Special Events

Market Madness Sundays
Sundays through August 31, 10 am - 2 pm
(no program 8/10)

Support local farmers and explore the SM&NC through hands-on activities and crafts! The Sunday Farm Market opens for the season on June 15 and will be the center of the Summer Sunday programs! Come for a self-guided craft on the Meadow, oxen demonstrations, and lunch with Bert & Edie, North American River Otters, each week.

At 11:30 am, "Follow Your Food" by learning where some of your favorite foods come from through live animal visits, cooking experiences, and take home plantings. Get an SM&NC Farm Journal and discover the "Mystery Food of the Week" by learning each week about an ingredient featured at the market. Get a stamp in your journal and use multi-stamped journals to win a prize. All programs will meet on the Meadow. Craft and oxen demo are weather permitting. Follow your Food will meet in Overbrook Nature Center in case of inclement weather. Otter feeding is rain or shine.

10 am - 2 pmSelf-guided craft
10:30 amOxen Demonstration
11:30 amFollow Your Food
1 pmOtter Feeding Demonstration

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

Animal Meet and Greet
Sundays through August 31, 3:30 pm

Stop by for a chance to meet one of our Overbrook Nature Center or Heckscher Farm animals up close! From goats to guinea pigs and lambs to leopard geckos, see which animals call the SM&NC home. Great for all ages! Program is approximately 15-20 minutes and will meet at the Outdoor Classroom by the Otter Pond. In inclement weather, meet at Overbrook Nature Center.

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

A Day in a Farmer's Life
Tuesdays through August 19, 2:30 pm
(weather permitting), Meet at the Chicken Coop

Come by and discover what it takes to be a farmer on Heckscher Farm. Each week farm staff will pick an activity to show the diversity of farm life and how we care for our animals and the environment. We will be conducting hands-on programs for all ages. Programs will include milking, grooming, caring for baby animals, and more. Program will last 30-45 minutes.

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

Tree-Mendous Treks
Thursdays through August 21, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Meet at the Bendel Mansion

After visiting our new exhibit, TREEHOUSES: Look Who's Living in the Trees, join one of our education staff for a trek on our trails to discover the trees in our forest! Each week we'll have new activities, such as scavenger hunts, live animal visits, field studies and even a chance to walk our slackline in the forest. No registration needed. Rain will cancel.

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

Fabulous Forests Family Campout
Saturday, August 2, 5:30 pm - Sunday, August 3, 9 am

Discover the wonders of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center "after hours" at our annual family campout! Pitch a tent under the stars, take a night hike on our forest trails, try trekking above ground on the slackline, meet live birds of prey, create great tree- themed crafts, and help plant a new generation of sugar maple trees. Participants will receive a special tour of our new exhibition TREEHOUSES: Look Who's Living in the Trees, peek at the stars through our Observatory telescope, and roast S'mores over the campfire.

Start your evening with a great dinner on the meadow, and wake up with a self-guided forest treasure hunt and a pancake breakfast featuring the SM&NC's very own maple syrup. A great experience for first time or seasoned campers!

All meals are included. Enrollment is limited. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. To register, please call 203.977.6521. Registration begins June 9.

Members: $110 1 parent/child; $35 for each addl. family member
Non-Members: $150 1 parent/child; $35 for each addl. family member.

National S'mores Day!
Sunday, August 10, 12:30 - 2 pm

Our favorite non-traditional holiday returns! Join us any time between 12:30 and 2 pm to roast marshmallows over the campfire and create a S'more! Visit our Sunday Farm Market to pick up some local goodies too.

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

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