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Featured Events & Programs

SPONSORED SERIES

Members Only:
Spring in Motion

Saturdays, May 21 & June 18
3 Daily Sessions
Series Sponsored by Riley Volvo Cars Stamford

Recycled Racetracks & Rollercoasters
Join us for this new family workshop that combines our favorites of building with recycled materials and things in motion! Families will work together to build a marble roller coaster and a die-cast car model “Riley Raceway” out of recycled materials.

Animals in Motion
Join us for program to explore the many ways that animals move. Many vehicles, from jets to cars, are named after animals to model their speed and agility. Meet some of our live animals up close and discover how they move from place to place. 

FREE THROUGH GRANT FUNDING

Animals for All

Spring 2022 sessions span April to June

We are proud to offer “Animals for All,” a free program series designed exclusively for neurodiverse children and their families.

Two different program formats are offered: Heckscher Farm Open Evenings, which allow families to visit the Farm after-hours at their own pace and order, and Caring for Critters, which provides kids a chance to work with farm animals up close in a small group environment.

While staff is on hand for questions during Open Evenings, there is no formal program. Instead, families are encouraged to experience Heckscher Farm in an order of their own design knowing that the farm and restroom facilities are fully accessible throughout their visit.

We are profoundly thankful to our grantors, the Dorr Foundation, New Canaan Community Foundation, and Generation Impact, for enabling us to make these experiences free of charge.

SUMMER DRIVE-INS RETURN!

Drive-in Flashback Series

Select Fridays this Summer
Gates open at 6:00 pm
Showtime at Dusk

Revel in the Nostalgia of Decades Past! Our Flashback Drive-In Series spans the 60s to the 90s, including four retro movies and two live music performances on select Fridays this Summer!

  • Star Wars: A New Hope
  • The Parent Trap
  • The Goonies
  • Back to the Future

  • Stella Blue's Band
  • Pour Some 80s on Me
NOW ON VIEW

ROBERT DASH: FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Micro Views of Sustenance: Threats and Prospects

February 18, 2021 -- June 5, 2022

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Micro Views of Sustenance: Threats & Prospects offers a micro perspective on how one part of nature—our food—is connected to climate change.

Using photomontage to create a surreal conversation between everyday foods and microscopic parts of themselves, this work ponders threats to our staple foods from: crop loss due to droughts, floods, soil loss, pests, deforestation; loss of crop nutrient value, and stresses on developing nations; the wasting of 30% of the food we produce; the shifting ranges of many crops; the shift of seasons and implications for syncing with pollinators; and the crash of insect (bee and other) populations.

At the same time, a great deal of work is underway to make agriculture a net carbon sink rather than a net carbon emitter. These images reference prospects: regenerative agriculture, carbon farming, permaculture, forest gardens; rebuilding soil through cover crops, perennials, agroforestry, no-till, plants such as azolla which have balanced atmospheric CO2 over millions of years; and small-scale efforts to develop locally viable, backyard grains. The goal of this exhibition is to use dramatic art to engage visitors in complex issues and possibilities surrounding the state of food on our dinner plates and planet.

Dash’s arresting photographs engage visitors in complex issues surrounding the state of food on our dinner plates and the future of our planet.

Support Stamford Museum & Nature Center

We are a not-for-profit organization and our programs are only possible with your support.

Our Flashback Drive-In Series spans the 60s to the 90s, including four retro movies and two live music performances on select Fridays this Summer!