Special Events


The Excursion by James Gurney, Illustration for Dinotopia: The World Beneath. Oil on canvas mounted to plywood. Collection of the artist. 28" x 42", 1995 James Gurney. All rights reserved.
Fantasy Drawing Workshop
with James Gurney
Sunday, March 1, 1 - 3 pm, Leonhardt Gallery

Renowned illustrator James Gurney will present a digital slide program and a hands-on drawing workshop for aspiring and intermediate artists. Gurney will demonstrate the water-soluble colored pencil techniques he uses for many of his sketches. Participants will get a chance to try out the tools, which will be provided for the event, along with model dinosaurs and other still life objects to use as a basis for sketching. Limited to 20 participants and recommended for ages 12 and up. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $40 | Non-Members: $55.

Book Signing Public Presentation With James Gurney
Sunday, March 1, 3:30 - 5 pm, Leonhardt Gallery

After the private workshop, all museum guests will have an opportunity to meet James Gurney, purchase his books, and get them signed. Before the signing, Gurney will offer a brief slide presentation about the making of Dinotopia, including research, thumbnail sketches, models posing, maquettes, photo reference, and plein-air studies. Copies of Gurney's Dinotopia books and art instruction books Imaginative Realism and Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter will be available for purchase.

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

Scales & Tales
Fridays, March 13 - May 22, 3:30 - 4:15 pm

Celebrate our newest exhibition, Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney, by exploring the world of the dinosaurs' scaly cousins — lizards, snakes, and turtles. Each week we'll share one of our favorite scaly tales, have a chance to touch (and maybe even hold) a live reptile, and create a great reptile or dinosaur-themed craft. Meet at the Stamford Museum.

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

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Spring Constellations
Friday, March 13, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory for a real treat to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Spring 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.

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

Maple Sugar Open House
Sunday, March 15, 1 - 3:30 pm

If you missed our Maple Sugar Festival Weekend or if you just can't get enough maple syrup, join us for one last look at our 2015 syrup production season. The Sugarhouse will be open from 1 to 3 pm for visitors to see how we produce our pure maple syrup. We'll also have a tapping demo at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Join us at 3 pm for our favorite winter treat: vanilla ice cream with maple syrup (while supplies last)!

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

Bunny Tales Tea Party
Saturday, March 21, 2 - 4 pm

Enjoy an English-style tea party celebrating Beatrix Potter's life and work. Meet the real-life animals that inspired Miss Potter's beloved characters such as Jemima Puddle Duck, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, Mrs.Tiggy Winkle, and Peter Rabbit. Tea-time delights made from the fruits and veggies like the ones grown in Mr. McGregor's garden will be served. An activity and storytime are also planned. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Space is limited. Be sure to book your spot early by calling 203.977.6521. Herbal tea graciously provided by Teavana.

Members: $25 per person | Non-Members: $35 per person.

NEW! WILD! Saturdays
Saturdays, March 21 - May 23
(no programs on 4/4 or 5/16)

Discover our newest addition to Heckscher Farm — Heckscher WILD! Meet some of our animals up close and create lunch for some, too. Don't forget to visit our river otters, Bert and Edie, to see them get their lunch. All programs, except for otter feeding, will meet at the Heckscher WILD! exhibit. Otter feeding will meet at the Otter Pond.

Schedule of Events
12:30 pmWILD! Feeding (Heckscher WILD!)
1:00 pmOtter Feeding (Otter Pond)
1:30 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)
3:00 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)

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

Sunday Explorers
Sundays, March 22 - May 24 , Noon - 4 pm
(no programs on 4/5 or 5/17)

Our popular Sunday programs continue with some new additions! Explore our farm, help to feed some animals, meet some animals up close, and create some great self-guided crafts.

Schedule of Events
Noon - 4 pmSelf-guided crafts (Overbrook Nature Center)
12:30 pmWILD! Feeding (Heckscher WILD!)
1:00 pmOtter Feeding (Otter Pond)
1:30 pmAnimal Meet & Greet
2:00 pmFarm Fun (meet at chicken coop)
3:00 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Overbrook Nature Center)

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

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:
Amphibian Amble
Session I: Friday, March 27, 7 - 8:30 pm

Join in on this spring favorite! Grab your flashlights and hiking boots, and discover some of the unique creatures that visit our vernal pools once a year to lay their eggs. Look for wood frogs, American toads, and spotted salamanders. Register early, this sells out every year! Meets at the Overbrook Nature Center. Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8.

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Pluto and New Horizons
Friday, March 27, 7 pm

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

Take-a-Hike Week: Walk on the WILD! Side
Tuesday, March 31 - Thursday, April 2

Our annual Take-a-Hike week programs return! Spend your spring break hiking our trails, exploring our habitats, and meeting our live animals up close! Our popular Vernal Pool and Hike through the Sky programs return, along with new offerings such as Habitat, Habitat and Dinosaur Stomp Hike. Join us for our annual Scavenger Hunt, this year with a "Survival Challenge" theme, where you'll discover how to make fire, how to read animal tracks, and even get a chance to eat some bugs. Try your hand at one of our self-guided crafts and visit the animals in our newest exhibit, Heckscher WILD! Grab your 2015 passport to earn stamps at programs, crafts, or find our "Hidden Stamp of the Day."

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

Heckscher Farm Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4, 10 am - Noon

Children ages six and younger can bring their own baskets and hunt for hundreds of eggs that will be hidden all over Heckscher Farm. Eggs will be distributed throughout the two-hour event. Once eggs have been collected, they can be turned in for a goody bag. Parents and older siblings are welcome to come along in support. The gates of the farm will open at 10 am. Please note only one goody bag will be provided for each child ages six and younger.

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

Excellent Eggs at Overbrook
Saturday, April 4, 10 am - 1 pm

After you have hunted for your eggs on Heckscher Farm, stop by the Overbrook Nature Center to learn about other spring eggs! Discover the special eggs of salamanders and why bird eggs come in different shapes and colors. We'll have ongoing self-guided crafts. Join us at 12:30 pm for a live "Egg-laying Animals" class to meet a chicken, snake, and more.

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

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Constellations Across Cultures
Friday, April 10, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by learning about Constellations Across Cultures, 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.

Spring Home School Day: WILD! for Animals
Thursday, April 16, 10 am - 3 pm

Discover the WILD world of animals and explore our newest exhibit — Heckscher WILD! We'll explore our vernal pools, learn how scientists group animals, and investigate the world of animal tracks and signs. We'll also explore the adaptations that animals have to survive in their habitats, as we meet live animals from around the world.

Limited enrollment for small group experience. No charge for teachers/chaperones and non- participating siblings. A group lunch will allow for home schoolers to meet each other and exchange ideas.

To register, please call Ben LaPoint at 203.977.6540 or e-mail blapoint@stamfordmuseum.org.

Members & Non-Members: $15/child.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:
Amphibian Amble
Session II: Friday, April 17, 7 - 8:30 pm

Join in on this spring favorite! Grab your flashlights and hiking boots, and discover some of the unique creatures that visit our vernal pools once a year to lay their eggs. Look for wood frogs, American toads, and spotted salamanders. Register early, this sells out every year! Meets at the Overbrook Nature Center. Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8.

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Infinity and Our Universe
Friday, April 24, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by learning about Infinity and Our Universe, 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.

Earth Day Family Volunteer Project
Saturday, April 26, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Get the family outdoors to celebrate Earth Day and support the SM&NC! Join us for a "garlic mustard pull" to remove this invasive plant from our trails and woods.

Garlic mustard was introduced in the 1860's as a culinary herb and has since become an invasive species in much of Connecticut. Left unchecked, it can become the dominant plant in the undergrowth of forests, greatly reducing the diversity of all species. The garlic mustard leaves that we harvest will be offered to local food banks to help feed the hungry.

This opportunity is open to volunteers age 11 and older (ages 11 - 14 must be accompanied by an adult). Advance registration is requested. For more information or to register, please contact Cathryn Oulighan, Volunteer & Community Relations Manager, at 203.977.6530 or volunteer@stamfordmuseum.org.

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
Galaxies and Dark Matter
Friday, May 8, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory for a real treat to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on the Galaxies and Dark Matter, 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.

Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3
No children under 5 please.

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.

Compass Challenge
Sunday, May 31, 3 - 4:30 pm

Assess your navigation skills with our outdoor compass challenge! Discover the basics of orienteering to improve your outdoor skills and test yourself on our challenge course. We'll learn the proper way to take a bearing and how to set and maintain a course to ensure you are going in the correct direction. Participants will also learn how to read basic maps and how to interpret other directional aids, such as cairns. Compasses provided. Recommended for ages 6 and older.

Members: $5/person | Non-Members: $8/person.


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