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Get outside and join us for our annual Take-A-Hike week programs!

Join us for awesome themed days to increase your adventure and get some great time outside!  Themed self-guided crafts each day!

Most hike programs will meet at the Overbrook Nature Center. The Wild Around the World live animal program will be held in Otter Outdoor Classroom (Great Hall in inclement weather). The Hike through the Sky programs will be held in the Museum Building and the Plant Life Cycle Hike will be held in the garden. Snake Bingo will be held on the Meadow. Some programs have limited enrollment and are first-come, first-served. Programs are open to families only; visiting organized groups are not permitted.  Programs start promptly; no late additions are allowed, please plan accordingly.

Pick up your 2019 Take a Hike Week passport to collect stamps when attending different programs, completing a craft, or discover our hidden stamp of the day!  Visitors can then turn stamped passports in for a prize in the Overbrook Nature Center.  Stop by our Summer Camp info table outside of Overbrook for a stamp and a chance to win a FREE camp session.

Members: Free | Non-members: Included with gate admission

Tuesday, April 16

Forest Adventure Day

Join us for Scavenger Hunts, a guided hike on our Orange Adventure trail, a family Capture the Flag Adventure with special prizes, chances to make mud pies and more!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

10 am  Five Senses Escapade
Discover the hidden wonders of our own backyard by engaging all five senses in this guided nature walk through the SM&NC trails. Come learn how animals (and you!) can use what we see, touch, smell, hear, and even taste to explore and understand the natural world.


11 am: Nature Sketching As we tour the trails, we will explore the wildlife all around us through the art of illustration. Equipped with nothing more than pencils, sketch journals, clipboards, and an attention to detail, we will pause at several points along our walk to sketch the plants, animals, and fungi we observe. By the end of our hike, the pages of our journals will feature a diverse sample of illustrated leaves, flowers, mushrooms, insects, birds, and more.


12 pm: Mighty Mud and Diggin’ Dirt Hike Discover the wonderful world of mud and dirt as we trek through the forest! Discover creatures that make dirt and call the soil home, learn to look for tracks in mud, and make our own mud pies in the forest! Dress to get a little messy!


1 pm: Forest Scavenger Hunt
Can you find a bird nest or an insect’s home? Join us for a guided scavenger hunt to see what we can spy in the forest! This hike will be held on an all-accessible trail.


2 pm:  Orange Adventure Trail Hike
Join us to balance, climb, and scramble your way through our Orange Adventure trail with one of our staff. This hike is not stroller-accessible.


3:30 pm: Family Capture the Flag Scavenger Hunt
Put your family’s scavenger hunt skills to the test! Pick up the first clue at the Overbrook Nature Center, decipher it, and then find your way to your next clue! As you and your family solve each clue, you’ll be closer to the hidden flag that you must capture! Clues will be available in Overbrook anytime from 3:30-4:00 and families can work through the clues at their own pace. Flags must be captured by 5pm.

Wednesday, April 17

RecycleMania Day

Visit the Rotten Log Hotel, build a Fairy House out of natural materials and more!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

10 am: Rotten Log Hotel Hike
Discover one of our favorite forest habitats—the Rotten Log Hotel—and see the insects, invertebrates, amphibians, and reptiles that call them home! This hike will be held on an all-accessible trail.


10:30 am: Outdoor Sculpture Hike
Join us as we go on a journey to discover the history of SM&NC’s outdoor sculpture collection. We’ll learn the story of our classical and contemporary sculptures on a gentle walk through the SM&NC grounds.


11 am: Plant Life Cycle Hike
Take a journey through the life cycle of a plant and see what parts of the plant we eat! See how a seed becomes a plant and get to plant your own seed to take home.  Get a sneak peak and what is growing in the garden and in our greenhouse! This program will meet at Heckscher Barn.


11:30 am: Fairy House & Gnome Homes Hike
Join us for a special hike to build homes for our gnome or fairy friends. Start with a hunt to find magic gold which can be used to ‘purchase’ materials for your houses. Then, hike to a special spot in the woods to build our creations. This hike will be held on an all-accessible trail.


1 pm: Snake Bingo Hike over to the meadow for our first-ever take a hike week bingo! Join us to learn about some of the snakes from around the world live and up close, as we go through our bingo games! Lucky bingo winners will get a colorable wooden snake to take home.  Bingo will go until 2 pm. One card per person.  Late-comers may join as space permits but must wait until the start of the next game.


2 pm: Rotten Log Hotel Hike
Discover one of our favorite forest habitats—the Rotten Log Hotel—and see the insects, invertebrates, amphibians, and reptiles that call them home! This hike will be held on an all-accessible trail.

Thursday, April 18

WILD! Exploration Day

Perennial favorites such as our Vernal Pool and Stream hikes return along with live animal programs and more!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

10 am:  Vernal Pool Hike
Come explore the vernal pool ecosystem and learn what makes it special. We will explore adaptations and lifecycles of vernal pool species.  Look for frogs, salamanders, and more as we walk through the trail!


10:30 am: Hike through the Sky
Explore the night sky during the day in our planetarium!  Limited seating.  Recommended for ages 5. No strollers, please. Late entries are not permitted.


11 am: Vernal Pool Hike
Come explore the vernal pool ecosystem and learn what makes it special. We will explore adaptations and lifecycles of vernal pool species.  Look for frogs, salamanders, and more as we walk through the trail!


12 pm: Hike through the Sky
Explore the night sky during the day in our planetarium!  Limited seating.  Recommended for ages 5. No strollers, please. Late entries are not permitted.


1 pm: Boneless Beasts
Come along on this walk through the nature center in search of beasts that have no bones but exoskeletons instead!  We will be using bug bubbles to get a closer look at creatures that are crawling and flying all around us, while also learning how these amazing bugs affect their environments both in ways big and small. Please make sure that you will wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a hike in the woods!


1:30 pm:  Feathered Friends Hike
Join us for a hike to learn about our favorite feathered friends! We’ll search for our resident hawks and owls, look for the many woodpeckers that call the museum home, and see who is visiting the forest feeders. Limited binoculars will be available but you are welcome to bring your own.


2:30 pm: Stream Ecology Hike
Bring your water shoes and take a hike through Poorhouse Brook.  Using nets and buckets, we’ll gently explore who calls the stream home and then release them back when done. Please dress to get wet for this hike.


3:30 pm: Wild Around the World
Discover some animals from around the globe during this live animal program! Explore how an animal’s adaptations help them to survive in their habitat!

Directions

39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903