Our FIY series teaches families and kids homesteading and cooking skills that can easily be done at home!

Throughout the year we’ll have opportunities to work with animals, cook in our kitchens, grow things to take home and more. Limited enrollment ensures that everyone gets hands-on chances to participate. Program location will be emailed to participants the week before the event. Recommended for children ages 5 and up, unless otherwise noted. Please take note that for many programs are not drop-off and that all participants require a ticket, including adults. Refer to individual programs for more information. Please note: Some programs are for SM&NC members only (not a member? Join today!).

Registration for winter/spring programs opens:
December 7 to SM&NC members and to all on December 14.

Barnyard Birds Paint Party-FULL

Sunday, December 5
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Get inspired by our latest exhibition, The Artistry of Jacques Pepin, by meeting some of our farm animals and getting to create your own chicken painting in the style of Jacques Pepin! We’ll start with a tour of the galleries, then head to the farm for inspiration before creating our own masterpiece. All painting materials will be provided. Limited to 10 participants.

Members: $15/person
Non-members: $18/person

Extreme Maple Syrup

Session I: Saturday, February 26- FULL
Session II: Saturday, March 5-FULL

Join us for our annual behind-the-scenes look at our maple operation! Help to collect the sap run of the day, see how much syrup has been made so far for the season and how we go from sap to syrup. We'll also do a maple syrup taste test challenge and get to try a variety of infused maple syrups to see what your favorite is! As always, we'll reward our hard work with one of our favorite treats--ice cream with maple syrup! Meets at the Maple Sugar House.

Limited to 15 people per session.

Members: $10/person
Non-members: $12/person

Seed Sowing for Spring

Ages 6+
Sunday, March 20

There has been such a renewed interest in growing food in individual yards! Make the most of Connecticut's growing season as we learn how to sow seeds to be planted later in the spring. From germination times, to growing seasons, to using containers versus in-ground planting, discover how best to produce some of your own food this spring! Each participant will take home sowed seeds for their garden. Meets at Heckscher Farm Garden.

Limited to 12 people.
Children may not be dropped off for this program.
All participants need a ticket.

Members: $10/person
Non-members: $12/person

Youth & Family Program Policies

  • Refunds may be available for a registered program up to 10 days before the program date.  Within 10 days refunds are, unfortunately, not available. Please register carefully. Contact registration at 203.977.6521 for refunds. Programs cancelled by SM&NC will be refunded in full.
  • Ticket transfers are not permitted. Only registered parties may attend in their program time/date.
  • Please note age requirements.  Registrations outside of the age minimums/maximums will be cancelled and may not be refunded.
  • Please note registration requirements.  Some programs are drop-off and some require adult attendance.  All parties 3 and up that attend a program require a ticket for individually-ticketed events.