Special Events

Sunday Explorers
Sundays through February 26, 1 - 4 pm

Winter is a great time to explore the SM&NC! Enjoy our guided farm and trail programs as well as our popular animal Meet & Greets. We also conduct Science Spot programs each Sunday in Overbrook Nature Center, and offer an array of self-guided crafts. Different themes, animals, and stories each week! Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Schedule of Events
1 - 4 pmSelf-guided crafts & open classroom
1 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)
1:30 pmGuided Hike or Farm Program
2:30 pmScience Spot
3 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)

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

Winter Break Out Day: What's Up?
Monday, February 20, 11 am - 3 pm

Is it true that everything that goes up must come down? Join us to discover what is up in nature in mid-winter! Learn how the upflow of sap allows us to make maple syrup in our sugarhouse, investigate the science behind catapults as we launch things into the air, and make your own mini catapults to take home. Discover the winter birds in our area and make a recycled bird feeder to take home. Explore the winter constellations in our night sky in our planetarium, create some great crafts, and end the day with vanilla ice cream topped with our own maple syrup! A complete schedule will be added closer to the event.

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

March WILDness at Heckscher WILD!
March 4 - April 7 (Drop-in during Heckscher WILD! hours)

Vote in our 2nd annual bracket challenge at Heckscher WILD! All of our animals are awesome, but everyone has a favorite! Is yours Hot Dog the Tree Frog? Wallace the Red-Footed Tortoise? Thor the Savannah Monitor, or another? Each week will feature a group of animals that will compete for votes to move on in the challenge. The top two vote getters will battle it out to be the March WILDness winner. Cast your vote in person at Heckscher WILD! or on the SM&NC Facebook page (1 vote per person per day). Stop by weekday afternoons (Tues-Fri) in March at 3 pm to meet one of the animals from our weekly group. Voting begins March 4.

Schedule of Events
1st Round (March 4 - 11):Mammals
2nd Round (March 12 - 18):Amphibians & Invertebrates
3rd Round (March 19 - 25):Turtles & Snakes
4th Round (March 26 - April 1):Lizards
The Terrific Two (April 2 - 7):2 Highest Vote Getters

Heckscher WILD! Hours: Tues. - Fri., 12 - 4 pm, Sat. & Sun., 10 am - 4 pm, School Vacation Days, 10 am - 4 pm

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

SM&NC Salon Series: Passion to Profits — Photography Discussion with Julie Avellino
Wednesday, March 8, 6 pm

Julie Avellino is a photographer with work that will be on display at the Stamford Museum's POWERFUL yet FRAGILE: Connecticut's Waterways exhibition opening on February 18, 2017. She has also been called a renaissance woman, a muse, a soul coach and a power strategist. She develops strategies and insights for her clients that allow them generate revenue for their businesses and put order in their personal lives. Her workshops and speaker engagements combine her ability to boldly and unapologetically weave her strong creative mind and unfettered imagination with precise, candid business advice to clients who are ready to step into new markets and reinvent themselves along the way.

This session, Passion to Profits, will be a powerful, interactive, insightful and fast-thinking, hands-on workshop designed to move you from the idea and hobby you love to a profitable and scalable business opportunity designed by you, for you, and in support of your life goals. You will learn how to articulate your dream, how to get family on board, and how to balance your "day job" with your future goals. To reserve a seat, please click here.

Maple Sugar Open House
Sunday, March 19, 1 - 4 pm

Missed our Maple Sugar Festival Weekend, or just want one more sweet experience before the maple syrup season ends? Join us for our last public syrupping demonstration of the year! Create some great maple-themed crafts in Overbrook Nature Center, meet some animals that live in trees in Heckscher WILD!, and visit our sugarhouse to see how we turn sap into syrup. At 3:30 join us for some ice cream with Maple Syrup (while supplies last)! Crafts and sugarhouse demos ongoing; Heckscher WILD! animal presentations at 1:30 and 2:30 pm.

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

SM&NC Salon Series: Workshop: Everyday Photos to Professional Photos, with Heather Liebensohn
Sunday, March 26, 10 am - 1 pm

Heather Liebensohn is a professional photographer based in Shelton, CT. She started 10 years ago photographing mostly weddings, and today she has a thriving business shooting events and concerts, doing commercial and fashion photography, and conducting atmospheric on-location photo sessions of families. She is also the creative director for her husband's commercial video business, Videoactive Productions.

One of the featured photographers of the POWERFUL yet FRAGILE: Connecticut's Waterways exhibition opening on February 18 in the Stamford Museum Galleries, Heather has been recognized at various art shows and contests. She's been published in many local magazines as well as on the home page of National Geographic.

For love, she shoots landscapes, edgy models in crumbling abandoned places, and documents outings with her family. At her workshop Heather will invite you to follow her on journey from taking everyday photos for love to becoming a professional photographer.

You can see the diverse facets of Heather's work on her main business website HeatherPrescottPhotography.com her personal blog where she documents her life and family adventures (noting which places are autism friendly!) ThatPhotographerGirl.com; and also FORSAKEN.photography.com where she showcases her edgier work. To reserve a seat, please click here.

Sunday Explorers
Sundays, March 26 - May 14, 12 - 4 pm

Our popular Sunday drop-in programs return for the Spring season. Join us for a weekly hike on our nature trails or to meet and feed some of our Heckscher WILD! animals. Explore Heckscher Farm as we greet goats, plant in our organic vegetable garden, peak into our historic barns, and more! We will have some great self-guided crafts and additional animals and exhibits, too, in Overbrook Nature Center. Recommended for ages 5 & up. (No programs on April 16 and April 30.)

Schedule of Events
12 pm - 4 pmSelf-guided crafts
1 pmTrail Hike
1:30 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)
2:30 pmExplore Heckscher Farm (meet at chicken coop)
3 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)

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

Outdoor Adventures: Amphibian Amble
Session I: Friday, March 31, 7 - 8:30 pm
Session II: Friday, April 7, 7 - 8:30 pm

Register early for this spring favorite! Grab your flashlight and hiking boots to discover some of the unique creatures - like wood frogs, American toads, and spotted salamanders - that visit our vernal pools once a year for breeding season. Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Limited enrollment. Pre-payment and pre-registration are required. Call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8

Astronomy Nights: Space Architecture: Run, Hike, & Camp on the Moon
Friday, April 7, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Space Architecture: Run, Hike, & Camp on the Moon, followed by a viewing of 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

13th Annual Heckscher Farm Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 8, 10 am - noon

A springtime favorite! Children ages six and younger bring their own baskets and hunt for hundreds of eggs that will be hidden all over Heckscher Farm. The gates to the Farm will open at 10 am, and eggs will be distributed throughout the two-hour event. Once a participant has collected a minimum of five eggs, they can be turned in for a goodie bag. Parents and older siblings are welcome to come along, but please be mindful that the Egg Hunt is for children ages six and younger only.

Members: $5/child, ages six & under | Non-Members: $5/child, ages six & under, plus admission

Excellent Eggs at Overbrook
Saturday, April 8, 10 am - 12:30 pm

After you have hunted for your eggs on Heckscher Farm, stop in to Heckscher WILD! and Overbrook Nature Center to celebrate other animals that lay eggs. Discover the special eggs of salamanders, why bird eggs come in different shapes and colors, and meet some of our egg-laying snakes. We'll have ongoing self-guided crafts in Overbrook, live animal visits in Heckscher WILD!, and at 12:30 pm join us for a live "Egg-laying Animals" class in Overbrook to meet a chicken, snake, and more!

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

Astronomy Nights: Totality: A Guide to the Great American Eclipse
Friday, April 21, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Totality: A Guide to the Great American Eclipse, followed by a viewing of 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

Scout Program: Water Wonders Scout Day
Sunday, April 30, 1 - 4 pm

Scouts of all ages can join us for this hands-on day of exploring water habitats, their inhabitants, and ways that we can help to keep our water sources healthy. We'll explore the vernal pool and stream habitats, meet some animals that live in and rely on water, perform some awesome water experiments, and complete a scavenger hunt in our Powerful yet Fragile: Connecticut's Waterways photography exhibition in the Stamford Museum. Scouts will rotate through activities in small groups. To register, please e-mail Lisa Monachelli, Director of Education, at lmonachelli@stamfordmuseum.org. Limited enrollment. Scouts may register individually or with their troop/pack.

Fees: $9/scout | Troop/den leaders: Free |  Additional adults: $2/each

Astronomy Nights: Spring Constellations
Friday, May 5, 7:30 pm

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

Outdoor Adventures: Wild Weasels
Sunday, May 7, 4 - 5:30 pm

Explore the world of our native weasels and have an opportunity to interact with our own wild weasels, ferrets and otters. We'll start with a short show on Connecticut's weasel species, from fishers to ermine, and then break up into two groups to have a chance to create enrichment for our otters and an obstacle course for our ferrets in Heckscher WILD! Limited enrollment of 20 people. Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8

Astronomy Nights: The Milky Way, Our Home Galaxy
Friday, May 19, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on the The Milky Way, Our Home Galaxy, followed by a viewing 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

Astronomy Nights: Mythology & Astronomy: Stories that Shaped our Stars
Friday, June 9, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Mythology & Astronomy: Stories that Shaped our Stars, followed by a viewing of 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

Astronomy Nights: Exploring Jupiter!
Friday, June 23, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Exploring Jupiter!, followed by a viewing of 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


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