Special Events

July 3: Maple Syrup tasting
July 10: Dairy Day
July 17: Local Ice Cream tasting
July 24: Pickles
July 24: Maple Candy Maki
August 14: National S'mores Day
August 21: Honey tasting (National Honey Bee Day)
August 28: Salsa
Market Madness Sundays
Sundays through August 28, 10 am - 2 pm
(no program on 6/26)

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, June 27 - 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.

Animal Meet and Greet
Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, July 5 - 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>

Insect Investigations!
Tuesdays, July 5 - August 16, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Celebrate the world of the six-legged critters and our newest exhibition, FARMERS, WARRIORS, BUILDERS: The Hidden Life of Ants, as we explore the many places that insects live at SM&NC and meet some of our teaching insects up close. Meet at the Museum galleries. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

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

Summer Stars Planetarium Shows
Wednesdays, July 6, 20, August 3, 17, 1 pm
Saturdays, July 16, 30, August 6, 1 & 2:30 pm

Join us to explore the summer sky during the day! Discover some of the common constellations of the summer and the interesting stories behind them. Seating is limited. Doors will open 15 minutes before scheduled program and seats are first-come, first-served. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Shows start promptly; no late admission. The Planetarium is located in the Bendel Mansion Museum Building.

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

WILD! Feeding
Saturdays, July 9 - August 20, 12:30 - 1 pm
(no program on 7/4)

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

11th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
Wednesday, July 13, 6 pm

Celebrate the generous volunteers who have donated their time and talents over the past year. Set outdoors under tents, this year's "Caribbean Night" picnic will feature island-themed food and drinks, and a DJ provided by ScratchWeddings.com. Guests will also enjoy hayrides, badminton and other lawn games, meeting some of our farm animals, and an awards presentation.This is a great opportunity for volunteers of all ages to relax on the Meadow and mingle with other volunteers and SM&NC staff.

The Volunteer Appreciation Picnic is our way of demonstrating our commitment to volunteerism, and saying THANK YOU to the hundreds of volunteers who have supported the SM&NC over the past year.

Shelter Building
Sunday, July 17, 4 - 5:30 pm

Discover the basics of building an emergency shelter in the woods. Learn the best practices for location and materials, and then test your skills by creating a shelter of your own in the forest. Most suitable for ages 5 and up. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Please call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8.

Passport to Space: Gravitational Waves for Kids
Friday, July 22, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Passport to Space: Gravitational Waves for Kids, 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.

Bugs & Beasts! Annual Summer Family Campout
Saturday, July 30, 5:30 pm - Sunday, July 31, 9 am

Join us for our annual campout! This year we will focus on the amazing animals that call SM&NC home. We'll celebrate the smallest residents of SM&NC from those found in our forests to those highlighted in this year's summer exhibition — FARMERS, WARRIORS, BUILDERS: The Hidden Life of Ants. Explore the world of the invertebrates by meeting some live specimens and have a chance to eat some insects too! View constellations and happenings in the summer sky in our observatory (weather dependent) and roast S'mores over the campfire. Get a behind-the-scenes look at our summer exhibition, meet live animals from around the world, see our farm animals get breakfast, and try your hand at Bug Bingo.

All meals are included. Enrollment is limited. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. To register, call 203.977.6521. Registration begins June 13.

Members: $110 for 1 parent/child; $35 for each addl. family member
Non-Members: $150 for 1 parent/child; $35 for each addl. family member

Things with Wings Hike
Friday, August 5, 7 - 8:30 pm

Explore the crepuscular and nocturnal creatures that call the SM&NC home. Take a sunset hike to look for resident bats and birds, for signs of 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. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Please call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8.

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