Special Events

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Passport To Space: Choosing Where To Go And How To Pack
Friday, September 11, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by learning about Passport To Space: Choosing Where To Go And How To Pack, followed by a visit to view the night sky through the Observatory's 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. This program is suitable for children ages 5 & older. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing.

Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3.

Market Madness Sundays
Sundays, September 13 - October 11 , 10 am - 3 pm

Support local farmers and explore the SM&NC through hands-on activities and with our Market Madness Sunday programs. Come for a self-guided craft on the meadow, meet our farm animals up close, and see Bert & Edie, our North American River Otters, have their lunch each week. At 11 am weekly, join us for Treats and Eats, where we'll make or explore (and eat!) a yummy local treat, such as salsa or ice cream (weather permitting)!

10 am - 2 pmSelf-guided craft (weather permitting)
10:30 amMeet a Farm Animal (Meadow)
11 amTreats & Eats (at Farm Market)
12 pmAnimal Meet & Greet at Heckscher WILD!
1 pmOtter Feeding Demonstration (at Otter Pond)
3 pmAnimal Meet & Greet at Heckscher WILD!

Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission.

FALL BREAK OUT DAY:
Habitat, Habitat
Monday, September 14, 11 am - 3 pm

No school? No problem! Join us for a day of special programs and self-guided activities for all ages. Explore the places that animals live, both local and across the globe. Join us for forest exploration hikes and chances to meet animals from around the world up close and personal. Complete a habitat scavenger hunt in Heckscher WILD!, discover residents of our forest, and meet our newest animal teacher, Willow, a non-releasable barred owl. At 2:30 pm, join us for a chance to make (and eat) your own dirt cake!

Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission.

T-shirt Transformation Workshop with Nancy Judd
Sunday, September 27, 1 pm

Old t-shirts will be recycled and repurposed into functional, usable toys, bags, and fashion accessories. Participants are also encouraged to create a T-shirt Transformation Dog Toy. All toys created that day will be donated to PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society, Inc.) of Norwalk, CT. Recommended for ages 12 and older. Materials will be provided.

Pre-payment and pre-registration are recommended. Space is limited. Call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $20 per person | Non-Members: $30 per person.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:
Stream Hunters
Sunday, September 27, 4:30 - 6 pm

From mayflies to salamanders, there is a great world beneath the rocks and leaves of the stream! Join SM&NC staff for a chance to explore Poorhouse Brook by walking a few different parts of the stream to see what we can find from amphibians and macroinvertebrates to the fish that call it home. Please be prepared to walk in the stream; water shoes are recommended.

Space is limited for these programs. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Please call 203.977.6521 to register. All programs meet at the Overbrook Nature Center building.

Members: $5 per person | Non-Members: $8 per person.

FALL HOME SCHOOL DAY:
Fall on the Farm and Forest
Tuesday, September 29, 10 am - 3 pm

Bring your home schoolers and join us for a chance to explore the forest and farm in one of our favorite seasons: the fall! We'll celebrate the apple and help to make apple cider and apple jam. Explore the stream to take an up close look at how invertebrates can give us a clue about our water quality. Take a hike in our forest to learn about our largest trees and the animals that call them home and meet some live forest and farm animals too. Limited enrollment for a small group experience. No charge for teachers/chaperones and non- participating siblings. A group lunch will allow for home schoolers to meet each other and exchange ideas.

To register, please call Max Barresi at 203.977.6540 or e-mail mbarresi@stamfordmuseum.org.

Members & Non-Members: $15 per child.

Scarecrow Making
Sunday, October 4 & 11, 2 - 4 pm

October 4: Session 1: 2 - 3 pm | Session 2: 3 - 4 pm
October 11: Session 1: 2 - 3 pm | Session 2: 3 - 4 pm

Bring your family for the SM&NC's 6th annual scarecrow making program and create a scarecrow for our Harvest Festival Weekend contest. Families can create a life-size scarecrow that will be exhibited and entered in our scarecrow contest at Harvest Festival (Oct. 17 & 18), then can be picked up in time to grace their lawns for Halloween.

Some materials are provided, but families are encouraged to bring clothing or accessories to help with their creation. One scarecrow per family. Supplies are limited to 12 families per session; pre-registration and pre-payment are recommended due to popularity. Participating families must agree to leave the scarecrow for the Harvest Festival and pick it up the week after the Festival.

Members: $5 per family | Non-Members: $10 per family plus gate admission.

FALL BREAK OUT DAY:
Cycles & Circles
Monday, October 12, 11 am - 3 pm

Celebrate our newest exhibition, ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd, and the coming of another fall season, as we explore the cycles of nature. Meet live animals to learn how they get ready for winter and how they'll be ready to greet the spring. See how designer Nancy Judd uses recycled materials to create fashion, and make your own great recycled jewelry and crafts to take home. Venture onto the farm to search for wheels and circles on our farm machines and in our barns. Take our zip line for a spin too! At 2:30 pm, join us around the fire circle for a chance to make some S'mores.

Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Fall Owl Prowl
Friday, October 23, 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Discover the secret lives of our favorite feathered nocturnal friends — the owls. Take a look at an owl's role in the food chain with participants dissecting an owl pellet. Meet our new non-releasable teaching barred owl, Willow, and discover the types of owls that call Connecticut home. Then, head out into the woods to call for our local owl species, who at this time of year will be preparing for winter.

Pre-registration is required for these events. Please call 203.977.6521 to register. Space is limited. Rain or shine.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8.

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Fall Constellations
Friday, October 23, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by learning about Fall Constellations, followed by a visit to view the night sky through the Observatory's 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. This program is suitable for children ages 5 & older. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing.

Members: FREE | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3.

Trick or Treat on Heckscher Farm
Sunday, October 25, 1 - 3 pm

Don your Halloween costume and head up to Heckscher Farm to trick or treat with your favorite farm friends! Make your first stop at the otter pond to get your first clue. Follow the clues to find the five "trick or treat" stations. Then, stop by Overbrook for "Ick Fest" to get slimy with our slime table, visit live reptiles and bugs, and create crafts around some of our favorite Halloween critters. Don't forget your treat bag!

Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission.

Ick Fest @ Overbrook
Sunday, October 25, 1 - 4 pm

Celebrate all things creepy and crawly at our annual "Ick Fest" at Overbrook. After Trick-or-Treating on the Farm, visit the Nature Center building to visit our snakes, tarantulas, lizards, worms and other animals! Explore our slime table and make crafts featuring bats and spiders.

Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission.

Touch-A-Truck & Chili Cook-Off
Sunday, November 1, 11 am - 3 pm

Get up close and personal with some cool larger-than- life vehicles during Touch-A-Truck. Find out how these trucks work, what purposes they serve, and climb inside a few. Also sample some of Stamford's finest chili from area competitors at Stamford's Annual Charity Chili Cook-Off. The Cook-Off will support both the Stamford Museum & Nature Center and the Food Bank of Lower-Fairfield County. For a suggested donation of $10 per person (ages 10 and over) or the donation of a bag of non-perishable food items, you can taste each competitor's chili and vote for your favorite! If you are interested in participating in the Chili Cook-Off, please email stamfordchilicookoff@yahoo.com by October 1.

Members: Free | Non-Members: FREE with gate admission $10 donation per person (ages 10 and up) for Chili Cook-Off or the donation of a bag of non- perishable food

Sunday Explorers
Sundays, November 1 - 29, Noon - 4 pm

Our popular Sunday drop-in program returns for November. Join us for crafts, hikes, and animal meet & greets each week. At 12:30 pm, join us for a chance to help feed some of our animals in Heckscher WILD! Enrollment is limited for this program; participants ages 5 and older can sign up at the Heckscher WILD! exhibit any time after 10 am. New this November is MuseumQuest, where each week we will explore a different area of the grounds, whether it be forest or farm.

Schedule of Events
Noon - 4 pmSelf-guided crafts
12:30 pmWILD! Feeding - Heckscher WILD!
1:00 pmOtter feeding demonstration - Otter Pond
2:00 pmMuseumQuest: Explore part of the farm or forest. Topics vary - meet at Overbrook
3:00 pmAnimal Meet & Greet - Heckscher WILD!

Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission.

FALL BREAKOUT DAY:
Election on the Farm
Tuesday, November 4, 11 am - 3 pm

Join us for our annual Election on the Farm to cast your vote for your favorite farm animal. Will our guinea hogs take the vote or be edged out by Dakota the Clydesdale or our new baby goats? Your vote counts as the ballot box is open until 3 pm! Have a chance to meet and shake 'hooves' with some of the candidates, try themed self-guided crafts, and participate in a scavenger hunt. Join us for hayrides from 11 am to 1 pm (weather permitting). We'll also get a chance to "Vote Local" with a local ice cream tasting from 2:30 to 3 pm.

Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission.

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Betelgeuse: The Sneaky Supernova that Might
Friday, November 7, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory for a real treat to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Betelgeuse: The Sneaky Supernova that Might, followed by a visit to view the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. This program is suitable for children ages 5 & older. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing.

Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3.

Visions of Gingerbread Tea Party
Saturday, November 14, 2 - 4 pm

"Run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!" Decorate your own gingerbread boys and girls with frosting bow ties and candy hair bows. Tea, luscious sandwiches, and sweets will be served. Popular storyteller, Ms. Karen, will be spinning up some yarns about the Gingerbread Man and his mischief. Guests are encouraged to bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal. For ages 3 and up.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Space is limited, so book your spot early by calling 203-977-6521.

Members: $25 per person | Non-Members: $35 per person.

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Hubble Gotchu
Friday, November 20, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory for a real treat to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Hubble Gotchu, followed by a visit to view the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. This program is suitable for children ages 5 & older. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing.

Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3.



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