Northwest Park Programs
April 21- May 26: The Jr. Farm Apprentice program offers an opportunity for students ages 8-12 years old to experience a connection between raising healthy livestock, growing a variety of plants and eating well. Experience Spring on the farm at Northwest Park! Students will learn homesteading skills such as feeding livestock, collecting eggs, spinning wool, growing and harvesting vegetables and cooking. Fridays (4:00pm-5:30pm) $65 Windsor residents, $75 non-residents.
May 7: Backyard Homestead (Chickens) 1:30PM – 2:30PM. Have you ever considered raising your own farm animals for products or meat? Chickens are a great way to start and are easy to raise. They will provide you with nutritious eggs & meat, add great nutrients to your compost pile, fertilize your grass and help control insect pests. Chickens are also fun & entertaining for people of all ages. This class will cover the basics of raising your own backyard chickens, including housing, health management, weather, predators, and more! Free
May 13: Come out to Northwest Park from 10:00AM to 11:30AM for a Wildflower Walk with Steve Messier of the Connecticut Botanical Society. This hour and a half walking tour of the grounds is suitable for those ages 12 and above. Free. 860-285-1886. Sponsored by Friends of Northwest Park.
June 1- Aug 31: Visit The Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum this summer Wednesday through Friday 12:00 – 4:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for an art show titled This show will unravel the social and physical cultural landscape changes over the last century. Opening Reception June 2nd 5-8PM , wine, appetizers and live music.Visit tobaccohistsoc.org or call 860-285-1888 for more details. Free for all ages.
June 10: Meet our new Animal Care Specialist, Stacie, and the farm animals that call Northwest Park home during an Animal Barn Tour from 11:00 am – 12:00pm! Learn about why we specialize in raising heritage breed animals and discover more about their history. Free. 860-285-1886. Free
June 17: Northwest Park’s “Epic” Summer Kick-off from 8:00 – 10:00 pm. Join us for a movie night under the stars! "Epic" (PG) tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe. She must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world... and ours. Movie will be shown at dusk on the green in front of the nature center. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy the show! Refreshments will be sold. Free
June 25: Jim Arnosky has written and illustrated nearly 100 books about wildlife and nature for children. He has received numerous honors for his work, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in science illustration. Join us from 1:30-2:30pm as he speaks about his nature adventures, shares some of his stories and illustrations and plays songs on his guitar. All ages. Free program. 860-285-1886.Sponsored by the Friends of Northwest Park
July 13: Join naturalist and wild food enthusiast, Russ Cohen from 6:00PM-8:00PM for an evening hike to explore the Wild Edible and Useful Plants. Free program. 860-285-1886. Sponsored by the Friends of Northwest Park
July 15: Spend the night at Northwest Park’s Campout under the Stars beginning at 2:00 PM on Saturday through 9:00 AM on Sunday at the Northwest Park “Great Meadow.” Join us for canoeing and guided hikes during the day, enjoy picnic style dinner, with the traditional roasting of marshmallows and a light breakfast. Don’t have a tent? No problem. Tents are available on a first come, first served basis. $20.00 (Windsor resident), $25.00 (non-resident) Family $60.00 (Windsor residents), $70.00 (non-residents). Registration required. 860- 285-1886
July 29: Join us from 7–9:00 PM for a Firefly Presentation/Book Signing & Evening Walk. presented by noted biologist and firefly expert Sara Lewis. Sara dives into the fascinating world of fireflies and reveals the most up-to-date discoveries these beloved insects. Discoveries about these beloved insects are covered in Sara’s recently published book, Silent Sparks, will be available for sale and signing. Following the presentation will be an evening walk in search of fireflies. Free. 860-285-1886. Sponsored by the Friends of Northwest Park
August 5: Canoe Adventure. Visit Northwest Park from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM for an adventure with nature and canoeing, learn about our local waterways and the plants and animals that call them home. No canoeing experience is necessary, however, there will not be a staff member in your canoe. The staff will be available before and during canoeing to observe and assist you with your paddling abilities. Canoes, paddles and PFDs will be provided. Ages 6 and above. $15.00 per person (Windsor residents) $20.00 (non-residents). 860-285-1886