Ansonia Nature Center Presents Discovering Fossils with Richard King


10 Deerfield Road, Ansonia, CT 06401. Phone: 203-736-1053.

On Sunday, March 17, 2011 at 3PM, join fossil collector, Richard King at the Ansonia Nature Center for a family program to identify and learn about Earth's ancient life forms.  Fossils are the remains, prints or other evidence of former plant or animal life found naturally buried in rock.  If you have fossil finds of your own, bring them along to share.  The program is free and open to the public and is designed for school age children and adults.  Call to register.

Full Moon Hike at Pratt Nature Center

03/18/2011 to 03/18/2011

163 Papermill Road, New Milford, CT 06776. Phone: (860) 355-3137.

Hike the lower fields by the light of the full moon then warm up by the campfire with marshmallows.  (bring flashlight). All ages  Free.

David Dunlop Lecture at The White Gallery


342 Main Street, Lakeville, CT 06039. Phone: 860-435-1029.

1 pm. Join David Dunlop as he explores what actual secrets da Vinci imbedded in the Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, and why da Vinci is considered the painter of the first modern portrait.  Did da Vinci anticipate the future of art with his discoveries in painting and the biology of vision?   How did he originate the psychology of perception?  Dunlop will discuss da Vinci's materials and methods, his influence on artists to follow who adopted his theories on color, perspective, chiaroscuro, s'fumato, the idea of the artist as a scientist and how today's artists use his discoveries.
Please RSVP 860-435-1029 or email.  Seating is limited.

Dan Dwyer from johnnycake books Invites you to a book signing - Salisbury


12 Academy Street, Salisbury, CT 06068. Phone: 860-435-6677.

On Sat. 5 - 7 p.m. - Embroided Ground Revisiting the Garden, by author, Page Dickey. Visit the website for more information or call.

Spring Equinox Drumming and Studies of Saturn At The Ansonia Nature Center


10 Deerfield Rd., Ansonia, CT Phone: 203-736-1053.

6:00 p.m., Spring Equinox join Ranger Dawn at Pavilion #1, to celebrate the arrival of spring with drums.  A gift of a canned good for the Spooner House will get you a seat in the circle of drummers. Bring your own percussion instrument or one you have made out of recycled materials. This program is designed for adults and children over age ten. Experienced drummers, those seeking to try something new, and those who wish to come just to listen and celebrate the return of the season of warm days and new growth are welcome to join this Spring Equinox Celebration. 7:00 p.m., presenters Bob Carruthers and NASA volunteer, Andy Paniros will return to the Ansonia Nature Center for a program on Saturn and its moons. Powerful telescopes will be set up outside to view the planets, the Andromeda Galaxy and the Orion Nebula with the New Haven Astronomical Society.  Those with their own telescope or binoculars should bring them along as well.

LEF Palooza:: The Litchfield Education Foundation at The Litchfield Intermediate School


35 Plum Hill Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759.

On Saturday, March 19th, 2011 the Litchfield Education Foundation is hosting LEF-Palooza from 10 am to 2 pm at the Litchfield Intermediate School. Bring your family to a Day of Fun and learn about LEF! There will be free face painting, free popcorn, free activities for the kids. Food will be available for purchase. All proceeds are going to help fund upcoming grant requests.

ACORN Button Club presents: the Antique Buttons Roadshow at the Mattatuck Museum


144 Main St, Waterbury, CT 06762. Phone: 203 753-0381 ext 10.

1:00 PM. Remember going through Grandma's button box? Interested in history? Join us as Laurel Durso and Arlene Creswell of the Acorn Button Club of Central Connecticut teach us the art, history, and beauty of antique buttons in an informative program. They will also give a tour of the museum's Waterbury Button Museum. Laurel Durso teaches Fashion Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Kaynor Tech. Arlene Creswell's interest began as a child looking through her grandmother's button box. Please bring your own favorite buttons; Arlene and Laurel will be pleased to identify their history.

Maplefest! At the Sharon Audubon Center


325 Cornwall Bridge Rd., Sharon, CT 06069. Phone: (860) 364-0520.

10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Fee: $5.00 adults, $3.00 children. Come to our sugaring open house and take a guided tour to see how maple syrup is produced fresh at the Audubon Center. In the sugarhouse, a favorite stop along the tour, the sweet aroma of boiling sap and syrup fills the air as samples of fresh syrup are handed out for our guests to taste. Tours go out continuously through the day and there is no need to pre-register.  Fresh maple syrup will be available for purchase while supplies last. **During the month of March, visitors may visit the sugarhouse if staff is producing syrup. Please call the Center in advance to see if the sugarhouse will be open.

Late Winter Walk through the Cathedrals with Gerri Griswold at White Memorial Foundation


71 Whitehall Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: (860) 567-0857.

Take a walk through this rarely visited area in search of harbingers of skunk cabbage! Listen for the first Wood Frogs! Visit the forest management area at Little Cathedral carved out in the late 1980's. Survey numerous stone walls and bridges. You'll see some of the largest White Pines on WMF property in the naturally seeded stand of Big Cathedral. Look for the animals that reside in a typical old growth forest. Among them: Pileated Woodpecker and White-tailed Deer. 2:00 P.M., Meet at the Museum. We'll drive to the trail head together... FREE...Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Mommy & Me Welcoming Spring at Barnes Nature Center

03/19/2011 to 03/19/2011

175 Shrub Rd., Bristol, CT 06010. Phone: (860) 589-8200.

Ages:  Adult with their 3 or 4 year old. Cost:  $15 per class or $60 for entire session.  To register call (860) 589-8200. Each month will focus on a seasonal topic in nature which you can explore with your young one.  Each class includes an outdoor experience, story and related craft project.