Special Events

Sundays thru 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 thru 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 thru 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 thru 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 thru 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 thru 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 thru 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 thru 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

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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