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Great Hollow Nature Preserve

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225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

April 2019

Spring Break Adventure Camp

April 15 @ 8:30 am - April 19 @ 3:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

*Note: sessions on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are now full. Space is still available on Monday and Tuesday.* Looking for something fun, active, and educational for your child to do during the school break? Sign them up for Great Hollow's Spring Break Adventure Camp! Our popular program offers children ages 5 to 10 the opportunity to get outdoors and experience the natural world on our beautiful 825-acre preserve. Each session includes science-based environmental education activities, games, hikes, and live animal…

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“Pink Moon” Hike

April 19 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Enjoy a moonlit, guided hike up to Great Hollow’s waterfall with our naturalist, John Foley, and learn what this month's "Pink Moon" and spring flowers have in common. We’ll also look and listen for owls and other creatures of the night while taking in the beauty of a forest that’s bathed in moonlight. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring a flashlight or headlamp (please make sure the batteries work beforehand!). The hike is weather-dependent and reservations are appreciated. Appropriate for…

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Natural History and Ecology of the Eastern Coyote

April 27 @ 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, Dana Goin’s talk about eastern coyotes, their natural history and ecology, and what we can do to best coexist with them. Coyotes have become exceptionally adept at living amongst humans in recent decades, even going so far as to thrive in cities such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. They are also very common in our area of Connecticut and neighboring New York, where their howls and "yips" are familiar sounds of the…

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May 2019

Kids’ Nature Night: Wild Harvest

May 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

This installment in our Kids' Nature Night series is all about foraging for edible wild plants! After we learn how to positively identify our local edibles, we’ll take to the trails to harvest ramps, chives, trout lily, garlic mustard, Japanese knotweed, and dandelions. We’ll bag our bounty up and make recipe cards for tasty treats to make at home, such as knotweed juice (that can be sipped from a knotweed straw!) and a spring greens salad. A brief info sheet…

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Art Show

May 17 @ 6:30 pm - May 19 @ 6:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

The Great Hollow Photographers Club is hosting its second annual Juried Painting and Photography Show from 10am-4pm on May 18 and 19 at Great Hollow, and all are welcome to come down and enjoy the fantastic pieces of nature art that will be on display. There will be dozens of selected photographs and paintings featured, by professional and amateur artists from all over Connecticut and New York. All works will be for sale, with 25% of all proceeds benefiting Great…

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Full Moon Family Hike

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Join us for an evening hike under the full moon! We’ll start off the evening by engaging in games and activities that demonstrate the amazing adaptions of local nocturnal and crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk) animals. Once the sun sets, we’ll hit the trail and discover the fun and mystery of the woods at night. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp. If your light doesn’t have a red setting, you will be provided with red cellophane to put over…

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Kids’ Treasure Hunt!

May 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

There’s treasure hidden at Great Hollow and you’ll have to use a map and compass, along with your riddle-solving skills, to find it! We’ll spend the first part of the program learning map and compass basics, and then we’ll break into teams to track down the hidden puzzle pieces that will lead us to our prize that we get to keep! Compasses will be provided for use during the class or children may bring their own. This is a drop-off…

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June 2019

Kids’ Nature Night: The Amazing Superpowers of Bats!

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Did you know that bats have “superpowers” that can rival any super hero? These powers are the adaptations that enable certain bat species to do amazing things, such as flying up to 60 miles per hour, eating their entire weight in insects each night, or being immune to some types of venom. We’ll learn about the adaptions of a few of our native bats and how important these often misunderstood creatures are to people and our environment. Once the sun…

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