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 Spring Session

Thursdays, March 7th – May 9th (10 sessions)

For children age 6-16

Our Spring Homeschool Session begins in March with 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 Spring Session

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

Tuesdays beginning January 8th, continues until April 30th. Register at any time!

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)

Spring Detectives

Grades K-2   Wednesday, April  3rd 3:30 – 5:00 

Grades 3-5  Monday, April 8th  4:00 – 5:30 

Grades 6-8:  Wednesday, April 10th  2:30 – 4:00

Spring is coming but how can you tell? Kids will learn how to notice the early signs of spring while we adventure through the property. We’ll check our meadow, the trails, river and pond to find the many different ways animals and plants let us know that the season is finally changing.

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

Remember, children at Northville Elementary School, Sarah Noble Intermediate School and Schaghticoke Middle School can take the bus directly to Pratt after school.

Click here to register for Spring Detectives

Flashlight Egg Hunt – AS OF 4/6, REGISTRATION IS FULL!

Friday, April 12th at 8:00 pm

It’s time to channel your inner nocturnal hunting instincts! Join us for our Flashlight Egg Hunt where kids can prowl our lower fields for hidden, treat-filled eggs. A fun evening outside at night!

Everybody needs to bring their own flashlight and baskets.

For ages 7 and up, $5 per child

Space is limited, register early.  Online pre-registration is required.

This is not a drop off program, children need to accompanied by an adult.

Click here to register for Pratt’s Flashlight Egg Hunt

Special Needs Friendly Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 13th from 11:00 to 12:30 pm

For all ages.

An  egg hunt designed to be sensory friendly for families of children with special needs! Come spend some time outside, and have fun looking for treat filled eggs. Please bring your own baskets.

Space is limited, register early. Online, pre-registration is required.

*Donations of nut free candy is appreciated. Drop off at the Pratt Center any day before the event. Contact info@prattcenter.org with any questions.

Click here to register for our Special Needs Friendly Egg Hunt

School Vacation Day Camp – April & May 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: April & May School Vacation Day Camp Registration

Green Gifts for Mother’s Day

Grades K-2   Tuesday, April  16th 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Grades 3-8  Friday, April 19th 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Kids can show mom, grandma, aunt or anyone else that plays a special role in their life just how much they appreciate them with a thoughtful green gift this Mother’s Day! Personalize pots with special messages while planting herbs or flowers that can keep growing well past Mother’s Day.

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

Remember, New Milford Schools are closed the week of April 15th.

Click here to register for Green Gifts for Mother’s Day

April Moonlight Hike – POSTPONED DUE TO THUNDERSTORMS IN THE FORECAST, SEE YOU NEXT MONTH!! 

Friday, April 19th 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!

April After School E-STEAM Lab

Wednesday, April  24th 3:30 – 5:00 FOR GRADES K-2

Monday, April  29th 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm  FOR GRADES 3-5

April’s Question: How do plants know what happens around them?

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 April After School E-STEAM Lab

Pratt’s Happy Hour Book Club 

Wednesday, April 24th  6:00-7:00 pm

April’s Title: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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

Earth Day Celebration 

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

All ages welcome, no registration required

Our Earth Day Celebration and annual Dirt Dash will be held on Sunday, April 28th from 11-2. Join us for an amazing day!

You can run, walk or stroll our annual 5k trail run, the Dirt Dash, at 12.  Be sure to register!

Or get even muddier playing in our mud pit, courtesy of the Northville Volunteer Fire Department.

Stick around for a live birds of prey show at 1:00 pm by James Eyring, Master Falconer and Assistant Director of the Pace University Environmental Center. Weather permitting, he’ll fly the hawks and falcons to the glove and lure while sharing information on falconry history, native raptors, habitats and environmental insights. Not to be missed!

Help Candlewood Valley Trout Unlimited volunteers by planting along the bank of the East Aspetuck and visit with vendors and conservation minded groups that will join us like Twin Star Apothecary, Village Center for the Arts, Integrative Healing Arts, Beauty Counter, Wells Valley Cat Sanctuary, Robotics and Beyond, Wool Spinners New Milford Hopsital’s Plow to Plate and local author Sarah Videtto and grab a tasty treat from Bees Knees Ice Pops! More to come, check back!

Dirt Dash – 5k Trail Run

Sunday, April 28th 12:00 pm

All ages 

Our annual 5k trail run with plenty of mud! Run, jog, walk or stroll through Pratt’s trails in this fun filled trail run. Your sneakers will never be the same! Be sure to come early or stay after to enjoy the rest of our Earth Day celebration.

$20 per runner 13 and up
$15 per runner 12 and under

Follow the link to register
http://fasttracktiming.com/races/dirt-dash-new-milford-ct/

*Sponsors Wanted*  We’re looking for race sponsors!  $100 gets your name on the back of this year’s race shirt! Email info@prattcenter.org  or give us a call 860-355-3137