & Field Trips
    We are excited to offer programs specifically designed to meet the State of Connecticut’s Core Science Curriculum Frameworks and Next Generation Science Standards. Our programs cover a range of topics designed to enhance classroom natural science curricula while building awareness and understanding of local environments. All programs can be taught on-site at WNC giving students the opportunity to learn outside while investigating the wetland and forest trails. Specific programs can be brought to you and taught in your classroom!
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