Special Events

Market Madness Sundays
Sundays through August 31, 10 am - 2 pm

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.

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.

Make Way for Ducklings
Sunday, September 14, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert McCloskey, author of Make Way for Ducklings, by joining us for a reading on the farm, some great duck-themed crafts and a chance to meet some of our very own Heckscher Farm ducks.

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

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:
Stream Hunters
Sunday, September 21, 4:30 - 6 pm

From mayflies to salamanders, there is another world beneath the rocks and leaves of the stream. Join SM&NC staff for a chance to explore Poorhouse Brook for amphibians, macroinvertebrates, and fish. We'll explore various parts of the stream to see what we can find. Please be prepared to walk in the water; water shoes/boots are recommended. Limited enrollment. Recommended for 6 and up.

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 BREAK OUT DAY:
Get to Work!
Thursday September 25, 11 am - 3 pm

No school? No problem! Join us for a day of special programs and self-guided activities for all ages. Join SM&NC Educational and Curatorial staff for a journey back in time to see and learn about The Way We Worked. Get a rare chance to see our antique farm tool collection. Do some hands-on work, including helping to make apple cider and butter. Learn the art of processing fibers such as wool and flax. Discover the milling history of Stamford and try your hand at grinding corn. Enjoy a hayride around the farm and create great self-guided crafts to take home.

Tour our galleries for a special look at our new fall exhibition The Way We Worked with our curatorial staff. Get a lesson in campfire cooking and share a special treat cooked over the open flame.

Come for a few activities or stay for the day. Registration is not necessary.

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

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Fall Constellations
Friday, September 26, 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 the Fall Constellations, followed by a visit to view the night sky through a 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 and older.

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

Scarecrow Making
Sunday, October 5 & 12, 2 - 4 pm

Join us for our 5th annual scarecrow making program and create a scarecrow for our Harvest Festival contest! Families will create a life-size scarecrow that will be exhibited and entered in our scarecrow contest at Harvest Festival (Oct. 18 & 19), then can be picked up in time to grace their lawns for Halloween. Materials are provided but families are encouraged to bring clothing or accessories to help with their creation. One scarecrow per family. Supplies are limited and are first-come, first-served.

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

FALL BREAK OUT DAY:
Slime Time
Monday, October 13, 11 am - 3 pm

Celebrate the "Year of the Salamander" and all things slimy. Discover the types of salamanders that call Connecticut home, make your own slime in our Slime Lab, and learn how to grow your own mushrooms. Explore how animals use slime and other defenses to keep themselves safe. Enjoy making some fun crafts and end your day with s'mores over the campfire.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8.

Getting Into Work Improv performance by Sea Tea
Friday, October 24, 6 - 8 pm

Adults have been asking you since first grade what you want to be when you grow up. Just because you're a teenager doesn't mean work isn't a part of your world. Your weirdest and wildest thoughts about careers, work drama, and earning that paycheck will be twisted into the kinds of scenes and songs you've seen on Whose Line Is It Anyway!, Wild n' Out, and Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza. Sea Tea Improv actors share the art, skill, and fun of improvisation as a way to prepare for your first (or next) job interview. This is your chance to really become a part of the action.

No acting experience is needed! Program is recommended for high school and college age students. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, email rsvp@stamfordmuseum.org or call 203.977.6521.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:
Slithery, Slimy, Creepy, Crawly
Friday, October 24, 7 - 8 pm

Celebrate Halloween a little early! Meet some of our live scaly and crawly friends. Touch Connecticut's longest snake, meet a tarantula up close and personal, and feel some slimy tree frog feet. We'll discover how these 'icky' animals are really incredible. Recommended for all ages.

Space is limited for our Outdoor Adventures 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 | Non-Members: $8.

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Pluto: The Battle for a Planet
Friday, October 24, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by learning about Pluto, 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.

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

Trick or Treat on Heckscher Farm
Sunday, October 26, 1 pm - 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 collect a bag and 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 26, 1 - 4 pm

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

Members: Free | Non-Members: Free.

Touch-A-Truck & Chili Cook-Off
Sunday, November 2, 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!

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 2 - 30 Noon - 4 pm

Our popular Sunday drop-in programs return for November. Join us for hikes, field studies, live animal visits, garden experiences, and crafts as we explore all the best things about SM&NC in the fall. Information on specific themes is available at the Overbrook Nature Center.

Schedule of Events
Noon - 4 pmSelf-guided crafts & open classroom
12:30 pmTrail Hike
2:30 pmGarden or farm experience
3:30 pmAnimal Meet & Greet

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

Wheels in the Woods Fall Activity Trail
Sundays, November 2 - 30 Noon - 4 pm

Our popular self-guided activity trail returns with new activities. Identify fall birds, do a mini scavenger hunt, make funoculars, and more. Information on the trail can be found in the Overbrook Nature Center. Heavy rain will cancel.

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

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

Cast your vote for your favorite farm animal during our annual "Election on the Farm." Will our guinea hogs get the vote or be edged out by Dakota the Clydesdale or PacMan the goat? Have a chance to meet and shake 'hooves' with some of the candidates, try themed self- guided crafts, and scavenger hunts. The ballot box will stay open until 3 pm. "Vote Local" with a local ice cream tasting from 2:30 - 3 pm.

Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission.
Free admission for any veteran with ID.

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Mercury and the MESSENGER Mission
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 Mercury and the MESSENGER Mission, 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. Viewing hours are weather permitting.

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

Who Dung It?
Sunday, November 9, 4 - 5:30 pm

Become a scatologist and discover how a pile of droppings can give us clues to who has been in our woods. Join SM&NC staff for a hike on our trails to look for scat and learn the basics of how to identify other animal signs, like tracks and markings. Test yourself with our "Who Dung it?" game and make your own scat and track field guide to take home. Recommended for all ages.

Space is limited for our Outdoor Adventures 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.

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Venus: the Worst Trip You'll Ever Take
Friday, November 21, 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 Venus, 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. Viewing hours are weather permitting.



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

A BILLION BRICKS 2: LEGO® Trains, Planes and Rocket Ships!
Saturday, November 22 - January 25

LEGO® returns to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center with its grand opening on Saturday, November 22. Trains, planes, and rocket ships will speed through the Stamford Museum galleries throughout the holiday season.... Stay tuned! The exhibition will run through January, 25, 2015.


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