Indoor Education For Outdoor Learning? What’s wrong with this picture?
Author: Joseph A. Baust, Sr., Emeritus Professor/Director of the Center for Environmental Education at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. This article originally appeared on

For every profession there is a training component that includes providing experiences necessary to be able to know the craft. Surgeons work in the operatory as assistants and are mentored. Plumbers and carpenters spend time as apprentices even after an extensive time learning their crafts in technical schools. Read More

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Come Visit: 7115 Main Street, Rte 25, Trumbull, CT 06611 Phone: (203) 452-4421
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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.

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Nature & Art News
Valentines Cookie Decorating Workshop
Have fun decorating your own special Valentine's heart cookie! All supplies included.
Date: Sunday, February 8th
Time: 1:30-3:00 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 appreciated, but not required. Click here to register. 

In 2015, TNAC will continue to bring fun, educational programming centered around nature and art. As part of our mission, TNAC reaches out to underserved communities in order to provide quality outdoor education to everyone, regardless of means. Your tax deductible contribution will help bring kids to TNAC, who might otherwise not have the opportunity to do so. Please consider the Trumbull Nature and Arts Center in your end of year giving, by clicking on the Donate button below. TNAC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
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Winter/Early Spring Programs
STEAM: Battling Robots
Do you like to tinker? Do you like to create? Come and learn how to turn an electronic toothbrush into a vibrating robot. Then, add cool features to your robot to help it win in the "Battle of the Bots" arena!
Instructor: L. Logan and L. Davis
Date: Sunday, February 22nd
Time: 11:00AM-12:30PM
Ages: Grades K-6th
Cost: $40/child
Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

Beginner's DSLR Photography
Do you have a fancy DSLR camera that is stuck in auto mode? Even if you take most of your photos with a snazzy little point-and-shoot or just your smartphone, come on down! Don't be intimidated by all the scary terminology, buttons and dials. Even if you prefer to shoot in Auto, following the composition tips will immediately make a difference in your photographs. The 90 minute class will include a presentation, hands on with our camera, a bit of shooting inside/outside and a take-home guide. Be sure to have an empty SD card and a charged battery. We will cover: aperture, shutter speed, ISO, basic camera operation, easy to learn tips for improving photo composition, a little bit about light and flash, and Q&A. 
Instructor: D. Kubie
Date: Sunday, February 22nd
Time: 1:00-2:30 PM
Ages: 16 to adult
Cost: $50/person
Pre-registration required. Click here to register. 

Maple Sugaring
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. 

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.

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.
ArtSmart ArtStart!
​A first art experience designed to allow the youngest artist to experiment with a variety of expressive materials and enjoy the simple pleasure of the creative process with those who love them! Projects may include watercolor and tempera painting, printmaking, mixed media drawing, clay, seasonal crafting and assemblage/construction.
Date: Saturday, February 28, March 14, 21, 28
Time: 9:00-10:00 AM
Ages: 3-5 (with caregiver)
Cost: $60/4 week session
Pre-registration required. Click here to register. 

ArtSmart Explorers - Design in Nature
A fine art workshop series for the sophisticated tween/teen artist looking for a creative opportunity to experiment and express themselves through art, while exploring design found in the natural world. Artists will examine natural specimens and use both photo reference and masterworks as inspiration for a variety of mixed media projects which may include block printing, watercolor, acrylic/oil painting, decoupage, zentangle and more!
Date: Saturday, February 28, March 14, 21, 28
Time: 1:30-3:30 PM
Ages: 10-14
Cost: $100/4 week session
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.
ArtSmart Discovery - Animals in Art
A fine art workshop series for the animal lover! Artists will work in a variety of mixed media, interpreting wildlife through art. Projects will celebrate the wonder of birds, sea creatures, insects, endangered species, dinosaurs and even imaginary creatures. Media may include watercolor, charcoal, acrylic, printmaking, collage and more!
Date: Saturday, February 28, March 14, 21, 28
Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Ages: 6-10
Cost: $80/4 week session
Pre-registration required. Click here to register. 

Support TNAC
ArtSmart Fairy Cottages and Gnome Homes
Celebrate the arrival of Spring with the creation of whimsical tabletop constructions! Crafters will use twigs, shells, silk flowers, and more to design a miniature, magical home atop a hand cut log base. Fairy or gnome included. 
​Date: Tuesday, March 3rd
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Ages: 7 and up
Cost: $20/child
Pre-registration required. Click here to register
Easter Egg Hunt - Sunday, March 29th, 1:30 PM
Earth Day Event - Sunday, April 19th, 11:00 AM
Campfire and Stargazing with Astronomical Society of New Haven - Saturday, May 2nd at 8PM
Trumbull Community Women Shredding Day - Saturday, May 30th from 9AM - 1PM

"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!
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.
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.