Explore the amazing natural wonders found at the SM&NC!
This series of family programs, led by the Stamford Museum & Nature Center Environmental Education team, explores the amazing natural wonders found on our campus. Programs meet at the Overbrook Nature Center.
Limited enrollment. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Some programs are for SM&NC members only (not a member? Join today!).
Registration for Winter/Spring programs opens
December 7 for SM&NC members and December 14 to all unless otherwise noted.
MEMBERS ONLY Family Scavenger Hunt Quest
Saturday, December 11
& Sunday, December 12
Whether you know the SM&NC like the back of your hand or you are still exploring, this challenge is a great way to discover all that SM&NC has to offer! Check in Saturday or Sunday anytime between 10-12 at the Overbrook Nature Center to register your family for the hunt! Receive your scavenger hunt form and head out! See how many points you can get and turn in your form for a chance to win some great prizes! Check-in is between 10-12 but families may work on their hunt anytime over the weekend.
Members: FREE - No Advanced Registration
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Saturday, January 22
Calling all reptile fans! Meet some of our live reptiles up close and personal! Discover reptiles that live here in Connecticut, test your family's knowledge and win prizes with our reptile trivia, and try some "eat like a reptile" snacks! Meets at the Knoblock Family Farmhouse.
Limited to 20 participants.
Sunday, February 6
Session I: 12:30-1:00pm
Session II: 2:00-3:00pm
Session III: 3:00-4:00pm
Celebrate one of our favorite days of the year -- SuperbOWL Sunday! No matter who is playing in the big game, there is always great offense and defense in the owl world. Discover the types of owls that call Connecticut home, test yourself with Owl Call Jeopardy, meet our non-releaseable barred owl, dissect your own owl pellet and take home a great owl craft for future work!
Class is limited to 10 registrants per session.
Children 7 and up may be dropped off for this class or may attend with 1 adult (free of charge). Children under 7 must attend with 1 adult (free of charge)
Members: $12/child (includes 1 adult free of charge)
Non-members: $15/child (includes 1 adult free of charge)
MEMBERS ONLY Family Maple Boildown
Friday, February 25
Join us for an evening at the Maple Sugar House as we turn our maple sap into liquid gold! We'll have the evaporator running, the fire pit on, and the farmhouse classroom open. Try different grades of maple syrup, make a maple-themed s'more over the campfire, create a craft, and if we are lucky, taste freshly-made syrup (once cooled of course!). We'll have opportunities for families to come into the sugar house and tables inside and outside available for crafts and s'mores.
Limited to 24 participants.
Children under 3 are free and do not need to register
Open to SM&NC members only
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Session I: Friday, March 25
Session II: Friday, April 1
Our annual favorite returns! Join us for a chance to try to catch "salamander rain," the yearly migration of spotted salamanders and wood frogs to our woodland vernal pools. We'll grab our nets and head to the forest. We'll learn about the various types of animals that use the vernal pools throughout the year and see what we can catch! Meets at the Overbrook Nature Center.
Limited to 15 participants per session.
Recommended for ages 5 and up
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.