Education

Shakespeare Workshop for Actors Grades 7 – 12

On Monday evenings January 22 – March 26 (excluding Feb. 5 and 16) from 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 one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Macbeth. Students 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 per New Pond Farm Member and $275 per Non-member

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

January Astronomy

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.

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 the website after 4 p.m. for program status.

December Astronomy

Join our team of astronomers as we gaze through the telescopes at the moon, Uranus, nebulae, and star clusters. Our astronomers will also point out and discuss various constellations including Orion, the Big and Little Dippers, Taurus, and more.

Note: Families are invited to a special preview in the Learning Center classroom at 6. This mini-lesson will give participants, especially children, a better understanding of what they will be viewing out on the hill.

Please dress for the weather and bring a flashlight for the walk from the parking area to the observatory, and binoculars, if you have them.

$4 per New Pond Farm member ($16 max. per member family)
$6 per non-member ($24 max. per non-member family)

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

If the skies look cloudy, please call the office, (203) 938-2117, or check the homepage after 4pm for program status.

November Astronomy

On Saturday November 18 at 7 p.m. join our team of astronomers as we gaze through the telescopes at the moon and Saturn with its magnificent rings. Our astronomers will also point out and discuss various Fall constellations.

Note: Families are invited to a special preview in the Learning Center classroom at 6:30. This mini-lesson will give participants, especially children, a better understanding of what they will be viewing out on the hill.

Please bring a flashlight for the walk from the parking area to the observatory and binoculars, if you have them.

$4 per New Pond Farm member ($16 max. per member family)
$6 per non-member ($24 max. per non-member family)

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

Spend a Fascinating Afternoon with a Schaghticoke Council Member

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.

Recommended for 5th graders through adults.

$15 per New Pond Farm member, $20 per non-member

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

Colonial Days at New Pond Farm

On Saturday November 4 from 1 – 3 p.m. travel back in time to “Colonial times”. In keeping with the town’s 250th anniversary,come join us to see what activities were like without electronics. What would children do in their free time? Chores, cooking, sewing, and candle-making were all aspects of Colonial life here in Redding.

Colonial keepsakes will be taken home at the end of the program.

$16 per New Pond Farm member family and $20 per non-member family

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

Historic Bus Tour in Celebration of Redding’s 250th Anniversary

Come join local author and historian, Dan Cruson, for a bus tour of Redding that highlights many historic locations that were featured in Mark Twain Library’s town-wide-read of “My Brother Sam is Dead”. Starting at the farm we will travel past the location of Meeker’s Tavern, the Anglican Church, Col. John Read’s house, Putnam Park, Gallows Hill, and more.

Recommended for 5th graders thru adults

This program is $25 per New Pond Farm member, $30 per non-member

Registration is required, space is limited.

Please visit us online or call (203) 938-2117 to register.