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Ansonia Nature Center

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With the nice weather upon us, I have been looking for nice outdoor activities that are not only fun for me, but enjoyable for the

My toddler Camden, Hiking on one of the many trails around the lake.

children so everyone can have a good time. Today we took our first trip to the Ansonia Nature Center located in upper Ansonia, and seems to be a hidden treat for the Valley.

Not only does it have something for everyone, it is beautiful and free!  They offer various programs that you can sign up for, while some are free, others are not, but the price is not costly by any means.

Some of the upcoming activities for the month of May include :

  • NATURE’S CHILDREN: Squirrels – Thurs. May 6, 10:30 am – High up in treetop nests are babies with huge feet, skinny legs, and sharp toenails whose moms are doing their best to hide them. As we walk the wooded trails, we’ll be looking for their nervous mothers and frisky dad squirrels. Make a take home craft and hear a short story too. For preschoolers and their adults. TUITION: Ansonia residents and current family-level FANCI members, $6 per child; others, $8 per child. Please register in advance.


  • SCIENCE SATURDAY: Troubled Waters – Sat. May 8, 10 am at the Redwing Pond House – Let’s experiment with water today! We’ll learn how scientists test the water we drink, review the water cycle, find out about point and nonpoint pollution problems, and discover how we can protect this precious resource. Tuition: $15 for the 2-hour class, payable to the Ansonia Nature Center. Please register in advance.


  • BACK TO BASICS: Herb Sale, Plant Swap, and Compost! – Sat. May 8, 2 pm – At a loss for what to give Mom for Mother’s Day (tomorrow)? How about some nice herbs for her garden or windowsill? If you’re a gardener, you may want to swap or share your perennial divisions. Also learn how to keep your gardens doing their best with your own compost. It’s easy and healthy. FREE class with Nature Center rangers Wendy and Dawn.


  • HIKES FOR TEACHERS – Thurs. May 13 and Thurs. May 27, 3:30 to 4:30 pm – Take an after-school hike with a former teacher as your guide. Unwind and unplug as you get some fresh air and healthy outdoor exercise this spring. Betty Laurella, a retired classroom veteran, will lead these one-hour hikes along the trails in the park. FREE.


  • WOODLAND WILDFLOWERS – Sat. May 15, 2 pm  – Stroll the wooded trails as we look for the early bloomers peeking out from the forest floor duff. We’ll seek carpets of spring beauties and other ephemerals. FREE, but please call to register.


  • SCIENCE SATURDAY: The Miracle of Seeds, Part 2 – Sat. May 22, 10 am at the Redwing Pond House  – It’s time to start transplanting those tender young plants into the garden. Bring your seedlings and let’s chart the progress of the seeds you planted on April 10 to see whose are ahead! How will your plants compete? Tuition: $15 for the 2-hour class, payable to the Ansonia Nature Center. Please register in advance.


  • P.A.C.K.: Native Song and Dance – Sun. May 30, 2 pm – Dressed in Eastern Woodland regalia, Shane Long, a member of the Mohegan tribal nation, will take us back to the days before contact with Europeans, using song, stories, and dance performed and accompanied by drums and rattles. Audience participation. FREE. Supported by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

They also offer ongoing programs. You can visit their website for more information on the park at http://ansonianaturecenter.org

Danielle Elwood

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