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Great Hollow Nature Preserve

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225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

February 2019

Nature Nuts Playgroup

February 9 @ 9:00 am - March 23 @ 12:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Calling all kids who love to play outside! Great Hollow’s newly formed nature playgroup will run on the second and fourth Saturday mornings in February and March (see dates below). Research has shown that outdoor play boosts the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development of children, and is a top factor in establishing life-long conservation values. Each session will be spent almost entirely outdoors on our 825-acre nature preserve, where children will engage in environmental education games and activities, and…

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Kids’ Nature Club

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - March 23 @ 4:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Do you love being outside, having adventures, and learning about nature? Do you want to hang out with other kids who love those things too? If so, Great Hollow’s Kids' Nature Club is for you! Our first meeting will be spent getting to know each other, decorating our nature journals and making pouches for them, learning the basics of nature journaling, coming up with a club name, and discussing the things we want to do as a club. The activities…

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Kids’ Nature Night: Solve it with STEM!

February 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Calling all scientists! Spend the evening completing increasingly complex STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) challenges related to the natural world. We’ll learn and then practice the scientific method and engineering design process as we tackle challenges such as building a bird nest that can protect a falling egg; designing and building a stick tower that can hold a fist-sized rock on top; or designing a shelter to protect a UV-sensitive animal from light. We will be outside about a…

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Seminar: The Natural History and Decline of the New England Cottontail

February 24 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Please join us for guest speaker, Dr. Amanda Cheeseman's talk about the New England cottontail rabbit, "Living on Borrowed Time: The Life History and Decline of our Only Native Cottontail." Found only within the densest thickets of New England and eastern New York, the New England cottontail had lost much of its habitat by the beginning of this century. Like many other early successional species, habitat loss, invasive plants, and increasing human development have caused substantial population declines and posed…

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March 2019

Weaving & Wine Part 2

March 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Weaving & Wine is back by popular demand. If you came last time, come back to either finish your past project or start a brand new one! If you missed the first event, come see what all the fun is about! You'll enjoy a relaxing evening of good conversation while you learn to weave bird feeders and shelters for our feathered friends. There will be several different feeder and shelter projects to choose from and no prior weaving experience is…

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Kids Nature Night: Snow Science

March 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

What exactly is snow? How is it formed? Why are there so many different types of it? What do snowflakes look like up close? How can snow actually keep animals (including people!) warm? We’ll discover the answers to these questions and more in this month’s Nature Night. We’ll even get to make a “snowflake” of our very own! Parents, we will be outside about a third of the evening, so please dress your child(ren) accordingly. Campfire dinner before the activities…

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