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.

Pumpkin Carving

Ages 5+
Saturday, October 15
Session 1: 1 – 2 pm- FULL
Session 2: 2:30 – 3:30 pm-FULL

Join us for this annual favorite! Carve a pumpkin with your family to grace your porch or sidewalk! We'll provide a variety of patterns, tools, paint, and stickers, as well as a 1 large and 1 small locally-grown pumpkin for you to carve or decorate. Use your imagination to create whatever you'd like! Limited to 8 families per session. Each ticket includes program participation for your family and 1 large and 1 small pumpkin. Meet at the Otter Outdoor Classroom across from the Overbrook Nature Center.

Members: $20/ticket

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Farmer for a Day

Ages 7+
Friday, November 11
Session 1: 1 – 2 pm- FULL
Session 2: 2:15 – 3:15 pm- FULL

Help our farmers with chores like prepping food, walking or grooming animals, and preparing for afternoon rounds! See what it takes to care for our animals every day! Limited to 6 children. Children may be dropped off for this program. One adult may attend with a child at no charge, but additional adults and younger siblings may not attend. Meet at the Heckscher WILD! porch.

Members: $15/ticket
Non-Members: $20/ticket


Woolly Workshop

Ages 8+
Saturday, December 3
2 – 3 pm

Meet the animals that provide our yearly wool crop and then discover how we go from sheep to sweater! Learn how we wash, card, and spin wool. Staff will demonstrate felting methods and participants will then make a wool dryer ball to take home. Program location will be sent to participants before the class. Limited to 15 participants. Tickets include entry for 1 person.

Members: $15/ticket
Non-Members: $20/ticket

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.