January Events

Ansonia Nature And Recreation Center


Did the fox get the grapes? Make a big book of Aesop’s Fables, and find out! Children’s book illustrator, ANC Ranger Amie Ziner, will guide you through illustrating a series of 6 stories, using the Nature Center’s real animal specimens. Easy step-by-step instruction will help you create 6 acrylic paintings, featuring animals, nature, and a lesson in each story! Attend all 6 classes to complete the book, or just one class for a single fable. Appropriate for people with some painting experience, ages 10 to adult, who are able to follow the instruction with some supervision. At the end of each 2-hour class you will have a page for your book, including the text of the story. The story for Week 1 is “The Fox and the Grapes.”

MATERIALS FEE: Individual lessons $20 each; all 6 lessons $100 (save $20!). The fee includes: acrylic paint, an acrylic painting board, 2 brushes, a water container, paper towels, and a pencil


Sundays, Jan. 10, Feb. 14, Mar. 13, 11 am

Losing a beloved animal can be tragic and a very emotional time for humans. There are numerous resources to turn to for the loss of a human loved one; however, there are limited options for when we lose an animal. Susan Wilson has created this support group for those who have lost an animal or have one in the process of moving on. Join us for these FREE sessions

HEATHER’S KORNER SEWING CLASSES: Sewing a String Bag (Class 1) – Sun. Jan. 10, 2 pm

These sewing classes are for children 7–10 years old accompanied by an adult. In today’s class, each child will sew a string bag. In future classes, each student will sew a fox pillow (Feb. 7) and an owl pincushion (Mar. 6).

FEE: $15 per class. Materials are included. Please pre-register, as space is limited.


This Naugatuck River Revival Group (NRRG) movie shows our river like never before. You will see it from its beginning in Torrington to its tide waters, where it meets the Housatonic River, and view what it is like in, over and under the river. The Naugatuck River, suitable for both children and adults, is a glimpse into a planned documentary called The Last Refuge and features the wildlife and people who use the river. You will see songbirds bathing and get close to eagles, owls, and salmon. You will meet two ancient creatures: lamprey and elvers (baby eels). Trapped at the Kinneytown Dam in Seymour, these elvers traveled thousands of miles from the Sargasso Sea to grow to lengths of over 3 feet. If they survive they will stay in the Naugatuck for the next 20-30 years before returning to the Sargasso to breed. Come close to one of the oldest predators on Earth: the peregrine falcon. Watch volunteers struggle to clean the river. See unique views of the new 6.4 million dollar Tingue Dam Bypass. “We want to bring the river to the community,” Sondra Harman, Executive Director of the NRRG, said. “We want to show people that the river is beautiful.”

CREATURE FEATURES: How Animals Move –Sat. Jan. 16, 12 noon

Join Ranger Jess to learn how rabbits hop, snakes slither, and birds fly. Enjoy our weekly Creature Feature with the added silliness of mimicry. FREE.


Join the Nature Center at the Yale Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven. The Peabody will once again offer world-class performances and educational activities for visitors of all ages, in honor of Dr. King and his efforts to ensure justice for all people. This year the Peabody will also be holding a food drive to benefit the New Haven Community Soup Kitchen and Christian Community Action

COMMUNICATING WITH ANIMAL SPIRTS –Wednesday, January 20th, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Ever wonder what happens to your Animal’s Spirit, how they are, where they are and where Animals go once their body passes away and their Spirit moves on? Do you have questions about an Animal’s Behavior, why they act the way they do, their way of life, their Spirituality and their Universal Law? Would you like to be able to communicate with your Animal(s) in the Life Hereafter (what Animals call Heaven) and in a body? Join Susan Wilson, Animal Communicator and Spirit Channelor, every 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 6pm to 7:30pm, at the Ansonia Nature Center

BACK TO BASICS: Natural Lip Balms – Sun. Jan. 24, 1 pm

Soothe your lips with your own homemade lip balm! Join Ranger Dawn and learn how to make lip balm with natural ingredients such as beeswax and essential oils in this easy and fun workshop. Take home several samples!

MATERIALS FEE: $10. Please register; space is limited.

DEEP ICE FISHING – Wed. Jan. 27, 6:30 pm

The Nature Center is offering a free ice fishing class, taught by certified instructors from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) CT Aquatic Resources Education (C.A.R.E.). These experienced fishermen volunteer to share their experience and expertise with anyone wanting to learn. The classroom instruction covers the basics of equipment, safety, dress, rules and regulations, and species identification. Participants will then have two opportunities to practice what they learned in class: First, a state-wide ice fishing derby held in Coventry, CT on Saturday, Jan. 30, in which all equipment, bait, and instruction are provided free of charge; second, a “No Child Left Inside” fishing event at Burr Pond State Park in Torrington on the following Saturday, Feb. 6.

STITCHING MITTENS – Sun. Jan. 31, 2 pm

Create a pair of mittens, and keep your phalanges from freezing this winter! Join Ranger Dan in making good use of scrap wool, and stitch yourself a pair of winter mittens. MATERIALS FEE: $5. Pre-registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult who can assist in the construction.

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