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 email@example.com
November School Vacation Camp Days
For ages 4-14
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: November School Vacation Day Camp Registration
S.A.G.E – Registration is open!
For girls in middle and high school
Meets once per month from 3:45-5:15
The program is free, donations are appreciated
Our Skills and Arts for Girls of the Earth (S.A.G.E.) program is designed to create a space for girls to connect to the natural world, practice their strengths and learn from each other in a peaceful, supportive atmosphere. Join Pratt’s talented friend, Kaitlin Clark, as she leads the girls through a wide variety of seasonal skills and adventures.
After School Explore – Registration is open!
For ages 4-14 (Kindergarten through 8th Grade)
Meets Monday, Tuesday and/or Wednesday from 4:00* – 5:30 pm during the school year on school days, following the New Milford School calendar. *Bus arrival times vary but Pratt staff meet each bus when it arrives. Parent drop off is at 4:00, if not arriving by bus.
Our After School Explore program is the perfect way for kids to let go of their school day – playing outside with friends! Sign up for one, two or all three days of after school adventure. Busing is available from Northville, Sarah Noble and Schaghticoke. For more details about this and our other weekly programs, click Weekly Programs
$10 per child per day, online pre-registration required. Space is limited!
Click here to register for After School Explore
Nature Babies – Registration is open!
Prenatal/Birth – 3 years old with their caregiver
Every Wednesday (Begins Wednesday, September 4th) from 9:30-10:30
$10 per family per session
Pratt’s version of the “Mommy and Me” class puts you and your little one outside and exploring nature from the beginning. Perfect for expecting or new moms, dads, grandparents – any grownup that has a young child in their life. Once a week, for an hour, we’ll take a leisurely stroll where ever our curiosity takes us. Find more details in our Weekly Programs.
Nature Art for Pre-K
A drop off program for children age 4 or 5
Thursday, November 7th, 1:00 – 2:45
Join us for this fun, hands on program for our youngest Pratt kids! Kaitlin Clark, a talented educator, artist and friend of Pratt, will guide children in how to use nature as inspiration for a seasonal art project that they’ll take home with them. Children will gather natural materials and use what they find to craft their own unique piece of art. Space is limited, online pre registration is required.
$15 per child
Grades 6-8 Tuesday, November 12th 2:30 – 4:00
Grades 3-5, Wednesday, November 13th 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join us for an afternoon of orienteering where kids will learn the basics of how to use a compass and find their way around a map – an important life skill when those devices don’t have a signal or run out of battery! We’ll work together to understand what using a compass is all about and then maneuver through different orienteering challenges.
$15 per child, online pre registration is required. Space is limited, register early!
November Moonlight Hike
Friday, November 15th 7:00-8:00 pm
Come stroll the lower fields with us for an evening hike. Weather permitting, we’ll finish with a campfire and roast marshmallows!
No registration required, all ages welcome!
Friday, November 15th 5:00-7:00 pm
Come celebrate with us! We have a lot to be thankful for here at Pratt and we want to share our gratitude with the community that supports what we do so generously and graciously.
Join us in our greenhouse for a casual potluck Thanksgiving dinner. Bring your favorite, most delicious finger food or dish to share. Enjoy the company of friends over a good meal and then feel free to stick around for our Moonlight Hike, starting at 7 pm.
All are welcome and this is a free event but please let us know you’re coming by pre registering.
Owl Pellet Investigation
Grades K-2: Monday, November 18th 3:30-4:30
Grades 3-5: Wednesday, November 20th, 4:30-5:30
Owls are fascinating creatures! Come investigate a pellet to discover what owls eat through the bones that are left behind. Their pellets are the indigestible parts of an owl’s last few meals – the fur, bones – that the owls regurgitate, or cough up. Once dried out and sterilized, dissecting them is a true mystery adventure where kids will pull out clues and piece together a slice of an owl’s history. What will you find in yours? All tools, materials and pellets provided.
$15 per child, online pre-registration is required.
National Take a Hike Day!
Sunday, November 17th 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate National Take a Hike Day with us for a to the summit of Mt. Tom in New Milford and catch colorful views of the surrounding area. Pratt staff will lead the hike which will cover about 3.5 miles of trail in a loop that typically takes about an hour and a half to complete. The summit is at an elevation of 1,043 feet with a few sections that are steep but very manageable.
All ages are welcome but please leave your dogs at home. The event is free but donations are appreciated!
Wine, Women and Wreaths
Friday, November 29th @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 30th @ 7:00 pm
Our yearly tradition is back! Enjoy a ladies’ night at the Pratt Nature Center making your own holiday wreath in our festive greenhouse. We’ll supply the wire, necessary tools, pine boughs and some decorations as well as the wine, cheese and crackers! You bring your friends, any decorations you have been accumulating over the years and your festive spirit. (Extra glue guns are always helpful!) Go home with a beautiful wreath just in time for holiday decorating!
$45.00 members/$50.00 non members
This is an adult only event and preregistration is required. You can register as an individual or have one person register your entire group. Space is limited and both evenings typically fill up quickly – register early!
Family Wreath Making
Sunday, December 1st, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Drop in with the family to make a holiday wreath! We’ll have everything you’ll need in our festive greenhouse to put your basic wreath together along with some decorations. If you have your own decorations, feel free to bring them too!
$25.00 per wreath
All ages welcome, no registration required!