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

After School Wreath Making for Grades 3-5

Monday, December 3rd 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Hands-on, holiday decorating!  Pratt staff will guide each kid through making their own wreath. We’ll have everything they’ll need to create their own unique and festive wreath to take home.  Kids are welcome to bring their own personal decorations as well.

$15.00 per child

This workshop is for kids in grades 3-5. Remember, students from SNIS can take the bus directly to Pratt after school.  Click here to register.

After School Wreath Making and Decorating for Grades K-2

Wednesday, December 5th 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

You’re never too young to get into the holiday spirit! Pratt staff will help our K-2 friends find success crafting a wreath on their own or decorate a wreath, depending on what each child is comfortable with. We’ll have everything they’ll need to create their own unique and festive wreath to take home.  Kids are welcome to bring their own personal decorations as well.

$15.00 per child

This workshop is for kids in grades K-2. Remember, students from Northville Elementary School can take the bus directly to Pratt after school.  Click here to register.

After School Wreath Making for Grades 6-8

Thursday, December 6th 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

A perfect way to get into the holiday spirit! Pratt staff will guide each kid through making their own wreath. We’ll have everything they’ll need to create their own unique and festive wreath.  Kids are welcome to bring their own personal decorations as well.

$15.00 per child

This workshop is for kids in grades 6-8. Remember, students from SMS can take the bus directly to Pratt after school.  Click here to register.

After School Wreath Making for High School

Thursday, December 6th 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We’ve added an opportunity for our oldest Pratt kids to get involved with the holidays! Pratt staff will guide everyone through making their own wreath. We’ll have everything needed to create a unique and festive wreath.  Participants are welcome to bring their own personal decorations as well.

$15.00 per person

This workshop is for students in grades 9-12. Pre registration is required.  Click here to register.

Family Wreath Making – Added Evenings!

Tuesday, December  4th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, December 5th 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Thursday, December 6th 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Drop in to make a holiday wreath with the family! We’ll have everything you’ll need in our festive yurt 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. Registration is not required but appreciated to let us know you’re coming. Click here to register.

Fire Cider Workshop 

Friday, December  7th 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Learn how to make your own Fire Cider! Fire Cider is a tonic that is traditionally made in the fall season, most commonly used as a cold & flu preventative. It’s an old folk medicine, that also aids in proper digestion and promotes circulation. Fire cider is a vinegar based infusion that gets its name from the spicy combination of ingredients that includes ginger, horseradish, onions and garlic balanced with lemon/oranges, rosemary, maple syrup/honey and more. Makes a great gift too! 

All participants will create their own small batch of fire cider to take home and enjoy.

This is a workshop for teens and adults, $15.00 per person.

Online pre-registration is required by Thursday, 12/6. Click here to register for our Fire Cider Workshop.

Homeschool Half Days – December

Thursday, December 6th 

Open to children age 6-16. Choose the Morning, Afternoon or both sessions. $20 per child per session. Lunch is not provided but kids are welcome to bring a lunch or snacks to either session.

Morning Session 9:30-12:00: Nature Holiday Crafts

Using nature as our inspiration, kids will work with hand tools, decorations and natural materials to create handmade crafts of their own design. A perfect opportunity to create something special for the holiday season.  

Afternoon Session 12:30-3:00: Outside Exploration

This session offers a wide range of possibilities in this open ended afternoon that changes with every season. Kids will help choose which part of Pratt to explore and their curiosity will drive our focus. The meadow? The river? The mountain? Forest? Barn and our animals? They’re all options for a great  and unique afternoon at Pratt!

Pre registration is required. Please click here to register for December Homeschool Half Days

Homeschool Half Days – December

Thursday, December 20th 

Open to children age 6-16. Choose the Morning, Afternoon or both sessions. $20 per child per session. Lunch is not provided but kids are welcome to bring a lunch or snacks to either session.

Morning Session 9:30-12:00: Fire Building

Kids will learn how to construct a fire with the materials they can find in nature, practice lighting tinder with just a spark, use a bow drill and more! Whether you’ve never built a fire before or have a lot of practice, there will be something for everyone around our campfire. 

Afternoon Session 12:30-3:00: Outside Exploration

This session offers a wide range of possibilities in this open ended afternoon that changes with every season. Kids will help choose which part of Pratt to explore and their curiosity will drive our focus. The meadow? The river? The mountain? Forest? Barn and our animals? They’re all options for a great  and unique afternoon at Pratt!

Pre registration is required. Please click here to register for December Homeschool Half Days

Elf in the Yurt

Sunday, December 23rd  5:00 pm 

Don’t be a cotton headed ninny muggins, join us for a showing of a holiday season favorite, Elf! 

All four elf food groups will be there: candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup but everyone is encouraged to bring a treat to share with the group.

Space is limited and online pre registration is required.

This is a free event but donations are appreciated and will go to benefit scholarships for Pratt’s Summer Camp.

If you have any questions, please email info@prattcenter.org

Please click here to register for Elf in the Yurt

December Moonlight Hike and Carol Sing!

Friday, December 21st 7:00 pm 

Warm up that singing voice and join us for a festive  evening of holiday carols around the campfire. We’ll sing and stroll the lower fields on our moonlight hike. Weather permitting, we’ll finish with a campfire and roast marshmallows!

No registration required, all ages welcome!

New Year’s Day Hike

Tuesday, January 1st  1:00 pm  to 3:00 pm

Start 2019 off on the right foot…and then the left…with a hike up Mt. Tom in New Milford! The summit of Mt. Tom in New Milford has great views of the surrounding area and getting there makes for a perfect family adventure. Pratt’s Program Director, Justin Mack, will lead the hike which covers about 3.5 miles of trail in a loop. At an average speed with a stop here and there, it typically takes about an hour and half to complete. The summit is at an elevation of 1,043 feet with a few sections that are steep but very manageable. *If we happen to be buried in snow, then the hike will be adjusted to a snowshoe adventure around the property!

All are welcome but please leave your dogs at home. The event is free but donations are appreciated!

Please help us plan by letting us know you’re coming by pre registering with this link: New Year’s Day Hike

Pratt’s Homeschool Open House

Thursday, January 3rd 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Join us for a free session of our homeschool program where parents and children from homeschool families are invited to meet our staff, see the property and experience what our homeschool program has to offer. Children can join in the day’s activities while parents observe and talk with our educators as we answer questions and share our philosophy.  

To learn more about our Pratt’s Homeschool Program, click here: Pratt’s Homeschool Program

This open house is free but please let us know you’re coming. Click here to register for Homeschool Open House.

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)

Tuesdays beginning January 8th, 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 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)

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 

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 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. Wondering grows questions. Answering those questions means using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math or STEAM! In our 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  After School 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!