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It may seem a bit early to think "summer," but 2024 Summer Camp registration is open and underway!

Each of our weekly camp sessions features a different theme, which is integrated into the activities and programs for the week, taking full advantage of our unique setting.

Programs are led by an experienced SM&NC Environmental Educator or Preschool Teacher to provide exciting and engaging interactive experiences both in the classroom and in the natural world.

FAMILY FEST SUNDAYS

First County Bank Maple Sugar Fest Sundays

February 25 and March 3 & 10
10 am – 2 pm

We’re celebrating Maple Sugaring Season by bundling tons of festival fun into a single admission price, three Sundays this winter!

There will be added attractions, enhanced programming, fun seasonal offerings, free giveaways, and traditional favorites like Colonial, Native American and Modern sugaring demonstrations.

This year, we'll kick off the festivities with a Character Brunch featuring Mickey Mouse and we'll have Siberian Huskies on-site for you to meet and greet!

EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION

Pat Musick:
Our Fragile Home

Thursday, March 7
5  – 7 pm

Pat Musick: Our Fragile Home was inspired by the words astronauts have used universally upon viewing Earth from space for the first time: Fragile, Protect, Beauty, Steward, Sustain, Harmony, Nurture.

In different languages and across many boundaries, their words were all the same. Through paint, sculpture, and mixed media, Pat Musick conveys the fragility of our planet, and its natural and eternal beauty.

Join us for our opening reception.

COMING SOON

Pat Musick: Our Fragile Home

March 8 through May 27, 2024

Pat Musick: Our Fragile Home was inspired by the words astronauts have used universally upon viewing Earth from space for the first time: Fragile, Protect, Beauty, Steward, Sustain, Harmony, Nurture. In different languages and across many boundaries, their words were all the same. Through paint, sculpture, and mixed media, Pat Musick conveys the fragility of our planet, and its natural and eternal beauty.

Our Fragile Home exhibits Musick’s most astonishing work: the large-scale Ra made from branches of a fallen tree, polished and repurposed; the series The Instant of It All, which portrays trees as a metaphor for the impermanence of life; and Epilogue 6, a feat of engineering in steel and stone that represents renewal and rebirth.

Pat Musick’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and has over 50 permanent installations in public spaces. Musick was married to Gerald (Jerry) Carr, one of 19 Group 5 astronauts selected by NASA in 1966. He was Commander of the Skylab 4 84-day mission. Their life is the subject of the documentary The Artist & The Astronaut which had its Connecticut premiere at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in May 2023 and will be shown again as a Nights Out program on March 8, 2024.

CAMPAIGN FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

Phase II: Planetarium & Astronomy Center Underway

On the morning of May 23, 2023, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center officially broke ground on the Phase II Planetarium & Astronomy Center. 

The 11,000-square-foot facility will reinvigorate a core pillar of the SM&NC’s Mission and bring our organization’s Planetarium and Observatory programs under the same roof for the first time in our 87-year history. Astronomy programming has long been a Mission signature ever since our first astronomy classes were held in 1941. They continue to this day, and will abound in the years to come.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Mar 2

Daily Otter Feeding

March 2 @ 12:00 pm

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Mar 3

Daily Otter Feeding

March 3 @ 12:00 pm

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Mar 4

Daily Otter Feeding

March 4 @ 12:00 pm

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Mar 5

Daily Otter Feeding

March 5 @ 12:00 pm

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First County Bank Maple Sugar Fest Sundays bundle all the fun of a festival into a single admission price, three Sundays this Winter!