Special Events

Fall Breakout Day: Drawing, Dragons, and Designs
Thursday, September 21, 11 am - 3 pm

Celebrate our fall exhibition, Illustrations of Imaginative Literature: The Korshak Collection, as we explore the intersections of nature, science, and art. Get a chance to sketch some amazing artifacts from the Stamford Museum's Permanent Collection, meet some live animals straight out of our favorite fantasy books, and create your own creature out of clay. Test your science fiction knowledge during our trivia challenge, create some great self-guided crafts, and complete a scavenger hunt in our Museum Galleries. Roast a dough snake over the campfire from 2:30 - 3 pm to celebrate the end of our day.


Astronomy Nights: Fall Constellations with Tim Haag
Friday, September 22, 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.

Scarecrow Making
Sunday, October 8, 1 - 4:30 pm
Session I: 1-2 pm, Session II: 2:15-3:15pm, Session III: 3:30-4:30pm

Bring your family for the 7th annual scarecrow making program and create a scarecrow for our Harvest Festival Weekend contest! Families will create a life-size scarecrow that will be entered in our scarecrow contest and exhibited at our Harvest Festival October 14-15. Some materials are provided, but 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 required. Participating families must agree to leave the scarecrow for the Harvest Festival and must pick it up the week after the Festival.

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


Astronomy Nights: Astrobiology: Life on Other Worlds with Jaclyn Avidon
Friday, October 13, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Astrobiology: Life on Other Worlds, 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

Outdoor Adventures: Heckscher Farm Evening Tour
Friday, October 20, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Ever wonder what the animals do when the farmers go home? Join us for a special after-hours tour of Heckscher Farm and visit with some of your favorite animals after the gates close. We'll go in-pasture with our goats, see where the horses and sheep sleep, give a treat to our llamas, and more. We'll end our tour with a cup of hot, local apple cider! Recommended for 4 and up.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8

Astronomy Nights: The Big Bang in 1 Hour with Jason Kendall
Friday, October 27, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on The Big Bang in 1 Hour, 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

Trick or Treat on Heckscher Farm
Sunday, October 29, 1 - 3 pm

Don your Halloween costume and head up to Heckscher Farm to trick or treat with your favorite farm friends! Follow the paths to find the "trick or treat" stations located around Heckscher Farm. There will be toys or candy at each station as well as nut-free options. Please bring your own bag or bucket for all the spooky treats!

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

Ick Fest @ Overbrook
Sunday, October 29, 1 - 4 pm

Celebrate all things creepy and crawly at our annual Ick Fest at Overbrook. After Trick-or-Treating on the Farm, visit Heckscher WILD! to see our snakes, tarantulas, lizards, and other animals up close! Head to the Overbrook Nature Center to explore our slime table, make crafts featuring bats and spiders, pick up a copy of our Icky Scavenger Hunt and more!

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


Scout Observatory Night: Full Moon Fever
Saturday, November 4, 6:30 - 8 pm

Join us for our first-ever Scout Observatory Night and take a closer look into the happenings of our night sky. Our astronomers will have the 22-inch telescope open for viewing and, weather permitting, will explain what can be found in the winter sky, including a full moon. We'll also learn about moon phases and folklore and create some moon crafts to take home. Scout groups will rotate through the three activities. Limited to 45 girl or boy scouts. Scouts may register with parents or with their troops/dens. To register, please e-mail Lisa Monachelli at lmonachelli@stamfordmuseum.org.

Fee: $10/scout | troop/den leaders free | additional adults: $2/each


Touch-A-Truck & Chili Cook-Off
Sunday, November 5, 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 10th Annual Stamford Charity Chili Cookoff. The Cookoff 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 Cookoff, please email stamfordchilicookoff@yahoo.com by October 4.

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.

Balanced and Barefoot: An Evening with Angela Hanscom
Monday, November 6, 7-8:30 pm

With the ever-increasing presence of technology, today's children often do not get the same outdoor, unrestricted play experiences that many of us remember from our youth. Pediatric Occupational Therapist Angela Hanscom, founder of TimberNook, will share the many reasons why this "rough and tumble" nature play is so vital for kids, even from a young age, and how the lack of outdoor play directly correlates with challenges in overall sensory and motor development in children.

Join us for this informative evening with Ms. Hanscom, whose nature-based TimberNook organization has received international acclaim and whose tenets we share at the SM&NC's Art, Nature, & Me Preschool. Refreshments will be served, and Ms. Hanscom will answer audience questions after her presentation. Limited copies of her book, Balanced and Barefoot, will be available for sale at the event.

Members & Non-Members: Suggested donation $10


Election on the Farm
Tuesday, November 7, 11 am - 3 pm

Cast your vote for your favorite farm animal at our annual Election on the Farm! Will our guinea hogs take the vote or be edged out by Dakota the Clydesdale? Your vote counts as the ballot box is open until 3 pm! Meet and shake "hooves" with some of the candidates, try themed self-guided crafts, and scavenger hunts on Heckscher Farm. Join us for hayrides, 11am -1 pm (weather permitting). We'll also get a chance to "Vote Local" with a tasting of local ice cream, 2:30-3 pm. A 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 12 - December 10 11:30 am - 4 pm

Head to the SM&NC for the return of our popular Sunday drop-in programs! Meet one of our Heckscher Farm animals, try your hand at a scavenger hunt on the trails, see Sadie and Bert, our North American River Otters, get their lunch, or help to feed some animals in Heckscher WILD! (First-come, first-served; recommended for ages 5 and up.)

Schedule of Events
11:30 am - 4 pmSelf-guided crafts
11:30 amHeckscher Farm Animal Meet & Greet
12 pmOtter feeding demonstration (Otter Pond)
12:30 pmWILD! Feeding (at Heckscher WILD!, limited enrollment, ages 5 & up
2 pmScavenger Hunt (Meet at Overbrook)
3 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)

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

Holiday Local Market
Friday, November 17, 6:30 - 8 pm

Here's a special treat: While experiencing the amazing gadgetry of Steve Gerberich, at the public opening of our Gerberich's Gadgets: Best of Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys exhibition, sample some of the great local products that can be found in our area. Some of our farm market vendors will return with a variety of yummy items, just in time for the holiday season! A list of vendors and products will be available on our website closer to the event.

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

Astronomy Nights: Meteor Showers with Tony Faddoul
Friday, December, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Meteor Showers, 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

Outdoor Adventures: Full Moon Hike
Sunday, December 3, 5-6:30 pm

Discover the almost-winter world of nocturnal creatures by the light of the last full moon of 2017. We'll head out on to the SM&NC's nature trails at dusk and return by the light of the full moon. We'll learn about the phases of the moon and see what animals are out and about during sunset.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8

Astronomy Nights: Winter Constellations
Friday, December 15, 7 pm

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

Scout Invention Convention Day
Sunday, December 17, 1-4 pm

Join us to get an up-close look at the amazing artistic gadgetry of Steve Gerberich, whose fabulous creations grace the Stamford Museum galleries this holiday season in our Gerberich's Gadgets: Best of Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys exhibition. We'll have some free build time with our favorite building blocks, create our own inventions out of recycled materials, complete a scavenger hunt through the exhibit, and more. Scout groups will rotate through activities. Limited to 60 girl and boy scouts. Scouts may register with their parents or with their troops/dens. To register, please e-mail Lisa Monachelli at lmonachelli@stamfordmuseum.org.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8

Vacation Drop-Off Days (ages 4-5)
Monday, December 18; Wednesday, December 20 9:30 am-12 pm

Not ready for winter break yet? Join us for a morning of nature play, live animals, crafts, and more! Our environmental educators will lead an exploration of winter trails, introduce children to some of our animal teachers, and share stories and crafts. Limited enrollment of 12 children for a small group experience. Must be 4 by the date of the program. Snack and drink will be served. Class meets at Overbrook Nature Center.

Members: $30/child | Non-Members: $35/child


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