KIDS: Roaring Brook Nature Center

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Roaring Brook Nature Center - 2014 Events
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Saturday, May 3, 2014
Noon - 4 pm Save the Date!  Family Raptor Day
Plans are in the works for a fun day with the Roaring Brook Nature Center birds of prey.
Join us with special guest, children and nature author/illustrator, Jim Arnosky, for a day of children and adult programing featuring the Roaring Brook birds of prey.  Jim Arnosky’s books will be available for sale at the event.
Some activities may require preregistration.
Roaring Brook Nature Center was founded in 1948 by Canton resident Una Storrs Riddle and was originally known as the Canton Children’s Nature Museum. In 1964, as a result of a bequest to the State of Connecticut, the adjacent 100-acre Werner Farm became available to the Nature Center as a wildlife sanctuary and outdoor classroom. A new building in 1966 provided larger exhibit space and allowed for expanded programming opportunities. In 1973, the Nature Center became affiliated with The Children's Museum (formerly the Science Center of Connecticut), providing members with a wider range of programs and services for all ages.
Facilities - Our present facility houses display's on local flora and fauna as well as changing seasonal exhibits. A replica of an Eastern Woodland Indian longhouse, a Beaver Wetland exhibit, a wildlife attraction area, outdoor flight cages, and a small collection of live animals offer our visitors additional opportunities for learning. A small nature store features a selection of nature-related books and gift items.
We maintain five miles of trails on the adjacent State-owned Werner’s Woods property. This refuge is home to a variety of native wildlife species – over 150 bird species have been sighted on the property. Outdoor gardens provide opportunities for visitors to view wildflowers, birds and butterflies in season. Self-guiding trail maps, booklets and wildlife checklists are available in the Nature Center Store. For a Trail Map, click here.

Activities - We offer a year-round schedule of educational programs for all ages. These programs range from week-long summer experiences to our school-year Discovery Days series for students. Seminars, lectures workshops and field trips are available to adults on a wide range of natural history topic and environmental issues. For the classroom teacher, we offer a wide selection of educational programs both at the Nature Center and as outreach programs in the schools.
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Seasonal nature walks for all ages are offered throughout the year. Fall foliage walks, winter excursions by snowshoe, March maple-sugaring demonstrations and early morning bird walks provide year-round entertainment as well as first-rate learning experiences. During the summer months, evening nature walks provide an opportunity to learn about nocturnal creatures.
In addition to our regular schedule of nature-related programs, special events include: our annual Hobgoblin Fair, a Halloween children’s event sponsored by the Roaring Brook Nature Center Auxiliary; our Roaring Brook concerts, a music series featuring folk and other fine music; and special events for members and friends.
Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5 pm
Sunday 1-5 pm
Closed Mondays except July and August

Adults:   $5.00
Seniors:  $4.00
Children: $3.00
Members: FREE
Roaring Brook Nature Center - A member of the The Children's Museum family
70 Gracey Road, Canton, CT  06019
Phone: 860-693-0263
Fax:   860-693-0264
Directions - from East 
From Hartford  - Take Rt. 44 West.  Go over Avon Mountain, through Avon, past the intersection of Rt. 167; look for the McDonald's on the right.  One mile beyond the McDonald's (Vincent's Funeral Home on left) is another stop light.  Take a right at the light onto Lawton Road. Bear left at first stop sign.  At the second stop sign, three roads converge.  Take the middle, which is Gracey Road.  RBNC is about 1/2 mile on your left.
From Points Across the CT River  - Take Rt. 84 West through Hartford.  Get off the first Farmington exit and follow the exit road (Rt. 4) straight through Farmington.  At the stop light in town, turn right onto Rt. 10 North toward Avon/Simsbury.  Follow Rt. 10 about 5 miles to the intersection of Rt. 10 & Rt. 44.  Turn left onto Rt. 44 West and follow above directions "From Hartford".
Directions -  from West 

From Winsted - Take Rt. 44 East through Canton.  Pass small town green on right, then look for Ethan Allen Furniture Store on left.  At the light, be in the left hand turning lane.   Take the second left onto Lawton Road.
Bear left at the first stop sign.   At the second stop sign, three roads converge into Lawton.  Take the middle, which is Gracey.  RBNC is about 1/2 mile on your left.
From Torrington - Take Rt. 202 East to Canton (about 12 miles).  In Canton, take Rt. 44 East.  Follow above directions "From Winsted."
From New York - Take either Rt. 84 East or Rt. 95 North to Rt. 8 North.  Follow Rt. 8 to Torrington.  Take exit 44 (Rt. 4 & Rt. 202).  At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right onto Rt. 202 and follow above directions "From Torrington".
Directions - from North
From Granby/Simsbury Area - Take Rt. 10 South through Simsbury center to Rt. 167.
Turn right onto Rt. 167 (West Street).  Continue about 2.8 miles on Rt. 167.  Look for a white fire house on the right (not far beyond Ethel Walker School fields).  Bear right just beyond the fire house onto Canton Road.  Shortly after, the road forks.   Take the right fork (Wildwood Road).  The first stop sign is at the crossing of West Mountain Road.  Continue straight across to the second stop sign (Notch Road) and turn left.  Take your next right (up Dry Bridge Road).  At the stop sign at the top of the hill, take your immediate right, which is Gracey Road.  RBNC is about 1/2 mile on your left.
Directions - from South

From New Haven - Take Rt. 91 North to Rt. 9 West (Rt. 9 will go into Rt. 72).  Follow Rt. 72 through New Britain to exit for Rt. 177.  Take Rt. 177 North through Unionville to the intersection of Rt. 44.  At this intersection go across Rt. 44, onto Lawton Road. Bear left at the first stop sign.  At the second stop sign, three roads converge into Lawton.  Take the middle, which is Gracey Road.  RBNC is about 1/2 mile on your left.
From Bristol - Take Rt. 6 to Rt. 177.  At the intersection of Rt. 177 and Rt. 44, go straight across to Lawton Road. Bear left at the first stop sign.  At the second stop sign, three roads converge into Lawton.  Take the middle, which is GraceyRoad.  RBNC is about 1/2 mile on your left.
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