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 summer programs (July-September) opens:
June 29 for SM&NC members and to all on July 13 unless otherwise noted.

Woolly Workshop

Tuesday, July 6- FULL
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Recommended ages 6+

Discover how we go from sheep to sweater on Heckscher Farm! Meet our sheep and see how fast our spring lambs have grown up! Then, we’ll discover how we wash, card, and spin wool into yarn. Each person will also start a Wool Dryer ball to take home. Limited to 10 participants. Meet at the Farmhouse.

Members: $8/person
Non-members: $11/person

*Non-member registration opens 7/1

Excellent Equines

Wednesday, July 21- FULL
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Ages 6+

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, including adults escorting children, must have a ticket. Children under 6 may not register for this program.

Members: $8/person
Non-members: $11/person

Berry Bonanza

Sunday, August 22-FULL
3:30-5:00 p.m.

Did you know that technically a grape is a berry but a raspberry is not? Despite its name, raspberries are one of mid-
summer’s best treats. We’ll harvest berries from our garden bushes if they are ready, learn how to identify wild raspberries versus invasive wineberries, and then create our own no-bake raspberry sauce to take home. Limited to 10 participants.

Members: $12/person
Non-members: $15/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.