Special Events

WILD! Feeding
Saturday, August 20, 12:30 - 1 pm

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 to 20 children, ages 5 and up. Interested participants can sign up for a space, as available, in Heckscher WILD! any time after 10 AM each Saturday. Spaces are first-come, first served.

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

Animal Meet and Greet
Saturday, August 20, 3 pm

Stop by Heckscher WILD! 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>



TREATS & EATS SCHEDULE
August 21: Honey tasting
(National Honey Bee Day)
August 28: Salsa
Market Madness Sundays
Sundays thru August 28, 10 am - 2 pm

Support local farmers and explore the SM&NC through hands-on activities! Our Sunday Farm Market will be the center of our Summer Sunday programs. Join us weekly for a self-guided craft on the meadow, farm animal meetings, and lunch with Bert & Edie, our North American River Otters. At 11 am, join us for "Treats and Eats," where we'll make or explore (and eat!) a yummy treat, such as maple sugar candy and ice cream (weather permitting)! Tentative schedule is below.

10 am - 2 pmSelf-guided craft (weather permitting)
10:30 amMeet a Farm Animal (at Farm Market)
11 amTreats & Eats (at Farm Market)
12 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)
1 pmOtter feeding demonstration (Otter Pond)

Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission.
FREE entry to farm market does not include Market Madness programming.


A Day in a Farmer's Life
Mondays thru August 22, 11 - 11:30 am
Meet at the Chicken Coop, (weather permitting)

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 approximately 30 minutes.

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

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS
Passport to Space: Martian Tracks
Friday, September 9, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Passport to Space: Martian Tracks, 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. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing. This program is suitable for ages 5 and over. Location: Behind the Heckscher Farm, enter from Scofieldtown Road. GPS users enter - 151 Scofieldtown Road.

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



TREATS & EATS SCHEDULE
Sept. 11: Make your own Butter
Sept. 18: Press your own Apple Cider
Sept. 25: Make your own Pizza Dough
Oct. 2: Make your own Quick Pickles
Oct. 9: Roll your own Cinnamon Dough Snakes (over the campfire!)
Market Madness Sundays
Sundays, September 11 - October 9, 10 am - 2 pm

Support local farmers and explore the SM&NC through hands-on activities. Our Sunday Farm Market is the home base for our Sunday programs. Come for a self-guided craft & market scavenger hunt on the meadow, meet our animals up close, and see our North American River Otter have lunch each week. At 11:30 am, we'll bring live animals to the Meadow (weather permitting), at 12:30 pm, we'll have our fall installment of Treats and Eats, where we'll make a great treat to try or take home! Find the location of our Market Gnome each week and win a prize! Clues will be posted at the market and on our Facebook page.

10 am - 2 pmSelf-guided craft & market scavenger hunt on the Meadow
11:30 amMeet the Animals live animal program (Meadow)
12:30 pmTreats & Eats (see schedule for cooking activity)
1 pmOtter Feeding Demonstration (at Otter Pond)

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

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:
Stream Hunters
Sunday, September 25, 4:30 - 6 pm

From mayflies to salamanders, there is a hidden world beneath the rocks and leaves of a stream! Join SM&NC staff as you explore Poorhouse Brook for the amphibians, macroinvertebrates, and fish that call it home. We'll walk a few different parts of the stream to see what we can find. Please be prepared to walk in the stream; water shoes are recommended.

Limited enrollment. Recommended for ages 6 and up. 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.

Scarecrow Making
Sundays, October 2 & 9, 2 - 4 pm
Session I: 2 - 3 pm & Session II: 3 - 4 pm

Bring your family to our 7th annual scarecrow making program and create a life-sized scarecrow! Your creation will be exhibited and entered in our scarecrow contest at Harvest Festival, October 15 & 16. You can then take your scarecrow home to decorate the lawn for Halloween. Although some materials are provided, families are encouraged to bring clothing or accessories to help with their creation. One scarecrow per family. Supplies are limited to 12 families per session, pre-registration is recommended due to popularity. Participating families must agree to leave the scarecrow for the Harvest Festival and pick it up the week after the Festival.

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

FALL BREAK OUT DAY:
Fabulous Fibers
Monday, October 3, 11 am - 3 pm

No school? No problem! Join us for a day of special programs and self-guided activities for all ages. Get wild about wool and fawn over flax as we celebrate National Wool Week. Learn about the farm animals that we can get fibers from as you meet our goats, sheep, alpacas and llamas. Try your hand at washing and carding wool, practice dying wool, and create other crafts. Trek a llama and meet other animals that have body coverings other than fur. We'll celebrate the end of the day with our favorite treat over the campfire, S'mores!

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

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS
Passport to Space: Capturing Space: The OSIRIS-Rex Mission
Friday, October 14, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Passport to Space: Capturing Space: The OSIRIS-Rex 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. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing. This program is suitable for ages 5 and over. Location: Behind the Heckscher Farm, enter from Scofieldtown Road. GPS users enter - 151 Scofieldtown Road.

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

Outdoor Adventures: Slimy, Scaly, Creepy, Crawly
Friday, October 28, 6 - 7:30 pm

Get into the Halloween spirit by meeting some super slimy, scaly, and crawly critters! We'll discover if animals such as snakes, spiders, toads, and cockroaches are truly creepy and icky, or if they just look different! Meet some of our live teaching animals up close, touch Connecticut's longest snake, and even hold one of our tarantulas, if you dare! We'll end our evening adventure with a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach race, where the winner will take home a fun prize!

Limited enrollment. Recommended for ages 5 and up. 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:
Fall Constellations
Friday, October 28, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Fall 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. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing. This program is suitable for ages 5 and over. Location: Behind the Heckscher Farm, enter from Scofieldtown Road. GPS users enter - 151 Scofieldtown Road.

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

Trick or Treat on Heckscher Farm
Sunday, October 30, 1 - 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 get your first clue. Follow the clues to find all six trick-or-treat stations. Then, stop by Heckscher WILD! 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.

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

Ick Fest
Sunday, October 30, 1 - 4 pm

Celebrate all things creepy and crawly at our annual Ick Fest. After trick-or-treating on the Farm, stop by Heckscher WILD! to visit our snakes, tarantulas, lizards, worms, and other animals! Explore our slime table, make crafts featuring bats and spiders and more!

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

Touch-A-Truck & Chili Cook-Off
Sunday, November 6, 11 am - 3 pm

Get hands-on 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 the finest chili from area competitors at the Stamford Charity Chili Cook-Off. The Cook-Off supports 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!

If you are interested in participating in the Chili Cook-Off, please email stamfordchilicookoff@yahoo.com by October 1.

Members: Free | Non-Members: FREE with gate admission $10 donation per person (ages 10 and up) or the donation of a bag of non-perishable food items for Chili Cook-Off.

FALL BREAKOUT DAY:
Election on the Farm
Tuesday, November 8, 11 am - 3 pm

Vote for your favorite farm animal during our annual Election on the Farm! Will our guinea hogs take the vote or be edged out by Dakota the Clydesdale? Perhaps our new baby goats? The ballot box is open until 3 pm, so make your vote count! Have a chance to meet and shake "hooves" with some of the candidates, try self-guided crafts, scavenger hunts, and more. Join us for hayrides from 11 am - 1 pm (weather permitting). You'll also get a chance to "Vote Local" with a local ice cream tasting from 2:30 - 3 pm. A complete schedule of events will be available on our website closer to the event.

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

Sunday Explorers
Sundays, November 13, 20, 27 11:30 am - 4 pm

Our popular Sunday drop-in programs return for November, with a jam-packed day of crafts, animal meet & greets, and more each week! At 12:30 pm, help feed some of our animals in Heckscher WILD! Enrollment is limited for this program; participants 5 and up can sign up at the Heckscher WILD! exhibit anytime after 10 am. New this November is a weekly scavenger hunt at 2 pm. Searches may be on the farm or in the forest, depending on the week, but each hunt will be different. Prizes awarded to those who participate!

Schedule of Events
11:30 am - 4 pmSelf-guided crafts
11:30 amOxen demonstration (Oxen Pasture)
12:30 pmWILD! Feeding (Heckscher WILD!)
1 pmOtter feeding demonstration (Otter Pond)
2 pmMuseum scavenger hunt (Meet at Overbrook)
3 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)

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

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS
Billions & Billions & Billions: an Explanation of Stars
Friday, November 18, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Billions & Billions & Billions: an Explanation of Stars, 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. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing. This program is suitable for ages 5 and over. Location: Behind the Heckscher Farm, enter from Scofieldtown Road. GPS users enter - 151 Scofieldtown Road.

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

A BILLION BRICKS 4: LEGO® Super Heroes in Gotham
November 19 - February 5

Members' Opening: Friday, November 18, 2016, 6 - 8 pm

Skylines and superheroes! Bring the whole family to our popular annual "A Billion Bricks" exhibition and be awed by five famous architectural landmarks made completely out of LEGO® bricks. The team from ILUGNY will recreate a fantasy Gotham City — featuring some of the most iconic buildings in New York City. LEGO® trains, trams, and subways will travel over, under and around a totally new LEGO landscape where superheroes will save the day!

LEGO® is a trademark belonging to LEGO Systems A/S and is used throughout the exhibition with this understanding. We thank them for allowing the use of the term within our educational context.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Fall Owl Prowl
Friday, December 2, 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Discover the secret lives of our favorite feathered nocturnal friends — the owls. Take a look at an owl's role in the food chain with participants dissecting an owl pellet. Meet our new non-releasable teaching barred owl, Willow, and discover the types of owls that call Connecticut home. Then, head out into the woods to call for our local owl species, who at this time of year will be preparing for winter.

Limited enrollment. Recommended for ages 6 and up. 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.


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