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Children's Nature Connection Programs

Current Programs:

Girls Outside Tuesdays!

After-school nature connection program on the grounds of Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown

(For girls in grades 2-5)

Tuesdays, 3:45 - 6:00pm

Session 1: Sept 26 - Oct 24

Session 2: Nov 14 - Dec 12

Multi-session & sibling discounts and financial aid available

Girls Outsde
Nature Explorers Programs

Farm and Forest Nature Explorers: Wild Wednesdays!

A full-day nature connection and land stewardship program located at Fire Ring Farm and Palmer-Taylor Preserve in Portland for ages 5-12. 

Winter: Jan 10 - Feb 14 (10am-3pm)

Spring 1: Mar 6 - Apr 10 (9am-3pm)
Spring 2: May 1 - Jun 5 (9am-3pm)

Sliding scale tuition, multi-session discounts & financial aid available!


Rockfall Nature Explorers

After-school nature connection program on Thursdays at Wadsworth Falls State Park and Rockfall Forest in Middlefield for kids in grades 3-5 (older/younger by permission).


Spring 1: Feb 22 - Mar 28 (2:30*-5:00pm) 

*(3/14 start time: 12:15pm)


Spring 2: Apr 18 - May 23 (2:30-5:30pm)

Sliding scale tuition, multi-session discounts & financial aid available!

Caregiver/Child Program
Partner Programs

Partner Programs

Farm & Forest Caregiver/Child Classes

Fun and playful classes for kids ages 0-6 (suggested) and their caregivers at Fire Ring Farm and Palmer-Taylor Preserve.

Join us for nature-connection fun in the Preserve, and immersive plant and and medicinal herbs activities with Erin at her organic family farm.

Winter dates: Fridays, 10:00-12:00pm

Jan 5 - Feb 23 (8 sessions)

Location: Fire Ring Farm, Portland

Cost: $158-$225 (sliding scale) for children ages 2+, adults free

($25 materials fee for kids ages 12-24 months)

(Additional financial aid available by application.)


Pre-Teen/Teen Nature Explorers

Farm and forest nature connection and land stewardship program at Fire Ring Farm in Portland for adventurers in grades 6-8.


2023 Fall Session Dates:

Sundays: 9/10, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/5

Time: 12-3 pm


Farm & Forest Summer Camp

Our summer camp offers kids ages 5-13 a chance to connect with the natural world and learn about sustainable farming in small groups with supportive mentors.

Camp location: Fire Ring Farm and the Middlesex Land Trust's Palmer-Taylor Preserve in Portland, CT

2024 dates: (Camp hours: 9:00am - 3:30pm)

Session 1: June 17-28

Session 2 - Mini-camp!: July 1-3

Session 3: July 8-12

Session 4: July 15-19

Session 5: July 22-26

Registration opens Feb 2024!

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