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 spring programs (April - June) opens:
March 22 for SM&NC members and to all on April 5.
Seed Sowing for Spring
Sunday, April 18
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. Limited to 10 participants. Children may not be dropped off for this program. All participants must have a ticket. Meet at Heckscher Farm Garden.
Family Pizza Party
Sunday, April 18- FULL
3 -4 pm
Work with your family to create your foundations for a great pizza dinner! We’ll create an awesome 5 minute pizza sauce, our favorite Heckscher Chefs pizza dough, and even learn how to make our own cheese too! Participants will take their ingredients home to be able to cook their own pizza for dinner that night—just add toppings! Limited to 4 families.
MEMBERS ONLY: Heckscher Farm Evening Tour
Fridays, May 7 and May 14-FULL
Join us for an evening stroll to see what Heckscher Farm is like after hours! Visit with our new farm babies, peek in the barns where the animals sleep at night and give an evening snack to the pigs. Limited to 12 participants. All participants need a ticket.
MEMBERS ONLY: Excellent Equines
Tuesday, May 11-FULL
Horses and donkeys have long been favorite animals on New England farms. We will discuss the history and care of these animals, and examine their importance in the development of Connecticut agriculture. Students will then meet the equines of the Heckscher Farm and learn more about them through hands on experiences. Limited to 10 participants. Children may not be dropped off for this program. All participants must have a ticket. Children under 6 may not register for this program.
MEMBERS ONLY: Goats Galore!
Sunday, May 23
Session I: 1:00-2:15 pm- FULL
Session 2: 2:45-3:45 pm-FULL
Join us for a spring version of our popular goat program! Meet the newest kids in our herd, help to exercise a goat, and paint your own paper mache goat to take home! Limited to 10 participants per session. Children may not be dropped off of this program. All participants must have a ticket. Children under 5 may not register for this program.
Saturday, June 12- FULL
Join us for a nature walk and discussion about how many of our local plants have been used as cures and treatments for everything from coughs to headaches. Along the way, we will discover how local tribes used various plants in their daily life and how many of the same plants appear in our lives as well. After our walk, attendants will also have the opportunity to plant their own herb garden to take home. Recommended for ages 7 and up. We will be walking outside and using some trails so please dress accordingly and note that some paths will not be accessible to strollers.