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Children's Nature Connection Programs

Girls Outsde

After-school & Weekend Programs

Girls Outside Tuesdays!

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

(For girls in grades 1-4)

Tuesdays, 3:45 - 6:00pm

April 16 - May 21 (Rain dates: 5/28) (6 classes)

Multi-session & sibling discounts and financial aid available

Nature Explorers Programs
Rockfall Nature Explorers!

After-school nature connection program on the grounds of Rockfall Forest and Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middlefield/Middletown

(For kids in grades 3-5)

Thursdays, 2:30 - 5:30pm

May 9 - June 6 (5 classes)

Sibling discounts and financial aid available

Nature Connection Sundays

This program is offered in partnership with the Middletown Recreation Department. One Sunday per month we meet at various locations throughout Middletown for outdoor time and nature-based fun. 


Happening at the same time/location is adult class Forest Bathing 101 led by Eric Assadourian. Parents/Caregivers of children over 4 years old may attend the adult class without their children.   


Program Cost: 1-time registration fee of $15 payable to Rec Department gets you access to all classes for 2024. 

2024 dates: (10am - 11:30am)

Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Mar. 24, Apr. 28, May 26, Sep. 22,

Oct. 27, Nov. 24, Dec. 15.   

Partner Programs

Farm & Forest 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. 

Age groups: Sprouts: 5-7 ; Seedlings: 7-12
Spring 2: May 1 - Jun 5 (6 weeks)

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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

Caregiver/Child Program
Farm & Forest Preschool Program

Fun and playful classes for kids ages 0-5 (suggested) and their caregivers at Fire Ring Farm and Palmer-Taylor Preserve in Portland.

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

Fridays, 9:30am-12:00pm

Location: Fire Ring Farm, Portland


Spring 1: March 8 - April 12

Spring 2: April 26 - June 7 

Program fees are sliding scale per child ages 2+, adults free.

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

(Additional financial aid available by application.)

Middle School Nature Explorers

Farm and forest nature connection and land stewardship program at Fire Ring Farm & Palmer-Taylor Preserve in Portland for adventurers in grades 6-8 or approx. ages 11-14.


2024 Spring Session Dates:

Sundays: 4/14, 4/28, 5/5, 5/19, 6/2, 6/9

Time: 12-3 pm

Farm & Forest Summer Camp

Our summer camp offers kids ages 5-12 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 - 3:00pm)

Session 1: June 24-28

Session 2: July 1-5

Session 3: July 8-12

Session 4: July 15-19

Session 5: July 22-26 (tentative pending funding!)


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