Special Events



Sundays, July 1 - August 19, 10 am - 2 pm

Support local farmers and explore the SM&NC through hands-on activities! Our Sunday Farm Market (10-2) opens for the season (6/24-9/30) and will be the center of our Summer Sunday programs. Come for a self-guided craft on the meadow, farm animal meetings, and lunch with Bert & Sadie, our North American River Otters. At 12:30 pm, join us for Edible Science, where we explore the science behind some of our favorite foods, such as pizza, S'mores, and ice cream!

10 am - 2 pmSelf-guided craft (weather permitting at Farm Market)
10:30 amMeet a Farm Animal (at Farm Market)
12 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)
12:30 pmEdible Science! (at Farm Market)
1 pmOtter feeding demonstration (at Otter Pond)

Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission.
FREE entry to farm market does not include Market Madness programming.

Sundays July 1 - August 19, 12:30 pm

Why do marshmallows turn brown in the campfire? Why is pizza dough stretchy? How do we make maple syrup and sugar? As part of our Market Madness programs, discover the answers to these yummy questions in our new Edible Science series as we create, cook, concoct, and eat! We'll have a new topic each week (available on website closer to event) but definitely mark your calendars for August 12, for our annual celebration of National S'mores Day! Program will meet on the Meadow.

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

Sundays, July 8 - August 19, 2 - 3 pm

Join us to search the summer sky during the day! Discover some of the common constellations of the summer and the stories behind them! Seating is limited. Doors will open 15 minutes before scheduled program and seats are firstcome, first-served. Recommended for ages 5 and up. No strollers please. Shows start promptly; no late admission. Parents must accompany children.

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

Mondays, July 9 - August 13, 2:30 - 3 pm

Do you know the difference between a llama and an alpaca? Have you ever given a pig a belly rub? Join us each week for an up-close look at one of our farm animal groups. Discover how we care for and enrich our animals' lives, and have a chance to touch them, too! One animal/animal group per week.

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

Tuesdays, July 10 - August 14, 10 - 10:30 am
(Meet at Heckscher WILD! porch)

Discover the life on Heckscher Farm by taking a peek at some of the different chores that have to be done throughout the year. We might milk our goats, wash and card some wool, create enrichment items for an animal, walk a donkey, or more. We'll focus on one chore each week – farmer's choice – to have a great look throughout the summer of a farmer's life!

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

Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays July 11 - August 17
11 am and 2:30 pm

Stop by Heckscher WILD! on Heckscher Farm to meet one of our teaching animals and discover how they are adapted to their habitat. Animals will vary depending on the day and programs will be approximately 15 minutes.

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

Wednesdays, July 11 - August 15, 3:30-4 pm

Join us for a look at the relationships between predator and prey and to discover some endangered species in Connecticut and across the globe. Each week we'll have a different focus and programs could include hikes, field studies, live animal programs, or arts & crafts. Meet in the Stamford Museum Galleries.

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

Saturdays, July 14 - August 18, 11 am - 11:30 am

Ever wonder how we feed our exhibit animals in Heckscher WILD!? Help to make salads for our tortoises, lizards and other fruit and veggie-loving friends. Spaces for this program are limited and are first-come, first served. Ages 5 and up.

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

Monday, July 23, 11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Join us for this special Outdoor Adventures program celebrating the wonders of our animal kingdom and our summer exhibition Once Endangered: the Return of the Peregrine Falcon and Wolves. Nick and his animals will be traveling to SM&NC for one limited-seating show only! Meet some special animals from across the globe that could include a fennec fox, monkey, or armadillo up close and personally! Limited to 100 tickets. Program will meet in the Great Hall in the main Museum Building. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8

Friday, July 27, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Parker Solar Probe - Jupiter Joe, followed by a viewing of the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing. Viewing is recommended for ages 5 and up. Programs are recommended for ages 7 and up. Due to space limitations, viewings and programs are not open to organized groups. Location: Behind the Heckscher Farm, enter from Scofieldtown Road. GPS users enter - 151 Scofieldtown Road.

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

Outdoor Adventures: Things with Wings Night Hike
Friday, August 3, 7 - 8:30 pm

Join us for a chance to explore the crepuscular and nocturnal creatures that call the SM&NC home! Take a sunset hike to look for our resident bats and birds, look for signs of our local owls, and see what insects are out and about. We'll discover the difference between flying and gliding and meet some animals that can move on the wing. Limited to 25 participants.Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Please call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8

Friday, August 3, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Introduction to Stargazing, followed by a viewing of the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing. Viewing is recommended for ages 5 and up. Programs are recommended for ages 7 and up. Due to space limitations, viewings and programs are not open to organized groups. Location: Behind the Heckscher Farm, enter from Scofieldtown Road. GPS users enter - 151 Scofieldtown Road.

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

National S'mores Day!
Sunday, August 12, 12:30 - 2 pm

Join us for our favorite non-traditional holiday, National S'mores Day! As a special part of our Edible Science series, we'll explore why marshmallows turn brown in the campfire and then stack them with grahams and chocolate for a yummy treat! Join us on the meadow anytime between 12:30 and 2 pm!

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

Honeybee Open Hive
Sunday, August 19, 11 am - 2 pm

Celebrate National Honeybee Day as we champion our smallest farm residents! Discover the buzz through hive demos (weather permitting) and a honey bee scavenger hunt in our Farm Market. We'll plant native wildflower seeds to take home and meet some other live 6-legged critters. Join us for our varietal honey tasting as we taste SM&NC honey, a honey that tastes like marshmallows, the "champagne" of honeys, and more! A schedule of events will be on the website closer to the event.

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


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