Special Events

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
The Summer Triangle: The Gateway to the Milky Way
Friday, May 29, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by learning about The Summer Triangle: The Gateway to the Milky Way, 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.

WILD! Feeding
Saturdays June 6 - August 22, 12:30 - 1 pm
(no program on 7/4)

Ever wonder what lizards like for lunch? Discover the many things our animals like to eat by helping to feed them. Help prepare salads for the tortoises, lizards, and the other fruit and veggie-loving friends in Heckscher WILD! Space for this program is 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. Space is first-come, first served.

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

Sunday Farm Market Kick-off
Sunday, June 7, 11 am - 2 pm

Our Sunday Farm Market returns for another year! Help us kick off the season with fun family activities and a chance to get some tasty local treats from our favorite farm market vendors. Plant seeds to add to your garden, create great crafts, taste yummy local ice cream, and meet the farm animals up close and personal. See if you can find one of the hidden Farm Market gift cards to earn free produce and enter to win a chance to help feed the spring babies with the farmers.

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

79th Annual Meeting of Members
Thursday, June 11, 6 pm
Great Hall, Bendel Mansion

Written notice is hereby given that the Stamford Museum & Nature Center shall hold its annual meeting of the corporation. Please join us in learning the many accomplishments of the past year and recognizing our Person of the Year at the 79th Annual Meeting. Reception to follow.

Please RSVP by Thursday, May 28 203.977.6545 or RSVP@stamfordmuseum.org.

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
New Horizons
Friday, June 12, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by learning about New Horizons, 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: $5 | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3.

Farm Families
Sunday, June 14, 11 am - 2 pm

Celebrate Father's Day by meeting the fathers on our farm, as well as some of the newest arrivals. Learn which dads are called bucks, drakes, and jacks, and which baby is a kid, a lamb or a cria. Complete a "farm families" scavenger hunt for a chance to win great prizes for dad and decorate a picture frame for him too! Don't forget to visit our farm market for some tasty treats for a Father's Day dinner.

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

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:
Eat Like a Reptile!
Friday, June 19, 6 - 7:30 pm

Start with a short hike on the grounds to look for signs of local reptiles then get a special evening tour of the new Heckscher WILD! exhibit. Discover the many things that reptiles like to eat by helping to feed them. We'll make salads for our tortoises and veggie-loving lizards and give our carnivorous lizards their meals of bugs or meat. Learn what reptiles around the world like to eat. We'll get to have our own special treats too!

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8.

Summer Solstice Celebration
Sunday, June 21, 11 am - 2 pm

Join SM&NC staff to welcome the coming summer season. Take a hike in the forest to see what kinds of animals are out and about, view summer constellations in our planetarium, and create art using the sun. Meet animals whose habitats would be celebrating their winter solstice while we are greeting summer and say welcome to the warm weather with a chance to make our favorite S'mores over a campfire from 1 to 2 pm.

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

A Day in a Farmer's Life
Wednesdays, June 24 - August 19, 2 pm
Meet at the Chicken Coop, (weather permitting)

Come by and discover what it takes to be a farmer on Heckscher Farm. Farm staff each week 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 30-45 minutes.

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

Nature is Brought to You by the Number...
Thursdays, June 25 - August 20, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Discover the wondrous ways that numbers play a role in nature! Each week we will focus on a different number and will include live animal visits, field experiences, or hikes to help us explore this natural numeral. Six will introduce us to the world of the insect and the bee's honeycomb, 8 to the world of spiders and arachnids, 21 to fabulous flowers and more. Meet at the Museum Building.

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

Marvelous Mud Day
Sunday, June 28, 11 am - 2 pm

Celebrate "International Mud Day" as we embrace all things mud and dirt! Visit the SM&NC Farm Market to learn about the foods we eat that grow in dirt, plant some of your own seeds to take home, visit with our mud-loving pigs, discover the decomposers that help to make new dirt, and give our new portable zip line a try. We'll also have a kid-friendly mud pit on the meadow for stomping in, a chance to paint with mud, and at 1:30 pm, we'll have a special celebration with "Dirt Cake" being served.

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

Animal Meet and Greet
Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays July 7 - August 22, 3 pm

Stop by our new exhibit, Heckscher WILD!, meet one of the animals, and discover how they adapt 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.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:
The Great Invertebrate Date
Friday, July 10, 6:30 - 8 pm

Explore the wonderful world of insects and invertebrates while hiking the grounds to look for some of our favorite boneless beasts. Using nets and bug boxes, we will see who is flying or crawling and try to catch and release them. Visit one of the favorite habitats on our grounds — the Rotten Log Hotel — to look for invertebrate residents. Have a chance to meet and hold some of our teaching invertebrates, including a tarantula, and learn how insects are a future food source by getting to eat some too (if you dare!).

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8.

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Liftoff! An Inside Look at the Space Shuttle Program
Friday, July 10, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by learning about Liftoff! An Inside Look at the Space Shuttle Program, 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: $5 | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3.

Market Madness Sundays
Sundays, July 12 - August 23 10 am - 2 pm
(no program on 8/2)

Support local farmers and explore the SM&NC through hands-on activities. Join us for a self-guided craft on the meadow, oxen demonstrations, and lunch with Bert & Edie, our North American River Otters, each week.

At 11 am weekly, join us for "Treats and Eats," where we'll make or explore (and eat!) a yummy local treat, such as maple sugar candy or ice cream (weather permitting). Special "Treats and Eats" will celebrate Hot Fudge Sundae Day (7/26) National S'mores Day (8/9) and National Honey Bee Day (8/16).

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

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

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Searching for Planets Around Other Stars
Friday, July 24, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by learning about Searching for Planets Around Other Stars, 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: $5 | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3.

Camping by the Numbers! Annual Summer Family Campout
Saturday, July 25, 5:30 pm - Sunday, July 26, 9 am

Explore the SM&NC in a NUMBER of ways and celebrate the newest exhibition, Nature's Numbers, with our annual fantastic family summer campout! Bring your family to meet ours and visit with our herds, flocks, and other animal groups. Get a special behind-the-scenes chance to explore Heckscher WILD!, our newest animal exhibit, and see the nocturnal animals as they wake up for the night. Look through our giant telescope to see a half-million stars and roast S'mores over the campfire! Test your skills with a number-based scavenger hunt and have an after-hours tour of the Museum Galleries. Enjoy your morning with nature bingo while your breakfast is prepared and discover why SM&NC is NUMBER 1!

All meals are included. Enrollment is limited. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. To register, please call 203.977.6521. Registration begins June 15.

Members: $110 for 1 parent/child; $35 for each addl. family member
Non-Members: $140 for 1 parent/child; $35 for each addl. family member.

Patterns & Forms: Numbers in Nature!
Sunday, August 2, 11 am - 3 pm

Join us for a special celebration of our summer exhibition, Nature's Numbers, with a look at the patterns and sequences of numbers in nature. Explore the spirals in seeds and shells, discover the family tree of our honeybees with an "open hive" (weather permitting), and take a closer look at our favorite fruits and veggies to see their patterns.

Try the SM&NC Sunday Farm Market number scavenger hunt to win prizes and to pick up some great local food. Discover the Fibonacci sequence in nature and learn about the animals that he studied by meeting our rabbits and cows. Plant seeds to take home, create great Fibonacci-inspired art, and learn about this special numbers pattern through some Fibonacci hopscotch. Discover why numbers rule in nature at your #1 Nature Center! A schedule of events will be posted on our website closer to the event.

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

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:
Things with Wings Hike
Friday, August 7, 7 - 8:30 pm

Explore the crepuscular and nocturnal creatures that call the SM&NC home! Take a sunset hike to look for our resident bats and birds, look for signs of our local owls, and see what insects are out and about. Discover the difference between flying and gliding and meet some animals that can move on the wing.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8.


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