Special Events

Sunday Explorers
Sundays through May 22, Noon - 4 pm
(no program 5/15)

Our popular Sunday drop-in programs return for the spring. Join us for a weekly hike on our trails or for a chance to meet or feed some of our Heckscher WILD! animals. Explore Heckscher Farm as we greet goats, plant in our garden, and peek into barns to see if any baby animals were born. Visit the Overbrook Nature Center for some great self-guided crafts, additional animals, and exhibits too!

Schedule of Events
Noon - 4 pmSelf-guided crafts
1 pmGuided Hike
1:30 pmAnimal Meet & Greet
2:30 pmExplore the Farm (meet at chicken coop)
3 pmAnimal Meet & Greet

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

WILD! Wednesdays
Wednesday, April 27, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Early release from school? Visit our Heckscher WILD! exhibit with a chance to meet some of our animal teachers up close! Join us as we share a favorite story, meet a few animals, and complete a craft inspired by a book.

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

Earth Day Family Volunteer Project - Invasive Plant Species Removal
Sunday, May 1, 9:30 am - Noon

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:
Jupiter: From Galileo to the JUNO Mission
Friday, May 6, 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 Jupiter: From Galileo to the JUNO Mission, 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.


THE YAMA KI BONSAI SOCIETY PRESENTS
The Art of Bonsai
Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15, 11 am - 3 pm

Yama Ki Bonsai Society will be hosting its annual The Art of the Bonsai exhibition at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center during the Spring on the Farm Festival, May 14 and 15. This fascinating exhibition of ancient natural sculpture techniques will feature more than 50 Bonsai trees that range in size from 6 inches to over 3 feet tall. One exquisite tree is over 100 years old.

We invite you to come on up to the Stamford Museum galleries to see the beautiful trees. Society members will be available to answer your questions and show you the fine points of Bonsai. Starter Bonsai trees will be available for sale and you can cast your vote for your favorite bonsai tree. This exhibition is free with Festival admission.

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

Family Farm Fridays!
Fridays, May 20 - June 17, 4 - 5 pm
(no progam on 6/3)

Explore the farm and garden and learn what products come from our local farms through cooking and creative projects. Each week will have a separate theme, so join us for one or all. Registration is not required. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Each week will have a separate theme, so join us for one or all:
  • May 20: Dairy Delight Meet our goats and cows, learn how we milk our goats, and learn how to make a quick cheese
  • May 27: Spring Herb Gardens & Pesto Plant an herb garden to take home and make fresh pesto
  • June 10: Chicken & Eggs Help collect eggs and meet our chickens
  • June 17: Fabulous Fibers: Meet our fiber goats, alpacas, and sheep and learn how we work with our wool
Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8.

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS:
The First Three Minutes of the Big Bang
Friday, May 20, 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 First Three Minutes of the Big Bang, 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.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:
Slithery Snakes
Sunday, May 22, 4 - 5:30 pm

Get an up close look at everyone's favorite scaly serpents — the snakes! Learn how to identify our native Connecticut snakes, meet some live snakes from around the world, and then take a hike on our trails to look for signs of these scaly creatures and things they might like to eat for dinner. Additionally, find out the best ways to handle snakes and get to hold one of our teaching snakes. 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.

Kites, Flights, and Nights
Sunday, May 29, 11 am - 3 pm

Celebrate our newest exhibition, Art on a String: Asian Kites in Flight, by exploring all things in the sky. Learn to identify common constellations in our planetarium, create a flying machine out of recycled materials, discover how animals, rockets, and planes fly, and try your hand at launching our catapult. Visit our new Kite exhibition and be inspired to create your own kite, too. Meet some live animals that move by flying or gliding, hike on our trails to look for birds and bugs, and end our day with a favorite campfire treat, S'mores!

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


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