Special Events

Gerb-O-Matic Workshop: Make-and-Take Sculpting Event
Saturday, January 20
Session I: 10am - 12pm, Session II: 1 - 3pm
For ages 8 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sculptor Stephen Gerberich will inspire and direct participants to sculpt their own mini-masterpieces from a smorgasbord of parts painstakingly culled from dumpsters, thrift shops, and dollar stores during Gerberich's nationwide travels. Handmade sculptures will be assembled using hot glue "welding." Children and adults can re-compose these objects into original works, while acquiring a new appreciation for the creative reuse of ordinary objects. Space is limited, register early! Pre-payment and pre-registration are required. Call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $40 for 1 adult & 1 child, $20 each additional person
Non-members: $55 for 1 adult & 1 child, $25 each additional person (includes gate admission)

Winter Stars Planetarium Shows
Sundays, January 21, February 18, and March 18
Shows begin promptly at 12 and 1:30 pm

Take a tour of the constellations or planets in our galaxy!Learn about star stories in the sky, how to recognize common winter constellations, which planets are made of rock or gas, and more. Topics and content will vary each week. Programs begin promptly at 12 and 1:30 with limited seating. Doors will open 10 minutes before show time; no late admissions please. Recommended for ages 6 and up. No strollers, please.

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

Sunday Explorers
Sundays, January 21 - February 25, 1 - 4 pm

Winter is a great time to explore the SM&NC! Our popular animal meet-and-greets return, joined by our Science Spot program in our nature center classroom! Stop by the Overbrook Nature Center for a self-guided craft and to visit our animals, or join us for a program. Different themes, animals, and stories each week!

Schedule of Events
1 - 4 pmSelf-guided crafts (Overbrook)
1 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)
1:30 pmNature Make & Take (Overbrook)
2:30 pmScience Spot (Overbrook)
3 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)

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

Vacation Drop Off Days (ages 4-9)
Thursday, February 15 & Friday, February 16, 9:30 am - 12 pm

Spend some of your February break at the SM&NC! We'll discover what animals do in the winter, explore winter stars in the sky, create great art, hike on winter trails, and more. Meets at Overbrook Nature Center. Limited enrollment of 12 children for a small group experience. Must be 4 by the start date of the program. Snack and drink will be served.

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

Winter Home School Day: Fire & Earth (ages 5-10)
Thursday, February 15, 10:30 am - 3 pm

Homeschoolers, join us for an in-depth look at two of the four elements, Fire & Earth! Discover how the three rock types are created and the science behind volcanoes, try your own hand at making fire with our bow drills, see how fire is important in making maple syrup, and discover the properties of soil in our Dirt Discovery class. Limited enrollment for small group experience; prepayment is required. 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 contact Devan Shulby at dshulby@stamfordmuseum.org.

Members: $15/child | Non-Members: $15/child

Winter Stars Planetarium Shows
Sundays, January 21, February 18, and March 18
Shows begin promptly at 12 and 1:30 pm

Take a tour of the constellations or planets in our galaxy!Learn about star stories in the sky, how to recognize common winter constellations, which planets are made of rock or gas, and more. Topics and content will vary each week. Programs begin promptly at 12 and 1:30 with limited seating. Doors will open 10 minutes before show time; no late admissions please. Recommended for ages 6 and up. No strollers, please.

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

Winter Break Out Day: Winter on the Farm
Monday, February 19, 11 am - 3 pm

Discover what is happening on Heckscher Farm in the winter! Visit our Maple Sugarhouse and see how the season is progressing, complete a farm scavenger hunt, try your hand at spinning wool, and meet some of the residents of Heckscher Farm! Make your own butter, create some great crafts, and join us at 2:30 for one of our favorite winter treats – vanilla ice cream with SM&NC's own maple syrup!

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

Outdoor Adventures:
Extreme Maple Syrup
Sunday, February 25, 3 - 4:30 pm

Join us for a special behind-the-scenes look at our Maple Syrupping operation and get to help with some of the daily tasks that go into turning our sap into syrup! Help to collect sap and measure how much sugar is in it, learn to use our auger to drill tap holes, tour our sugarbush, and more! See the process of turning sap into syrup with our evaporator and do a taste test of the different grades to see which one you prefer! We'll end our program with a special treat featuring our own maple syrup! Meet at the Maple Sugar House. Limited enrollment; pre-registration only. Recommended for ages 6 and older.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8

March WILDness at Heckscher WILD!
March 3 - April 7
Tuesdays-Fridays, Noon-4 pm, Saturdays & Sundays, 10 am-4 pm

Cast your vote in our 3rd annual bracket challenge in Heckscher WILD! All of our animals are awesome, but we know everyone has favorites. 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 your votes to move on in our challenge. Then, the top two vote getters will battle it out to be the March WILDness winner during our Take-a-Hike Week programs. Stop by weekday afternoons in March (Tues-Fri) at 3 pm to meet one of the animals from our weekly group! Voting will also be available during our Maple Sugar Festival Weekend, March 3-4.

Schedule of Events
1st Round (March 3 - 10):Mammals
2nd Round (March 11 - 17):Amphibians & Invertebrates
3rd Round (March 18 - 24):Turtles & Snakes
4th Round (March 25 - 31):Lizards
The Terrific Two (April 1 - 7):2 Highest Vote Getters

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

Winter Stars Planetarium Shows
Sundays, January 21, February 18, and March 18
Shows begin promptly at 12 and 1:30 pm

Take a tour of the constellations or planets in our galaxy!Learn about star stories in the sky, how to recognize common winter constellations, which planets are made of rock or gas, and more. Topics and content will vary each week. Programs begin promptly at 12 and 1:30 with limited seating. Doors will open 10 minutes before show time; no late admissions please. Recommended for ages 6 and up. No strollers, please.

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

Outdoor Adventures: Amphibian Amble
Session I: Friday, March 23, 7 - 8:30 pm
Session II: Friday, April 6, 7 - 8:30 pm

Join in on this Spring favorite! Grab your flashlights, hiking boots, and discover some of the unique creatures that visit these vernal pools once a year to lay their eggs, like wood frogs, American toads, and spotted salamanders. Meets at the Overbrook Nature Center. Register early, this sells out every year! Pre-registration only. Recommended for ages 5 and older. Call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8

Starbirth in the March Sky, featuring the Orion Nebula & the Beehive Cluster
Friday, March 23, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Starbirth in the March Sky, featuring the Orion Nebula & the Beehive Cluster, 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

Forest Easter Egg Adventure (ages 2 & up)
Saturday, March 24; Sunday, March 25; Saturday, March 31
Session 1: 11 am-12 pm, Session 2: 1-2 pm, Session 3: 2-3 pm, Session 4: 3:30-4:30 pm

Join us for a NEW Easter Egg Adventure this year on our Wheels in the Woods trail. A maximum of 25 kids per session ensures a fun, safe event for all! We'll start with the hunt on our trails where kids can gather eggs in the woods, then head to the Overbrook Nature Center, where we'll get to meet some live animals and create a great craft! Kids will turn in their found eggs for a goody bag! Program will run rain or shine (rain plan will be in Great Hall). This program will take the place of the Heckscher Farm Egg Hunt for 2018. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Call the Museum at 203.977.6521 to register. Limited to 25 children per session.

Members: $20/child; free admission for member adults
Non-Members: $25/child; 1 free adult admission for every paying child; additional adults $5 (gate admission is included)

Outdoor Adventures: Amphibian Amble
Session I: Friday, March 23, 7 - 8:30 pm
Session II: Friday, April 6, 7 - 8:30 pm

Join in on this Spring favorite! Grab your flashlights, hiking boots, and discover some of the unique creatures that visit these vernal pools once a year to lay their eggs, like wood frogs, American toads, and spotted salamanders. Meets at the Overbrook Nature Center. Register early, this sells out every year! Pre-registration only. Recommended for ages 5 and older. Call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8

April Adventures
Sundays, April 8 - 29, 1 - 4 pm

A special version of our Sunday Explorers for April! Come visit to see what spring has in store for SM&NC. Meet some of our animals, join our Slime Time to make a different slime recipe each week, hike on our trails, and more!

Schedule of Events
1 - 4 pmSelf-guided crafts (Overbrook)
1 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)
1:30 pmSlime Time!
2:30 pmNature Hike
3 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)

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

Astronomy Nights: The Moon Village: living at an International Moon base
Friday, April 20, 7:30 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on The Moon Village: living at an International Moon base, 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

Spring Home School Day: Air & Water (ages 5-10)
Tuesday, April 24, 10:30 am - 3 pm

We'll tackle the other two elements for our Spring Home School Day! Discover the ecology of our vernal pools, explore the power of air in our wind lab, launch stomp rockets into the air, and investigate the ecology of a watershed. Limited enrollment for small group experience; prepayment is required. 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 contact Devan Shulby at dshulby@stamfordmuseum.org.

Members: $15/child | Non-Members: $15/child



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