Summer Programs

Daily Programs

Nature Walk
Turtle Presentation
Beach Seining
Snake Presentation
Touch Tank Program
Nature Walk

Tuesday-Sunday 10:30am
Topic and location of the walk change daily. Programs include bird watching and identification, beach dune ecology, and native plant identification.

Turtle Presentation

Tuesday – Sunday 11am
Native Turtles will be exhibited and discussed. Learn all about the turtles you see throughout Connecticut, including what to do if you find a turtle in the road. We have six species of native turtles for you to see up close and learn to identify!

Beach Seining

Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 noon
Find out what you are swimming with, as we examine what we catch in a seine net. This program meets at the Nature Center and then heads out across the road to the beach at Meigs Point. We pull a large drag net through the water and try to catch fish, crabs, and jellyfish.

Snake Presentation

Tuesday – Sunday 3pm
Native Snakes will be exhibited and discussed. Are you afraid of snakes? Come to our snake show and dispel many myths about them. Get the opportunity to touch numerous native snakes, and learn about how and what they eat.

Touch Tank Program

Tuesday-Sunday 4:00pm
Pick-up and hold crabs, snails and shellfish. All of the animals in our touch tank can be found in Long Island Sound. The animals rotate throughout the summer, so come back often and see what is new!

Weekly Programs

Canoe Trip
Hammonasset Safari
Nature Scene Investigators (NSI)
Aquatic Adventures
Nature’s Workshop
Nature Ninjas
Simply Science
Canoe Trip

Wednesdays 12:30; Saturdays 9:30am
Two-hour guided round trip on the Hammonasset River. Canoes, life vests and paddling instruction provided. Or bring your own canoe. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please sign up in advanced, $5 fee per participant.

Hammonasset Safari

Tuesday 1pm – 2:30pm
Bring the family on a search for animals in the park. Every animal at the park is cool and unique. Come on a safari and learn what makes our animals so special. Each program will feature a different animal that can be found within the park and will include an activity and craft.

Nature Scene Investigators (NSI)

Wednesdays 1-2:30pm
Become a detective and solve a mystery in Nature. Learn how to use the clues animals leave behind (like owl pellets, tracks, and bones).

Aquatic Adventures

Thursday 1-2:30pm
Explore the wonderful world of water, including live animals and activities. Learn about fish, frogs, salamanders and other aquatic life.

Nature’s Workshop

Fridays 1-2:30pm
Create and construct nature crafts for the whole family. Learn about a current nature topic and make your own related craft to bring home. Projects include candle making, paper making, and much more. Come back each week to make them all!

Nature Ninjas

Saturdays 1-2:30pm
Save the planet through environmental awareness and conservation techniques. Programs include Leave No Trace, Prevent Forest Fires, Conserve Energy, Reduce/Reuse/Recycle, and Sustainability Practices. Everyone can do their part to help our environment and find out much fun saving the world can be!

Simply Science

Sunday 1-2:30pm
Release your inner mad scientist! Each week, participate in different and exciting science experiments. Fun for the whole family.

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