Special Events

Monday, October 8, 11 am - 3 pm

We're celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Loft Artist Association in our early fall exhibition with a chance to delve into some art of your own! Discover some of our favorite artists and media and explore some of the pieces of SM&NC's art and sculpture collection. Try your hand at some sketching, collage, or clay sculpture. We'll meet some of our animals to serve as your inspiration too! At 2:30, make some edible art at our ice cream sundae bar!

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

Friday, October 19, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Ever wondered what the animals do when the farmers go home? Join us for a special after-hours tour of Heckscher Farm and visit with some of your favorite animals after the gates close. We'll go in-pasture with our baby goats, see where the horses and sheep sleep, make a treat for our pigs, and more! End our tour with some vanilla ice cream with SM&NC's own maple syrup. Limited to 25 participants. Recommended for 4 and up. Meet at Overbrook Nature Center.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8

Sunday, October 28, 1 - 2:30 pm

Our annual event is back! Come in costume and let the clues lead you around the farm to find some goodies for your trick or treat bag! Each clue will take you to a new animal location. The first clue will be available at the otter bridge starting at 1pm and ending promptly at 2:30 pm. Stations will close at 3pm. Visit Heckscher WILD! for a chance to meet some cool creepy crawlies and stop by the Overbrook Nature Center building for self-guided crafts and our popular slime table!

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

Tuesday, November 6, 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 Coco the llama or our Ana the pony? 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, scavenger hunts and more! Help us break apart some leftover pumpkins for the compost by tossing them off the observatory roof! We'll also get a chance to "Vote Local" with a local ice cream tasting from 2:30-3 pm. A schedule of events will be available on our website closer to the event.

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

Sundays, November 11 - December 9 11:30 am - 4 pm

Head to the SM&NC for the return of our popular Sunday drop-in programs! Meet one of our Heckscher Farm animals, try your hand at a scavenger hunt on the trails or groups, see Sadie and Bert the North American River Otters get their lunch, or help to feed some animals in Heckscher WILD! (limited enrollment, ages 5 and up)

Schedule of Events
11:30 am - 4 pmSelf-guided crafts
11:30 amHeckscher Farm Animal Meet & Greet
12 pmOtter feeding demonstration (Otter Pond)
12:30 pmWILD! Feeding (at Heckscher WILD!, limited enrollment, ages 5 & up
2 pmScavenger Hunt (Meet at Overbrook)
3 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)

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

Sunday, December 2, 11 am - 3 pm
Bendel Mansion

Join us for some holiday fun. Enjoy winter treats and support your local Museum & Nature Center!

Choose from a selection of:

  • Unique and local items from our Gift Shop and our favorite Farm Market Vendors
  • Gift Baskets
  • Gift Memberships, and much more
Children's crafts and surprise musical appearances will make your shopping experience all the more memorable.

Outdoor Adventures: Reptiles of Connecticut
Friday, December 7, 6:30 - 8 pm

Discover the super scaly creatures that call our state home! Learn to identify our common snakes and turtles, meet some live Connecticut reptiles, and learn the proper way to handle turtles and snakes. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Limited enrollment. 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

Monday, December 17 - Wednesday, December 19, 9:30 - 11:30 am

Not ready for winter break yet? Join us for a morning of nature play, live animals, crafts, and more! Our environmental educators will lead an exploration of winter trails, introduce children to some of our animal teachers, and share stories and crafts. Limited enrollment of 12 children for a small group experience. Must be 4 by the date of the program. Snack and drink will be served. Meets at Overbrook Nature Center.

Members: $30/child/day | Non-Members: $35/child/day

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