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Mailing Address: Patrons of TNAC, Inc, P.O. Box 110438, Trumbull, CT 06611
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The Trumbull Nature and Arts Center touches the lives of thousands of community members through a wide range of programs, activities, and volunteer opportunities.

We offer programs that bring families and the community together for fun and educational experiences. Our hands-on environment and art programs inspire learning, and encourage problem solving and critical thinking. 
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The Power of Environmental Hands-on Learning
Winter/Early Spring Programs
Maple Sugaring
3/3: Due to overwhelming popularity, registration for this program is now closed.
Join Ranger Mark for this fun family afternoon of maple sugaring. Observe how a maple tree is tapped, and learn how sap is made into sweet syrup over our campfire. We'll also have hiking, snacks and a maple craft activity. 
Date: Saturday, March 7th
Time: 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Ages: All ages (family-friendly)
Cost:  FREE
Pre-registration required. Click here to register. 
​NOTE: This program is subject to cancellation, due to inclement weather. Please check website for updates.

Grow Your Own Pizza Garden
Learn how to grow a pizza garden with Master Gardener Vicky McCarthy. Whether you are a newbie or seasoned veteran, Vicky will show you the best way to grow your own herbs and vegetables. First 25 registrants will receive starter pots to take home. 
Instructor: V. McCarthy
​Date: Saturday, March 21st
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Ages: All ages (family-friendly)
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required. Click here to register. 

STEAM: Marble Run Madness
Come join us for a morning of constructing, experimenting and exploring! In this workshop your job will be to design a unique marble track that defies gravity! You will use recycled cardboard to create ramps, runs and drops that help your marble find it's way to the bottom. The marble that takes the longest to get to the bottom of the ramp wins!
Instructor: L. Logan and L. Davis
Date: Sunday, March 22nd
Time: 11:00AM-12:30PM
Ages: Grades K-6th
Cost: $40/child
Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

ARTSMART! with Kathy Vincent
Join Miss Kathy to celebrate the wonders of nature with fine art and crafting at TNAC! Designed for those families seeking a quality, nature-based creative experience for their child, Kathy Vincent's workshops allow for an interpretive approach to creating art. Projects are designed to encourage creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration and self-expression. These open-ended projects will challenge the young artist to manipulate materials through the use of professional media, and enable them to make personal connections to the natural world.
"One Book One Town" and TNAC 
TNAC is partnering with the Trumbull Library System in support of the 2015 "One Book One Town" event series. This year's book is "Animal,Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver. Below are some events being held at TNAC this Spring as part of the "One Book One Town" program. Click here to find out more about all of this year's events.
ArtSmart Toad Hotels
Fashion a fabulous garden abode for your resident garden toad. Famous works of art will inspire designs painted on a terracotta pot...complete with a vacancy sign and a painted pebble path! Instructor: K. Vincent
Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Ages: 7 and up
Cost: $15/child
Pre-registration required. Click here to register. 

ArtSmart Patterned Planters
A perfect Mother's Day garden gift! Coffee cans transform into cool planters. Potting soil, flower seed packet and hand painted "garden marker" complete the gift. Instructor: K. Vincent
Date: Tuesday, May 5
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Ages: 7 and up
Cost: $15/child
Pre-registration required. Click here to register. 

Nature Programs
Make Your Own Birdfeeder
Make your own birdfeeder and learn about our feathered friends! Each child will make a birdfeeder to bring home. Plus, we'll search for birds at the center and learn all about them. 
Date:  Sunday, March 8
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Ages: K-3
Cost: $15/child
Pre-registration required. Click here to register

Wake Up Sleepy Critters!
Take a hike around the nature center to look for hibernating animal habitats, read a story, and make a cute craft! 
Date: Saturday, April 11
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Ages: K-3
Cost: $15/child
Pre-registration required. Click here to register. 

ArtSmart Adventure - Summer Splash
Inspired by the wonders of the deep blue sea, projects include watercolor and tempera painting, gyotaku fish prints, decoupage on canvas, mosaics, plaster sculpture and more! Instructor: K. Vincent
Date: June 29-July 3
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Ages: 6-10
Cost: $215/child
Pre-registration required. Click here to register. 

Celebrating our 8th year of summer art programming!  Let nature inspire your child's creative spirit this summer! Join Miss Kathy for another great summer of art at TNAC! Young artists will experiment with professional art materials, explore masterworks through critique and art games and discover new techniques in creating mixed media and unique crafts that promote self-expression and celebrate the wonders of nature. Artists will work both in studio and outdoors on TNAC grounds...enjoying time at our playground and picnicking beneath our beautiful maple tree.  

ArtSmart Discovery - Animals in Art
​A wild week of animal themed art and crafting designed to encourage an appreciation of the beauty of wildlife. Projects include watercolor and acrylic painting, pastel and charcoal drawing, block printmaking, collage, clay sculpture and more! Instructor: K. Vincent
Date: July 6-10
Time: 9:30AM-12:30PM
Ages: 7-12
Cost: $215/child
Pre-registration required. Click here to register. 

ArtSmart Explorers - Masterpieces and Mother Nature
​Designed for older children/TWEENS, this week focuses on masterworks inspired by design found in the natural world...allowing for personal interpretation, response and expression. Projects include watercolor, acrylic and oil painting on canvas, block prints, mixed media sculpture, sumi-E botanical, and the ever-popular action painting! Instructor: K. Vincent
Date: August 3-7
Time: 9:30AM-12:30PM
Ages: 8-14
Cost: $215/child
Pre-registration required. Click here to register. 

Summer Programs - More programs to be posted soon!

The Nature Center
is looking for
volunteer and paid instructors for:
Scout Badges
School Field Trips
Nature Exploration Crafts
Training is available.

If interested, please leave a message at 
Earth Day Celebration - Sunday, April 19th, 11am - 3pm

STEAM: Brought to you by EmpowerEd
Each workshop students will participate in hands-on challenges focusing around concepts in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.​ Children will work in cooperative groups to brainstorm ideas, form and test hypotheses, develop plans, experiment with materials and share outcomes.
Nature Trail Easter Egg Hunt
Come to the nature center to search for Easter eggs on our nature trails.
Date:  Sunday, March 29
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE*
*Sponsored and run by the TNAC Student Leadership Team. Small donations welcome. All donations go towards the Student Leadership Team projects and programs. 
Pre-registration required. Click here to register

Campfire and Stargazing with Astronomical Society of New Haven
Come sit with us by the campfire and enjoy s’mores and intergalactic stories while members of the The Astronomical Society of New Haven lead us in looking through telescopes to check out the Moon, deep sky objects like Galaxies, star clusters, and nebulas – and maybe even a few planets. This event will take place in clear weather only. All ages welcome to the event, however, telescope viewing is for ages 7+.
Date:  Saturday, May 2
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 PM
Ages: All ages (7+ to view with telescope
Cost: $10 per family
Pre-registration required. Click here to register