Family & Weekend Programs

​Free Play with Ms. Jen
Saturday, May 9 from 10 - 11:30 am

Join Ms. Jen for Saturday morning Free Play! Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination as well as, their physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Both indoor/outdoor play will be encouraged. Ages: 1-4 years old (Siblings under 6 months old are not required to register).

This event is FREE. Registration required.

Pollinator Quest Game Hike

Saturday, May 9 from 1-3 pm 

Quest your way through the world of pollination with information and actions that everyone, adults and children alike, can enjoy. Join us to become a pollinator and journey through the wooded trails in an event for the whole family. The forest becomes a live action board game with you as the pieces and flag stops as the tiles. This unique outdoor experience is a fun positive way to hike and learn. The game lasts about 1 hour to 1 ½ hours and can be played solo or as a group. Get your wings, antennas, and segmented body parts ready to enjoy a trail hike while learning about the trials and challenges our pollinators face daily.  

 

Staggered start times to prevent crowding at stations. Pick the time slot that works for your group.

This event is FREE. Registration required.

 Mindful In the Forest - for Families

Friday, May 22 from 4:30-5:30 pm

 

A new nature movement is emerging as we realize the impact of becoming more disconnected by the walls and screens in our lives. The full sensory richness of the forest comes with many benefits for all ages including improved immune system, sleep, cognitive function, reduced stress, regulated blood pressure, better vision, better growth and even better skin. Bring your family together to connect with the natural world and each other.

 

Join Cindy Olsen, Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide and Founder of Cindy By Nature, LLC. on an award winning outdoor journey that weaves together elements of history, yoga, meditation and primitive skills. We’ll stretch and breathe to unpack our stress. Then we’ll explore nature in a playful and mindful way using games and exercises to engage our senses and connect with the earth in a meaningful way.  We’ll gather together under the treetops for some forest-inspired refreshments and snacks. 

Mindful Forest Walk - for Adults

Friday, May 22 from 6:30-7:30 pm

 

With the average American now spending 11 hours a day on a screen and 90% of life indoors, our need for mindful and restorative time outdoors is growing. Mindful rewilding is an invitation to embrace the earth and awaken our senses in mindful immersion outside while learning practical skills for feeling more intimate, comfortable and confident with our lands and many relatives in the more than human world. Wind down your week with this soul-cleansing experience.

 

Join Cindy Olsen, Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide and Founder of Cindy By Nature, LLC. on an award winning outdoor journey that weaves together elements of history, yoga, meditation, Ayurveda and primitive skills. We’ll open our senses with gentle stretches and breathing, experience a walking meditation, sit spot and gather under the tree tops for a forest tea ceremony just as the sun as beginning to set on the day.

 

Backpacks, blankets, seat cushions and tea will be provided. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear.

 

Go outside and go within.

Connecticut Trails Day Hike

Saturday, June 6 from 10-11am

More information coming soon

All ages welcome. Dogs welcome to join but must be on leash. 

This event is FREE. Registration required.

Family S'mores & more!

Sunday, July 26 at 5-6:30 pm 

​Bring the whole family for some after-dinner s’mores and more! The nature center will be open for viewing the more than 30 reptiles and amphibians that call Woodcock home. Kids can burn off their dessert by exploring our playground and fitness trail! No dogs please.

This event is FREE but registration required

Frothy Forage 

Saturday, October 3, 1-5 pm

(rain date Sunday, October 4)

Bring the whole family for a one-of-a-kind hiking and beer tasting experience. 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!).

Under the Harvest Moon

Friday, September 25 at 7 pm

Join us in our picturesque candlelit pavilion for a farm-to-table benefit featuring food, music and a live auction.

 

Chef Sarah Bouïssou of Sarah's Wine Bar will craft a delectable meal from a selection of produce donated from local farms including Ambler Farm, Horseshoe Farm and The Hickories.

No. 109 Cheese and Wine will provide a sampling of artisanal cheeses and appetizers, and a generous wine-tasting selection will be provided by Ridgefield’s Cellar XV Wine Market.

 

A tasting with craft brewers from Nod Hill Brewery will be on hand for beer-loving guests as well as selections from Two Roads and Palm.

Where the Wild Things Run 5K & Kids Fun Run
Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 8:30 am - Fun Run at 9:00 am


Join us for a run that is 90% trail with a mix of groomed trails, rugged trails and narrow  ridges/boardwalks. The terrain of the 5k will highlight the diversity and beauty of the Woodcock property. 

Kids Fun Run (approx. 1K) is geared towards ages 6 and up. This course is appropriate for walkers and runners of all ages. Parents are welcome to accompany their children but are not required to race. 

Stick around after the races for some unique post-race festivities on the nature center grounds including s'mores, music, nature crafts, turtle races, lawn games, shoe demo from our friends at Merrell and more. The nature center building, which is home to more than 20 reptiles and amphibians, will be open for visiting as will the natural playground and fitness trail. 

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Woodcock Nature Center

56 Deer Run Road, Wilton, CT 06897

P (203) 762-7280

F (203) 834-0062

wnc@woodcocknaturecenter.org

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. 

© Woodcock Nature Center 2019