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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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Our playground, built out of recycled detergent bottles, is open year-round for children up to age 12.
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The Power of Environmental Hands-on Learning
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.
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
Spring/Summer Nature Programs
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
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
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
ArtSmart! Summer Programs
The Nature Center
is looking for
volunteer and paid instructors for:
School Field Trips
Nature Exploration Crafts
Training is available.
If interested, please leave a message at
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
With fishing season in full swing, there is no better time than now to grab a rod, cast a line and get yourself hooked on fishing! The Fishing 101 workshop is designed for families who want to experience fishing, but are unsure where to start. Our experienced instructor will teach you how to select a body of water, what bait to use, how to tie a strong knot, how to cast your bait and how to identify certain freshwater fish. Other topics include; safety tips, proper care of gear, proper handling and release of your catch. There is a limited amount of fishing gear for use during class, so get there early. Please bring your own equipment if you have it, and our instructor will be glad to look it over, and organize it for you.
Instructor: J. Saccone
Date: Saturday, June 13
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM (1 hour instruction, 1 hour fishing at the pond)
Ages: Recommended Ages 6-adult (6-12 require parent supervision)
Cost: $7 per family
Travel through our property in an adventurous journey! Learn about letterboxing as we find each stop and stamp our booklets. A fun mysterious hunt for all!
Instructor: L. McHenry
Date: Saturday, June 27
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM
Introduction to Archery
Introduction to archery equipment, safety and shooting techniques. Supervised by a CT DEEP instructor.
Instructor: J. Massari
Date: Sunday, May 31, June 28
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
If you like exploring fields, forests and ponds then this class is for you! Come and discover what types of animals live in different habitats and why. Help us keep track of the sights and sounds around us!
Instructor: L. McHenry
Date: Saturday, August 1
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM
Have lots of fun, laugh, express creativity, and pick up some new skills too. Create incredible 3-D digital drawings, funny comic strips and cartoon video! Learn how to draw your own cartoon characters and backgrounds using iPad art applications that have layers so we can also trace, use green screen and 3D effects. Utilize “app smashing” techniques by combining your artwork, clip art, and/or morphed photos into a comic strip application or comic ibook. Produce a cartoon video that can be uploaded to YouTube. Plus customize an avatar that has several different moves, like dancing Hip Hop, Macarena and more. Could use the avatar to tell a joke or star in your music cartoon video. It is Summertime! - so each day we'll spend some time between iPad art lessons to take a break(outside weather permitting). Have a snack, then play either a non-digital arty game or make a fun, craft item (that we can photograph and import into a comic book or cartoon video). iPads are provided for class use - you may bring your own iPad if the required software is preloaded.
Instructor: T. Reiger
Date: July 20-24 or Aug 17-21
Note: Please provide a nut-free snack and beverage for your child each day. Limited to 10 students unless students bring iPads with pre-loaded apps and then limit is 15.
Nature Craft and Adornments-Upcycling Everyday Objects/Form and Function
Create Unusual Wearable Works of Art - accessories are inspired by natural objects and recycled materials. Learn basic jewelry making techniques as well as fashion designing with found objects and papercraft. Let’s help the planet by using what is already available to us, easily and at your fingertips. Two instructors will share their unique gifts of creativity.
Instructor: R. Gilmore and K. Booth
Date: July 27-31
Ages: 6-15 (not just for girls!)
STEM Exploration Workshop
Exploring is fun and it’s messy and it’s educational! Come spend 4 days exploring a variety of STEM topics with us. We'll open and close circuits, work against gravity, mix ingredients, and design sturdy structures as we learn while we play. Let’s make discoveries together!
Instructor: L. Davis and L. Logan
Date: July 13, 14, 16, 17
Cost: $120/child (a portion of the fees go to TNAC)