Special Events

Sunday Explorers
Sundays through May 25, Noon - 4 pm
(no program April 6 & 20, May 4 & 18)


Our popular Sunday drop-in program returns for the spring. Join us for hikes, live animal visits, garden experiences and crafts as we explore all the best things about SM&NC in the spring. Information on specific themes is available at the Overbrook Nature Center. Noon to 4 pm 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 3:30 pm Self-guided Crafts Guided Hike Farm/Garden Program Animal Meet & Greet
Noon to 4 pmSelf-guided crafts
1:30 pmGuided Hike
2:30 pmFarm/Garden Program
3:30 pmAnimal Meet & Greet

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

Books & Beasts
Wednesdays, March 26 - May 7, 3:30 - 4:15 pm

Enjoy an afternoon story in the Heckscher Barn! Then, make the pages from the book come alive with a themed craft and "meet and greet" with one of our Nature Center or farm animals. Animals will vary each week. Meet at the Heckscher Barn. No registration needed.

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

10th Annual Heckscher Farm Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 10 am - noon

Children ages six and younger can bring their own baskets and hunt for hundreds of eggs that will be hidden all over Heckscher Farm. Eggs will be distributed throughout the two-hour event. Once eggs have been collected, they can be turned in for a goody bag.

Parents and older siblings are welcome to come along in support. The gates of the farm will open at 10 am. Please note only one goody bag will be provided for each child aged six and younger.

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

Excellent Eggs at Overbrook
Saturday, April 19, 10 am - 12:30 pm

After you have hunted for your eggs on Heckscher Farm, stop by Overbrook Nature Center to learn about other spring eggs! Discover the special eggs of salamanders and why bird eggs come in different shapes and colors. We'll have ongoing self-guided crafts and at 12:30 pm join us for a live "Egg-laying Animals" class to meet a chicken, a snake and more.

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

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:
Metamorphic Mystery
Friday, April 25, 6 - 6:45 pm (ages 3 - 6) 7 - 8 pm (ages 6 & up)

Join Animal Embassy to explore the incredible life process called metamorphosis. With a variety of live amphibians and insects, families will meet real life examples of creatures that go through this fascinating transformation with Animal Ambassadors such as a giant African bull frog and a local spotted salamander. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Space is limited. Register early, this sells out every year! Call 203.977.6521.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8.

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Spring Constellations
Friday, April 25, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory for a real treat to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Spring Constellations, 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: $5 Adults, $3 Children (5-17).

Solar System Sundays
Sunday, April 27, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

After viewing NASA's images in our newest exhibition, take a trip through the solar system and night sky in our planetarium! Programs have limited seating; doors will open 15 minutes before program start time. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

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

Girl Scout Day: Wonderful Water
Sunday, May 4, 1 - 4 pm

Join us for our spring Girl Scout Day! Visit our vernal pools to discover the invertebrates and amphibians that call them home. Learn how animals move through water and use it in their daily lives. Meet our river otters and give them a treat. We'll also learn about our local watersheds and how to protect them, and even make our own watercolors. Recommended for Daisy and Brownie scouts, but Juniors are welcome. Registration may be made by troop or individual scout.

Limited enrollment, so register early. Please call Nicole Daurio at 203.977.6540 or email ndaurio@stamfordmuseum.org to register. No charge for leaders or parents. Siblings 4 and up will be charged scout rate.

Members & Non-Members: $8 per scout.

Solar Power Superheroes!
Sunday, May 4, 11 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for this all-new workshop exploring the power of the sun. Make a bracelet with color changing UV beads, create art using sun sensitive paper and fabric, learn how to make a solar cooker, and make a small solar-powered car to take home. Explore the science of solar cells and how the sun is a great source of green technology. We will even have a rare chance to look at the sun safely using our viewing telescope. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Program will be held in our Observatory. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Space is limited. Call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $20 - 1 child/1 adult | Non-Members: $25 - 1 child/1 adult.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:
Go (and Glow) in the Dark
Friday, May 9, 7 - 8:30 pm

Discover the many animals that use bioluminescence in their daily lives. We'll turn participants into fireflies and make our own spark in the dark. After our hike on the trails, we'll return to create our own glow-in- the-dark painting masterpieces under black light. Participants are asked to bring a flashlight. Recommended for ages 6 & up. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Space is limited. Call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8.

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Mercury and the MESSENGER Mission
Friday, May 9, 7:30 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: $5 Adults, $3 Children (5-17).

Story Trek Self-Guided Hike
Sunday, May 12 - Sunday, May 26, 9 am - 5 pm

Celebrate Children's Book Week by enjoying pages of a great children's book as you hike our trails. When you have completed your hike, you've completed the story. A unique way to enjoy our trails with your children! Trail information will be available at the Overbrook Nature Center or the Museum Building.

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

Family Farm Fridays!
Fridays, May 16 - June 20, 4 - 5 pm (no class June 6)

Explore the farm and garden and learn what products come from our local farms through cooking and creative projects! Each week will feature a new theme, so join us for one or all. Registration is not required. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Each week will have a separate theme, so join us for one or all:
  • May 16 - Sheep to Sweater
  • May 23 - Herb Gardens & Pesto
  • May 30 - Chicken & Eggs
  • June 13 - Farm to Pizza
  • June 20 - Goats & Milk
Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8.

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Black Holes, Gamma-Ray Bursts and Gravitational Waves
Friday, May 23, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory for a real treat to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Black Holes, Gamma-Ray Bursts and Gravitational Waves, 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: $5 Adults, $3 Children (5-17).

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:
Colors & Patterns in Nature
Friday, May 30, 6 - 6:45 pm (ages 3 - 6) 7 - 8 pm (ages 6 & up)

Join Animal Embassy to learn about the importance of animals' diverse colors and patterns and how they help them survive in their habitats. Meet Animal Ambassadors such as a blue poison dart frog, a dwarf reticulated python, and a leopard gecko. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Space is limited. Call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8.


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