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

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)

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

 February After School E-STEAM Lab

Monday, February 25th 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm  FOR GRADES 3-5

Wednesday, February 27th 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! Each month, 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!

February’s Question: How do insects walk on water? We’ll investigate the science behind surface tension and how creatures use it to their advantage. 

$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  February After School E-STEAM Lab

Pratt’s Happy Hour Book Club 

Wednesday, February 27th  6:00-7:00 pm

Great books, ideas, conversations and snacks! What could be better? Our Happy Hour Book Club is an opportunity for you to learn more about the many ways we connect to the natural world in a fun atmosphere.  Each month we select a new title that could cover anything from hiking to farming to plants, physics and so much more.  It’s BYOB but we’ll provide the snacks. Treat yourself to a great evening!

To learn more about our Happy Hour Book Club and to register, click here: Happy Hour Book Club

Happy Hour Book Club is a free program intended for adults. A $5 donation is suggested at the meetings you attend to help cover the cost of snacks. Registration required – it helps us to plan for a great evening!

Click here to register for Happy Hour Book Club

 M-archery Madness!

For Grades 3-5 Monday, March  4th 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

For Grades 6-8 Monday, March 11th 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

For Grades K-2 Monday, March 18th 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

An amazing afternoon of basic archery instruction! Kids will get to know the parts of a bow, coached through proper technique and get plenty of opportunity to hit that bullseye with Pratt’s certified archery instructors.

$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 M-archery Madness!

 March After School E-STEAM Lab

Monday, March 25th 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm  FOR GRADES 3-5

Wednesday, March 27th 3:30 – 5:00 FOR GRADES K-2

March’s Question: How do they fly? We’ll look to the natural world to help understand the physics of flight.

Being outside helps  us to notice. Noticing leads us to wonder. Wondering grows questions. Answering those questions means using the Environment, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math or E-STEAM! In our E-STEAM Lab, 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 March After School E-STEAM Lab

March Moonlight Hike 

Friday, March 22nd 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!

St. Patrick’s Day Snaketacular

Sunday, March 17th  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The story goes that St. Patrick chased all the snakes from Ireland. Well, we’re glad some ended up here! Slither on over and joins us to celebrate these amazing creatures. See a live snake program by Riverside Reptiles, meet Pratt’s own corn snake, Sir Cornelius Vandersnake III and explore family friendly snake activities.

$20 per family for a reservation to the live snake program and family snake activities. Pre-registration required for attending live snake program. Space is limited.

$10 per family to enjoy our family friendly snake activities only (does not include live snake program).  Registration encouraged but walk ins are welcome. 

Click here to register for our St. Patrick’s Day Snaketacular

Beekeeping 101

Saturday, April  6th  9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn how to raise honey bees! Mike’s Beehives will take you through bee basics, the hive, care, pests and more. A very relaxing hobby with sweet rewards. All tools, hives and equipment will be available for purchase at this class and orders for bees will be taken as well.

$45 per person, pre registration required. Contact Mike’s Beehives for specific program questions at 203-648-2942.

Click here to register for Beekeeping 101

Earth Day Celebration – SAVE THE DATE!

Sunday, April  28th 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Our Earth Day Celebration and annual Dirt Dash will be held on Sunday, April 28th from 11-2. Look for more details soon!