New Pond Farm

New Pond Farm Programs

Winter Astronomy at New Pond Farm

On Saturday, January 20th starting at 6:30 p.m. New Pond Farm (101 Marchant Rd., West Redding) will be hosting an astronomy program open to the public.

On “Astronomy Hill” we will use our telescopes to view craters and seas on the 4-day-old moon and view the Orion nebulae, star clusters, and the planet Uranus. Our astronomy volunteers will also point out and discuss the winter constellations of Orion, Canis Major and Minor, Gemini, Taurus, and Auriga. Attendees with a smart phone can try their hand at taking a photo of the moon.

For those interested, there will be an optional preview in the Learning Center classroom at 6pm, this will give participants, especially children, a better understanding of what they will be viewing out on the hill.

Please dress for the outdoors, there is a warming building next to the telescopes, and please bring a flashlight for the walk to and from the observatory.

The program is $4 per New Pond Farm Member, with a maximum of $16 per Member family an $6 per non-member, with a maximum of $24 per family.

Registration is required. Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

If the skies appear cloudy, please check our website after 4 p.m. for program status.


Shakespeare Workshop for Actors Going into Grades 7 – 12

Monday evenings January 22 – March 26 (excluding Feb. 5 and 16), 7-9 pm
Accomplished actress and educator Julia Levo will create an exciting and positive environment in which actors will delve into a comprehensive exploration of scenes and monologues from some of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Macbeth. We will explore this play in an intensive eight-week acting program designed exclusively for middle and high school students.

Students will develop skills in character development, vocal technique, acting craft, and text analysis. Key scenes and monologues (using non-traditional casting) will be woven together and performed for an invited audience during the last class.

This eight-week program is $250.00 per New Pond Farm Member and $275.00 per Non-member

Registration is required, space is limited. Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

New Pond Farm Annual Harvest Festival

October 14th 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (rain date 15th, 1-4 p.m.)

Join us for an exciting family afternoon on the farm amidst the beautiful fall foliage.

There will be historical demonstrations: like broom and rope making, open hearth cooking, and fleece spinning. Learn how to use Make & Break Engines and antique tools. There will be livestock encounters: enjoy a wagon ride through the pastures with a team of majestic Percherons (1-3 p.m.); watch our sheep being shorn then help to “skirt” the fleece, preparing it for spinning. Learn how to become a beekeeper and watch industrious honeybees in our observation hive. Meet our dairy cows, enjoy their freshly pasteurized milk and churn fresh butter. Try your hand at Harvest Crafts: create a grapevine wreath with dried flowers from our gardens; decorate a pumpkin; roll a beeswax candle; make gourd creatures, & MORE old fashioned fun!

Special Guest: Master Falconer Brian Bradley, will join us from 2:30-3:30 with his live birds of prey. Marvel as his falcons soar and dive over the pastures.

The cost of admission is $5 per person (over the age of 3) or $20 per family with small additional fees for crafts and delicious seasonal fare thanks to the Girl Scouts of Redding.

Please leave your dogs at home!

Shakespeare Al Fresco

by New Pond Farm

Please join us for an evening performance of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It.  Get ready for mistaken identities, wrestling matches, family rivalries and love all rolled into a fast moving romantic comedy at New Pond Farm!

Nineteen talented actors, going into 6th-11th grades, are sure to delight you with their inspired performances. They have been working with Director Nancy Ponturo, Enrichment Director Dorothy Luongo and the rest of our Summer Shakespeare staff for three weeks and look forward to sharing their innovative approach to classical material.

When: Friday July 14th and Saturday July 15th at 6 p.m.
Where: On the back lawn of the farmhouse. (In the event of rain, the performances will be moved to Meadow Ridge, 100 Redding Road.)

Performances are free but donations in support of this wonderful theatre arts program are encouraged.

Reservations are required, seating is limited, please calling (203) 938-2117 or by emailing

Note: Please leave your dogs at home!

Left to right Sabrina Capodicci, Tallulah Whaley, Buster Whaley and Michael Bachmann

Looking for Summer Camp Fun

New Pond Farm’s Summer Camp 2017 is the perfect place
for 8-12 year old adventurers!

In five action-packed days you will become a beekeeper, a farmer, a naturalist, a vegetable gardener, a chef, an artist, a map and compass treasure hunter, and a scientist!

Form friendships with residential campers from Danbury, Bridgeport and Norwalk while eating delicious foods from the garden and dairy, swimming in our crystal clear pool, going on a farm campout, and enjoying loads of fun games!  We can’t wait to see you!

Session I: July 10-14
Session II: July 24-28
Session III August 7-11
$550 includes daily snacks, lunch a campout, craft materials and tshirt
This special program is for Family Members of New Pond Farm.

Please register online New Pond Farm or by calling the office 203.938.2117

New Pond Farm Art Show


June 3 – 11
Open Daily 10am – 5pm
Featuring the paintings, drawings, and sculptures by the region’s finest artists depicting the flora and fauna of New Pond Farm and our surrounding countryside.

Silent Auction, Art Workshops for Children and Adults, Community Exhibit, and Special Events with Door Prizes and Refreshments.

We are very grateful to our artists who generously share 30% percent of their sales with New Pond Farm to support our mission.

Babette Bloch with sculpture

Run for the Cows

Run for the Cows

On Sunday May 7, we will be hosting our sixth annual Run for the Cows. For the third year in a row the title sponsor is Gone For A Run. There will be 1,000 runners participating in the Seven-Mile Race and the Half Marathon. There will also be 100 young Piglet Prancers dashing around the pastures. This is an inspirational community event and one of the most important fundraisers that supports our educational programs.

t takes many hands to make things run smoothly, so if you are an early bird and would like to join in on the fun, volunteer start time is 6 a.m., please contact Ann Taylor

ALSO … if you or your business would like to be a Mile Marker Sponsor for $200, please let Ann know that as well.

Thank you!
New Pond Farm

Programs at New Pond Farm

Spend a Fascinating Morning with Schaghticoke Council Member Darlene Kascak
Wednesday, March 15
Walk & Talk: 10:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Luncheon: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Native American lifeways, past and present, will be shared during a intriguing walk and talk with an esteemed member of the Schaghticoke Council. Darlene Kascak, Education Coordinator, from the Institute for American Indian Studies, will take us through our encampment and museum and provide new insights into CT’s indigenous people.
At the program’s conclusion, we hope you will join Darlene and enjoy a traditional Eastern Woodland Indian luncheon.
$20 for Members and $30 for non-membersThis special program is being underwritten by the Schroeder Education Fund


Native American Storytelling
For Adults and Children
Wednesday, March 15
1:30 p.m.

Darlene Kascak, Schaghticoke Council member and Education Coordinator for Institute for American Indian Studies, is a master storyteller. Join her for an afternoon of legends that will inspire your imagination and help you to learn more about the Native people that first inhabited our area.    FreeThis special program is being underwritten by the Schroeder Education Fund

Introducing Culture Club for children ages 7-9
Starting Saturday March 18, 1 – 3 p.m.

The Arts play a nurturing role in our lives and thanks to our founder, Carmen Mathews, they have always been an important part of New Pond Farm. This year we are delighted to offer a three-session series of workshops that will introduce children ages 7-9 to ballet, opera, and Shakespeare.
We have found a wonderful guest teacher, Diane Fuller, who has done a similar program in New York for years. For more information, please contact:
Part 1: Introduction to Ballet: Saturday March 18, 1 – 3 p.m.
Part 2: Introduction to Opera: Saturday March 25, 1 – 3 p.m.
Part 3: Introduction to Shakespeare: Saturday April 1, 1 – 3 p.m.
This 3-part series is $48 for members, $60 for non-members
Registration is required

Secrets of Suburban StreamsThursday, March 16
7 – 8:30 p.m.

We are honored to be hosting accomplished author, professional fly fishing guide, and national Trout Unlimited Volunteer Coordinator, Jeff Yates, and look forward to learning about 20 fly fishing streams found right here in Fairfield County. Join us and learn where to go and what to use.
$10 per member, $15 per non-member


The World of Beatrix Potter
Wednesday, March 29
2 – 3 p.m.

Come for afternoon tea and scones by the fire and meet one of NPFs longtime members, Meredith McClung. Meredith is an enthusiastic member of the Beatrix Potter Society. She will share the fascinating life and works of this talented naturalist, author, and artist.
$10 per member, $15 per non-member