Upcoming Events at the Pratt Nature Center

Check back frequently, new events added all the time! For more information on any event, please call us at 860-355-3137 or email us at info@prattcenter.org

School Vacation Day Camp – December/January Dates

For children age 4-14. Any public, private and homeschool children are welcome, regardless of which school calendar the day off falls on.

For specific dates, cost and online registration information, please click this link for School Vacation Day Camp

It can be a challenge to manage those days off during the week on the school calendar so let us help! Pratt follows the New Milford Public Schools and Washington Montessori calendar but any child from anywhere is welcome. When kids are off during the week, we welcome them for a day of camp. Open to kids age 4-14, they’ll spend the day exploring the property with friends in activities that change with every season. It is the perfect way for kids to spend the day when school is closed!

To register, use this link: December/January School Vacation Day Camp Registration

Homeschool Winter Session

Thursdays, January 10th – February 28th (8 sessions)

For children age 6-16

Our Winter Homeschool Session begins in January with new, flexible scheduling and pricing options! Come learn with us in the most natural of classrooms.

For each Thursday, choose between a Morning, Afternoon or Full Day option. Morning (9:30-12:00) or Afternoon (12:30-3:00) are $20 per child. Stay for our Full Day for $40 per child.

For more details, visit our homeschool page: Pratt’s Homeschool Program

To sign up for the first time, please click here to complete our Homeschool Initial Registration

To register for specific Winter Session dates, please use this link: Pratt’s Winter Homeschool Session

Trout Tuesdays (K-2 & Grades 6-8)

Tuesdays beginning January 8th

Grades 6-8: 2:30 – 4:00

Grades K-2  3:30 – 5:00

Calling all friends of fish! Pratt is excited to participate in Trout Unlimited’s Trout In the Classroom project again this year. This program offers a unique experience where children can help care for brown trout as they grow from eggs to fingerlings, culminating in their release in to  the East Aspetuck River, right here at Pratt! Children will have hands on opportunities to work directly with the fish while taking care of the tank and learning how to monitor water quality. We’ll also investigate the life cycle of the trout, trout adaptations, river ecology and much more.

Since we’re watching trout grow over time, this program is a series of 15 Tuesday sessions with flexible registration options. Choose to come for individual sessions that fit into your family’s schedule or register for all sessions up front at a discount.

$15 per child per session or $125 per child for all sessions.

Space is limited and online pre-registration is required. Remember, children at Northville Elementary School and Schaghticoke Middle School can take the bus directly to Pratt after school.

Specific dates: January 8th, January 15th, January 22nd, January 29th, February 5th, February 12th, February 26th, March 5th, March 12th, March 19th, March 26th, April 2nd, April 9th, April 23rd, April 30th. (No session on Feb 19th or April 16th)

Click here to register for Trout Tuesdays (K-2 & 6-8)

From Sheep to Yarn

For children currently in Grades 3-8

Monday, January 7th 

Grades 6-8   2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Grades 3-5   4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Our sheep are our friends here at Pratt and they give us the gift of their wool every year. We’re excited to offer an opportunity to learn how that wool turns from a sheep’s fleece into yarn. This hands on workshop will take kids through a basic way to process wool using hand carding and drop spindles. Everyone will go home with what they’ve made and a greater understanding of where those hats and sweaters we wear come from.

$15 per child, online pre registration is required. Space is limited, register early!

Remember, kids from Sarah Noble Intermediate School  and Schaghticoke Middle School can take the bus to Pratt.

Click here to register for From Sheep to Yarn

Middle School Fire Building

For children currently in Grades 6-8

Wednesday, January 16th 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Create fire and put it to good use! Participants will learn different methods for building a fire, what materials to collect and how to spark a flame. We’ll also explore making primitive torches and how to use a bow drill. To finish, participants will roast some classic campfire foods. Each participant will work to make their own fire in a supervised but completely hands on experience.

$15 per child, online pre registration is required. Space is limited, register early!

Remember, students at Schaghticoke Middle School can take the bus to Pratt.

Click here to register for Middle School Fire Building 

Dream Pillow Workshop

For adults

Friday, January 18th 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

So many things can contribute to a poor night’s sleep. For centuries, different cultures have used a variety aromatic herbs to help get a better rest. Come put together your own dream pillow with a variety of herbs and recipes to choose from. We’ll have everything you need and each participant create their own dream pillow to take home.

$15 per person, online pre registration is required so we can plan a great night. 

Click here to register for our Dream Pillow Workshop

Intro to Orienteering

For children currently in Grades 3-5

Wednesday, January 23rd 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

In the woods with no signal? Not a problem…if you know how to use a compass and a map! Join us for an afternoon of orienteering where kids will learn the basics of how to use a compass and find their way without needing Siri or Alexa. We’ll work together to understand what using a compass is all about and then race in cooperative teams to complete an orienteering challenge.

$15 per child, online pre registration is required. Space is limited, register early!

Remember, kids from Sarah Noble Intermediate School can take the bus to Pratt.

Click here to register for Intro to Orienteering

 After School E-STEAM Lab

Monday, January 28th 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm  FOR GRADES 3-5

Wednesday, January 30th 3:30 – 5:00 FOR GRADES K-2

Being outside helps us to notice. Noticing leads us to wonder. Wonder grows questions.  Exploring answers to those questions means using the Environment, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math or E-STEAM! We’ll investigate the answers to different questions each time in a variety of ways through hands on experiments, activities and demonstrations that reveal the connections between the natural world and what we experience. Each session will be different but the result will be the same – kids with a better understanding of how the world around them works!

$15 per child, online pre registration is required. Space is limited, register early!

Remember, kids from Sarah Noble Intermediate School  and Northville Elementary School can take the bus to Pratt.

Click here to register for  After School E-STEAM Lab

January Moonlight Hike 

Friday, January 25th 7:00 pm 

Join us for a stroll through lower fields on our moonlight hike. Weather permitting, we’ll finish with a campfire and roast marshmallows!

No registration required, all ages welcome!

Superb Owl Sunday

Sunday, February 3rd   10:00 am – 1:00 pm

All Ages

Before you head off to the big game, enjoy some wings of a different kind! Come celebrate the amazing owl at Pratt’s Superb Owl Sunday. Get to know these fine feathered friends with a live owl presentation, owl pellet dissection, owl themed snacks and more!

*Live owl presentation is scheduled to begin at 11

$10 per family

 

Please help us plan by letting us know you’re coming. Click here to RSVP to  Superb Owl Sunday

School Vacation Day Camp – February & March Dates

For children age 4-14. Any public, private and homeschool children are welcome, regardless of which school calendar the day off falls on.

For specific dates, cost and online registration information, please click this link for School Vacation Day Camp

It can be a challenge to manage those days off during the week on the school calendar so let us help! Pratt follows the New Milford Public Schools and Washington Montessori calendar but any child from anywhere is welcome. When kids are off during the week, we welcome them for a day of camp. Open to kids age 4-14, they’ll spend the day exploring the property with friends in activities that change with every season. It is the perfect way for kids to spend the day when school is closed!

To register, use this link: February & March  School Vacation Day Camp Registration