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Children's Nature Connection Programs

Girls Outsde

After-school 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

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

Multi-session & sibling discounts and financial aid available

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Nature Explorers Programs
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).

Thursdays, 2:30-5:30pm

Apr 18 - May 23

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

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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 for ages 5-10. 

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

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

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

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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, 10:00-12:00pm

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.)

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Preteen/Teens
Middle School Nature Explorers

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

 

2024 Spring Session Dates:

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

Time: 12-3 pm

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Camp
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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