Outdoors

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.

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.

Earth, Wind, Water, & Fire- A Daylong Nature Retreat

Join Redding neighbor and psychologist Ann Reeves in slowing down for a early fall’s day to deepen your awareness of the beauty and healing gifts of the natural world. We will explore each element of nature in a slow, experiential manner in order to feel reconnected to their energies, be more at peace, and renew our commitment to be good stewards of our Earth.

We will tell our own nature stories and incorporate grounding exercises: breathing, movement, meditation, poetry, drumming, and alone time outside to experience the four elements in a deeply personal way.

Please bring a journal or notebook, a writing utensil, bug repellent, a drum or rattle if you’d like, and rain gear if needed- we will be spending time outside rain or shine.

      A simple farm lunch of squash soup, homemade bread, and salad will be provided.

This program is $100 per person.

Registration is required.

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

Woodland Mushroom Discovery Walk

Join Joe Brandt from The CT/Westchester Mycological Association for a fascinating walk through the woodlands of New Pond Farm as you look for fascinating mushrooms. Bring a bag lunch and stay for an identification session and great conversation.

This program is FREE.

Registration is required, spaces are limited.

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

Keeping Color In Your Garden Spring Through the Fall (Part 3)

FALL: Sat. September 16, 10 a.m.
Does your garden lose its color after Spring bloom? Come find out how to maintain color in your garden during Spring, Summer, and Fall. Guest speakers Ellen Hughes-Sonnenfroh and Rob Hughes, from Stonebridge Associates, will walk you through the steps needed to achieve this goal. They are offering a 3 part series, one in each season, at Ellen’s home in Redding (address will be given after registration) and will actually show you how gardens can transition from season to season.

    This final section is $15 for New Pond Farm Members, and $20 for Non-members

Registration is required. To join the remainder of this 3-part series, please visit us online or call (203) 938-2117.

 

August Astronomy

Join our team of astronomers as we gaze through the telescopes at the five-day old moon, Jupiter with its bright moons, and Saturn with its magnificent rings. Our astronomers will also point out and discuss various gaseous nebulae and star clusters in addition to many summer constellations including Cygnus the swan, Aquila the eagle, and Lyra the vulture carrying a lyre.

Please note, at 8pm families are invited to a special preview in the Learning Center classroom. 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.

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

Registration is required for all programs. Please visit us online or call (203) 938-2117 to register.

If the skies look cloudy, please call the office, (203) 938-2117,
or check the homepage after 5pm for program status.