Family & Weekend Programs

2021 Spring Photography Contest

March 2021

Woodcock Nature Center is looking for local photographers to share a photo they've taken that reminds them of spring! The winner will have their photo displayed with the 2020 winner in our pavilion for people to see during our outdoor events. 

Click the button below to learn more about how to participate

Leap Into Conservation Virtual Workshop and Vernal Pool Hikes

March 2021

Join the Maritime Aquarium, Woodcock Nature Center, and Norwalk River Watershed Association as we virtually Leap into Conservation. Our exciting online workshop will introduce your family to the amphibians of the Long Island Sound watershed, their ecological importance, and how you can participate in the Frogwatch USA citizen science project. We will end our program discussing how you can create a healthy backyard habitat for amphibians by making a frog or toad abode (home). Workshop participants can pick-up a free frog or toad abode making kit from the Aquarium that will engage young conservationists in positive environmental behaviors and be a fun family project. Pre-registration required.


Virtual Workshop Times:

Wednesday March 10, 7:00-8:00pm.

Saturday March 13, 3:00-4:00pm

Additional amphibian fun on World Frog Day, March 20, 2021. Join educators at Woodcock Nature Center for small in-person interpretive walks around vernal pools looking for frogs and other early spring forest animals. Pre-registration required. 

Vernal Pool Hike Times:

Saturday March 20, 9:30-10:30am, 11:00-12:00, 12:30-1:30pm, or 2:00-3:00.

Hikes, Hops & Hooty

Thursday, March 25 from 6 - 8 pm

(rain/snow date Friday, March 26)

Join us for a mini-fundraiser to support Woodcock's resident animals!

Gather by the fire in and around Woodcock's picturesque pavilion for a bite to eat and some beer from Nod Hill Brewery. We'll set out on the trails in search of owls and learn more about birds of prey before having an unforgettable encounter with Woodcock's famous Hooty, the amazing Great Horned Owl and Click, the loveable Barred Owl.

$50/$75 per attendee. 21+ only.

Upcycle Nature Crafts

Saturday, March 27, 2021, 2:00-2:45pm, 3:00-3:45pm, 4:00-4:45pm

Join Woodcock staff as they show you how to make decorative garden art by repurposing plastic bottle caps and cans. Make flowers out of bottle caps, or a bee out of a soup can, or use your imagination to make your own creation!

Bring your own cans and caps (rinsed). Extra materials will be provided. 


This program is in partnership with Wilton Go Green.


This program is FREE but pre-registration required as space is limited. Register for one time slot

Frothy Forage

Saturday, April 24, 2021 (Rain date April 25)

Bring the whole family for a one-of-a-kind hiking and beer tasting experience at FROTHY FORAGE. At secret locations along the Woodcock trails, we’ll feature a unique craft brew from our partner Nod Hill Brewery plus soda tasting with Hosmer Mountain Soda!

Woodcock Nature Center

56 Deer Run Road, Wilton, CT 06897

P (203) 762-7280

F (203) 834-0062

Our mission is to connect people to the habitats, plants and animals of Southwestern CT through programs that build awareness, nurture understanding, and advance conservation. 

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